Background: I'm 31 years old, and starting riding a road bike every once in a while last summer, and started getting much more serious about it in January. When I was a 130 lb teenager I used to ride a lot, and wish I hadn't quit when I was 18. I'm currently 190 lbs (was about 200 at the beginning of the year and my goal is to be at 170 or less by the end of June), and still have a really tough time climbing almost any kind of hill.
Most of my rides are on a trainer for about half an hour, and do intervals once per week. Every 1 or 2 weeks I go out with a group and ride 20-25 miles, but until two days ago I hadn't done any more than that.
This coming Saturday I'm riding the Easter Hill Country Tour in Kerrville, TX. I'm doing the 55 mile ride, and for a person that just recently got back into the sport it's a long ride even without the 3000 feet of climbing.
Last Sunday I did a 45 mile group ride with hills that are almost as big as I'm expecting but not quite as steep. That ride took just about everything out of me and I had to stop for a few minutes several times. I was among the last to finish the ride, but was really proud that I finished at all.
Now I need to get ready for Saturday. Yesterday after work I took the bike out on the road for an easy 7.31 mile ride to work out some of the soreness. Today my legs feel better, but still feel fatigued. The weather has been nice and warm, but pretty windy.
I'm looking at three possible plans:
Today (Tuesday): Ride 10 miles at a comfortable pace on a rolling road (speed dependant on wind direction).
Wednesday: Ride 20-25 miles on a rolling road
Thursday: Do about the same 7 mile ride I did yesterday
Friday: No ride, just clean and lube the bike for Saturday
Today: No ride, just maybe do some stretching to help with muscle fatigue
Wednesday: Ride 15-20 miles on rolling road
Thursday: 7-10 miles at comfortable pace on flat to rolling road
Friday: No ride, clean, lube, etc.
Do my normal half hour on the trainer each day through Thursday, but skip the intervals this week.
I don't necessarily NOT want to ride today, but I do still feel tired and I don't want to overdo it. At the same time, I want to be ready for Saturday because I know it will be a significant challenge for me. On Saturday, I don't care in the least how long it takes me to finish, I just want to make it to the finish line.
I know it doesn't seem like a long hard ride to many of you guys, but I'm slowly getting there. I plan on doing a 90 mile ride in May and the MS150 Bike to the Beach in October.
Any other things I should be considering?
Thanks in advance.