Thrown myself in at the deep end
I recently decided I needed a goal, not just for my cycling but for something to motivate me for a bit as I am currently unemployed.
So, I entered the 7 day, 550km Trans Wales mountain bike race...
Bit of background about me. I'm a generally fit person, although more towards walking expeditions. Weigh about 120 lbs at approx 5'11". I have reasonable strength levels, although by no means great I have never found it holds me back. I consider myself a reasonable mountain biker and capable of handling all the terrain the race encompases, although I will still obvious practice technique to try and improve comfort and efficiency.
What I'm worried about more than anything is endurance. I think the organisers place a cut off point each day assuming a speed of a bit over 10kph, so although it isn't overly speedy it is for 7 hours a day. I've coped with multi day walking expeditions for longer each day, although only for 4 days, and have never pushed past that.
I will be training both on and off road and would like any advice people are able to give about what type of rides I should be doing. I have never done any structured training before so as much help as possible would be great.
Thanks in advance for any help you can all give.