I'm going to (hopefully, finances permitting) participate in an 8-day cycling trip in the Dolomites in northern Italy beginning in late August, 2010 (this one: http://www.cinghiale.com/tours/the-dolomites).
I'm an experienced cyclist in decent condition already, and I know how to get in shape, but this is going to be such a special trip that I want to make sure I'm in peak (no pun intended) condition. I'm looking for information resources out there that will help me create a training plan for this specific type of trip.
Most of the training plans I've seen either online or in books are aimed at someone who wants to do a single-day event, usually a race or a century ride. This will be an 8-day series of rides in the 65 mile range, but filled with epic hill-climbing. I'm not looking to win any races, but I want to be able to ride strong for the entire trip and enjoy the other activities also.
Can anyone recommend information resources to put together a training plan that will help me do that? Is a coach necessary to create this sort of plan? As helpful as I know that would be, finances are somewhat of an issue, so I'd like to do it on my own if possible.