Keep in mind:
- This plan is only a guideline. You might need to sometimes adjust the schedule around work and family. The key is to keep gradually increasing your time and mileage, and boost your intensity with intervals in the second month.
- You can stretch this training program to cover a three- or four-month period. Repeat the weekly plans to build at a slower pace, or include an extra rest day each week. Stay realistic and make sure to build up to—and complete—the long test ride the final weekend before your event.
- Train hard. Remember a century ride is a pretty big challenge, so don’t take it too easy, and don’t think you won’t need to train and it will somehow all end up well.
- Stay positive and believe in yourself! You’re about to successfully tackle the first century ride of your life!
This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.