July 22, 2011

RAGBRAI Preface

The time has come, RAGBRAI starts Sunday. I'm about 75% excited and 25% nervous... or really it's the opposite. The past couple weeks I've been trying to get over a nasty cold and my life has just been out of control busy. Translation: I haven't been training like I should. To this date the longest ride I have completed was 32 miles. 32 pitiful miles. And now I'm about to embark on a 454 mile journey. This is scary.

But I do have lots of short rides under my belt. I have done nearly 400 miles in the past 4 months. (Ok, really, that's not that much and OMG I will double that in one weeks time). RAGBRAI recommends 1,000 miles of training before the ride, but most do less... some don't train at all. I just need to keep telling myself RAGBRAI is a series of short rides from town to town. And breathe. I need to remember to breathe.

And camping? I don't think I've ever truly been camping, at least not since I was a tween. Is this woman, who enjoys her 15 minute hot showers ready for an entire week of camping? With mostly boys? I haven't even begun to prepare for that...

So please wish me luck as I prepare for the most athletic and outdoorsy thing I have ever done in my life.

4 comments:

Megan Langford said...

You'll be great! No worries. Camping with lots of boys should be fun, not stressful!

john said...

I agree, camping with boys should be fun :)

Steph A said...

You can do it! You're braver than i am, hehe. :) I'm sure it'll be an adventure, and totally worth it.

chimes said...

good luck! That sounds like fun. I want to do this sometime, but I'm too chicken. Plus, it would require a week of vacation.