How do you train for a life event? I have thought a lot about this lately because I have gotten so much advice. What it comes down to is fitness. I just finished my four week hill climbing class. I learned that I can peddle up hills and that I tend to wear out requiring more time to recover between hills. I also learned that my legs like to spin. By training with others I can figure out how I rank. That is very valuable information as I can set realistic goals.
Try harder rings in my head. That makes sense but is not very useful in preparation for a ride like this, Training requires variety. Last week I hiked 25 miles. It was tough as my muscles were not used to hiking. I have been doing Yoga for over five years. This is a good recovery for long rides. My thoughts also need to be harnessed. This is a life change. Working behind a desk for almost 40 years is not an easy habit to break.