• July 12, 2016

    RAGBRAI Training: Healthy Eating on RAGBRAI

    Cycle Coach David Ertl gives us tips on how to ride RAGBRAI without gaining weight.

  • July 05, 2016

    RAGBRAI Training: Rule #5: Cycling is a Great Exercise, But Not Perfect

    Here we are at the final of my 5 rules of training. As much as we all like cycling and think it is a great physical activity (it is), it isn’t perfect. In fact, there is no perfect exercise.

  • June 30, 2016

    RAGBRAI Training: Rule #4: Resting is Training Too

    Number 4 on my 5 Rules of Training list is rest. God said to rest one day a week, I say you can even rest two or even three days a week if you need to.

  • June 22, 2016

    RAGBRAI Training: Rule #3: Ride Fast

    All right, I know I’ve said numerous times in this blog that RAGBRAI is not a race, so why would I tell you to go out and ride fast in training? Let me explain my reasoning.

  • June 15, 2016

    RAGBRAI Training: Rule #2 : Ride Far

    Rule #1 is Ride Consistently. Rule #2 is built upon Rule #1. Riding consistently will prepare your body for the daily rigors of riding on RAGBRAI. Rule #2 will help build endurance so you can more easily make it through the long miles each day on RAGBRAI. RAGBRAI is a long distance bike ride, if you haven’t already figured that out. I don’t care who you are, 400 plus miles in a week is a long way to pedal a bike. Each day ranges from 50 to 75 miles (although 97 is available if you take the Karras Loop). Therefore you should build up to enough endurance to be able to ride 75 miles.

  • June 04, 2016

    RAGBRAI Training: Rule #1: Train Consistently

    My first rule is to ride consistently as you are preparing for RAGBRAI. Because RAGBRAI isn't just one day-long ride like so many other bike tours, it requires a different approach.

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