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‘I knew he’d gone out there as prepared as he could possibly be, having trained most mornings, most nights, and most weekends for months in advance.But the environment was so dangerous, I wondered if I’d see him again.’‘It’s such an anti-climax for him,’ Jacquie says.(Needless to say, he hasn’t told Tracy of his plans yet).‘Mid-life isn’t what it used to be.I may be 45, but I don’t feel old enough to be having a mid-life crisis,’ he says.‘It’s no longer about what car you drive or where you go on holiday, it’s about how many triathlons you have notched up, or which far-flung part of the world you are heading off to for an extreme run or climb.
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‘I’ve only been married a few years, my children are still young — Dominic is five and Molly is three.
By the time my dad was 45, he’d been married for more than 20 years and was well on his way to his third affair by then.
‘I’m sure my wife Tracy would have preferred me just to join a gym to shed a few pounds,’ he says.
‘But the opportunity arose to climb Kilimanjaro, and it offered more than just a chance to get fitter.’‘Maybe I could do the coast-to-coast ride through Cuba, or even the Lawrence Dallaglio and Andrew Flintoff ride from Greece to London next summer,’ he says, contemplating a mere 1,778 miles across Europe.
‘The opportunity to be young, free and single into your 30s didn’t exist for his generation, and neither did the opportunity to climb distant mountains or trek through amazing landscapes.