Goals are the difference between exercise and training.
"How do I prepare for 130 miles on a bicycle?"
You can go to the gym on a trainer, you can run or swim, but nothing prepares you for riding a bike like riding a bike. Yes, running and swimming will improve your cardiovascular system, but riding your bike gives you experience in traffic, navigation, resource management, and other things not necessarily related to your quadriceps. Some could argue cycling is 80% mental and 20% physical. It is important to manage your expectations. The Bucket 100 is neither an easy event nor is it impossible. It is incredibly fun, but you should train for it. We believe that with a bit of training anyone can complete the Bucket 100. We ask that you complete 80 miles before the event with one ride being at least 30 miles. Participants have completed the Bucket 100 with zero training miles, but many of them wish they had and you will be much, much more comfortable with the event if you train.
We have training rides on Purdue's campus that will help prepare you for the ride. Experienced cyclists will be on these rides and will show you the ropes if you are new to cycling. Don't be afraid to ask questions about shifting, the brakes, or any other operation of your bicycle. Register today to join the training rides.