First off, I'm a noob. I got back into biking (bent triking, actually) after a 30-year absence. I'm 56, out of shape (now, anyway) and plan on starting out slowly. In my youth, I did a 50+ mile ride that I wasn't ready for, and it put me off long trips for quite a while.
The plan is to gradually increase my mileage, about a mile a day per week, until I can get up to either 20 or 25 miles per day. I'll trike 6 days a week, weather permitting, with one day off to give me a break from the routine and keep it from becoming a daily chore. The long range goal in about four years is a coast-to-coast trip. The idea of doing centuries or anything close to it is rather intimidating right now, so I plan on keeping it to around 50 miles a day. Originally, I figured on continuing to increase the weekly mileage by around two miles a week until I could reach 300 miles per week, but this would require me to average 50 miles a day towards the end. The theory was that if I'm used do doing 50 miles a day, six days a week, anyway, I should have no problem doing the exact same thing on a coast-to-coast trip. However, the time requirement to do this is not compatible with working a full-time job.
I'm now thinking about working up to 25 miles a day for four days during the week, and bumping up my weekend rides by a mile a day-- 26 miles Saturday, 27 miles Sunday, rest Monday, 25 miles Tuesday through Friday, 28 miles Saturday, 29 miles Sunday-- until I can achieve 50 mile rides, or maybe even those elusive centuries, which would give me the sought-after 300 miles a week. I'm hoping when the time comes for the coast-to-coast, I'd then be able to jump right in and do the 50 mile rides consistently on a daily basis (still taking rest days, of course).
I've briefly looked over some suggestions on other threads, and this seems to be at odds with the idea of doing a recovery ride after a long one. Maybe I should plan on a 25 mile ride on Mondays, following my "new highest mileage ever" Sundays, then off on Tuesdays.
Any major flaws with this plan for training?