The best Life experience?

Excluding kids & marriage.

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11/02/2011 at 09:18
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sorry to be boring...but finished Ironman switzerland..................just an amazing feeling afetr an amzing day with a great bunch of people.......................

after that I think it would be the eclipse around 2000.............I was in devon with the kids small........we travelled up to haytors rock in dartmoor................loads of people just sitting in the rocks looking south quietly as it got darker......they were anticipating something remarkable......................

It was a deeply moving experience as it made me think of biblical times when people were on the mountains waiting for jesus to come and talk..............the anticipation in the silence was amazing.......even my kids kept quiet for the only time ever......

Like that

How could I forget the eclipse? We sat by the Hoe, looking out to the Sound. It was a last minute decision to go, we were going to stay at home, but decided to walk round first thing in the morning. We could see the giant screen in the distance, with film of the sun, but mostly ignored it and just sat and gawked in amazement at the landscape. I still remember being surprised that it got cold as well as dark.
11/02/2011 at 11:15

Sanyati Gorge, Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe - magical place, and home of BIG catfish.

Lapping Oulton Park in my road car, and being told by a professional BTCC driver that I did it well.

Sunset over the Grand Canyon

Completing my first marathon

Victoria Falls

Sleeping under the stars in the Sahara (and getting rained on!)

Meteor Crater (the wife says I was all excited like a little kid)

Taking my wife to Africa and watching her see her first wild elephant

The 1999 eclipse is also memorable because it was the day my good lady arrived in the UK to start our life together, an event that undoubtedly had more impact on my life than anything else. We stopped half a mile from Heathrow to watch it as it hit totality.

11/02/2011 at 11:43

After family & wedding stuff:

Winning the Newcastle Sunshine 5k in 2008. I knew I was in 1st place at the half way mark, and the marshals kept talking into their walkie-talkies saying '1st lady has just gone past'  I knew I had to hold off the opposition for another 2.5k, but each mile marker was a little bit closer to victory.  As I approached the Millenium Bridge I thought I heard footsteps hot on my heels, so I really put my foot down, and the last 300m was at a sprinting pace.  The next lady was a fair way back, and the footsteps were probably just my heart beating in my ears.

I came over the finish line and my family were there to see it (they don't normally watch me race).  Amazing feeling.

11/02/2011 at 14:29
I want to add one more thing - getting involved with setting up and organising a parkrun - immensely satisfying and enjoyable, and I get it every week
11/02/2011 at 15:17

Being with my ex for 14 years (doesn't count here!)

Making friends in all the places where I have lived

Travelling around the world, especially SE Asia, NZ, Europe, US

Being in school & university- I loved learning

Doing a few 5ks

Meeting David Bowie

11/02/2011 at 15:53

Finishing my first ultra was a real was only one of a few races I've done where I did better than I thought I could. There's another race that finishes in the same place that I need to have another shot at too.

I was pleased I got my degree but having the nerve to dump the career that I did my degree to do and thought was my dream job was a leap in the dark, so to get head hunted for my current job was fantastic and real proof that I'd made the right decision to change.

I'll always be glad that I had the opportunity to do motor sport and sky diving when I was younger

11/02/2011 at 16:04
Retraining relatively late in life and getting a job in a field I've always wanted to work in, against the expectations of Significant Naysayers. Shame about the grinding poverty said field brings in its wake

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