What Do You Do For Training?

Just curious. Besides riding, What other types of workouts do you do?

I ride 200-250 miles a week.
I do weight training 4-5 times a week.
To help with my stamina my gym has virtual classes which consistes of Rev Series. Basiacally Spin Classes.

Just looking for a variety of new ideas.

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Michrider !!!, July 9, 2016 at 9:53 pm

I for one am going to avoid engaging in a battle of wits with this FSU character. I suggest we use restraint! He has been reported to TJ. Hopefully he will go away soon!!!!


Sandaltan ., July 9, 2016 at 9:57 pm

Yeah, we could use an edit button.

RIDE RIGHT I think I hear the hoofbeats of the moderator Ken.


GORDON BROWN, July 9, 2016 at 10:51 pm

Training… just spend time on the bike. The short weekend rides won’t cut it. Ride 2-3x day when you do ride. That is more realistic of Ragbrai. You ride and stop and rest, maybe even nap… then you have to ride some more. Split your training into morning, take a few hours off, then saddle up again, ride some more, then if you have time, do another ride. I did a 20 and 15 today, one morning, one late afternoon to be in the HEAT. OMG, it was hot. That pool felt so good, riding gear and all.


Nico ZZZ, July 10, 2016 at 5:54 am

Hey Gthomp0419,
I know how you feel.

That fsuFballaa ding dong is surely a pesky little critter, kinda like a feisty chihuahua that chomps down on your pant leg and won’t let go. Doesn’t hurt you, can’t, as it is just a noisy lttle varmint with tiny teeth, but at some point you just need to give it a swift kick to shoo it away.
I know that isn’t a very accurate description of fsu, as a chihuahua is much stronger, and certainly the chihuahua has a better command of the English language than fsu.
Today I found out what my special purpose is for!
Ride On!


powellpd, July 10, 2016 at 6:13 am

To Gringonick- I love your workout regimen! A friend of mine just won the National Championship in Mountain Biking for his age group and you are doing exactly what he does. You are really more than ready for RAGBRAI! Keep doing what you are. Pam


Nico ZZZ, July 10, 2016 at 6:24 am


Well, I’m jealous of all the road miles you’ve got in this year! = )

I’ll ride thirty today with the gators, and then the bike gets packed and shipped. Ho-hum….

It sounds like most folks on this forum are Ready for Ragbrai…better be by now!

Have a great ride in Iowa. I’ll wave to you, as you’ll be easy to recognize, because you’ll be the one blasting by the rest of us!!!
Ride On!


powellpd, July 10, 2016 at 7:13 am

Gordon Brown- I like your idea of riding several times a day that would mimic what we would be doing during RAGBRAI. Makes sense to me. Of course, I didn’t do it this year during training, but I certainly will use your idea next year. Luckily I live in Florida and I am riding in the heat and humidity right now. I was so soaked in sweat one day day that I hardly peel off my socks!! I am just hoping that the hills and long rollers I have trained on are somewhat similar to the ones I will ride in Iowa. The only thing I am lacking in training is riding in headwinds. Where I live, we just don’t have much of that. Well, we will be riding together soon, hope I meet up with some of you in Iowa. Put the power on your pedals!!


powellpd, July 10, 2016 at 9:19 am

Hi Gringonick- I am enjoying reading the majority of these posts. One person certainly needs to be removed since he tries to make us all feel inferior to himself. When I was an elementary school assistant principal, it was my job to deal with kids just like him. He will never improve, it’s called narcissistic disorder. It’s a person who has an excessive interest in and admiration of themselves. I have appreciated the wonderful words of support and encouragement received from everyone else. We understand we have done the best we can in training. We worked hard to develop the most effective plan for ourselves as possible. How we had to work in training the best possible way to accommodate our lifestyles. I retired two years ago from 35 years in the field of education. My full-time job right now is to get myself ready for RAGBRAI. This is how I am getting in the miles I have. I do feel I will be able to complete this ride with a smile on my face. A lot of it is because of the supportive people who have helped me along the way. This includes all of the encouragement I have received from so many of you in this forum. We will put the power on our pedals!


