Being a cyclist that has completed a transcontinental ride, I can lend a little advice.
If you are trained to the point that you can ride a century (at virtually any kind of pace) then you really don't have far to go before you can do it on a daily basis. I was really worried when I took off for Portland, OR having never ridden more than a century at one time ever in my life. Could I complete the distances at any pace? What if I practically got to the point that I couldn't go any more period? What should I eat? What should I drink? etc. etc. etc.
It really wasn't as difficult as I had imagined. When you get up in the morning and know that all you have to do for that day is to ride 100 miles and make it to the next rest stop, it just sort of becomes your "job" for that day. Hopefully with a lot of interesting sights along the way.
Just get to the point where you can ride 80-90 miles comfortably and get in about 1500-2000 miles for the year before the big event (either on the road or on the trainer). When you have all day
to complete the distance, with lots of rest stops along the way, the time goes by fast and before you know it you are at the rest stop for the evening. Grab a shower and go to dinner and feel comfortable that you can eat anything you want. (Be sure to watch the alcohol consumption however) Get plenty of rest and you will be ready to go at it again the next morning.
There is a big difference between touring and racing.
Last edited by lillypad; 01-11-06 at 11:20 PM.