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Thread: Ragbrai - ho!

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    Ragbrai - ho!

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    My 2nd post! First one was about short vs. long breaks. Very good advice. I have been trying the stretches. Here is the thing, hubby has been sick so he probably will not be riding much. We have other team members I could ride with but here is what I am thinking. I have not ridden every mile of RAGBRAI yet. It is a goal of mine. On my own this may be my best opportunity, go my own pace, take breaks when I need etc. I know the route is hilly this year and predictions are for 90+ each day but what the heck, I am not getting any younger and I have trained more miles this year than ever before. I am therefore asking for some support of like minded cycling gals. I want to post my progress every day to stay accountable. Thank you all that read this post.

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    Please do post your progress. Good luck!!

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    Good, good luck! And have fun! We just went through Iowa in our motorhome (we're in MN now), and I can certainly vouch for it not being flat. And there's some really tough heat and humidity coming too. I will keep everything crossed for you and hope to read your updates here. Take care, have fun, and don't push past your ability. But have fun! Can't wait to hear about it!
    Emily

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    Thank you, I will.

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    Thanks, Emily. Not flat for sure! I will do my best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judithlsm View Post
    Thanks, Emily. Not flat for sure! I will do my best.
    Did pretty good today for a hot and hilly day. Legs and "seat" ok! Looking forward to tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judithlsm View Post
    Did pretty good today for a hot and hilly day. Legs and "seat" ok! Looking forward to tomorrow.
    Great! Hope tomorrow is good too!
    Emily

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    Quote Originally Posted by emily_in_nc View Post
    Great! Hope tomorrow is good too!
    79 miles today. More hills mostly all day up and down. Tomorrow more of the same. Thanks Em forthe support.

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    That's fantastic and a lot of miles! Congratulations!!!
    Emily

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    I am really going to try for every mile. Will see if I make it.

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    Sounds good so far. Hills can be rough but at least you get a chance to coast on the way down. I hope the heat is not too bad, or you at least have some shady areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ny biker View Post
    Sounds good so far. Hills can be rough but at least you get a chance to coast on the way down. I hope the heat is not too bad, or you at least have some shady areas.
    61.5 miles today, more of the same hills we call grinders. A few bad steep ones. Guess I knew. Lol Will see what tomorrow brings.

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    Hoping you do feel good enough to do every mile and can really celebrate when dipping your wheel into the Mississippi. Take your time and enjoy the special moments the ride can give during the day. I looked at it as just accepting each days challenge and pushing through/overcoming the difficulties that showed up…..wishing I was there!

    …thinking hills, high temps, humidity, even sometimes rain storms and lightening have always been part of riding Ragbrai....i mean it IS always during the last full week in July

    Keep posting and have fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ‘The negative feelings we all have can be addictive…just as the positive…it’s up to
    us to decide which ones we want to choose and feed”… Pema Chodron

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    Made it all day today. 67 miles. A few clouds and some flats helped. I thought I lost my phone along the way but alas it was found. Tonight have funny stomach, hope it gets better soon!

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    I did not make it. After the 1st 4 days of hills and a total of 261 miles I came down with a viral thing so said the doc on Thursday morning in Centerville. The good news is I was able to ride on Saturday with my hubby to Muscatine for the tire dip in the Mississippi. It was the coolest, shortest and flat day of the week. It was good to get back on the bike, not 100% but good enough. Maybe next year I can achieve my goal. Thank you.

 

 

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