RAGBRAI Training: It is not too early to start training for RAGBRAI
Saturday night the general route of the 2020 edition of RAGBRAI was announced. It looks like a fun course with a variety of harder and easier days. It is a total of 420 miles with 12,306 feet of climbing. That makes it the 6th shortest and 29th hilliest. But don’t mistake that for being ‘short’ or ‘flat’. I don’t care who you are, riding a bike 420 miles in one week is still a lot of work. Be sure to read a more thorough analysis of this year’s route here.
So even though you have a half a year still to prepare (174 days as of today), it is not too early to start getting ready. While many of you live in northern climates where riding outside is difficult if not impossible, that doesn’t mean you can start building your base fitness. On the bike, you can ride your indoor trainer, or attend spin classes. If you can ride outside go ahead and start getting miles in now. If you live in snow country, you can do some fat or mountain biking on the snow, or go snowshoeing or cross country skiing. You can also do general fitness exercises at your gym. Anything you can do to start being active will help later on.
So keep checking back throughout the next 6 months for my training tips and my ever-popular training plan to help prepare you for this ride. I will review each day’s route in more detail and what you should consider for your training. It may be mid-winter, but it’s time to start getting excited about July!
Coach David Ertl
David Ertl is a USA Cycling Level 1 Coach. He coaches the Des Moines Cycle Club Race Team and individual cyclists through the Peaks Coaching Group. He also provides cycling training plans and ebooks at his website: www.CyclesportCoaching.com. He can be contacted at cyclecoach@hotmail.