Anonymous, July 10, 2016 at 11:42 am

hey 419, dont take the board so seriously. it’s going to be ok, so go to your spin class and calculate how many miles you could do ha ha!!


Nico ZZZ, July 10, 2016 at 12:52 pm


I like the tag “narcissistic disorder” for our blowhard visitor. I think “delusional” should be in there somewhere. In his early posts he has questions about cycling shorts, cycling in general, etc. Now he claims he is a trainer, a coach, and could certainly train cycling. One of his many problems is that his one delusional self forgets the lies of the other delusional self. Taunting all who have actually done things, not just wallowed in the fantasy of doing something, and not just lying to himself, but trying to convince others of his super hero powers.
But I mean, like Bro, Dude, he is soooo talented. He is…the most interesting man in the world. No, seriously, just ask him. As long as he is in his Mom’s basement, that is.
In late July, while we are Riding the Corn with our fellow riders and lovers of all things Iowa, our Delusional Ding Dong Do-Nothing will be in the safety of his mother’s basement, wolfing down Hot Pockets and Doritos, knocking back can after can of Red Bull, wondering what it would be like to touch a woman – not just stare at them on free porn sites, and type type type away more lies on another website. Perhaps he’ll jump over to IMDB and claim to be an F/X expert and talk out of the wrong orifice (as usual) about his film knowledge. I’m sure he was responsible for all the F/X of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and is now spearheading the latest Star Wars installments.
Thank God he walks the Earth, as he has made all of our lives richer.
Ride On!


BillSpriggs, July 10, 2016 at 8:02 pm

powellpd – If you approached teaching with half to the commitment and enthusiasm that you have approached training for RAGBRAI you were one hell of a great teacher. This will be my third RAGBRAI, I crossed 2,172 miles since the first week of March this morning and I am a little concerned that I haven’t done enough climbing this year. My training miles are similar to my other years, 2013 & 2015 and I had not problems and did the Karras loop each year. It appears to me that your skill on the bike might approach your skill in the classroom. I’ll see you in Iowa.


RDaryl Daryl, July 10, 2016 at 9:07 pm

Thanks so much for your help Mich! Glad to hear you are able to start riding again. It seems that everybody here is already physically trained for this year’s ride. We all can crank out the miles at home. How about training your mind to slow down and truly experience Iowa? It is NOT a race!
See if you can stretch out your riding day to 10 or 12 hours. Create memories by stopping in every town & talking to other riders and the the locals (we try to meet the mayor in every town). New life-long friendships may be created as a result. Sit on a curb and watch the world go by (multiple beverages suggested). Laugh often. Check out the local attractions such as the Villisca Ax Murder House, Dumont Museum before Sigourney, or Swinging Bridge in Columbus Junction (I suggest looking at TJ’s twitter documenting the inspection pre-ride).
Remember. . . . your bags will still be waiting for you if you claim them at 6 PM rather than noon. Just never go into the overnight town hungry.


Amanda, July 10, 2016 at 9:08 pm

Gthomp you could add some core workouts. I get my gym time in but I don’t ride as much as you. You will have a great time on RAGBRAI. Is this your first one?


Jason Stoller, July 10, 2016 at 10:16 pm

I have to admit I did a local 32 miler today and while it was not the hot temps today the humidity made it tough. It was so humid I thought I ran out of water only to discover my Ice in my 3 liter Camelbak had frozen together and I had suck all the water and air out of it and just had ice. As soon as I discovered this I opened it up and fixed the problem.

I cannot stress how important it is to keep yourself hydrated and keep good fuel in your engine to keep you going so your body can recover well while you ride.



powellpd, July 11, 2016 at 6:46 am

Hello Bill Spriggs- Thank you for the lovely compliments. I really was within my passion while in the field of education. I truly loved to go to school everyday of my career. I believe that understanding how people learn and master skills has helped me plan my training for RAGBRAI. Of course, I have had some great mentors during this process. I have taken the statements about this years route to be “hilly” seriously! I have ridden hills and long rollers consistently, I mean all the time so I can enjoy the experience and not be so tired from riding the road. I have found this forum to be extremely helpful, the majority of the time. I am hoping I will be able to meet some of you during RAGBRAI in order to say hello. Put the power on your pedals! Pam


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