Newby lady cyclist here, fairly clueless. I am planning on riding the Palm Springs Century Feb 8 and am reasonably confident I can do it. I started training 12 weeks ahead of the event, mostly with distance-type endurance rides. At the time I started that training, Id been off anything strenuous for about 8-10 weeks and over this past year had put on about 1800 base miles after starting cycling in March. I've completed a metric century organized ride at 14.7 mph but I rarely ride that distance that fast. I recently bought the TimeCrunched Cyclist and began that 12 week program (intervals plus endurance rides). I will be 8 weeks into it at the time of the Palm Springs Century. At this point, I am routinely riding 100+ mi per week.
My real goal was to try to ride the Wildflower Century in late April, which is much more challenging, with 6000 feet of climbing. Now reading about the basics of training, I'm not sure if maybe the timing between these two events is bad training-wise. Maybe I should forget the Wildflower?
Option 1: Finish the 12 week TimeCrunched Cyclist program after the Palm Springs Century, which would be early March. Take a couple of weeks off and then work on climbing for about a month before the Wildflower.
Option 2: Stop the TimeCrunched Cyclist program at the time of the Palm Springs Century, then start a second abbreviated interval-based program about 3 weeks before the event, working on climbing during Feb & Mar. This will give me 12 weeks off between interval-based training programs, but I'm not sure if 3 weeks of intervals before the second event makes any sense.
Option 3: Forget the Wildflower entirely, which I'm ok with if necessary. I can always try it next year.