Dan Martin is about to swim the Atlantic Ocean. Yes, you read that right. This is a trip that boggles my mind. I asked him to write a few words so that people who follow my blog will learn about his trip and follow Dan’s progress…
1. jitters, nervousness; a feeling of fright or uneasiness
verb (used without object)
2. to behave nervously.
The fear. The self doubt. The jitters. Everyone gets them. If you don’t get them then you’re not trying hard enough! I had them before both the marathons I’ve run-more on the second as I knew what was coming! On my bike ride from London to Cape Town they got so bad that I brought the trip forward by a month! I brought the second trip from Korea to Cape Town forward by a week too just to get it all started!
In the days and weeks running up to an expedition your mind is in overdrive day and night thinking through all the worst case scenarios. The “what if’s” haunt your dreams and it’s all people ever ask about.
What if you get shot?
What if you get attacked?
What if you can’t find food/water/shelter?
What if you get sick/injured?
Before I started my first big bike ride I e-mailed Al and asked him for advice-he said that the hardest part is getting out your front door. I didn’t believe him at the time but he’s spot on.
Once you’re out your front door, once you’ve started the hypotheticals fade and the day to day management of the trip takes over. I know this will happen on this trip but here I am less than a week from starting my Global Triathlon by swimming the Atlantic and I’m nearly paralysed with fear and riddled with doubt.
But I’ll make it.
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