Hey everyone!! Last year was my first year on the RAGBRAI trail. My friend and I decided to do all or part of the first day. As it grew closer, I realized how unprepared I was and decided to only do half of the first day. I work in Sioux City and people kept freaking me out about the hills between Sioux City and Quimby so I decided to start at the halfway point. I joined my friend and the rest of the team there. I pedaled off on my mountain bike (with mountain bike tires) and trudged along. I made it about 14 miles out and had to quit. Even though it was very difficult for me, I couldn’t wait for next year! A couple weeks later I bought a road bike and at Christmas I received a indoor trainer. I’ve been reading past blog posts from Coach David Ertl and other things that I’ve randomly found. So, I guess that’s all a bit of background information. I have registered for the entire week this year and am super excited! I’m still unprepared but excited for the weather to warm up a bit to get outside and ride! One thing I need to do is to lower my gravitation pull (as I believe Coach David Ertl puts it- haha)…AKA lose weight. Does anyone have experience using cycling as a weight loss tool? Or is there anyone else out there trying to lose weight? …and I mean a considerable amount of weight, not just a few pounds. I want to be as prepared as possible this year and know that I will have a easier time if I lose weight. I’m sure its the type of situation that if I ride to prepare, the weight will come off. I’m just looking for any tips!! Also, tips for riding on the indoor trainer. Do you just hop on and pedal away or do you change up your gears along the way? I have been keeping it at the same gear and trying to up the time I am able to go. Thanks in advance for all your help!!