Did you know that you can preview your tour using GPX tracks imported to Google Earth? I find that this is a great way to get a clearer mental model for new terrain.
I was recently introduced to the idea of becoming 1 percent better each day by the extraordinarily savvy Rob Coppolilo. If you get 1 percent better each day and you go out 30 days in a season, you could be 30 percent better by the end of your season! That’s huge!