Training

Training Tips for IOWA’S RIDE

Riding a bicycle across Iowa in one week is no small physical feat. Therefore, we are pleased to announce that Iowa’s own cycling coach David Ertl will be providing tips for you throughout the season leading up to the ride to help you anticipate and prepare for IOWA’S RIDE. 

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Cross Training Ideas

For some of us, getting in training miles on our bike outside this time of year is challenging.  But in addition to indoor training options and fat bike snow riding, feel free to explore other fitness options.  Winter is a great time to work on general fitness and non-cycling types of activities to round out your overall fitness.  Here are a couple of articles to review to see what other cross-training options there are for you to do while you wait for it to warm up.

Here are two good articles Livestrong and Active.com

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Indoor Training Options

If you live up north like we do, it’s kind of challenging to drive to work, much less get a training ride done outside.  Now some people like to challenge themselves and get outside on their fat bikes and play in the snow.  But if you don’t like or want to do that, another option to start getting in shape is to ‘ride’ on an indoor trainer. Over the past few years, the technology has greatly improved on these – they are much more like actually riding outside with variable resistance and interactive programs like Zwift.  Here is a great article explain the types of indoor trainers available now.

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Cold Weather Clothing

Well, at least here in Iowa, winter is here. Below zero temperatures makes July heat and humidity seem like a fantasy!  But winter shouldn’t stop you from beginning your fitness journey for this summer’s ride.  There are a number of ways you can get training in during the winter. Whether you ride indoors on a trainer or spin class, or if you brave the cold (unless you are fortunate enough to live in a warm climate), there are a lot of good resources out there.  One of them is my own winter clothing guide, to give you an idea of how much clothing to wear, depending on the temperature. You can read about it here.

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The first thing you should do in preparation for Iowa’s Ride is to review the ride route information. This tells you the distance to be ridden each day as well as the elevation each day. 

This information will be useful to help get you mentally and physically prepared to do the ride and I will be referring to it in future tips. Check it out here: https://iowasride.com/route/


Check back often for training tips for IOWA’S RIDE.

Riding a bicycle across Iowa in one week is no small physical feat. Therefore, we are pleased to announce that Iowa’s own cycling coach David Ertl will be providing tips for you throughout the season leading up to the ride to help you anticipate and prepare for IOWA’S RIDE. 

David has been a cycling coach since 2001 and has obtained the highest coaching certification with USA Cycling. He was worked with beginner cyclists all the way up to competitive racers.  He has coached individuals as well as groups including the JDRF Ride To Cure program, the Des Moines Cycle Club and the Above & Beyond Cancer RAAM team.  He is currently a member of the Peaks Coaching Group.

In addition, David has written extensively about cycling training, including four books on the subject.  You can find numerous articles he has written on his website and his books here.  

And finally, you can learn more about David’s coaching and cycling experience here.