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David Wilson, aged 49 – hits 50 this year. Lives in Maltby near Yarm and triathlons are his thing!
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I used to do this…

Having worked in the Insurance for 30 years I felt I needed a new challenge. Being part of a large global company I was often left with the feeling that I was just a number and it didn’t really matter what I did, things wouldn’t change.

Having said that when I did leave the industry and look back, I left having had a lot of very valuable experiences, and having made many friends.

Now life is about…

Appreciating everything that I have in life and not taking anything for granted. Since making the change in industries I have been fortunate to travel to areas of the world that as a tourist you probably wouldn’t visit. Until you see some of these places and the conditions that people are living in you do not appreciate what you have at home. It really does give you a whole new perspective on life and how fortunate we are to live in such a stable country.

GENERATION AGELESSHow I made a change…

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to change careers and become part of an engineering services company, NRG Global Power, which specialises in bringing power to areas of the world where people are missing out on the essentials because they do not have sufficient or reliable electricity.

This has also given me the opportunity to be involved in an associated business, NRG Cycles. Being a triathlete I have a passion for cycling and at times I feel like a kid in a candy shop. We have just opened our second store which is 3,300sq ft and based on Teesside Retail Parade. The look and layout of the store is something that we are very proud of.

Family is all about…

Supporting each other and being there for one another. It’s about being able to spend quality time together doing the activities that we enjoy.

 I’m lucky I can…

Be active. I love sport. Through school it was athletics, then I moved on to football and playing in local leagues. I really did enjoy winning ( but more often losing) as part of a team, but as I approached 40 years of age I found I was getting injured more and the injuries were taking longer to recover from.

I tried running again and quickly became bored with it and eventually stopped doing any exercise – until a friend suggested that I try triathlon. I was immediately hooked on it. Although very much an individual sport, the camaraderie aGENERATION AGELESSt races and events is similar to the support I had enjoyed playing in team sports previously.

I think this is because each of you know the suffering that you are all going through in what is one of the hardest sports around.

Since starting triathlon I have been fortunate enough to travel to race in many countries, making lifelong friends along the way. I have discovered a way of keeping fit without putting too much stress on any one part of the body.

I’ve got time for…

Spending more time at home, training and relaxing. On a weekend, I try to get my training out of the way early so that we can have the rest of the day to do things together.

Day in the life of me…

Three or four mornings a week I am up at 5.30 and in the swimming pool by 6.15 for a swim session. Then it is straight to work to see what the day brings. Work days can be very diverse. We operate projects around the world so the time differences mean either early morning calls or late afternoon calls to speak to either customers or the teams on site.

The time in between could be anything from either the Global Power or cycle sides of the business. I try to be home before 6pm to spend some time with my daughter Bella before she goes to bed.

My partner, Marie is a triathlon and fitness coach and has just set up her own business triscience.co.uk which means that she is sometimes coaching on evenings, so that if I want to do another training session it tends to be after 7.30pm. Most nights we don’t actually sit down to eat until about 9.30pm.GENERATION AGELESS

The people who are important…

Are family and friends. I am fortunate to have a close family and many friends all of whom can be relied on when the need arises.

Work/life balance…

Is something that I’m still working on. It has improved considerably since changing careers but I do find it difficult to turn off when away from work.

I thrive on…

Challenges, be they at home, work or in sport. I’m lucky to have the family and friends that I have, a job I enjoy and the opportunity to participate and compete in sport.

What mid life means to me…

Being able to draw on all the experiences of the past to enjoy the future. Being in a position to, and able to, enjoy life to the full.


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