Tom Brinsko rides across America

“Physically, you’re drained and you’re tired and you consume a lot of calories, and you’ve got to get yourself up the next day,” he says. “You’re going to have sore muscles day-to-day and week-to-week, but you kind of get over that.”

The pain that might cause you to skip a day of riding back home is shaken off, because, “Well, you don’t have the choice. You’ve got to get on the bike and get to the next city.”

Brinsko, a Hudson resident since 1995, is the former president and CEO of the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities. He stepped down from the position within the past year and now works part-time as a resource specialist for the national YMCA organization.

His semi-retirement is what allowed Brinsko to go on the 50-day bicycle ride that had long been a dream of his.

“Obviously, it takes some resources to do this,” he adds. And, “it

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