RAGBRAI Training: It’s Time to Kick off this RAGBRAI Training Party!
by Coach David Ertl
We have record snow in Iowa right now but that doesn’t mean anything when it comes to RAGBRAI. In five short months, RAGBRAI will be back. Will you be ready?
To help you out, I am once again attaching my RAGBRAI Training Plan. I have received a lot of great feedback on the helpfulness of this plan, as simple as it is, so I am happy to provide it to you again. It will help provide you a guide for the number of miles you might consider doing in training leading up to RAGBRAI in July. Yes, you have five months to prepare, but time will go fast so it’s not too early to start thinking about getting (back) on your bike and starting to get your body in shape. If you are snowbound like us, there are many options for getting going on training. It can be on an indoor trainer, outside on a fat bike, in a spin class, or off the bike on snowshoes, XC skis or skates.
Attached here is a PDF file which you can print and keep handy throughout this training season. I’ve also attached an Excel file version in case you want to use it as a training log to type in your actual training miles. This plan has proven useful by many riders over the years and I hope you find it helpful as well. Use it as a guide. Don’t feel you have to do the exact number of rides or miles on the exact days indicated. But you should aim for your longest ride to be about as long as the longest ride listed for each week, and putting in the total number of miles each week as indicated. It’s best to spread your miles out over several days and not to pack them all in on weekends.
Click to download the PDF of the RAGBRAI Training Plan
Click to download the Excel File of the RAGBRAI Training Plan
I look forward to helping you again this season. If you have topics you would like to have me cover, please email me at email@example.com . I look forward to hearing from you and writing about topics of interest to you.
Here’s to a successful training season!
Coach David Ertl
David Ertl is a USA Cycling Level 1 Coach. He coaches the Des Moines Cycle Club Race Team, JDRF Ride To Cure Diabetes and individual cyclists through the Peaks Coaching Group. He also provides cycling training plans and ebooks at his website: http://www.CyclesportCoaching.com . He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.