(NEWS CENTER) — The organizers of BikeMaine say anyone can complete the ride with the right training. Mike Dunn is proof of that.
Eight months ago, he was 80 pounds heavier.
“I kept thinking, ‘I’m going to go to the gym. I’m going to be working out,'” Dunn said. “‘I’m going to do all this stuff,’ but I never did it.”
In February, his doctor told him he was headed toward a heart attach, diabetes or other diseases. A close friend, who’s a personal trainer, stepped in to help. He went through Dunn’s cabinets and got rid of all the junk food.
“He came over and said, ‘I’m not going to watch you die, Dunnsy.’ He said, ‘I’m going to make sure you change,'” Dunn said.
That’s the push Dunn needed to start eating healthier and exercising. A few months after his doctor’s appointment, he signed up for BikeMaine. His friend put together a training plan for him, and he hit the road. Three hundred miles into the ride, he said he’s doing well.
“I was scared poopless as the ride got ready to go, because I wasn’t certain I was ready,” he said.
He still has about 50 pounds to lose before he reaches his goal weight, but Dunn said he’s feeling better than ever. He hopes he can do BikeMaine, or another ride like it, next year. As soon as he finishes the ride, he said he is going to join the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, which organizes BikeMaine.
Saturday is Day 7, the last day, of the ride.