The guy in the 50+ jersey
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Davidson, NC
Bikes: Specialized S-Works Roubaix, Litespeed Tuscany Road, Specialized Allez Epic lugged carbon frame Road,Giant Anthem 29'r, Klein Hardtail
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I am a 4 time RAIN finisher, best time was 2009 in 83rd place @ 7:38. I am riding centuries in March, which is easier to do here in NC than other locales. I also do interval training in Comp-U-Trainer classes during the winter, and ride in a local business park 2 nights a week during the winter with the crit riders for additional interval type training. 2012 will not be difficult for you to complete RAIN if you are building up your LD miles all along the way. I would suggest doing at least one century in May preceding the event, at least 2 in June, or 1 plus a double metric (120 mi.) and one early in July.
I'd try to get at least one 4 hour effort in on the weekends begining in March, when not riding in a measured 100 mi. or greater effort, just to get used to the saddle time (7+ hrs). Two efforts like that would be better. At least one interval type session during each week is also helpful, especially if you can do a club or group ride with riders faster than you, so as to get both the threshhold fitness and experience of riding in a group. Learning to hold a wheel is a valuable skill in a 160 mile ride!