Hello Folks –
I’m looking at doing RAGBRAI for the first time this year and I’ve been motivated by a couple of things.
First – I weigh about 295lbs and have a BMI of 40 – needless to say not good. I am working to get in shape and riding is part of that.
Second – I’m wanting to do some altruistic, in this case get a sponsorship to ride and get pledges to support anti-childhood obesity causes. I figure if I could spend a week of my life riding about 470 miles and raising money to help keep kids from ever having to go through what I have, then all the better.
In short, I’m completely green to the idea of a long distance ride, what gear I should have, what to wear, how to prepare (beyond just conditioning), etc I have a decent cyclecross bike I can take for the trip so the bike isn’t a big concern. Everything else though I’m really looking for advice on. I don’t know if I should go it alone, or try to find a team to help, I’m looking at potentially doing a gofundme to help with expenses and be able to donate the proceeds / pledges from to charity, etc.
Any advice anyone would have would be appreciated. I’d like to be able to do this ride and I’m thinking I have 6 months to get my ducks in a row plus be able to figure out the logistics and conditioning and everything else.
Thanks in advance for any help, support, or advice.