I just started riding last April. I'm hooked and LOVE it. I rode my first century in June last year. This year I'm contemplating riding RAIN (Ride Across INdiana), which is 165 miles in a single day.
So, here are the questions:
1. The century was a serious challenge, and I'm not sure I'll be up to 165 mi in a day. I'm about 30 pounds lighter, which is good, but my average speed is still only 14-15 mph. Am I crazy for thinking this is within reach?
2. If I do take the plunge, what sort of mileposts should I set for myself? The ride is in July. Is it fair to say that I'm doing a century with less stress by May or June, I'll be in good shape?
3. Do I need to do rides in the 125-150 mi range before this ride, or if I'm doing 75-100 mi range rides leading up to the 165 miler, will I be OK?
Any advice is appreciated.