Saddle time

By , March 20, 2017 6:23 am

The complete course for the day we’re riding of RAGBRAI (July 29) was published a week ago…

Look at those hills! Yowza!

I’m strangely excited about how challenging those climbs are going to be! To get ready for the hills, I’ll train in Wisconsin on somewhat hilly roads. I’m also riding with two blocks on the trainer at home, hoping that counts for something! Note: RAGBRAI is a giant party on wheels and pace doesn’t matter.

But… I’m also doing the bike portion of an international distance triathlon in June and need to work on my speed for that, while getting ready for those RAGBRAI hills! Luckily, the triathlon course is flat. I’ll keep doing intervals, sprints, and tempos on my trainer, and start riding outside in April! Woot woot! Can you tell I’m excited for more saddle time?

6 Responses to “Saddle time”

  1. Shelley B says:

    Your love for this race, and biking in general, is definitely showing!

  2. Kiersten says:

    I’m itching to get out on my bike too! The roads were clear and then we got 18 inches of snow last week. Whomp! Do you feel like you get the same workout on the trainer? I don’t feel like I do on my trainer at home, but there is a spin bike with programmed workouts at the gym that I think comes pretty close to riding outside.

    • kilax says:

      Oh man! Is most of your snow gone now?

      Hmm. I think both workouts (inside and outside) are challenging for different reasons, but neither are the same. Riding outside is so much more about focusing on the road and traffic and dealing with the wind! But you can coast! Inside you can really focus on pushing hard and not having to worry about those elements… and no coasting! I think they’re both good and it’s great to have so many options! I bet the programmed stuff at your gym is FUN!

  3. Rachel says:

    Those are some major hills! WOW! Is it the hilliest day of RAGBRAI?

    I’m so excited for our relay tri! We are gonna kick some booty.

    • kilax says:

      It is the hilliest day on the course this year! It’s funny – they are billing this year’s course as something like “take it easy, go north” (cause the course stays in the northern most counties) but that last day is NOT easy. LOL.

      Me too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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