Hello, I am a 26 yr old male with a Kent Roadtech 700c supermarket bike. I recently did a 800 mi road trip on mostly flat terrain and was disappointed in my performance. I covered ~115 mi a day, but my average speed was merely ~10 mi per hour. I have a long way to go, and a 4500 mi solo trip is coming up in 1.5 years.
I want to reach an average speed of 14-15 mi per hour during the 4500 mi long trip. And my goal is to bike 4500 mi in 45 days. I have a hectic work schedule, so can’t train extensively like a pro. Also, going clipless is a bad idea for me as per my doctor, because I toe out too much.
- How should I train in order to obtain the required physical fortitude to pull this speed and distance off?
- I typically run a marathon before such long bikepacking trips. Do you think this helps in improving my performance on bikepacking trips?
- The cross-country trip will have little elevation (average 20 ft per mile), and will likely occur somewhere in the months of Jun-Aug. My daily plan is to bike ~55 mi 6-10 am, do sightseeing 10-5 pm, then bike ~55 mi 4-8 pm and rest for the night. This will help me avoid the hot midday hours. Does this plan sound good? What else should I add to this?
- I know supermarket bikes suck, but it would be great if there is a way I could save thousands of dollars.