Hey @Matthew_Thomas ,
Look at the Mountain Fondo plan or the Metric Century plan. They’ll give you the mix of training you need to get to the finish line. Have the plan end on your race date (or the day after if it’s on a Saturday). Make sure you add strength training into the mix.
Do you think you suffered with the cold last time, that’ll certainly make it a lot less fun.
Did you have low enough gears for the hills or do you think you pushed too hard on the climbs and suffered after?
Or was it largely due to the length of time in the saddle?
Have fun and well done for getting out in February
Thank you for the points to think about - actually for February it was super sunny, just a tiny bit cold.
I actually think it was a mix of just not being well enough trained for that long on the bike both distance and time duration, and possibly a little bit psychological … by the last climb I pretty much felt beaten.
Lots to think about for February - get stuck into the mountain fondo plan and have a look at the mental training too.