Using a wheelchair for fitness. Well actually for racing

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   Posted 6/9/2010 2:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone, 
I have just been wondering if any of you that need a wheelchair have ever though about racing in your chair.  You  see I have had fibro for 26 years now and 6 years ago my condition worsened so much I basically lost my whole life. Just before that happened I had joined up to train for a womans 10k run, and the fact that i can't do it has niggled me since.  So just the other day it occured to me to think outside the box ie. racing in my wheelchair.  I would then achieve my dream and get fitter, win, win lol. I would love to know what peole think or am i just being silly?

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   Posted 6/9/2010 2:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I would think you are a person I would admire......:o).

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   Posted 6/9/2010 2:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Go for it Lisa! You seem to have a competitive spirit:) My advice would be to train very
sensibly, start out slow and increase speed and distance as you go. You could do some
upper body strength training with hand weights or tension bands. Also talk to your doc
and get his input. Good luck to you!!!

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   Posted 6/9/2010 2:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lisa - are you confined to a wheelchair now because of fibro or something else? I think its good to always have dreams and goals in mind. Good luck.


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   Posted 6/9/2010 10:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Do as much as you can! Doesn't sound silly to me at all!
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   Posted 6/10/2010 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow, thank you all for your input I really didn't know if anyone would reply at all.

I am not confinded to the wheelchair and will still be walking as much as I can which actually means getting around the house as much as poss. But I can't walk more than a few steps at any one time and in the past i loved outdoors, before i could no longer get out and about 6 years ago. I have spent alot of time coming to terms with all of this and have a way to go but all I do know is I will never give up. I think the racing would re-light the fire in my belly, I have come to terms with the fact that no matter how hard i try my legs will not be fit for walking to far never mind running so using the wheelchair would enable me to take part.

Thanks again for all the replys, lisa32
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