July 01, 2014
By Coach David Ertl As RAGBRAI approaches in less than a month, it’s time to get thinking about your strategy for riding RAGBRAI thi...
June 24, 2014
Very frequently, the legs can carry you all the way through RAGBRAI. They may be tired but will get you there. On the other hand, often the more limiting factor is one’s seat/bottom/derriere/buttocks. One of the most important reasons for riding a lot prior to RAGBRAI is to make sure your own seat is prepared for spending hours sitting on your bike saddle. It would be a shame if you couldn’t finish because your rear couldn’t handle it. A little embarrassing to explain as well.
June 18, 2014
By Coach David Ertl This is one of the most common questions I hear about riders who are preparing for RAGBRAI, especially fi...
May 23, 2014
I have said more than once that RAGBRAI is not a race and the objective is not to see how fast you can get through it. My emphasis has been on building endurance so that you can make it through the whole ride enjoyably, comfortably and feeling good about yourself.
April 28, 2014
I get quite a few questions about how one should eat and drink while riding. As I mentioned in my previous blog, you should be gradually increasing your miles on the bike as you get out and start preparing for RAGBRAI. This means you will be burning more energy and becoming dehydrated if you don’t refuel and rehydrate properly. Here are some tips on how to keep your body full of energy and fluids.
April 03, 2014
by Coach David Ertl I can already see the responses to this title and several will likely involve beer. But to your dismay I will n...