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Have your position looked at and adjusted. As you add miles allow to adapt and adjust. The key to going hours in the saddle is to have a position that is balanced.
How many hours do you have per week to ride or days per week? Mix it up. The body knows intensity, duration, and frequency. How hard, how long, and how often. Get in 2 shorter but more intense workouts per week. Do some intervals or climbing intervals, watch a HR monitor to learn your zones. Plan rest days. Then the LSD, long slower distance, this gives you base miles to build on, use form, and be efficient. Early in the year do the LSD as you get more fit, increase intensity and decrease duration. At least once a week drop the intensity and add a few miles to your LSD. Don't just ride the distance, work on speed and strength as well. For a short ride, what is your average speed and HR? Learn your body. What HR can you maintain for 64 miles.
You can increase how ever you feel comfortable. You can increase for a few weeks then drop back and make another run.
If you train with others learn to work as a team. Learn how to ride in a line and signal to the others. Practice going into the wind etc and changing the leader. This will make a huge difference. Riding 64 miles alone is much harder than working with a group. Research it, you have time to practice.
Rest stops, that 10 minute rule is golden. I like to keep it short, tinkle, drink, eat, grab food, fill up bottles, and back on the road. If you sit things can get stiff.
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