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Charity Miles Champion: Charlotte Bowden

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Charity Miles Champion Charlotte is training for a ride up the coast of Maine. follow her story and training here.

I’m training for the 32nd Trek Across Maine, an annual fundraising ride for the American Lung Association. The Trek is a 180-mile bike ride from the western mountains in Maine to the coastal town of Belfast that takes place over three days. I’m doing this ride for many reasons, and have several personal connections to Maine but, mainly in memory of my Granny who passed away from lung cancer in 2008.

I stood at the finish of the Trek welcoming home family who rode. I never thought I would be preparing to do the ride myself. This is my first multi-day ride, my first charity ride, and my first endurance athletic endeavor. I’m excited and nervous about the variation in terrain. There are some serious hills on the last day along the coastline, and June is right around the corner. I am doing all that I can to be ready.  

Between Charity Miles and fundraising, I’m able to raise money and awareness for two great organizations, the American Lung Association, and Michael J. Fox Foundation.  I was first introduced to Charity Miles through the Tone It Up community. Now that I am training, I use the app while running, walking, and biking for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. It’s very motivating to know every mile truly matters. Each mile I complete prepares me mentally and physically for my training. I’m working towards my goal of completing the Trek feeling strong and powerful and in community with my fellow Trekkers. 

My training schedule has consisted of the following so far: Run 2 times a week. Ride indoors on my cycle trainer 3-4 times a week and ride outdoors as the weather gets warmer at least once a week. 

More from Charlotte and her training as her event gets closer.

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