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Camping and cycling while menstruating. 

It’s packing day for the PWA Friends for Life Bike Rally. Wahoooooooooo!

And. Well. I’m expecting my period any moment. I find the logistics of managing the fluids a bit tricky cycling. If I’m riding hard and it’s a heavy day I need to stop frequently to deal with my Diva Cup. I also need to go to the bathroom frequently as the fluid I’ve retained earlier in the week works its way out of my system. 

I’m more tired, achy and grumpy from the cramps. While exercise is supposed to help I find the pain taps out my resilience. I was super bummed out last month to realize I’d be camping and cycling on my period. It’s just a little more planning but the big thing is I have a harder time being comfortable in the saddle of my bike. My groin is more sensitive. It’s a nuisance more than anything. My back and hip ache so I’m glad I sprung for a thermarest cot for comfort’s sake. 

I’m hoping all the excitement and exercise will distract me. I’m packing lots of ibuprofen and wipes. Here’s to successfully managing the mischief!

I’m also SUPER WEEPY. I’m pleasantly taken aback by the ongoing flow of support from friends and family as I embark on this 600 km challenge. I had some serious doubts about raising the money and cycling the distance. I’m feeling pretty confident if a little nervous. 

Our team is looking for your support so please consider making a donation. I’m hoping we’ll hit $50,000!

I’m sure we’ll have updates as we go along. Talk to you all next Saturday!

4 thoughts on “Camping and cycling while menstruating. 

  1. As always, I love your honesty and full presence, Nat. Looking forward to spending a week with you, and you can weep on me anytime 😉

  2. And btw, was I the only one who noticed that the suggested packing list included condoms/lube but not tampons? 😉

  3. Don’t know how you feel about this, but norethisterone has saved my life as an athlete. I literally cannot run for two days a month – it hurts too much – so being able to shift those two days away from key races is a Godsend.

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