Just got word that our TransIowa v.5 postcards have been received and accepted, so we're in the race. Guess it's time to harden the fuck up (see this (scroll down to the Team CSC wristband article) and this for perspective on why i said that... hee hee..), because TI v.5 is gonna' be 319 miles of gnarly gravel grindin' action over the weekend of May 2-3, 2009. I guess I can only hope the weather is a bit more hospitable for this edition than it was for v.4... Time will tell. That was a lot of training for a whole lot of nothing last year, so I'm giving it one more shot... Persistence pays, right? I sure hope so...
My strategy for TI v.5 will be a bit different. That much I know for certain. I learned a lot in my failed v.4 attempt that I'll be able to put to good use in this next endeavor. My gear setup will be much tighter. I'll have much less weight on my body and more on the bike, which will likely be a Salsa Fargo. There is one way I could be on a bike other than the Fargo, but it's a looooooong shot and it's a ball that's completely out of my court. Let's just say I'm planning on being on a Fargo and leave it at that... Yeah, that's the ticket.
Registration opens up next week to riders who haven't competed in previous TransIowa races. If you're hankerin' for adventure and have the sack to ride 319 miles in one sitting, there are few challenges that can compare to the test of mettle that is the Grandaddy of Gravel, the one, the only -- TransIowa. It's time to sack up, people!