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Bike 50 at 50

By Craig R. Waters

Later this month, on Monday, October 31, the day after David Miller turns 50 years of age, he’ll embark on a personal adventure that few others would dare imagine, let alone attempt.

Over the course of the following 12 months, give or take a day or two, Miller, accompanied by his dog, Max, will cycle through all 50 states, a distance totaling some 21,000 miles. Along the way, he’ll raise money for four charities close to his heart and, it goes without saying, inspire thousands of Americans to think seriously about the benefits of being physically fit.

Most guys, when they turn 50, think about getting together with friends and family to share some food, drink, and laughs, and blow out a few candles, but not Miller. Right now, he’s in San Diego training for his amazing journey—Bike 50 at 50.

“For the months of July, August, and September, I’ve basically been doing mini-marathons—swimming, biking, and running—five to six times a week,” he tells CBI Unbound.

Miller’s self-appointed “challenge” should come as no surprise to the people who know him well. An industry veteran with nearly 25 years experience, he’s racked up an impressive résumé, both corporate and athletic. He’s worked with the Western Athletic Clubs (WAC), based in San Francisco; and Sport City, a premium Mexican chain (see the Q&A with founder Alejandro Martí on pg. 38 of the November issue of CBI); and operated his own business, which provided consulting and an extensive array of IHRSA-like products and services in Mexico.

Intensely competitive, Miller has, over the years, participated actively in squash, racquetball, tennis, gymnastics, waterskiing, in-line skating, ultimate Frisbee, and triathlons.

“What will I do for the 50th birthday?” Miller had wondered as that landmark date grew closer. Initially, he’d considered doing 50 “Olympic distance” triathlons over the course of 50 weeks, but soon discovered that, logistically, that didn’t work. “Then it hit me!” he says. “I reminded myself that there were 50 states in my own country, and, after doing a quick inventory, I realized that I hadn’t been to more than 13 or 14 of them.

“From there, it was just a question of feasibility and logistics—could it be done in the allotted time? With a bit of investigation and a calculator, I realized that it was going to be a colossal undertaking, but that, yes, it was attainable.”

So, a week from next Monday, David Miller, 50, will set out from San Diego, en route to Sarasota, Florida, on what will undoubtedly be the ride of his lifetime.

CBI Unbound will keep you apprised of his progress, so, as they say: Stay tuned!  

Reader Comments (1)

Safe Ride Cousin, cant wait til you and Max arrive in Cleveland.......
October 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBetsy Feuerstein

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