COAST TO STRENGTH 
Natalie's 5000 mile journey on three wheels 

Beginning February 24 2018 

COAST TO STRENGTH
Natalie's 5000 mile journey on three wheels
Begins 24th February 2018

  

BLOG

A blog about my journey, training and preparations. I will update the route page on my expected arrival at each location throughout my journey.

Hello from Shetland!
Hello everyone. Thank you for coming back to my website and checking out my blog. Although I have finished the[...]

NATALIE

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Four years ago I sat on the front seat of the tandem and slowly started to pedal, I will never forget this first experience of cycling after being unwell for so long.  We cycled five miles into the countryside, which was all I could manage at the time.  I was overcome by a new freedom, new scenery and new smells, it was worlds apart from the inside world I had been living in. I forgot about the pain and the relentless schedule of hospital appointments. This is what I wanted to experience everyday - the mundane existence of my life had suddenly been broken, just by sitting on a bike.

Wouldn’t it be fantastic if I could cycle 5000 miles round the UK coastline on my recumbent trike, to tell others about my experiences, raise awareness, meet others with Ehlers Danlos Syndromes, meet others who cycle,  and take on a challenge by pushing my imperfect body to its limits.

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WHY TAKE ON SUCH A CHALLENGE?

I want to raise awareness

  • Awareness that EDS is an under diagnosed condition
  • Awareness that chronic illness can be unseen and misunderstood
  • Awareness that the seemingly impossible can be achievable
  • Awareness that the pain I will endure on this challenge is no worse than the pain those with EDS have to endure every day. 
  • Awareness of the extra considerations of my everyday life (medications, gastroparesis, pacing, anaphylaxis, contingency plans, etc...)

I have had to reimagine my life goals and forgo some of my dreams and ambitions to focus being well enough to get out of bed in the morning. Having spent four years focusing solely on building my strength now is my time to achieve. 

I want to be joined and meet as many as people as possible on my journey

  

BLOG

A blog about my journey, training and preparations. I will update the route page on my expected arrival at each location throughout my journey.

Hello from Shetland!
Hello everyone. Thank you for coming back to my website and checking out my blog. Although I have finished the[...]
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