My Messy Middle!

In May 2017 I cycled from John O’Groats to Lands End solo and unsupported. It was the culmination of the last few years growing confidence in both body and mind. I am still in awe of the person I had to become to do this.

I started out with a simple idea and a very false front telling everyone who asked, ‘it’s ok – I can do this‘…. whilst inside feeling that knot of wondering what the hell I had signed up for. I was also extremely self conscious about showing off about this adventure thing. Who am I – I said to myself constantly in the lead-up and that was carried with me into the ride itself.

It was only on day three that I meet who I was face to face and found out how strong and vulnerable I could be. I spent 13 days cycling 989 miles. I am so proud of what I have done but more than that I am proud of what I have inspired in others along the way.

My clients benefit from my personal experiences – they know I have been there too. My inbox dances with messages from people who I have unknowingly helped… This encourages me.

You can read about my messy middle here – that day that turned the tables for me. When the adventure was real and personal. The moment I stepped into the person I had been cultivating to do this. Read the full story.

Submitted by Nicky Harverson

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Published by Hetty Key

If I'm outside I'm happy! Fell running, mountain biking, climbing or skiing I just love getting out and pushing myself as hard as I can. As a women in adventure, I have found female role models really inspiring and motivating. There are definite moments I have really doubted myself and considered packing something in or giving up, but it's at these points looking to someone I can relate to, be that a friend or pro, really helps. Though this project I would love to find more of this type of relateable inspiration as well as being part of the wider movement to help remove any barriers to participation. Visit my site Mud, Chalk & Gears