I've had some good long rides this month, but my last one was pretty crummy. It's good to be reminded that you can't always feel good. TransIowa is a lot like that. It has ups and downs. I don't recall the triathlete who said it, but I once read a quote that said "No matter how good or bad you feel, it's not going to last." That pretty much sums up what riding 300+ miles will do to you.
That being said, there are things to keep the "feeling good" times in your favor. Being prepared physically is helpful, but one only has so much time in their life to train. Jobs, family, and life all get much of the top priority, as they should. Besides physical preparation, the secret to finishing TransIowa is to stay fueled, stay hydrated, stay on course, be patient, and have fun. Yes, I did say have "fun". I've had my share of injuries and let downs, and to be of good health to attempt TransIowa makes me appreciative of the opportunity to participate.
The jitters I have about this weekend lie in my experiences of the past. Whenever I have finished, the weather has cooperated with the ride. This weekend looks like it will be a beautiful teaser of a day on Saturday, with rain coming in the night or early morning on Sunday. The weather is what it is. I really don't know how I'll feel if it is 3:00 in the morning and there is a down pour. I suppose it is the unknown that is part of the allure of such an event. Finishing a 300 mile ride is such an enormous high, and I want that feeling. But like with anything great that happens in life, I need to be willing to fail if I'm going to make that attempt to succeed. I feel like I'm getting a little deep. So like I said, I'm going to have a "fun" weekend of riding.