Hi @NUGirl! The plan for a 3 day event of that distance is similar to preparing for a century in some ways but I would recommend that you incorporate intensity workouts and back-to-back training days between now and then.
Careful when increasing intensity as your knee/tendons/ligaments get reacquainted with the hard work. You really only have about 6 weeks, so it will need to be a smart balance between increasing time, intensity and getting proper recovery.
Here are a few guidelines for your situation:
- Combination of workouts and longer rides- for example, workouts indoors on the trainer during the week and build saddle time on the weekends.
- Build slowly starting with 1-2 intensity workouts during the week, then Sat/Sun longer rides but easy for the first 2 weeks
- See how you are feeling and if all is going well, do 2 intensity workouts in the week, one easy ride in between, then Sat/Sun longer rides, now incorporating a few efforts/intensity using the terrain/wind.
- You will probably need a recovery week in week 3 or 4.
- Easy week one week before the event- recovery- keep active on the bike by riding easy outside for one to two hours and doing one or two easy rides on the trainer (skills/openers/neuromuscular)
- The combination of intensity and Sat/Sun rides prepare for the event- you won’t need to do the same distance back to back for 3 days to get ready.
- Remember-- long rides serve as “dress rehearsals” for fueling (hydration/nutrition) so you can test and find what works best for you.
- Ride in harsh conditions outside if you can- wind, rain, heat, etc if you might encounter those.
Hope this helps! And if you want a custom plan I am happy to help.
Good luck- let us know how it’s going.