FARMINGTON — As January is upon us, many will look to their New Year’s resolutions to serve some grand purpose for greater good or perhaps something a bit more manageable. Either way, resolutions should be lofty enough to push us towards goals, but realistic enough to allow us to meet those goals. A sense of accomplishment is often the reward, but doing something good for ourselves is also a common factor.

This year, consider shrugging off those wintry blahs by some exercise with a bigger purpose. The Northern Lights Trek-Across-Maine Cycling Team is challenging local residents from Farmington and surrounding towns to set some resolutions. “One of the typical comments I hear from people considering the Trek Across Maine is that they don’t think they are in shape for it,” said team captain Dennis Haszko.

The Trek is a 180-mile bike ride fundraiser that is spread across three days in June. The first overnight is traditionally in Farmington, which is a large part of the Trek where more than 2,000 cyclists and support crew spend their first night.

Sign up today, set goals, and start training. The UMF Fitness and Recreation Center has many stationary bikes to use. Spin classes are a fun way to ride with others and get a great workout.

Those who have never participated in a spin class should not be intimidated; riders are in control of the resistance on the bike and can work at their own pace.

Cycling/spin classes at the UMF Fitness and Recreation Center are offered in January on Mondays from 6 to 6:45 a.m. and from 6:15 to 7 p.m., and Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. The fitness center’s phone number is 778-7495.

The team is also planning a get-together to meet, share training tips and perhaps some cycling stories.

“We are hoping to get local cyclists, and especially those who are looking for others to train with, to come out and join us,” said team member Sandy Richard. The Northern Lights Team will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Homestead Restaurant, 186 Broadway. Anyone interested in cycling is encouraged to attend. For more information, call 778-4870.


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