For the past few years, I've set a goal to ride a century by the end of the season. I have yet to make it, but that's because I've been derailed because of injuries (saddle sores (seat too low) and a tight IT band).
I commute by bike most days of the week. My commute round-trip commute is about 20 miles. As the season progresses, I take a longer route home a couple of days a week that adds about 5 miles and forces me to climb some short, steep hills. (Not my favorite, hence the user name.) I also try to go for a ride every Saturday. Sometimes, it's a mountain bike ride with the Hub. More often, it's a longer road ride.
I calendar in those rides. I set a goal date, and then work backwards. I only add 3-5 miles to each week's ride. I put plenty of flexibility in the schedule because real life often interrupts my well-thought-out plans. Each Saturday ride will have a proposed distance or the option of riding hills. (But I don't start with the hills until I'm riding at least 40 miles. I really need a good base.)
If I know I'm going for a long ride on Saturday, I stay off the bike of Friday. I generally don't ride on Sundays because Sundays are usually packed. Try to take at least two days a week off the bike. Your legs and crotch will thank you.
Since you set me to thinking about this, I just laid out this year's ride schedule. It's going to be a great year.
Edited by: HILLSLUG98239 at: 2/22/2013 (14:46)
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