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Harold Mays Is a Cycling Fanatic

Harold Mays Is a Cycling Fanatic

The Illinois Lottery director on hitting the lakefront and salsa dancing. A lakefront trail is a terrible thing to waste. And Harold Mays wouldn’t dream…

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The Illinois Lottery director on hitting the lakefront and salsa dancing. A lakefront trail is a terrible thing to waste. And Harold Mays wouldn’t dream of it. Give the acting director of the Illinois Lottery a bike and some decent weather, and he’s off, racking up miles along Lake Michigan.

Having run for a decade, he was looking for a lower-impact exercise that was easier to recover from. He tried a spin class, and the instructor introduced him to a cycling club. “That was all she wrote,” says Mays, 53.

From spring through fall, he takes to the lakefront on a Cannondale road bike from his Hyde Park home, averaging 50 to 100 miles a week. When it’s too cold to brave the elements, he relies on a bike trainer, plus the early-morning indoor workouts that are part of his year-round routine. Photography: Getty Images How do you start your day?

“I begin with an hourlong routine: 20 minutes of cardio, 20 minutes of weight training, 10 minutes of core exercises and stretching, and 10 minutes of meditation. Whenever I can’t fit in an hour, I’ll do something called the Scientific 7-Minute Workout. It’s a high-intensity routine that I swear by for getting my heart rate up and hitting the major muscle groups — no equipment necessary.” Do you have a favorite daily exercise?

“If I’m active, that’s my favorite. The payoff is in completing the exercise. But mindfulness is important to me. The stress release of meditation was key to […]

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