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Jen Burton wants to end AIDS


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88 percent of goal achieved.
Goal: $25,000.00
Achieved: $22,055.00
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I'm Riding to End AIDS

From June 2-8, 2013, I'm bicycling in AIDS/LifeCycle. It's a 7-day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to make a world of difference in the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS.

This will probably be one of the biggest challenges I've ever faced - both physically and emotionally. And, while I'm actually pretty scared (What if I fail? What if I bail? How bad is it going to hurt, really?), I know I'm always going to be ok. At the end of the day I know I will be inspired, in pain, happy, proud, tearful and probably every other emotion one can experience while pushing themselves to new physical limits. 

Holy cow! 

I sent my first fundraising email in early August and have been completely blown away by the generosity of my friends and family. Because of you, I'm raising my initial $10,000 goal to $25,000! 

Got $100? $50? $25? Will you help?

Know what's even more exciting? When you give through your employer's matching gifts program! 

Donation incentives:

  • $10-$99 a personal thank you 
  • $100-$249 you'll get a lovely less than flattering photo of me on one of the training rides
  • $250-$499 the photo AND an exhausted phone call from a rest stop on one of the training rides
  • $500-$999 the above & Falkor and I will cook you and another person dinner! (Bay Area only)
  • $1,000+ the above AND you get to help choose my outfit for Red Dress Day! (note: I have to be able to actually ride a bike in the selected outfit so shoes aren't included in this offer): Red Dress Day 2012

Got $100? $50? $25? Will you help?

I'll be blogging throughout the training experience and then once the ride is done so you'll get to read stories of scraped knees, tears on inclines, sore rear ends, and accomplisment. Really. If there are any good photos, I'll post them, too (bloody knees!).

Help me support AIDS/LifeCycle by giving what you can. We'll keep riding until AIDS and HIV are a thing of the past.

 

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I am remiss!
Way back a bunch of months ago I said I'd blog about every training ride. And I've totally under delivered on that front!

I've been training every weekend this year - I typically participate in one of the officially ALC training rides (really awesome group rides supported by training ride leaders). We increase mileage every weekend with the goal of getting up to 100 miles in a day and ready for the 7 day trip to LA.

My rides have been up and down (just like life, right?). Some days I'm grinning most of the time and in a great mood. Others are a struggle. Back in January I was 22 miles into a 45 mile ride and so mad at myself, frustrated at the headwinds (so productive to get mad at nature!) and feeling like every pedal stroke was a waste of time I gave up on the training ride and got on the Tiburon ferry back to SF. I spent the rest of that week frustrated, feeling bad about myself and wondering if I was ever going to pull this off. That next weekend I went on another ride and by the end of the ride felt like I could have gone another 15 miles - I was back.

Since that weekend, I've been increasing my time on the bike and am up to 63 miles in one day, 98 for a weekend. I'm learning to accept spandex clothes. I've gotten to the point where I really appreciate the pockets in the back of my cycling jerseys and wish all my shirts had pockets like that.

The other day I had the honor of picking up my $5k fundraiser jersey in front of a bunch of other riders - I've never gotten goosebumps when handed a shirt before!

http://imgur.com/a/Oxzgo#MA2aJZy

And, on March 28th I'll be sharing my fundraising story with the other members of the $10k club (http://www.aidslifecycle.org/fundraising/10k-club.html) which is super cool and exciting. I can't believe I've raised over $11k so far and am so grateful to my family and friends for their generosity. You all are changing the lives of people and helping pave the way towards the end of AIDS.

This weekend we'll be doing a 62 mile, very hilly & steep ride around the east bay. I'm only riding one day because other aspects of life beckon (dog, house, friends).

For now, though, I'm counting the days until June 2, 2013 (79 days!!!). Camping supplies are being purchased, more cycling shorts are on the way (no laundry facilities along the way!) and more fundraising efforts are soon to kick off.

http://imgur.com/aOOicSz

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

by Jen Burton on Fri, Mar 15, 2013 @ 8:04 AM

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Two training rides down
I guess it's been almost a month since my first official training ride - 37.6 miles up and down some rolling hills around Marin county.

I started that ride all grinning and waving at everyone; super stoked to be on my bike surrounded by all these people who have accomplished something I can't imagine doing (yet). Halfway through we stopped for lunch and spirits were high. And, then. I came upon what is now my nemesis: the back side of Camino Alto. Not my friend. Especially not my friend on the end of what was (and is still) my longest ride to date. So, started the ride grinning and ended it grumbling. That's ok.

My nemesis is the final climb on this link: http://app.strava.com/rides/22200110

The other day, Leslie and I did a 28.9 mile ride in the same general area - and, again, Camino Alto on the way back left me swearing and pissed. Someday I'll beat that hill.

And, I am proud to say I've earned my first bloody knee! The ride group was coming to a stop at an intersection and I rode up trying to manage both a gel/goo pack and getting my feet out of the pedals. I slowed to a stop and realized I was falling over and despite my intellectual efforts, I couldn't will myself in the right direction and flopped over. Got up, got a high five from another rider, knocked my saddle back in place and rode on. My knee was a tiny bit scraped and my beautiful new bike got scratched as well. I'm sure there will be more.

by Jen Burton on Wed, Oct 10, 2012 @ 6:00 PM

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