Written by Daniel Bax
I am dedicated every single day to achieving my goal to cycle across Canada to show the world that survival from brain injury is possible.
In 2005, doctors told me I would never walk again, talk again, eat solid foods or move my left side. I completely surprised everyone in rehab when I began to walk again. While receiving treatment at the Neurologic Institute of Rehabilitation of Ontario, I went home to visit a friend who showed me that, before my injury in a motorcycle accident, I did a lot of cycling. At first, I could not remember how to even ride a bike. Once I got going, though, I just knew that a bicycle was going to be a big part of my life’s calling.
Cycling allowed me to be more functional with my left side. It also improved my walking and overall coordination. Cycling is a growing passion that will serve my body well, and I think it will become an ever more powerful force in my life as I get older.
Twice a week I go to a PowerWatts training facility and train on their high powered machines. PowerWatts is a technical and power based indoor training system designed to improve both fitness and cycling performance. I have great cycle coach Ryan Hanna who is a cycling enthusiast, and has become one of my good friends.
Now, more than ever, I am excited to take my passion for cycling coast to coast, “C2C,” across Canada to send a message out to the world about brain injury survival and awakening the forgotten “brain injured”. It is possible to heal beyond expectations. I have chosen to step into “My Endless Potential.”