Headquarters for the Slender Fungus Cycling Association

Headquarters for the Slender Fungus Cycling Association
Brewers of Hardy Rides.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Trans Iowa is on my mind. Oh Boy!!!!!!!

Trusty BMC is ready for more adventure

As most of you endurance freaks have read or heard the Trans Iowa Version 8 has been announced. Affectionately known as V-8 and not to be mistaken with no juices or cars. This is V-8 that will turn your body inside out and make you numb for months. So we are now in the planning stages as to how to tackle this monster. We have gone to DK200, we have done long rides, we have done the Fruit Loop, and we think and we have nightmares. I have an enourmous passion for this race and just to be lined up for it gives me the chills. Iowa is like no other. She is beautiful, calm, remote, brutal and peaceful. The hills are relentless and make your bones hurt. The weather turns on a dime and makes your life miserable.
I have dreamt for many years to finish the race. I have thought about it and analyzed it for days on end. The Fruit Loop was and incredible ride and clocking 255 with all those hills, gravel and heat was truly an experiment in survival. I still have some numbness in my foot and my right hand. As I approached the 255 mark I became very excited to know that I still had another 70 miles in me to complete the 325 which is Trans Iowa. That ride proved to be a great measure of where we are.
This winter will be brutal as I will embrace the Pugsley and my snowshoes and tackle those tough days when it becomes near impossible to venture outside. There will be no excuses but hard work ahead. V-8 might be the last version and it might be my last chance. I will be checking on equipment such as new frames, wheels and components. My plan is to go uber-prepared.
Training rides will commence September 1st, 2011. In the past I have commenced in October but this year I am altering my plan. I will post training rides and if you wish to join you are welcome. A lot of the rides will take place at night, also during rain, snow, and cold.

thanks for reading,

Slender Fungus Cycling Association.


Jay said...

excellent thoughts my friend. Lets get this stuff goin!!!

Dr. Giggles said...

Once again, it all starts with a dream, and in the end, courage and suffering make it a thing of beauty, a part of our lives well lived, together.

"This is the true joy of life, the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one."
- George Bernard Shaw

"Deep unspeakable suffering may well be called a baptism, a regeneration, the initiation into a new state."
- George Eliot

"The best way out is always through."
- Robert Frost