I’m very excited to announce something that I’ve been planning for several months.
This summer I will be cycling the Coast to Coast (C2C) Cycle Route from Whitehaven to Sunderland, a total of 135 miles, and raising money for Invest in ME along the way.
I will be cycling with my husband, 3 kids and my sister in law. I’ve planned our route and booked accommodation along the way, so we are now committed to 5 days of cycling 20-30 miles per day.
I’m so excited about this trip. It’s something I’ve wanted to do ever since Sustrans launched the route in the 1990s. When I had my relapse in December 2012 and was mostly bed bound for several weeks, I promised myself that if I recovered I would cycle this route.
Last summer I managed a 26km (16 mile) bike ride and I started talking to my husband about the possibility of doing the C2C. Fortunately for me he’s cycle mad and thinks it’s a great idea to go on a cycle touring holiday with 3 kids!
This will be a huge physical challenge for me. Although pre-illness I cycled the London to Cambridge a couple of times (58 miles), I haven’t cycled as far as that 16 mile ride since the summer, and for the winter months my cycling has been confined to the 1 mile round trip to school twice a day. As soon as the weather warms up I plan to start training so that I can hopefully manage the distances involved (and the hills – eek) with no problem when the time comes.
Keen cyclists will scoff at the distances we are doing each day, but just over a year ago I was using a mobility scooter and electric bike to get around, so for me this is a big deal. Also the youngest member of our party will be only 9 years old, so this is a huge challenge for him too.
I’m hoping this ride will prove that I am fully recovered and give me more confidence in my abilities going forward. One of my main symptoms was Post Exertional Malaise, so multi-day physical activity is the ultimate challenge. If I have any lingering symptoms they will appear after a day or two of physical exertion and I will then struggle to cycle the following day.
My parents will be our support crew for the ride, carrying luggage and driving our car from the start point to the end point. This does mean that if it turns out I’m not fully recovered there is a plan B involving the car. However, I plan to stick firmly to plan A and pedal my bike all the way from Coast to Coast.
I have set up a just-giving page for the ride. If you would like to support Invest in ME then please head to my fundraising page. If you don’t wish to donate, but wish to support my efforts then please leave a comment below. I need all the help I can get to help me over those hills!