Updated: Jun 8
We are planning to host our annual PinkSTrong Shero's & Hero's Ride this October, so we thought it was timely to share tips for training for a long bike ride. We are huge fans of setting goals and committing to an organized event because it provides you with an incentive to get out of bed early in the morning and get on your bike, and train for glory.
Training for a long bike ride is essential because most of us are not capable of riding long distances without getting some miles in our legs first. By long bike ride, I’m thinking of 15 miles to 100 km or more.
Of course, this is all relative so this advice applies to whatever the definition of a long ride is for you.
Get Some ‘miles’ In Your Legs
There is no substitute for riding enough miles to prepare you for a cycling event or a long endurance ride with friends. And while it’s impossible to say just how many ‘Ms’ you need in your legs before a particular ride, you can’t go wrong if you ride very regularly.
By that, we don’t mean you need to ride every day or even every second day, but you need to be consistent.
Utilize Training Plans And Adapt
A lot of organized rides and cycling events will publish some training tips and even a full-blown training plan on their website to help riders prepare. Here’s a great cycling training plan for prepping for a 100 km road cycling event.
Strava & Garmin help you keep an electronic diary and then track your progress using the data from your bike computer or watch.
SwimBikeRunFun Coaches created this easy to follow (right click to save to your phone) endurance riding cycling training plan that is easy to follow, includes strength training, can be done in the gym (spin classes are fun!) and will get you ready in short time for some epic outdoor riding out at our