RAGBRAI is “sleeping” in Des Moines tonight – the riders were all over the city today, many touring far and wide from the designated route. I can’t blame them. There is a lot to do and see here, and there are as many reasons and motivations for riding in this annual event. I am reblogging this one, written before the start of the event, that puts the event in perspective of coaching players.
I will kindly note, while the 14,000 foot elevation gain in the ride is noted by “Hitting with Torque”, the mistake is made of referring to “relatively flat Iowa.” But the author seems to have it set as to how the experience will be relayed to the players to motivate them.
I will be leaving for a week-long bike trip across the state of Iowa today (RAGBRAI). The route we will be taking is approximately 410 miles from the Missouri River east to the Mississippi River, with a total elevation gain of over 14,000 feet! Of course, we won’t be actually climbing to an altitude of 14,000 feet in relatively flat Iowa, but there are many hills in Iowa that will surely require some hard pedeling. The good news is when I finish climbing one of those hills this week, there will be a nice easy downhill ride on the backside. So what does this have to do with hitting or batspeed? The road to becoming a great hitter is long and hilly.
As the summer baseball and softball seasons wind down, I have been getting many emails, texts, and phone calls from parents, coaches, and players. It is always fun for me to…
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