|John at 2010 Kiawah Marathon|
Coach Mary asked us on Wednesday whether any of us had an Ironman dream, yet. Surprisingly, no one chirped up. Perhaps we are all sleeping too soundly!
While I have not dreamed about the Ironman experience, I think about it all of the time. Not because I have anxiety about the event. I know that I will be ready.
I think about the training, the pre-big event events (Rev-3, Augusta, the open water 5k swims), I wonder if I washed enough clothes for the up coming work outs, when will I eat so that I have digested in time for the next workout, etc.
I also think about the event weekend. I usually do this while training. Depending on the workout, I imagine myself doing that particular sport in Tempe with throngs of spectators cheering me on including my daughter there in person and my father watching in spirit. I imagine myself flying on the course, exceeding expectations.
As much as I imagine my own event, I imagine our Team there in Tempe, each having a great day. I wonder what we will say to each other as we swim, bike, or run past each other on the course. I imagine holding back tears as I see Jane on the course and the pride wells up inside me. I imagine the big smiles of Mike and Mary as we pass by them on the course with each lap. At times, I imagine the team cheering for me as I come though the finishing shoot. At other times I imagine the team, cald in purple jumping up and down, screaming as our last TNT finisher completes their 140.6 adventure.
I am sure that there will be dreams. I am sure that they will be epic. I am sure that those dreams will pale to what this experience has and will continue to be.
Proud to be your teammate.
John Dapper is a long-time Team In Training alumnus that has been involved with several TNT chapters, not just Georgia. He's been a mentor, a coach and he is now chasing the dream of completing an Ironman triathlon with the TEAM which will be his 36th TNT event.