My DH and I completed the 8-day, 545-mile California Coast Classic a few months a go. All of the advice given here has been excellent. Here’s my 2 cents!
Does the ride you are doing have a team in training program? If yes, I recommend that you join that. Or look into local club rides in your area.
What is the route for your ride next May? Is it flat or hilly or a mix? You want to train to the route. If it’s hilly, get out there a work the hills. In fact drive the route, then train on the route so you can become familiar with it.
Spinning classes are ok for training – my DH did not get many outdoor miles in when he trained for the California Coast Classic but did great with the distances. Figure out what works for you.
Add strength training (upper, lower and core) to your workouts. Long rides can be a strain on your back, an area many cyclists forget about.
I noticed on your SparkPage, that you are having some “challenges” with your foot due it arthritis. I have arthritis in both knees so I make sure to a take good care of them. Are you using cycling shoes? I suggest you do as they give you the support to avoid aggravating your foot.
What type/model of bike are you riding? Do you have clipless pedals? Has you bike been fitted to you? That is very important.
Plan some weekends where you ride Saturday and Sunday so your body can get used to cycling consecutive days.
Then you’ll need all your cycling gear: that can cost a fortune, so start with the basics, which to me are helmet, shorts, gloves, shoes, wind breaker/jacket, inner tubes, pump. To that I would add a short sleeve jersey, arm warmers and knee (or leg) warmers.
Good websites for discount cycling stuff:
Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.
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