Posts Tagged ‘RAGBRAI

14
Jan
16

Throwback Thursday (RAGBRAI 06)

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This is me, pre Bad Bobby, this was my second year of doing RAGBRAI. I did a day in 2004, but I don’t have a photo from that. This was from 2006, I did the last day from Coralville to Muscatine. I don’t remember the mileage. I do remember it was HOT. This was the day I knew I was doing something I love and plan to do until I die. This photo shows the inexperienced rider, heavy shorts, tennis shoes with socks, old mountain bike. It was a great time, throughout the past 11 years I have been on a few different teams, met some new people, made new friends and overall have a blast every year the last week of July hits. RAGBRAI is the birthplace of BAD BOBBY, and he’s a fun guy to party with. Each year I say it was the best year, but overall all the years are a great year. Each year of the BRAI there is something new, new nicknames, new people, new roads and overall that one town where you just don’t remember as it was that much fun. Throughout the years I have upgraded my bike to my beloved Black Betty, 2008 Lemond Tournalet. It was nice going from a mountain bike that was heavy to a nice riding road bike. A week from Saturday we find out this year’s route and I cannot wait!

Below is one of my favorite RAGBRAI photos of me, man how I have changed in the last 10 years. This jsut shows the fun and good time I have!

Ride On!

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27
Jan
14

RAGBRAI 2014 (Preparation Begins)

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Well, the RAGBRAI (www.ragbrai.com) ROUTE for 2014 was announce on Saturday. I had a guess of it being north, and I did guess Emmetsburg and Waverly, BUT that was all I had right. 1 key thing I like to hear *2nd Flattest route* Also, I think the day from Forest City to Mason City will be a AWESOME DAY! It’s the shortest day on RAGBRAI I have ever done…36 miles. I know it’s not a challenge to ride 36 miles, but that;s why I train for miles before RAGBRAI. I usually get in minimum 1000 miles before RAGBRAI, but to me RAGBRAI is not a race, not a competition and I don’t feel I am there to prove anything…it’s my VACATION, which means, biking, drinking, biking, drinking, camping, drinking, dancing and oh…some drinking as well ūüėÄ ¬†It’s probably the best week I look forward to every year, no e-mails, no work, and to quote Bob Marley I’ll be “Singin’: “Don’t worry about a thing,¬†‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right.”” The only thing I miss when I am on RAGBRAI is my wife and my 2 dogs ūüôā¬†

This year will also be my 10th years of doing RAGBRAI and I am excited. I have met a lot of fun people on RAGBRAI (Team Black Betty, Team Fohty, Team Xtreme, and many more) But am glad to call my self a Boozehound from Team Boozehound! We like to Ride Right and Party All Night! 

Most of all it’s fun to hang out with the great team!¬†

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GET ON THOSE BIKES AND RIDE!!

21
Jan
14

TWO a DAYS

This year I feel that I need to kick it not into high gear, but EXPLOSIVE gear. I have done it again…NOT sure how it happens (would like to think it’s muscle) but I was 200 in Jan-2013 and now Jan-2014 I am at 204. Funny thing is I was down to like 183 lbs back in July. My goal is to get to 170 lbs before my 2nd Triathlon. I have taken some eating habits as necessary steps for this goal. 1st. I have continued to give up sweets (candy, cookies, cake, etc…) the only sweet all of last year I allowed myself was 3 things…A. Frozen Yogurt (with fruit on top), B. Plain Vanilla ice cream, and C. Dark Chocolate covered almonds. This year I have continued this trend, except I am adding PIE back to the table, because honestly, last year on RAGBRAI I didn’t have one slice and usually I have 1-2 per day. So…PIE is back on the table, but everything else I will continue to go without. 2nd. I have decided to go ALL year without fried food (tenderloins, fries, fried green beans, fries pickles, fried..ANYTHING) **Except I don’t count chips, some people say those are fried too…but I mean more like deep battered and fried food or aka BAR food** It has only been 21 days, and so far so good on the fried food, but the struggle will be when the BAR HOP Bicycle Part Rides start happening… Well, got off topic there, but the 3rd thing I will do to get more out of my exercise is by adding Two-A-Days to my workout routine. I have started a new lifting schedule of Mon/Wed I do Upper Body Lifts and Tues/Thurs I do lower body lifts. I am liking the routine. The Friday I do my cycling class with an instructor that KICKS MY ASS each time, Saturday I do Cycling class or just cardio, and Sundays I try to get in a Triathlon at the gym (Run/Bike/Swim). Now I will be adding some more running and swimming to my schedule. I will go back Tues/Thurs to run some at least 1-3 miles and then swim 10-15-20 laps. Wednesday I will go to Cycling class and get my ass kicked some more! I think the added cardio will help.

