A double century, or 200 mile ride, is a big goal for many cyclists. Add some big climbs and frequent rollers and the challenge is on!
The most important thing to completing a double century is determination. If you want to do it and think you can, you will. It may be painful, but you'll finish. If you don't think you can do it you'll find some excuse to drop out: a cramp in your calf, rain, whatever. Use this training plan to prepare your body and your mind for the effort!
The 12 week plan is designed for the beginner cyclist with 15-20 hours a week to train.
Before you start the plan, I suggest you take a quick look at the attached document “Effort Guidelines,” which describes the different training zones. (To download it, click the paper clip in the upper right corner.) Whichever zones you use, these guidelines will help you easily and quickly understand how hard you should be working during a given session. Also attached here are “Workout Guidelines” to help you grasp key training terms.
If you plan on PRINTING this plan, make sure you print it with HIDE "Exercises and Intervals" checked. That way you will just read the description of the workouts. As part of this plan I recommend stretching and light yoga as a recovery tool and I would recommend purchasing my cycling specific yoga video from: www.peakscoachinggroup.com/store
I know you are going to really do awesome!!! Go for it!