• July 06, 2011

    RAGBRAI Training: Go for a Spin

    The most common mistake I see new riders make is to use too large of a gear and pedal too slowly. This may feel like the right thing to do, but pedaling faster can make you faster and make you less tired.

  • June 13, 2011

    RAGBRAI Training: Power to the Pedals

    You may take your cycling shoes and pedals for granted. After all, you just step and stand on them while riding. But these are vitally important components for cycling and deserve a mention here.

  • May 12, 2011

    RAGBRAI Training: Handling the UPS and DOWNS

    If you’ve read my earlier article on the amount of climbing on this year’s RAGBRAI, or if you've looked at the profile, you will realize there aren’t long, long climbs, but there is a lot of overall climbing. That climbing comes a quarter or a half mile at a time. The hills in Iowa are short but they can be frequent especially on the first couple of days. These can cause challenges for riders both going up and coming down.

  • April 25, 2011

    RAGBRAI Training: Advice for “Mature” Riders

    I received a question from a ‘mature’ rider asking if I could give some advice addressing riding and training for the older cyclist. So this is the subject of this blog.

  • March 29, 2011

    RAGBRAI Training: 15 Week Training Plan and Log

    OK RAGBRAI riders, here it is again this year, back by popular demand: The 15 week training plan for RAGBRAI. I have put this plan together to give you an idea of how to build up your riding in a very methodical and gradual manner to ensure you have the ability to ride RAGBRAI comfortably and to be able to finish it successfully.

  • March 11, 2011

    RAGBRAI Training: Time for Base Training

    In cycling jargon, this is the time of year for base training. For cyclists who follow a regimented training plan, they divide their training year into various phases, or periods. Typically after the winter, where riding is decreased considerably, we need to rebuild some of our fitness going into the summer again.

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