Overall the number 1 thing I need to do is Binge….Eating. I have a small problem when I am home, bored, watching TV of eating pointless snacks (some maybe healthy) but I eat 2-3 snacks mainly because I am bored. THIS IS A MUST QUIT for me…I need to stop this and get into finding an activity to do when I get snack hungry. (Advice? Tips? Comments? are always welcome!) ¬†

HAHA I Saw this…Maybe this should be my Motivation Poster!¬†

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20
Jul
13

Here we go!!

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15
Jul
13

RAGBRAI is less than a week!!

I have been out of the Blogging world for a while, RAGBRAI is coming! Image

 

Ready to party and bike with some of these crazy guys again!! The Boozehounders!!! 

01
Apr
13

Bicycle…Bicycle!

Yesterday, I decided to get the bike off the trainer, or “coat rack” and take it our for a ride. It was chilly at 8 O’clock in the morning, but it was time to get some miles on the bike. Last year the weather was so nice at this time I think I had a few¬†hundred¬†miles in by the end of March. Yesterday I got in a good 27 miles bike ride. 4 of us took the trail north to find a¬†restaurant¬†to get breakfast. We had one in mind, but when we got there it was closed for Easter. We headed back south on the trail to find another place to eat. We found a breakfast buffet, I probably ate more than I should have (especially since I had to go to a Easter Lunch that was at a different buffet). We headed on the trail south afterwards, the sun was starting to show, wind was at the back so it was a pretty easy ride to Jerseys to take a break and get some water. After all was said and done got in 27 miles, which puts me only at 40 for the year! I am way behind on miles since last year I finished with 2500-2600 miles. I have a feeling I will get in a lot this year, but might be splitting my cycling time with outdoor running time.ImageI have the Triathlon on June 2nd, but I’d like to get more into running and do some 5K runs throughout the summer as well. I am also back to doing my workouts in the¬†morning. It’s a bitch at times to get up at 4:30, but I would rather get that done and over with so I can use my afternoon/evenings for outside bike rides, runs and also¬†just¬†to enjoy my night without the trip to the gym. Since March is over I will also get back to lifting as I did a Cardio March month, where i focused mostly on cardio. One thing I do is try and figure out what kind of lifts I am going to do each day. My new plan is to set a up at body part for the day of the week and¬†that’s¬†what I lift. EX: Tuesdays-Legs, Thursdays-Arms, Saturdays-Chest and Sundays-Shoulders/Back. This way I can do different lifts to confuse my muscles and keep it different each time. (oh an abs will be thrown in there most days)¬†

22
Mar
13

Friday Flashback

Another Friday Flashback of BAD BOBBY. This picture if from¬†July¬†29th 2011¬†on a¬†night during RAGBRAI. We¬†just¬†got done riding a a long day on RAGBRAI. We got to the house we were camping at, got showered and headed down to the beer garden. We had some¬†drinks¬†like usual, I saw some friends of mine, there was a cool band with a light show and all…etc… Anyways we were leaving as the beer garden was shutting down around midnight. We were walking back to the camp site when we wanted ONE more DRINK. We found a place called Kelsey’s¬†Cocktails¬†and Cafe. This is where it went down hill. We went in to the¬†restaurant¬†that had a bar. We sat at a table an all ordered a Vodka Lemonade. There was another couple in there eating and I think we scared them off¬†because¬†they left. We we so hungry that we ate their uneaten food. Also the waitress brought us out a HUGE jar of¬†pickles¬†and we¬†finished¬†that too. Finally we went up to the bar to party with the staff. We even took the little boombox form the dishes staff out to the floor so we could dance. Finally we were making our own drinks and we were all¬†just¬†going behind the bar to make our own drinks. This was bar far my best¬†experience¬†on RAGBRAI. One lady took my¬†empty¬†glass for a refill, poured 7 ounces of vodka and then¬†splashed¬†in an ounce of lemonade…that was so…STRONG. I quickly drank some and grabbed the lemonade to fill it up to get rid of some of¬†the vodka taste. This like I said was the best bar.¬†

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After they finally had to shut down at 3:00 ish AM we heading back to the campsite…BUT the night wasn’t over yet. This is when we were all SOO gone and we were cutting through tents. My buddy saw a guys phone light in his tent and my¬†friend¬†jokingly said “I’m gonna pee on this tent” lol they guy inside was¬†like¬†“you better not!”. At that time we¬†couldn’t¬†find my brother. He finally came out from behind the guys tent after taking a crap…HAHA funniest thing ever! Finally we found a van that we thought might¬†have¬†beer, they said no…but I overheard they were doing a beer run. So we waited and chatted until the beer run got there, swiped a beer and headed back to the campsite. Basically slept for 2-3 hours and got up to ride 75 miles to Coralville. Fun Time, Great¬†Experiences¬†with Great Friends! This is why BAD BOBBY lives for and loves RAGBRAI!




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