Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: NE Tx
Bikes: Tour Easy, Linear USS, Lightening Thunderbolt, custom DF, Raleigh hybrid, Felt time trial
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Training is basically just lots of local riding, working your way up to confidance that you can ride repetitive 60 mile days. Some load the bike for this, some don't. I don't. Alternantly, you could count on finishing your conditioning on the tour, working your way up to the needed daily avg. You'll have 14 hours of day light to do the mileage. 6 hrs riding or less, 8 hours of down time or more, plenty of time for rest and recovery.
I've transistioned to frequent gym visits to balance the upper with the lower. This could be particularly useful for a df cyclist where upper body strength is more important than for a bent rider. Overall condition will make for a more rewarding tour for either.
Hydration is another important thing to consider, as you'll be touring in the heat of summer. Don't let your pee turn yellow. Always carry more water than you think you'll need to reach the next supply point. 2 liters minimum. Figure on drinking at least 250 ml/pedaling hour, up to as much as a liter/hour, depending on temp.
Don't become calorie deficient or you'll bonk. Snicker bars can be you best friend. Coffee too. Or not, depending on your opinion about such. V-8 is great to balance an often vegetable poor touring diet, and for mineral replacement.
Touring is 90% motivation, 10% physical. Long as you got the motivation, you'll make it to Cimarron, most likely on time. Good luck.
The bicycle is one of the great inventions of mankind. Delights children, challenges young men to feats of daring, and turns old men into boys again.--Me