What I did was make a spreadsheet with the target date, and then each row was less 7 days (so weekly rows). I figured we did about 10mph and so that would be 8 hours of saddle time. And I was really worried about my husband and saddle time.
so each week I subtracted 15 minutes from our goal so the weekend was our long ride. Last year we went from an hour in January, to a 50 mile ride the first week in May w/o a problem. Or rather my husband did. I found a fantastic local bike club, and started doing more group rides during the weekday (all at least 2 hours, often up to 40 miles) so I was at a Metric Century (isn't that like 66 miles? 73? by mid April), and did 80 miles that first weekend in May.
The big challenge I see with your ride is that elevation. The most I have ever done in a day is 2960... sure I have a HEAVY bike but it got hard in the end. Find out if it's rollers or big climbs or what (mapmyride is good for that). I used a Garmin Forerunner 305 (about $130 at Amazon) to track how much climbing training I was doing (it has a great web interface when you hook the watch up to the computer) and I knew I was under my plan for the 2960 ride I did (I was just having a hard time finding climbining, but not deathly elevations in my area. My full century was rollers and small hills but it all added up quickly as my buddy leads at a hot pace.
oh, and get your bike fit now. Save yourself a lot of damage. I may cost like $120 and take 90 minutes, but I wish I had done it much sooner.
- cycled 101 miles! (11/2010)
-completed "Couch to 5k" training program 5/4/2010
- 5/8/2010: Willow Glen 5k/ (3 miles): 34:13! Average pace was 11:20!!!
- 5/2/2010: Na
| Pounds lost: 23.4