David Ertl Returns as RAGBRAI’s Training Coach
Only 185 days until RAGBRAI XL! The route announcement party is January 28 where we will find out how long (or short) and how hilly (or flat) this year’s course will be. It’s not too early to start preparing (RAGBRAI speak for training) for the ride. As I’ve done the past couple of years, I will be writing a training blog to give you helpful tips along the way and to give you some ideas of what to expect on RAGBRAI in terms of your physical fitness requirements. My past blogs are archived on the RAGBRAI website if you are in a hurry and can’t wait to get reading.
Some people scoff at needing to “train” for RAGBRAI. After all, it is a recreational ride and isn’t a race. However, it is about 450 miles of bicycling in one week. That is a lot no matter how much you pace yourself. Ask some of the veterans of this ride. They will tell you that getting lots of riding miles in ahead of RAGBRAI will make the event so much more enjoyable and pain-free. I will provide lots of ideas on how to ride – how far, how fast, hill training, what to eat, what to drink, what to wear, etc. RAGBRAI is all about having fun, and being physically prepared is one of the most important ways to ensure you will have fun on the ride.
I’d really like to know what is on your mind, too. I’d encourage you to write comments in the Training Blog forum when I post articles and suggest future topics for me to address. I may overlook some of the obvious questions people have. I want to make sure that I’m covering topics of most interest. I will also be revisiting some of the topics covered previously that are just too important not to repeat. So check back often and be sure to leave comments and questions in the forum.
Here’s to another great year of riding and RAGBRAI!
David Ertl is a USA Cycling Level 1 (Elite) Coach and Personal Trainer. He coaches the Des Moines Cycle Club Race Team, the Iowa JDRF Ride To Cure Diabetes Team, the Above & Beyond Cancer RAAM Team, and he coaches individual cyclists. He also provides cycling training plans and ebooks at his website: http://www.CyclesportCoaching.com . He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org