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Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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From fat to fit

Anne Stanton - January 11th, 2010
From Fat to Fit/How one guy did it through skate-skiing
By Anne Stanton
In his younger days, Bill Greene was one of the top 50 runners in the
state with very impressive times. His all-time best marathon took a mere
2:32. He routinely ran just over 5-minute miles.
But then life intervened in his late 30s, draining his time and emotions.
He was a single dad raising two teens, ran a business by himself, and had
to deal with complicated real estate issues. The teens were -- by far --
the most challenging, he said, laughing.
And then he got fat.
Greene of Traverse City said he gained 75 pounds—and that’s a lot on a
5‘6“ frame. His weight had been up and down before, but it peaked about
nine years ago. He remembers lying on the beach with a friend at the end
of summer.
“I was big as a whale. And I told her, ‘I’m going to ski the VASA 25K this
winter.’”
And he did.
With the teens grown and out of the house, he started running again and
skate-skiing. He didn’t change his diet much, but the weight still melted
off. His advice for anyone trying to lose weight is to do what you love
and to do it a lot. “I like to eat too much. That’s why I ski almost every
day.”

THREE 50K RACES
This year, to celebrate his 50th year, he plans on skate skiing three 50-K
races (equivalent to about 31 miles each)—the Noque in Marquettte (January
30), the VASA (February 13) and the Great Bear Chase in Calumet (March
13).
“You need to do a story on all the people who donate to the VASA and who
volunteer for these races. Then do another story on the groomers. They
work around the clock. They’re the real heroes.”
Look inside his car, and you’ll find two pair of skate skis for the
varying temperatures, and another pair of skis for off-trail skiing (“I
really don’t use them.”). He likes to ski between nine and 15 miles a
day.
“I like to ski alone. You set your own pace. My performance is up to me. I
get into a zen-like state, which is hard to describe. You get into a
trance and detach from everything. My favorite feeling is when it’s 15
degrees outside, and you’re hot inside. It feels like Acapulco inside my
suit. It just feels refreshing.”

FAMILY TIES
Greene comes from an athletic family. He, along with his late father, one
of the original TC Track Club members, and his daughter, Amy Marshall, all
ran the Boston Marathon. He doesn’t run as often now because of hamstring
pain, but he frequently walks down the big hill to West Grand Traverse Bay
from his home atop Wyatt Road. He also works out in the gym and kayaks the
Boardman River about 30 times each summer.
Beyond that, Greene is also a world traveler: he’s been on solo trips to
South America, India, and most recently Israel, among many other exotic
countries.
Traverse City is known for its world-class skate skiers, and Greene said
he’s not one of them. But he doesn’t mind being in the middle of the pack.
“It’s a lot less stressful.”
His advice for others seeking to get in shape: “Just suit up, show up.
Just go do it. You won’t get in shape sitting on your couch.”


 
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