• June 24, 2010

    RAGBRAI Training: One Big Ole Hill

    As you have likely heard already, this year's version of RAGBRAI is one of the least hilly in history, but that doesn't mean it's absolutely flat. It also means that the few hills on the course are getting more attention. There is one in particular...

  • June 15, 2010

    RAGBRAI Training: Don’t Be a Pain in the Rear

    The most common comment I hear from people who do RAGBRAI is not that their legs hurt but that their seat/bottom/derriere/buttocks hurts. One of the most important reasons for training prior to riding RAGBRAI is to make sure your seat is prepared for hours in your bike saddle.

  • June 02, 2010

    RAGBRAI Training: There are Lots of Ways to Train, But Plain Old Riding is the Best Way!

    People, especially coaches like myself, get into learning about all the best ways to train for cycling. There are intervals, hill repeats, jumps, steady state threshold workouts, leg strength workouts, and on and on. But if you are preparing for RAGBRAI, the very best way to train is to simply ride your bike.

  • June 01, 2010

    Charles Gabus Memorial Ride on June 20

    The Northwest Rotary Club in Des Moines is sponsoring a family friendly charity bicycle ride commemorating the life of Charles Gabus on Sunday, June 20. The rides start at Walker Johnson Park in Urbandale.

  • April 28, 2010

    RAGBRAI Training: Out for a Spin

    Well, spring is finally here in all parts of northern hemisphere, so no more excuses. It is time to get out and ride. Hopefully many of you have already been on your bikes getting your body ready for RAGBRAI. This blog is focused on your cadence, or how fast your legs go around while pedaling.

  • March 30, 2010

    RAGBRAI Training: 2010 Mileage Guide

    I often get asked the question: “How many miles should I train before the start of RAGBRAI?”. My answer is that you should have ridden at least 1,000 miles on your bike before you start RAGBRAI (this year, not in your whole life!).

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