The TransIowa V.12 List.

  1. I am packing and repacking still.
  2. I am more mentally prepared than I have ever been and physically in one piece (kudos to my new coach Lelan Dains.)
  3. The moon is going to be beautiful Saturday night.
  4. I am very confident in my gear selection (have you seen the Salsa Warbird?)
  5. The weather is going to be perfect.
  6. TransIowa is really just a gathering of the best people in the WORLD and the biggest hills of Iowa gravel.
  7. I am still scared, 5 years into this, so scared. (those good butterflies though.)
  8. I want that pain.
  10. Seriously.

This is it. The TransIowa. Every year it sneaks up on me. This year is the last one for a long time. I have no idea what Guitar Ted is planning for the next 5 years, but I know I will not be riding in this event next year. I will volunteer and give what I can, but I want to give V. 12 my all. The year I finished I remember the lady I rode with told me, “I came all the way from freaking Oregon, I am finishing.” If I had to tell someone where I came from it would be this.

“One of the deepest, darkest parts of me. Pure passion and love. Even if I don’t see the finish line again I want to see more of me. I want to push beyond what I think I can do and get there. Pride. Optimism. Willful. That should get me somewhere.”

This is it.

Whatever happens I know that I will give my all. I don’t even know what that is yet. That is the best part.

I am so humbled every year to be a part of this event. It has helped mold and taught me so much about what I can do and what I need to do.

I love this ride. I love these people.

3 thoughts on “The TransIowa V.12 List.

  1. I like your writing. I saw that you finished Trans Iowa v12. Congrats. Keep up the good work. In all phases of your life. You can do anything you really want to. JUST FOCUS.

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