Some people assign a lot of meaning to certain events in their lives. Bike rides aren't often viewed as something important, but a 336 mile, 34 hour bike ride might leave a bit of a lasting impact on your psyche. Trans Iowa is one of those things you choose to do that sticks with you for a while. You find yourself revisiting the event in your head every so often. The time you spent training for it, the imminent looming pressure of it building as a deadline in your life... Will you be ready? Will the gods conspire to derail your efforts? Well, who really gives a damn. You just get ready for it and when the day comes you lube up your taint, clip in to your pedals and hit the road. All I know is I'm sure pleased as punch that I managed to pull it off. The venerable race director Guitar Ted declared TIV10 as one of if not THE hardest TI any rider has ever managed to finish I feel damned proud to have been one of the few that crossed the line that morning in April. If any poor soul training for Trans Iowa ever happens across this entry, I'd advise that you can train all you want but it really comes down to your head. You're either ready for it or you're not. Way more of a mental battle than physical. I'm not a true athlete. When I completed Trans Iowa I was a derelict college student, eating food out of dumpsters, smoking cigarettes, and drinking cheap booze more than I'd like to admit. I skipped a lot of classes to go on rides.