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ImRio    pirate
01/04/2005 at 19:24
No saw that on the pic
I didn't have parents that died or anything that awful just was sent to a boarding school at (wait for it) 9?!
So I suppose I kind of grew up without any real parental input.
don't know how balance I am though. Most people who know me think I am completely insane for taking on what I do
01/04/2005 at 19:48
What do/ have you taken on? Do you mean sports?
ImRio    pirate
01/04/2005 at 19:56
Well I started running a few years ago having found I couldn't do a thing. Did a couple of 5ks then a 10k and decided to do last years flm. I am always now training for something. I was going to do a cycle ride from Rigate to Paris but that recently fell through.
In work I take on whatever courses are going I am currently doing a Management Diploma condensed into a year as well as (for personal choice) the AAT Technician course final year having started in the middle as opposed to the foundation level (accounting). I have 2 horses 2 dogs 2 teenage boys and partner and am hoping to become a WRN leader as soon as my marathon is over. I also paint watercolours and am trying to do an exhibition in the near future.

Just love to be busy. Never see it as too much, am doing what I enjoy so its just me time!!
01/04/2005 at 20:05
Wow, you sound like a busy bee. Have you ever thought of doing Everest (the mountain, not a guy). Apparently, the last bit is so hard that it is on the brink of human capability. There have been quite a few monks and spiritual folk who have done it. Anything which truely tests ones capabilities to the limit can have an enlightening effect. Full effort. I also remember seeing something on Sky a couple of years back about a Buddhist who did 1000 marathons in 1000 days. It was all trails as well. Steep hills- the lot. Didn't physically do him any favours, but he did it.

The Everest thing is the only physical accomlishment I am not positive I can do. There are over 800 people who have done it, but apparantly something like 1 in 5 people die. See what I mean about being on the limit of human possibility. Not sure if I can muster the courage to do something which might kill me for trying. It is the last thing on the list, so I'll have to see if I still feel like doing it nearer the time. £20K costs are also off putting.
ImRio    pirate
01/04/2005 at 20:10
Don't tempt me with the Everest thing!! erm the mountain not the guy! but 20k puts a damper on it. Don't mind a bit of risk I ride two freaked out horses!! And fall off regularly!!

Would love to do the Great Wall of China or something but might wait til the kids have left home! The partner might also have joined them by then!!

If you want to see how knackered (cold wet and hungry) I looked after last years FLM my number was 36159
01/04/2005 at 20:19
I went of FLM website. Got your results up, but couldn't find a picture. What did I do wrong?

I could do the wall thing. Did you see "Long Way Round". Ewan Mc Gregor went round the world on his motorbike with a friend. Now that- I would love to do. That would be more like a holiday than a challenge though. I've skipped the pond a few times.

It's weird, but travelling is one of those situations where I can't seem to avoid having adventures. I'm going to Corsica for a fortnight, a couple of weeks after the marathon. It should be lovely at that time of year. Still warm, but no one will be there. No queues, cheaper accomodation, etc. Would like to do GR20 if I had more time. I don't think one trip to Corsica will be enough.
ImRio    pirate
01/04/2005 at 20:25
You need to go to the photos section or try

I love travelling but havent been anywhere for a few years. Love to go to the out of the way non touristy places best.

Corsica sounds a great way to unwind. I will be running the race for life in Cardiff three weeks after London. didn't realise that when I entered. May sounded ages off!! lol
The I have some late summer races planned August, September and October. Have to scout round and see if there is anything in betweeen though might use the time to improve my speed!
Don't think I will be going anywhere this year either! Have to fit it round my running and riding now!
01/04/2005 at 20:41
I haven't done all that much. Never left Europe at 31 years of age. Not real travelling. Just riding around on a bike. Used to fix cars, clean windows, etc, so I worked when I want. I would save up a grand or so, then just go off until I was down to my last hundred. Would sleep in quiet fields, parks, etc, to save money. Had a hotel every few days to wash clothes and bath. More of a vagabond than a traveller. Am trying to create a lifestyle where I am not job dependent, so I can travel.

Found your pictures. I thought you actually looked more wiped after you finished.
ImRio    pirate
01/04/2005 at 20:46
tried really hard to smile as I crossed the finished line but I have never been so cold and wet in my life and my knee was hurting from slipping in the wet early on.

Would love that sort of life style! Must remember to try to train my horses to pull a caravan then I could become a Romany gypsy and really enjoy life!! lol
01/04/2005 at 20:47
I hate touristy places as well. I don't mind days at the beach an' all that, but I go in the week, when it's less crowded. I'm not the sort to fry in the day, get drunk at night and spend the morning regretting the night before. The only typical holiday I ever did was when I went to Yugoslavia with Mum & sis. That was 2 weeks of hell. The only nice bit was all the young topless ladies on the beach. Couldn't even really appreciate that. You can't when your mum's around.
01/04/2005 at 20:54
Oooh. Painful. Did you ever see a film called "Point Break"? In it, 4 guys robbed 4 banks each spring to pay for a season of surfing. All calculated. When the watch alarm went off, they left- no matter what. That really appealed to me. I tried to get something like that together with some friends. One of them ended bottling it, so we never did it. Talk about dark periods in your life. I am thankful that I never did it. It couldn't have ended well, even if we got away with it.

I have absolutely no idea what made me think of that. Or say it.
ImRio    pirate
01/04/2005 at 20:55
Mmmm bit difficult that one!
Have spent most of the last holidays abroad that I have had at my parents as they live in Cyprus. Not the same as a real holiday though more like visiting your parents!!
Kids used to go every year for 3 weeks so I had peace for most of the hols anyway and then I would have my leave from work when they were back in school (not particularly maternal!!) lol
01/04/2005 at 21:01
Do your kids go to boarding school then? I wouldn't have thought you would have wanted that after you went to one. Must be nice to have the break though. My sister has a little boy. I love him to death & I love playing with him. But... I can see what people mean about it being nice to give them back afterwards:) My uncle has a place in Northern Spain. Everyone else in the family has had an invite, except me. Didn't really like Spain all that much. It's Europes dust bowl.

It's probably a lot nicer where you live though. I live in London, which is drab and grey. I wanted to move to the Country, but made some mistakes & missed the boat for the property ladder. A small semi goes for about €300, 000 over here. A friend of mine is predicting a property market collapse. I hope he is right.
ImRio    pirate
01/04/2005 at 21:09
No my kids are at home! Like you say wouldn't have sent them away. Though the one I went to was not a posh one. It was for forces kids and ones sent because they had problems at home. It was state run and either the council or the forces paid the boarding fees.

I do live in a nice area in the countryside with lots of hills and fields.
Couldn't afford to live anywhere else. Couldn't even afford the house I have now if I had to buy it again and its only worth £90k its a reasonable size semi.
Don't envy anyone trying to get on the property ladder now
ImRio    pirate
01/04/2005 at 21:26
I am retiring for the night now. Happy running if you are out. I am doing 10 miles tomorrow.
Got square eyes now
01/04/2005 at 21:40
Sure RF. I've got a 12 miler on Sunday. Have a nice route planned, taking in about 3 miles along The Thames. Nice talking to you. Good luck with FLM.

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