Daily Mail - Under the microscope with Daley Thompson
This article originally appeared in The Daily Mail on Tuesday 22nd March, 2011.
ARE YOU AS FIT AS YOU WERE IN YOUR HEYDAY?
YES-ISH. Obviously my reference points are different than most peopleandrsquo;s, but I go to the gym most days. But itandrsquo;s messing about with the kids that I most like. The youngest is four andmdash; itandrsquo;s the only reason I stay in training these days, so he canandrsquo;t take me in a race until heandrsquo;s at least 16!
DO YOU MISS THE BUZZ OF RACING?
I WAS in the doldrums for a while after my athletics career ended in 1992. I spent six to eight hours a day training, for 18 years, and it took a long time to get over the regret that I wasnandrsquo;t competing in major championships any more. All I ever wanted to be was the best. But I find new projects and I keep things in perspective. Ever since I was a kid, whatever situation I was presented with, I always made the most of it.
DO YOU GET YOUR FIVE A DAY?
IF Iandrsquo;M honest, probably not. I tend to eat vegetables only when Iandrsquo;m with the kids and the rest of the time, Iandrsquo;m a bit slack. But, I am weight-conscious, so I concentrate on avoiding junk food.
WHATandrsquo;S YOUR BIGGEST VICE?
Iandrsquo;M A banoffee pie man andmdash; thatandrsquo;s my real weakness andmdash; and I love winegums or red liquorice. Iandrsquo;ve got a sweet tooth and I have to work at keeping it in check.
ANY LINGERING INJURIES?
I DONandrsquo;T even have a GP. I had a couple of recurring injuries during my athletics career, like pulling my hamstring, but nothing very serious. However, as Iandrsquo;m getting older, I think itandrsquo;s prudent to have a big health check, which Iandrsquo;ll have this summer. Like most guys, Iandrsquo;ve been prevaricating for a couple of years.
DO YOU DRINK?
NOT really andmdash; I donandrsquo;t think Iandrsquo;ve been drunk since the Eighties, thatandrsquo;s for sure.
POP ANY PILLS?
NO, Iandrsquo;VE always thought that provided you have a fairly well-balanced diet, you can get the vitamins you need from food.
WHAT'S YOUR BIGGEST PHOBIA?
WELL, Iandrsquo;m not the biggest fan of needles and while Iandrsquo;m happy with one spider, Iandrsquo;m not sure Iandrsquo;d be happy with hundreds.
WOULD YOU EVER HAVE PLASTIC SURGERY?
ITandrsquo;S not my thing, although I had laser surgery on my eyes in December 2009. The streetlights started going starry, so I knew I was on the road to wearing glasses and opted for laser surgery instead. The improvement in my eyesight has been fantastic.
WERE YOU NERVOUS?
NO andmdash; I asked the surgeon: andlsquo;When are you starting?andrsquo; and he replied: andlsquo;Just about finished, sir!andrsquo; Iandrsquo;ve got a pretty low pain threshold, too, so if youandrsquo;re worrying itandrsquo;s going to hurt, donandrsquo;t.
DO YOU EVER GOOGLE HEALTH WORRIES?
NO, IN fact Iandrsquo;ve only just joined the 21st century and got an email address a week ago. I donandrsquo;t even have my own computer.