|Want to run the mountains more!|
So how is my new found appreciation of death affecting me? Well, I just want to do so much in life that I'm starting to worry about cramming it all in. Even worse, so many of the things that inspire me require me to be fit and healthy so I feel an overwhelming obligation to keep myself in good nick. Even worse again is the fact that every year, more and more events, holiday destinations and ambitions appear, making my (hopefully) long term bucket list grow exponentially.
Take 2015 as an example. My plan for this year was to race some Gravity Enduros and do a couple of the more prominent Irish fell races. It's now the 9th Jan and already this is what my plans have expanded to;
- Run the three remaining Ulster XC races (my club have finally pressured me into trying to help them win the title).
- Join my mate Kev for the Irish leg of his round the world run (http://hardwayround.com/) and run from Shannon to Belfast.
- Do several Irish fell races including the longer NIMRA's, Slieve Donard and a couple of selected Hill and Dales.
- Qualify for the NI squad again for the Snowdon International Mountain Race.
- Run for NI at the Masters World Champs or Ireland at the World Champs.
- Do some Gravity Enduros.
- Do some First Tracks NI Enduros .
- 3 weeks with my family and friends at Lake Garda.
- At least two other family holidays.
|I want to bike more!|
I still haven't decided what to drop yet but the decision certainly isn't helped by my awareness that every year I'm a year older and sometime fairly soon I'll start to get a bit slower!
|And holiday with the family more!|
The great thing about all this though is that if you flip it on its head, this First World problem is actually just a world of endless possibilities. Isn't it great to be living in a time when all these brilliant events are getting laid on, all these destinations are getting awakened to the possibilities of outdoor sports and we're able to consider that as long as we look after ourselves well then we can realistically hope to continue enjoying them way into our 80's and beyond. Lifetime can't be unlimited but life itself doesn't need to be limited if we find the right balances.
I think I prefer that way of looking at it!
With that in mind I've just seen this http://www.pinkbike.com/news/2016-trans-bc-6-day-enduro-2015.html
I wonder if a few weeks in Canada will appear in my 2016 diary?!!