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    My Story - I hope it encourages someone

    In March of this year I was pretty much a slug. 335 lbs., no exercise, eating horribly, etc., etc. I got an email about a 250, 5 day bike tour some acquaintances were doing in northern lower Michigan. I talked with my wife, and made the commitment. We spent a week with our son and his fiance in Texas right then, and during the week I started working on my plan. Here I am with him in March.

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    I bought a steel cyclocross bike, Motobecane CXX in yellow for those who care, and started Weight Watchers online. I've ridden about 800 miles in training, not as much as I'd hoped for, but I'm fairly confident that I'll be alright. I did a 75 mile day on the 4th of July which was kind of my trial run; proving some things to myself, I suppose. I've lost 60 lbs and feel good. I have a plan for further fitness activities after the ride.

    As an aside, I was able to lead a group who raised almost $2700 to help an eye and dental clinic in Haiti, which I am very excited about and thankful for.

    Here's a picture that my company took a few weeks ago. The story is on Facebook; search for Ross Mortgage Corporation.

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    Thanks for reading. I do hope that this is an encouragement for someone.

    Chuck
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    Wonderful!

    Let us know how the ride goes -- it sounds like a great time. You likely already know from your training, but watch calorie intake and fluids during the ride. At anything over 60 miles or so, that becomes critical.
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    Way to go Chuck!

    Good luck on your 250, 5 day bike tour.
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    Excellent!

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    Thanks so much for your story... I am hoping the above is not the ending. Please keep on reporting!
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    Way to go Chuck, your story is similar to mine. This time last year I was a lazy, fat 220 pound guy who didn't want to get off the couch until I found out about a 7 day organized bike tour across NY (~400 miles). I dug out my old mountain bike, pumped up the tires and adjusted the brakes and rode out the rest of the summer (and early fall) on it. Back in April, I decided I was going to be into this hobby for while so I wanted to get a bike that fit me better, so I test rode a few different models at my LBS and bought the hybrid I currently ride. With that expense, I was low on cash and didn't make the registration for the bike tour which turned out to be a good thing since I wasn't ready for 60+ miles in one day anyway. I've been riding my bike everywhere I could think of since, currently weigh in at 170 pounds and can feel myself becoming stronger & faster even though my bike computer doesn't seem to agree sometimes. To reward myself of the weight loss and changing my lifestyle I'm planning to register for next summer's tour.

    Keep up the good work!
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    Great job and story. Looking good. Keep plugging away!

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    Chapeau!
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    Outstanding. Keep it up.

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    Nice work! Sounds familiar...I am 285 and looking forward to my first tour in Oct. It will be on the Pacific Coast Highway. You're story is encouraging. Have a great time.

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    Day 1 - Beautiful. Right at 50 miles, my avg. was 13.6 for the day. Some nice views of Lake Michigan from Ludington to Onekama. The group had 2 flats, one broken spoke. Some wind coming off the lake, mid 70's and beautifully sunny. In the evening we had a visit from the optometrist who is working his vision, no pun intended, to start an eye and dental clinic in Haiti. That is what we have raised money for. Inspiring to hear his story and see the progress already.

    Now, up and at'em for day 2. 1900 feet of climb today!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckHubbert View Post
    Day 1 - Beautiful. Right at 50 miles, my avg. was 13.6 for the day. Some nice views of Lake Michigan from Ludington to Onekama. The group had 2 flats, one broken spoke. Some wind coming off the lake, mid 70's and beautifully sunny. In the evening we had a visit from the optometrist who is working his vision, no pun intended, to start an eye and dental clinic in Haiti. That is what we have raised money for. Inspiring to hear his story and see the progress already.

    Now, up and at'em for day 2. 1900 feet of climb today!
    Great stuff, keep 'em coming.
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    Day 2 - over 1900 ft of climbing in 56.5 miles today. Started at Onekama, finished at a KOA just south of Traverse City. It encourages me to hear the more experienced say how tough today was, 'cause it beat me up pretty bad. But I rode every inch. Beautiful weather, awesome views of Lake Michigan. I'll sleep well tonight. I think the group had one flat and a couple of shifter tweaks. Geeked to go again tomorrow. How does one become a professional bike tourer?
    "There have been many days when I haven't felt like riding, but there has never been a day when I was sorry I rode." chasm54

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    Nicely done! Keep it up.

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    Great story. The ride sounds wonderful. I might be headed that way in September.

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    Day 3 - 62.5 miles for me; from south of Traverse City to Central Lake, MI. Got separated from the group I started with, but they connected with another group so I rode the afternoon solo, which I enjoyed. There was a mistake on our route sheets which put me on almost 2 miles of sandy two-track. Thankfully, I could get through it on my 'cross bike, and others were warned away. I lost track of the flats today. I had a loose spoke, but I think we took care of it this evening. We had a little rain, but not enough to be a problem.

    i went over 1000 (adult) career miles today. I was also very surprised when I was first in camp today.

    More adventures tomorrow.
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    All I can say is WOW. Great Job!

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    What's up Chuck! (Sorry I had to!)

    Really awesome story, and even more so that you are pushing yourself to do more. Enjoy the ride and enjoy the bike, I can't say enough about the fitness and health improvements I have undergone since I started riding again. Totally worth any pain.
    Looking forward to my winter commuting adventure.....

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    Let me catch you up…

    Day 4 – We left Central Lake and had a nice climb first thing in the morning. I’m not sure that the legs were ready for that. Nice ride up into Charlevoix where we had lunch. I can highly recommend the blackened whitefish Caesar salad at The Villager. It was fun in town. On to Petoskey. Bike paths are really nice; it’s great to see communities that embrace walking and cycling with them.

    It was a flat free day for the group until we were within a couple miles of our camp.

    Day 5 – We had the luxury of KOA cabins last night in Petoskey; it was a good thing because it poured for about an hour and a half early in the morning. By breakfast time it was clearing out, we got last day instructions and the slow group headed up a few minutes before the fast group. BEAUTIFUL ride through Harbor Springs, then up M-119, the Tunnel of Trees on the way to Mackinaw City. I opted to take the high road up Devil’s Elbow and down The Chute. I saw 32.7mph on my GPS on the way down.

    More flats today. That seems to be the theme of this trip.

    We all gathered at the high school to ride to the Mackinaw Bridge together. What a thrill to see my family and the rest of the group cheering for us as we rode down Nicolet to dip our wheels in the water right under the bridge. 273 miles for me. No one is more surprised than I am that was able to accomplish this. Thanks again for all your support.

    Pressing on!
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