It’s not all plain s̶a̶i̶l̶i̶n̶g̶ cycling

You may have all noticed that I have been doing very few miles on my trike over the past few weeks and haven’t done any running. A few weeks ago I was on a Sunday club ride and the met office forecast was ‘feels like -3 degrees’. Unfortunately this cold air aggravated my airways which in-turn increased the amount of histamine in my lungs and body and triggered my asthma, which rarely causes any problems.  I struggled to finish the ride as it felt like I had elephants standing on my chest , I was relieved when I finally managed to make it up the hill to our house, I stumbled off my trike and laid down on the sofa immediately.

On top of this I have been struggling more than ever from Gastroparesis, my stomach is struggling to digest food and backing up which is causing more acid to be released. It is painful every time I eat, I have been struggling to sleep and any movement has been making it worse.  I have to be very careful to look after my stomach as some others with EDS have to rely on being tube fed.

After some time to heal, eating and drinking the right things for me along with trips to the doctors and my asthma consultant, everything has calmed down a little, my medication has been altered and I’ve made friends with a bottle of Gaviscon.

I have been through some pretty low points over the last few weeks with my challenge looking like it might be at risk, however I now believe that I will be well enough.

I have 3 1/2 weeks to build up my strength fitness again before I start my challenge. I have altered the first few weeks slightly to start with much shorter days to enable to me to train as I go along. This is once I have gotten through the hurdle of the first two days.  The 68 mile cycle ride down to Brighton is long but I will have company and will take it steady and I fully intend to still take part in the Brighton Half marathon. To avoid causing injury and any further asthma problems I am going to walk/jog. They allow you 3 1/2 hours to finish the route and I believe I can do this by walking quickly, if the broom wagon sweeps me up then they will ask me to finish the route on the pavement. SO even if I don’t finish the route in time to get a shiny medal, I will finish it! I will not be embarrassed by this as I have absolutely nothing to prove.

My body isn’t perfect but my mind is sensible and strong! 

“You shouldn’t focus on why you can’t do something, which is what most people do. You should focus on why perhaps you can and be one of the exceptions.” – Steve Case 




9 Replies to “It’s not all plain s̶a̶i̶l̶i̶n̶g̶ cycling”

  1. So glad you are feeling better and have taken sensible steps to adjust your schedule. You are inspirational and I know you will do this. Hoping to join you along the way. Good luck.

  2. Bon courage & good health. Very sensible adaptation, which is all part of this amazing challenge. You’ll do it, we have absolutely no doubt of that. Chapeau! N

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