So as the title suggests this post will be about my none cycling hobbies, a chance maybe for you to get to know me a little better.
So other than cycling (mountain biking) I suppose I have a few hobbies (Listed in order of importance to me):
- Gaming – As in PC and Playstation.
- Share/stock dealing
So to add a little more detail:
Gaming – This is where the nerd in me really comes to life, I love all things gaming. I used to be a hardcore PC gamer playing the massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) World of Warcraft for roughly 8 years. Now as sad as this sounds if I wasn’t in work I used to play this game for about 16 hours a day, and on work days this would be as much as 6 – 8 hours a day. Now I know that sounds obsessive and possibly could be called an addict, but I never saw it that way and still don’t to be honest, I was simply playing online with my friends, we were communicating through skype or other programs so although in reality it looked like I was stuck in my room alone, this wasn’t really the case. The aim of the game was to beat the end game content in regularly brought out by blizzard usually in teams of 5, 10 or 25. Now a lot of people have told me that I was sad doing this, some of whom spend upwards of 5 hours a night watching soaps and sitcoms on the TV (something which I have never done). Now I don’t judge people for that I just don’t think people should judge what I waste my spare time doing. Anyway with the birth of mini-me that lifestyle had to change and I don’t even own a gaming PC anymore.
I do however own a playstation, and today I bought a PS4 along with grand theft auto, 2 motorbike games, watch dogs and Assasings creed. I plan on spending a fair bit of my spare winter time enjoying these for a couple of reasons, in winter I find it a good time to lower my riding amount and do other things, this keeps my interest levels a lot higher for summer besides its chilly up here and it rains a lot, I don’t really enjoy going out every day in 0 – 5 degrees celsius to get soaking.
I really enjoy share dealing, I tend to have a lot of time off in the week as I work a continental shift pattern meaning I work 2 days, 2 nights then have either 4 or 6 days off depending on the time of year. This leaves me with a lot of time to do other things, and I enjoy share dealing, this is not the worth things to do I suppose and again some people think I am sad / geeky / nerdy well yes I am. I will literally spend hours trawling through companies to find a stock I like and then I will invest some money in it, I am by no means the wolf of wall street but I suppose it is better than wasting / investing my money in horse racing 😉. I don’t know I probably have the gambling addict gene in me (have never properly gambled but always been interested) but this is a way I can control it without really taking on too much risk.
My final major hobby is one which I cannot actually do at the moment, I am waiting on a cartilage operation on my knee. But yes I enjoy playing golf and have played since I was about 10, I have represented my club as junior captain (in 2007) and won quite a lot of trophies, I don’t play seriously any more due to time constraints mainly imposed by cycling. My handicap is 8.
I have been skiing twice away (both times to Andorra, a small principality between France and Spain) and also had lessons, Skiing is absolutely awesome, I cannot wait to go again, I am hoping to make it to Whistler in 2016.
I live in one of the nicest areas of the world (in my opinion) so it would be rude not to get out into it.
So there it is a little bit more about me, myself and I.