Dear Family & Friends,
2019 was the first year the Trek across Maine started and ended in Brunswick, ME, making a loop from the home of Bowdoin, to Bates, to Colby and back to the starting point. Which all sounds fine until you do the math. All the previous years we started at Sunday River ended in Belfast, which meant for every foot of elevation climbed there were almost 2 feet of downhill. The new loop route means every downhill glide has an equal and opposite uphill climb! Yes! it was harder. Yes! taking a month off from training to study Yoga was awesome but not necessarily great preparation for the ride.
I also faced another hurdle for last year’s Trek. Several years of repeat lung infections had taken a toll and I found myself hitting a wall, where no matter how hard I tried I just couldn’t get enough air to sustain intense exercise the way I used to. For the first time in my life I learned from personal experience that when you can’t breathe nothing else matters.
Thanks in no small part to years of research funded by the American Lung Association, I had ready access to an inhaler that enabled me to bridge the gap. With lots of breathing exercises (thank you yoga) and aggressive efforts to avoid infections (thank you hand washing obsessively). I have been able to regain much of my lung capacity and am excited to start serious training for the ride this year.
So this year I am grateful for the hard work of the ALA to reduce smoking which so adversely impacted my parents health because it is giving our kids and grandkids a better shot at a healthy life and for helping me get back in the game.
I really appreciate your support. Every contribution made now motivates me to hit the road in early April and rack up important training miles. Please join me in my efforts to make a difference by making a tax-deductible donation. My goal is to raise $10 per mile or $1,800.
Thank you for supporting CLEAN AIR!