So how many miles do you think are necessary in order to properly train for the MS 150? They suggest a total of 425 miles, with the number of miles increasing as you get closer to the ride. Over the years that I've trained for the MS 150, as you can see from the chart on the right, I've been able to log, on average, about 450 miles each year. I'm off to a bit of a slow start this year, but anticipate ending up with between 350 and 450 miles by the time of the ride. Getting that many miles in is important, not just to build up your aerobic and anaerobic thresholds, but also to get the back of your neck and your crotch ready for 150 miles over two days. :)
As crazy as doing the ride sounds to a lot of people, if you diligently prepare and train for it, it can be a lot of fun. Is there still pain involved? Sure. But not near as bad as if you go into the ride cold without hardly any training. You can also see that some years I put in more miles after the ride than in others. In 2012, I had my first 1,000 mile year, and last year I found a bunch of guys to ride with on Monday nights, which kept me going late into 2014. It would be great to get another 1,000 mile year under my belt in 2015!