My next feat

After I finished the 10K in Boulder I had to switch modes to cycling because I’m doing my very first day of Ragbrai! And it’s gonna be a long one – 76 miles. Because, yes, I am just a little bit crazy.

For those of you who don’t know, Ragbrai is a bike ride across the state of Iowa that takes place every summer in the blazing July heat. It’s also been referred to as “spring break for adults”, a “party on wheels,” and many other similar terms. How people can drink all night and then get up the next day to ride 50+ miles in the scorching heat is beyond me, but I guess I’ll find out.

Mike and I have been hopping on the trail that starts near our house and riding together on weekends. Basically every time I ride it’s the longest bike ride I’ve ever been on! A couple days ago I tried out the High Trestle trail in Ankeny, which turned out to be about the smoothest, well-kept trail I’ve ever been on.

Word of warning, though. If you get into cycling, be prepared to cough up a chunk of change for all the equipment. You discover you need this and that and this and that. And above all a whole new bike! P.S. If you’ve got a ladies road bike for a short-legged person you want to get rid of, let me know…

I’m on a budget, so I got some nice new skinny tires for my Trek hybrid.

Due to lack of space for water bottles I ended up with this Camelbak, which also stores cell phone, money, snacks, etc. So far it has not proven hot or uncomfortable at all.

Even the Yaris has been outfitted with a bike rack. We’re ready to hit the road!

Where do you like to bike? Have you ever done Ragbrai?