Here’s the question: several of my work friends who cycle are wanting to do a bike packing trip this summer that would be 2-3 days long, 120ish miles per day. Would such a long effort complicate my training? It would come about 3 weeks before my A race, I plan to be in the middle of Rolling Road Race HV at that point.
I’m not as worried about the 120 miles as I am the time in the saddle, as the group I would be going with is on the slow side, I’d be surprised if the days were any shorter than 8 hours. That kind of time freaks me out a little. I did a century last summer, but was going with a faster group, and finished in under 5 hours. That’s the longest I’ve ever ridden, and since I’m cat 5 currently, none of my target races are longer than 60 miles.
What are the downsides (and perhaps upsides) to spending looong, slow days in the saddle in the middle of a plan?
Typing this out, my butt is starting to ache already .