2014 will be my first RAGBRAI – i am fortunate to train all year round in San Diego – my first sport is running where i run many half marathons each year, i recently took up cycling – and i can do a 40-50 mile ride pretty comfortably – but a bit slower than most of the veterans. I spin once a week, and do a 30-60 mile ride each weekend – will i need to do any more training for RAGBRAI? I won’t do well with the humidity – so that i know will be a factor – what else should i be doing?
The cycling is all well and good, riders in their 80s complete this ride, but if you are going to ride with the real veterans you need to start pie training. One piece a day at first then two and keep at this until you can eat six pieces of pie between six am and six pm for a seven day period. Then, if your goal is to excel you need to move up to the ala mode level, one scoop at first then two scoops with that pie. Keep us informed of your progress.
Your training regimen is similar to mine. I had no problem whatsoever last year, but I suffered through the unusually hot 2012 ride. The good news was that I don’t consider Iowa to be terribly humid compared to the coastal states, but I had never seen 103 degree weather until I moved to Iowa (I have been here 7 years).
I would keep up with the forum postings. The folks here are incredibly informative, friendly, extremely entertaining, and genuinely want to help. I think that the only thing that you will have to worry about is preparation, not training. Mich Rider, Sandaltan and others can provide a wealth of information. Watch the safety video, keep training, keep posting, and relax and enjoy the ride.
come summer, start doing a few of the longer rides back to back, maybe start with 30-40 miles on saturday and then again on Sunday. Then increase those and add a mid week 20-30 miler. If you can get up to 100 miles a week in in June and 200 a week for the first couple of july you would be in great shape. And don’t worry about yore speed, you have 12 “official” hours and there wull almost always be someone slower. Even an 80 mile day at 10 mph is only 8 hours on the bike , and I bet you averege well over that, I bet the average is around 15. And a lot of towns are only 10 miles apart.
San Diego Newbie, I think the above advise is all good. It sounds like you will be physically up to the task. The saddle time, I think, will be the big factor. You need to remember you will be riding 7 consecutive days, if you don’t take a day off (which many folks do).
If you are a CA native, the other factor that will be tough is if it is a typical hot and humid ride week. If you don’t have experience in this environment it can be an unpleasant surprise. But the great thing is you will have about 15,000 other folks all equally miserable but having a great time despite mother nature. If you are planning on the camping option getting a good nights sleep can be tough. Check out the advise on the Forum for a successful camping set up. A tent fan is essential for this.
Bottom line is you will have a hard time not having the time of your life! It is a great and epic event.
thanks all!! i was born and raised in Iowa – Ragbrai came through my hometown in 1984 = and i have always wanted to do this ride. I will definitely get my miles in as suggested – i am looking at a charter service to pitch my tent, etc each night – any other help is appreciated – i am a mother of 3 (14, 11 and 2) and this may be the only time i really ever get to do this ride. So thank you all
If you are from San Diego you are in the most humid place on earth. Everytime I go back there I can feel the humidity just crawling on me. Your training is a moot point. If you can ride 8-10 miles at a clip you are fine. When you hit a town every 8-10 miles you will get to walk your bike because you will hit a wall of people that you can’t go around. just walk through, get some water, hit the Farm Boys, stand in line and it will be like you are starting over again. I was overwhelmed by the numbers of people at that first town. You have in San Diego the same hills and humidity, maybe not the heat but it has only been in the 80’s along the route so far and actually dipping into the low 50’s at night. Leave the sleeping bag and bring a blanket and two sheets. Make sure your rain fly is a good one and put all your stuff in plastic trash bags at night as there is usually one night of heavy storms. Perry, Marshalltown, … Leave the arm and leg warmers home but get some sun sleeves as you are out for up to 8 hours, not riding, but just looking at the scenery and the towns, the history, the people. Good luck.