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Old 03-26-14, 05:43 AM
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I really think you shouldn't have to spend a lot of time planning out a template for a 40 mile ride. Overthinking things tends to make them suck.

As long as you don't go from 0 miles to 100 miles in a week, you should be okay. Get enough rest and take ibuprofen if you have to.

Get out on the weekends and log 20, 25, 30, etc building up a bit each week. Over the winter a lot of people only get 1-2 days on the road, but doing 30 miles on a Saturday isn't a big deal. Just ramp up the mileage by 5 a week and you should be doing 40 comfortably by the time the ride gets here.
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