I’m Richelle Olsen. I’m an Aussie 30-something, I’m plus sized, and I’ve cycled nearly 5,000 kms from Canada to Mexico, I’ve hiked to Everest base camp, I’ve run a 25km mountain race in the Spanish Pyrenees, I’ve trekked the Inca Trail, scuba dived in oceans and freshwater caves around the world, raced over 20 triathlons, solo hiked the Queen Charlotte Track in NZ and had a whole lot of other adventures in between.
But I’m just an everyday woman, I’m not overly fit, but I love the outdoors, and I want to inspire and support other plus sized girls to experience what I have, without limits. You don’t need to be fit, you don’t need to “look the part”, it doesn’t matter what size you are, all you need is a sense of adventure, and a willingness to step outside your comfort zone.
In 2016 I decided to pack in my highly paid job as a business analyst, and do something that I love. I started up Escaping Your Comfort Zone - body positive hiking and adventures for plus size women. I want to show women that you don't have to be fit or slim to enjoy adventure in the outdoors. Its not about weight loss or fitness, its simply having fun with new friends. We call ourselves Escapees and we hike, we bike, we kayak, we SUP, we have picnics, we watch sunsets, we do triathlons and fun runs and so so much more!
So when I'm not having fun with my Escapees, I'm riding my bike somewhere, training for a triathlon, or something as equally silly!