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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Getting ready for the Monster


I am in full concentration mode and the only thing that I can say is that this is the first winter since 1987 that I have not been sick. Not a cold, flu, bronchitis or any fevers. I am very thankful to think that I will be going to Trans Iowa healthy. Still a couple of more days to go but I am keeping my hopes up. I will be thinking of a lot of people that have passed. Friends, family, strangers. I will draw inspiration from my hero Marco Pantani . I will remember how he flew up the hills and how the tifosi went into epileptic seizures as they saw him pass by. I was very nervous up to this moment when I started typing and now I feel calm as I know the very magical moments are starting to appear once again.
I will leave it all out there, in the dusty, muddy, roads of Iowa.

Viva Marco Pantani!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8 comments:

Reflector Collector said...

Awesome Ari... soon time to begin the vision quest. Godspeed, safe travels to Grinnell. See you there!

Anonymous said...

Ari...fight the demons of doubt...you are ready!!! I'll think of you...After a few hours of lawnwork, I am going to a big craft show w/ my wife and grandmother...they have broken my will...
C

Ari said...

You guys are the reason I do this. It is such a great feeling to meet up with all the riders of T.I.
Soon enough we will be out there pounding on our steeds with rings of salt on our jerseys!

Tim Ek said...

Time to "Break on Through To the Other Side". Good luck and keep the demons down.

Eki

gpickle said...

Good luck Ari!

strangelife said...

Shit yeah. Grip it and rip it.

michael said...

Its Saturday morning and it looks like you have been on the bike for almost 3 hours. You guys have a long and hard ride ahead of you so I will pray. I will pray that you and your crew make it to the finish line.

Kristen said...

Ari-thinking about you guys. Sending good vibes your way. This is it!! Can't wait to hear all about it.