Anne Squared

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Iowa is hilly…really hilly…

The previous post about the relative flatness of Iowa, implying perhaps, a gradual increase in elevation as the state is crossed? Nope.
Read this post. And please do not get confused by the tired but faithful blogger when he discusses a “subway.”

He is referring to a href=”” target=”_blank” rel=”homepage”>Subway Sandwhich Shop – there are no subways for travel purposes in Iowa – or if there are, they are a very well kept secret.

History making Kresser, the only person to run RAGBRAI was done in by the course (heat and hills). From his blog, with advance permission:
As told to Carolyn Kresser:

Well, I’m a bit disappointed with the way things ended today – but I’m not giving up! I only made it to Grundy Center, which was about 70 miles into today’s route.

I woke up extra early at 2am to start the run, and things were going great until about 11am, once the heat started increasing, and the humidity ramped up. Toward noon, it was about 98 degrees with near 100% humidity. They kept saying it was supposed to rain, but that welcome break never did come.

I did complete the Karras loop, which was early on in today’s course, which added an extra 24.4 miles to the regular 83 miles for today. But once I reached Hamlin (about 50 miles in), I was due for some rest time. I was able to get in a short 20 minute power nap, but was soon back on the road.

The route from Hamlin to the next town, Guthrie Center, was about 21 miles, and it was a tough going. Luckily, I had a friend from Iowa State there with me to run with me and provide morale support, so thank you to Laura Bigler for being there for me. I didn’t make it to Gruthrie Center until later in the day, and by that point I had run 70 miles in probably some of the toughest weather I’d ever run in. For my own personal health, I had to call it quits for the day.

That leaves another 36 miles left of Monday’s run that I haven’t done, and I’m planning a way to make up that distance over the course of the next couple days – because I am still planning on finishing the entire course.
A tough day 2 for everyone – but storms cooled things down for day 3.
Please remember that Kesser is running RAGBRAI to raise funds to assist fellow veterans at the Iowa Veterans Home. You can donate, and read more about this amazing individual at his site:


Whew…this is an adventure. Today was scheduled to be the longest hilliest day and it did not disappoint. Scheduled to be 83 miles with a bonus 17 for those willing to try…we chose not to go the distance but in the end Brad rode over 100 and Dave, Scot and I logged about 90. It was also the hottest day so very tough. Each of us survived one of the steepest hills I have ever ridden. It was brutal and about 50% of the riders walked it. We each made it.

Upon returning we slowly set up camp and began a searching for food. Found a subway before major storms rolled through. We were trapped in the subway with no way to know how soaked the tents were getting back at camp. Following a nervous walk….we returned to a very wet camp with many folks scrambling, but as luck would…

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  1. I am so proud I didn’t walk any hills this year–at least one time simply because I couldn’t get my foot out of the clipless pedal, so I had to just spin on.

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