I'm a relatively new cyclists and I just did a 40 mile ride for the first time last Saturday, which is my designated big ride day. I increase that distance 10% each week, so at this point the mileages for those big rides are going to start increasing quite quickly. My question is at what point do I stop putting in base miles, and what do I do after that? I was thinking of finding quick group rides in my area to ride with to help get my speed up, but I only planned on doing that during the weekend (I'm a student and so my weekend schedule is more flexible), so what should I be doing on those other training days? Goal-wise I'd like to become a better overall cyclist, but I have been toying with the idea of racing.