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Just over 1000 miles done and dusted and 11 pounds sent packing. I feel good.

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George A, June 11, 2017 at 4:20 pm

My son and I have ridden 504 miles in the last 4 weeks. Really starting to get in a grove and feeling a lot stronger than just 2 weeks ago. Getting Pumped.

Five full weeks of training left. Hard to believe it is only 6 weeks from day one.

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KenH, June 12, 2017 at 12:04 pm

I’m sitting at 836. I was out in the heat yesterday afternoon and that went pretty well. Hoping for more hot weather prior to the ride because last year the lead up was fairly cool and those first few days in Iowa came as quite a shock! So if your local weather gives you the opportunity to train in the heat be careful of course and hydrate well, but don’t avoid the heat. Keep at it everyone, we’ll all get ourselves ready if we remain diligent.

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murphymp, June 12, 2017 at 12:47 pm

I always try to get 1000-1200 in before Ragbrai. I am at 725 now and feel good about it. I always hit it hard the last four weeks and should be well over 1200 before Ragbrai. I always say if you put the miles in before you can enjoy Ragbrai and not feel like it a chore.

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BillSpriggs, June 12, 2017 at 2:32 pm

Crossed the 1,000 mile mark this morning, I’m a little behind schedule as we had a really wet spring and missed several days due to weather. Need to get up into the hills the next few weeks.

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cyduke, June 12, 2017 at 3:01 pm

90+ degrees here in Wisconsin. Felt just like RAGBRAI on our lunch ride today, except no crowds, “Burma Shave” signs, or lines for the showers.

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francoisvanzyl, June 13, 2017 at 12:45 pm

My 1500 miles done. From here on the rides will just be hills albeit a bit shorter.

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Amanda, June 14, 2017 at 7:59 am

I think I have over 300. My battery in my computer died so I wasn’t tracking my earlier rides. I did a 62 mile and then did the inspect the route from OC to Spencer the next day. I think I will be fine. Will continue to train but would be happy with 600-700. That’s my comfort zone.
I need to sleep on my air mattress in a non air conditioned room. That helps to be ready for the humid & hot nights sleeping in my tent! We all train in different ways… 🙂

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Amanda, June 14, 2017 at 8:15 am

I am noticing that I am the only female to post on this subject. Which means either we women don’t have time to train much or else we don’t want to tell anyone – kinda like the whole don’t tell your age thing! LOL

I am 59 and will be 60 in November, by the way!

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David Leung, June 14, 2017 at 8:34 am

I’m behind but (hopefully) back on track: 644 miles, 9,123 climb, not counting a few stat bike sessions. First RAGBRAI for us — we’ll be on a tandem; my wife is the stronger cyclist. I’m slated to break 900 by the end of the month and 1,300 by the last weekend. Weekend rides are usually on the tandem; midweek rides on my solo.

Speaking of which, yesterday’s solo 25 was interesting: I was in a higher gear most of the time than when I’d done that ride earlier in the season, so yay! 🙂

If my body will let me, I’m also hoping to re-start my running. Marathons have been my jam, but this spring, I’ve let my running lapse so to focus on biking. Getting some lungpower back would be nice so that it’s only quad muscles and butt muscles I’m fighting. It’s weird that the concept of running 4+ miles right now seems daunting… 🙂

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Bob Kidd, June 14, 2017 at 5:37 pm

Just hit 750 with 28,000 feet of climb should make the 1,000 mark. First time for me and I want to have fun with this so I hope this keeps me from feeling dead at the end of the day.

Question about the heat. I seem to ride a lot better on the really hot days. Yesterday was high 90’s and it felt great out there. Is this the norm?

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Amanda, June 15, 2017 at 8:09 am

Bob – Heat affects everyone differently. But humidity, that gets everybody! We had some riders from Arizona join us. They were use to high temps. But not the humidity. They were cramping severely after the first day.

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Bob Kidd, June 15, 2017 at 8:58 pm

Amanda, I know what you mean about humidity I’m in central Illinois just outside Peoria. 🙂 I’ve learned how important keeping hydrated is these last few weeks. Haven’t tried the pickle juice thing you guys talk about but will soon enough.

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KenH, June 16, 2017 at 9:29 am

I turned 65 earlier this year, you are still a young thing Amanda! I understand your training regimen however. I’ll be in a motorhome again this year but last year I tent camped for the first time in decades. It had been so long I had to buy all new gear, the old having succumbed to the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune years ago. So I got me one of those 2″ Thermarest self inflating sleep pad thingys. Was it enough? Only one way to find out so I slept on it one night on a hard floor, much to the delight of one of our dogs!

And the result? Yeah, it is enough really. However, if I have to do that again I won’t have to budget for any other camping gear and I might get one of their 3.5 inchers. If you are using a charter like I was (Riverbend, great group if anyone wants to know) both are easily light enough and small enough so why not go for a little extra comfort?

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francoisvanzyl, July 17, 2017 at 10:09 am

1925.5 miles — that is it. everything packed. I suspect I will be OK.

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Geoff Butland, July 17, 2017 at 3:11 pm

1900 miles is impressive! This weekend I had my first DNF when a shift cable housing blew through a ferrule 20 miles from home. At least now I know the recumbent fits inside the Forester! But with repairs made I was able to get to 1700 miles and 39K of elevation for the year. As ready as I’ll ever be!

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