I am a 19 yr old college student who has joined the college cycling team. I began riding in for purposes other then communting this Sep. I was just starting to get into decent shape, pulling 50 miles at a little over 16 mph, when finals took away my training time. So I have had about 2 1/2 weeks of down time and need to use the winter break to get back to where I was and then some. Next semester I will be picking up martial arts again and need to make up for the three months I spent on cycling, so I need to go often. I need to use the next four weeks to get into good enough shape so that I can ride and train martial arts everyday.
The races I will be competing in range from 30 to 40 miles and under 20 mph (I am not really sure about the speed, all I know is that it is the entry level racing class). I am riding on a Bianchi Brava, heavy for racing, but fine for the time being.
The schedule for training that I have been toying with is based on hours. In the first two weeks get my endurance up to 6 hours a ride, with rest days in between ride days. The second two weeks I will drop down to 3 hrs a day, everyday and work my way back up. At some point in the second week of Jan. I would like to ride from Oakland or San Francisco to Santa Cruz, this would be my first century.
Any advice would be great, I am open to all suggestion.