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!!!!!!!!!!!!!