Last year's Trek was three days of perfect cycling weather...a proper farewell to a route that had remained largely the same for 34 years. I had trained hard, I felt strong, and absolutely motored from the start to finish each day. The fundraising, the training, the strengthening, and the determination to push when I had absolutely no desire to exercise, had paid off. As with the years prior, it had been a good ride, with over 180 miles covered with over 2000 of my closest cycling friends.
This year I am facing a new challenge as I've been struggling to return to fitness after two separate surgeries sidelined me late last Fall. I am on my road bike when the weather permits, and on the spin bike when it does not. I will be ready for the Trek by the time it arrives, but I've got a ton of work to put in before then, tens of thousands calories to burn, and an undisclosed amount of pounds to lose (more than my bike actually weighs)!
All of this said though, our individual stories are only a small part of the Trek Across Maine...but collective stories form the core of a much larger narrative. The Trek is an event with a purpose and while those of us who participate do so for many reasons, we all have one common goal: supporting the American Lung Association's efforts to prevent and cure lung disease. Through the Trek Across Maine, the American Lung Association is raising awareness of Lung disease and the devastating effects it has on so many among us. Lung disease can take someone's breath away, leaving them unable to work, exercise, or play. Growing faster than almost any other major illness, lung disease, including lung cancer, asthma, and emphysema is the third leading cause of the death in the United States. The money raised by the Trek Across Maine participants directly funds the ALAs fight to help all of us breath easier.
My request for your assistance comes late yet again this year. If possible, please join in my efforts to make a difference by making a personal tax-deductible donation. I request your help raising a total of $1,100 for the American Lung Association, allowing me to join the incredible group of people who are riding to support a very worthy cause. We cross the starting line on June 14, 2019, but my call for your support is now. Any assistance you choose to provide is greatly appreciated!
If you've made it this far, thank you for taking the time to read all of this. We are always for looking for friends to join us on this adventure, so if the idea of spending three days cycling through some of Maine's gorgeous scenery appeals to you, please talk to me about how you can be part of this ride too!