I have a few questions: Are you riding with a group or are you doing this ride alone? If youíre riding with a group, is it a supported ride? Are there other people training for this ride that you can train with?
I copied a post I made in the long distance training topic and posted it below:
I have done a San Francisco to Los Angeles bike ride three times: once was the AIDSride (585 miles) in 2002, then 2x times for the Amgen Coast Classic 2006 and 2007 (525 miles). The Amgen ride is an 8-day fully supported ride that travels down the CA coast. The 2007 ride was spectacular! We had prefect weather: no fog! Both rides are fund raisers so I had to raise $2900 to be able to participate in the ride. The California coast is very hilly so these rides are very challenging. We had a choice of camping for free or staying in hotels at our coast. I camped in 2002 then stayed in hotels for 2006 and 2007. All meals were proved and SAG support.
Hereís my advice on training so you can enjoy your ride:
Train on the same type of terrain that you will ride: donít train on flats if your route has lots of hills. By training I mean doing hill intervals and riding hills that have a similar degree of climb. On the AIDSride we had two hills that were very challenging: the Quad buster which did bust my quads because I didnít train on a similar hill and the evil twins which were a piece of cake because I trained on a hill in LA that had the same degree of gain.
Train in the similar weather, if you can. Donít ride in the cold if the weather were you will tour is hot. Train in the heat. If you donít the heat will kick your butt!
Train multiple days. For the 2007 Amgen ride I never road more than 80 mile in a day but my cycling coach, for a three day weekend, had me riding 60 miles on Friday, 120 miles on Saturday, 100 miles on Sunday and 60 miles on Monday. After that weekend I knew, mentally, I could finish any 80 mile ride. I also knew how my body would react to multiples days of riding.
Do not make any changes to your bike before the tour: no new equipment no adjustments. Make your final adjustments about 3-4 weeks before the ride, then no changes.
Do not make any changes to what you eat while riding before the tour. Decide what works for you and donít change it.
Ask for advice on what to bring to wear. I always dress in layers. For the California ride there can be a big difference in temperature when you start riding, some days were in the 40ís and when you finish riding for the day, some days were in the 70ís! That is a big range. So for me I always wore a sleeveless base layer, a short sleeve jersey, arm warmers, shorts, knee warmers and I lined my shoes with baggies (the best way I have found to keep my feet warm!) I top this off with a windbreaker that converts to a vest. Then, as the weather warms I start striping and stowing the clothes in my camelback. BTW I do use a camelback for touring but not for shorter or training rides. If you plan to use a camelback, wear it during your training rides so you can get used to the weight on your back. The camelback has the added advantage of, on cold mornings, if you fill it with hot weather it will keep you warm. You can feel the heat on your back. On hot days I fill it with cold weather and ice to help keep my core cooler.
Water is good but a hydration drink is better to give your muscles the fuel they need to rebuild after hours of riding. I like pertetum from Hammer products.
Thatís all I can think of right now!
Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.
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