Hey everyone, first time poster here!
So here's the deal. I'm trying to figure out how to squeeze in enough training time for a ride in early October. The ride is 150 miles and has about 15,000 feet of climbing over 4 summits. I'm ramping up my mileage 10% every week so I let myself get used to the longer miles, and I'm slowly adding in climbs as well.
First, how much climbing should I try and include over the course of a week in order to climb that many vertical feet in one ride? Is there a reasonable guess out there as to what it should be? The first climb is about 2000 feet, the second one is only 1000, the third is 3000 and the fourth is about 2500 with the summit being 8400 feet. The fourth summit is 120 miles, and after you get to the top, it's pretty much downhill to the finish.
Second, how long should my long training ride be? With the ride being in October, there is only 11.5 hours from sun up to sundown, so really, I can't be on the bike any longer then that for this ride.
Third, I commute on my bike, so in order to get more mileage, I add miles to my commute both to and from work in addition to riding during lunch. Should I not be riding 30-40 miles every day like that without an easy day or a rest day? I've been commuting for years so it's not like riding 5 days in a row is a new thing for me, it's just different for me to do that many miles 5 days in a row. My normal commute is only 8 miles one way, 16 total.