In the past six weeks, Will and I have been training to get in shape for a ride from Tucson Arizona to Great Falls Montana. It is the Mexico to Canada deCycles trip. http://decyclesindiana.org/TripDetails/decyclesindianatd1.html I learned last Saturday that it may be challenging to keep up with high school and college students negotiating significant Hills. Since we will crisscross the Rockies at multiple points, as well as the continental divide twice, it will be a tough ride in terms of elevation changes. Heat will be another factor to contend with.
It makes the training rides critical.