Attila Abelovszky said he is "in the paranoia phase" of training and fundraising.

The avid bicyclist, who has ridden long distances for "most of my life," is preparing for the most grueling one-day option for Pelotonia, the 100-mile trip from Columbus to Gambier.

But fortunately for the 49-year-old, he is approaching the ride with plenty of motivation.

Abelovszky will have "Heather" written on his calf for the ride in honor of his wife, Heather Husvar, who has been battling glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer, for several years.

The Worthington resident said he rode once before in 2012 in support of Husvar – that time with her name written on his arm – but this year, he will ride in celebration of the fact that she is still with him, thanks in part to Pelotonia.

Funds from the charity bicycle tour were used to develop an experimental form of stereotactic radiosurgery that helped Husvar's treatment in 2013, he said.

"Any time you hear about these wonderful cures on the horizon, they're always over-reported initially ... and there are a lot of things that look promising that don't pan out," he said. "So the fact that you have one good thing actually coming from research that translates into practice is nice."

Abelovszky said he has ridden in other events and charity rides, and he recently was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, meaning he expects to participate in fundraisers for MS research in the future.

But he said his connection to Pelotonia makes it different.

"It probably makes me feel better that I can point to something that actually did make a difference," he said. "There's something that you can see that translated."

Like many riders, Abelovszky is in the process of fundraising for his ride.

He said he is no natural when it comes to soliciting sponsors, and he is reaching the point where he needs to dive in headfirst.

"I really need to just put on my cycling clothes and knock on people's doors," he said.

And although he will switch the location of Heather's name from his arm to his calf, it won't mean any more or less to him.

It's purely an aesthetic move.

"I just thought it would look cooler," he said with a laugh.

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