Work is sending me to the island of Crete in September, and I am planning on taking advantage of the opportunity to take some time off and tour around the western part of the island for about 10 days. Mileage will not be huge, ~30-40 miles/day max but I am concerned about climbing around some of the mountainous areas. I have been commuting 30 miles RT on a regular basis for over two years so I have some cycling fitness, but I live in a flat area, am 39 years old, and am no athlete. How much climbing can I realistically expect to do without shredding myself and ruining my vacation?
Sorry for the noob question, this will be my first tour and I am really looking forward to the adventure. I am planning on going fairly light, eat at tavernas a solid lunch each day and just carry enough food for dinner and breakfast that I don't need cook. Thanks for your insights.