Well I've never actually raced in any sort of bike race, but thought why not start big? I'm currently training for the 24 Hours of COS in Colorado Springs this coming October. I know I still have a while, but I'll probably enter a few 6 and maybe one 12 hour races to prep for the 24 hour. I haven't been able to hit the trails for quite some time, but I have been on the trainer at least 5 days a week for the last 5 or 6 weeks. Here's my excel sheet on my training so far...http://www.box.net/shared/z0lejyk3m6
On the excel sheet, I have distance, time, calories burned, how I felt, what I ate immediately after biking, and my heart zone I trained at that day. I've read about the heart zone training and thought, since I'm on the trainer anyway, I should train with zones, and that's what I've been doing. My LT is 168 beats per minute.
As Spring comes, followed by summer, I am going to start longer rides, both distance and time, to continue to build that endurance mind and body set. I've read a lot on hydration and nutrition and everything and will be trying some different products out once i'm able to go for some nice long mountainous rides here in Colorado.
I'm going to get out on the trails as soon as possible to put some miles on a real bike, but until then, the trainer it is. If you guys have any training hints, please send them my way, I'm starting to think I might be in over my head. My goal is to finish the race with 21-22 hours on the bike, riding at least 120 miles. Am I on the path to success here? Thanks everyone. Take care.