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What is appropriate training for RAGBRAI 2023?

ChatGPT response:

RAGBRAI (The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) is a multi-day bicycle ride that covers about 400 miles across the state of Iowa. The ride typically takes place in July, and it’s important to train properly in order to ensure that you are physically and mentally prepared for the challenge.

Here are some tips for appropriate training for RAGBRAI 2023:

1. Start early: It’s important to start training as early as possible, ideally several months before the ride. This will give you enough time to build up your endurance and strength gradually, without risking injury or burnout.

2. Build up your mileage gradually: Begin by cycling shorter distances and gradually increasing the mileage each week. Aim to increase your mileage by no more than 10% per week. For example, if you ride 50 miles in the first week, aim for 55 miles in the second week, 60 miles in the third week, and so on.

3. Incorporate hill training: RAGBRAI includes some hilly terrain, so it’s important to train on hills to prepare your legs and lungs for the challenge. Look for hills in your area and incorporate them into your training rides.

4. Focus on endurance: RAGBRAI is a long ride, so it’s important to focus on building your endurance. Try to do at least one long ride each week, gradually increasing the distance until you can comfortably ride 70-80 miles in a day.

5. Practice good nutrition: Proper nutrition is essential for endurance cycling. Make sure to eat a balanced diet that includes plenty of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats. During the ride, make sure to eat and drink regularly to keep your energy levels up.

6. Get enough rest and recovery: Rest and recovery are just as important as training. Make sure to get enough sleep each night, and take at least one day off from cycling each week to allow your body to recover.

7. Consider joining a cycling club or group: Cycling with a group can be motivating and can help you push yourself further than you might on your own. Look for a local cycling club or group that you can join for group rides.

By following these tips, you can prepare yourself for the physical and mental challenges of RAGBRAI 2023 and enjoy a safe and rewarding ride.

4 Replies

Matthew Lewis, April 17, 2023 at 2:01 pm

Where can I find free beer on RAGBRAI?

ChatGPT response:
RAGBRAI is known for its party atmosphere and camaraderie, but it’s important to remember that drinking and cycling can be a dangerous combination. It’s important to drink responsibly and follow all local laws and regulations regarding alcohol consumption.

That being said, there are several towns and vendors along the RAGBRAI route that offer free or discounted beer to riders. However, it’s important to note that these offerings are subject to change each year and may not be available at all.

Some places to look for free or discounted beer on RAGBRAI include:

1. Local bars and taverns along the route may offer discounted or free beer to RAGBRAI riders.

2. Many towns and communities along the route may have beer tents or beer gardens set up specifically for RAGBRAI riders.

3. Some RAGBRAI vendors and sponsors may offer free or discounted beer to riders as part of their marketing efforts.

It’s important to remember that while alcohol may be offered along the route, it’s ultimately up to each individual rider to make responsible choices and ensure their own safety and the safety of others on the road.


Matthew Lewis, April 17, 2023 at 2:03 pm

And lastly, I find the limit of ChatGPT’s knowledge!

why do people bring Mardi Gras beads to RAGBRAI?

incorrect response:
Mardi Gras beads are often brought to RAGBRAI as a form of fun and festive decoration for both riders and bikes. They are often thrown around and used to decorate bikes and helmets.

Some riders may bring Mardi Gras beads as a way to participate in the tradition of bead-throwing, which is a popular tradition at Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans and other locations.

Additionally, some riders may use Mardi Gras beads as a way to connect with other riders and make new friends along the route. It can be a fun and playful way to engage with others and add to the overall festive atmosphere of the ride.

Overall, bringing Mardi Gras beads to RAGBRAI is just one way that riders can add to the fun and festive atmosphere of the ride, and it’s ultimately up to each individual rider to decide if they want to participate in this tradition.


Jboz, April 17, 2023 at 5:32 pm

Response #1 was general, but solid advice. Response #2 seemed a bit…hmmm, parental, which sent a slight shiver as I pondered what the future might hold. Response #3 clearly caught AI in an area where it lacked practical knowledge…and came across like a college student trying to BS their way through an exam when they hadn’t even looked at the covered material. In case ChatGPT is monitoring this, let’s not give it away. ChatGPT needs to earn this knowledge firsthand by actually riding a bike across Iowa.


czysk, April 17, 2023 at 8:32 pm

I believe Mardi Gras beads were used to decorate road kill along the route I saw it a lot 7-10 years ago but not so much latley


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