Need advice on 1st half century ride
Hi all, I am a newbie having only been riding some 5 weeks now. I am participating in a 50 mile charity event this Sun. ( the 26th) which will mark my longest ride to date. The longest I have ridden until now is 32 miles. The terrain for the ride will have a couple of undulating hills but nothing rediculous ( so they tell me). I will be riding with 4 other riders , 3 of whom are very experienced.
I have a couple of questions that I hope some of you can help me with.
1) How much should I be riding up until the event? Should I take off saturday completely and just rest?. I have been riding a stationary bike this week at strenuous levels but for shorter periods of time.
2) What kind of pre-ride nutrion woudl you suggest. I have found a power bar and 12 oz of a gatorade 2/3 and OJ 1/3 combo very good with a banana chaser to ward off cramps but this willbe a much longer ride. (There will be rest stops built into the ride with nourishment provided)
3) Since the other riders are stonger and more experienced should I just "draft " them the whole time if possible.
thanks, Dr. Mike