When I finished the Loch Ness Marathon recently I took a seat on a bench while one of the volunteers removed the timing chip from my right running shoe. Obviously, I am no spring chicken and when she found out it was my first marathon she said, "So, was this one to tick off the box before - " There she halted, knowing she was about to put her foot in it. I laughed. "Well," I replied, "I haven't got any ideas to die any time in the near future but yes, you're right, it's something I've wanted to do for a long time."
Today I drew up a list of things I'd like to do before I die. Probably, some of you will suggest adding 'see a psychiatrist'. I don't know where this late-in-the-day notion for adventure has come from. I think it's definitely got something to do with the realisation that I am, in fact, mortal and that it's time to get my skates on.
Skates. Now there's an idea. I never did try skating ...
Here's my list:
- Trek to Everest
- Tour Europe in a camper van
- Walk to the top of Aonoch Mor
- Another Marathon or an Ultra-marathon (that’s anything over marathon distance, usually a minimum of 30 miles)
- Cycle 100 miles in a day
- Rock Climb
- Sky Dive