And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
— T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land (I.27-30)
Not a handful of dust. More than 300 miles of Iowa gravel. In April 2013.
Photo by Steve Fuller
There is excitement, anticipation — and also fear.
Now the real work begins. Training. Testing. Practice.