I've signed myself up to do a 500k charity cycle ride through Vietnam and Cambodia in Nov 2012. I currently cycle to work 5 days a week (roughly 5 miles a day) and try to go on a decent ride most weekends (between 20-40 miles). I currently have a beautiful Pashley Tube Rider but I'll be getting a mountain bike on pay day as a road bike just isn't going to cut it!
I'm relatively fit but this is going to be a mammoth challenge so could do with any extra tips you lovely people may have!
All I want to do it to complete the 500km in 1 piece, still breathing and (this may be a long shot) still able to feel my backside!
Any hints and tips would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance! )
It sounds like your training is spot on to be honest; I just completed a 470 mile ride in 6 days but that was in the UK.... My training was very similar to yours in the mileage each day and then the longer rides at weekend... When you do your commute riding i would start doing sprints or fast paced riding; It sounds odd to do this since you are attempting a long distance ride but i couldn't find time to do long rides before i left and so i did this; It worked a treat. Got a few other tips for you. Make sure you have a comfy saddle or some sort-of gel seat cover. Your bum will still ache (trust me) but you just have to try and ignore it... Do plenty of warming up and stretching at start of each day and warming down at the end; My legs didn't give me any problems by doing this... Let the bike take the weight.. I had some bits and bobs in a back-pack and after a few days the top of my neck was aching!!! So i lightened the back-pack which helped but i suspect you may get this due to your constant riding position? Take heat rub for the little aches and pains but the patches mite be best because that stuff stinks and it mite attract the bugs what live in that part of the world!!!! Thats it I guess; Hope some of it has been helpful and the very best of luck... Oh yea,pace yourself too.