AIDS Lifecycle - Ride to end AIDS

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Somewhere near Simi Valley
Somewhere near Simi Valley

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Team LAGLC
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We're on our way
105 percent of goal achieved.
Goal: $13,000.00
Achieved: $13,595.00
Thanks to my generous sponsors

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.

I'm riding because I believe in helping others, and I believe in a cure. I'm riding for the storytellers and writers who died and for the stories that went untold. I'm riding so we can tell new stories. And I want to make a difference.

Please help me support AIDS/LifeCycle by giving what you can. You can give now on this site, or contact me directly to discuss options, money-per-mile monthly donations, and other alternative forms of showing your support. Be sure to check with your employer about matching donations. 

One of the beneficiaries of the event is the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, which is a groundbreaking institution that has worked tirelessly in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Here's where many of your dollars will go:

The LA Gay & Lesbian Center is committed in the next 12 months to:
1. Providing 35,000 HIV and STD tests
2. Providing STD treatment to at least 7,500 people
3. Providing ongoing medical care to 2600 HIV patients in the Jeffrey Goodman Special Care Clinic
4. Bringing 750 additional HIV infected people into treatment as a result of our clinic expansion
5. Serving as a leader in L.A. County?s target reduction of 25% in the HIV infection rate before the
end of 2015

I'll update this page throughout the year so you can track my progress and learn how your contribution is helping to fund life-saving programs at both the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center & the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

Thank you so much for your support. 

xoxo
Michael

My Personal Web Log

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Less than 3 weeks!!
It's been forever since I updated this page, and I apologize. Find me on Facebook or email me if you'd like to see pictures and follow along during the ride in June.

In October I began this journey with a goal of raising $3,000 and my first training ride with my new bike was a 12-15 mile flat ride on a bike path out to the ocean. 8 months later, here I am, best shape of my life (I think), finally smokeless (after 15 years), logging over 120 miles/week, often with intense hills and heat, and I've completed my first century ride (100 miles in 1 day - picture below) as well as multiple back-to-back 50+ mile training rides. I've endured shingles, ulcers, and numbness throughout my entire left side (it comes, it goes...) - not to mention an epic farmer's tan.

Because of an overwhelmingly amazing amount of support, we JUST QUADRUPLED my original fundraising goal. As of this morning, "Team Wolfe" has raised $12,000.00, and I'm currently the 62nd top fundraiser for the entire event (#20 in SoCal alone).

I can't believe all of the different folks who have stepped up to the plate to contribute - new friends, old friends, coworkers, bosses, friends of friends, parents of friends, former lovers, family, childhood friends, former mentors, etc., etc. It's truly been a team effort, and I'm humbled and honored to have the support of so many good people. I'm taking every one of you on the ride with me next month, and I'd love for more of you to join us.

We have already made a significant difference and impact on the lives of those living with HIV/AIDS, and we still have 21 days in which to continue raising money to support these two great organizations and the life saving services they provide. It's an exciting month as the momentum builds toward June 2 and the fundraising dollars continue to reach new heights. Everyone's pushing harder, digging deeper, dreaming bigger and feeling stronger.

I've been posting pictures to Facebook more than anywhere else, so find me there if you'd like to follow along during the ride itself.

There's still time to help me surpass my final fundraising goal - just click the orange "Donate to Support Michael" tab above.

And you can watch and help as my team (Team LAGLC) hits our $500,000 fundraising goal here: http://www.tofighthiv.org/site/TR/AIDSLIFECYCLE12/AIDSLifeCycleCenter?pg=team&fr_id=1550&team_id=8930

by Michael Wolfe on Mon, May 13, 2013 @ 3:08 PM

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$1K Challenge!!
FUNDRAISING UPDATE: I've just received a $1000 MATCHING DONATION CHALLENGE for my ride!! So, listen up:

The Amazing David Owen and Pride of Austin have agreed to match, dollar for dollar, all donations of up to $1,000 by midnight PST, next Friday, 3/17.

My personal match is also still on for every dollar up to $250 by TOMORROW night at midnight.

To date I've raised $7352.90. Please join David & Pride of Austin in catapulting us past 10K this week!!

by Michael Wolfe on Fri, Mar 08, 2013 @ 4:33 PM

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Malibu Challenge!
Tomorrow I'm riding 70 miles - longest ride to date - and I'm personally matching up to $250 for all donations that come in before I finish the ride.

Let's roll, Malibu! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0CYB5V9e64

by Michael Wolfe on Fri, Mar 08, 2013 @ 3:26 PM

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March 2 & 3 Training - 97.6 Miles
March 2 - Nichols Canyon & Tuna Canyon - 49.7 miles

It was a hot one, and hilly. We left from the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood with a group of about 25 riders. Nichols Canyon was steep, narrow and windy, but the great thing about climbing is the spectacular views you glimpse on the way to the crest. We saw Barbara Streisand driving down as we grunted uphill - oh, the memories! Later, after a long slog through some gritty residential areas, we stopped at the Sunland Produce Store for a quick refuel before tackling Tuna Canyon, which was a steady 3.5-4 mile climb. The other best part of climbing is the descent that follows...

March 3 - 47.9 miles - West Hollywood - Culver City - Playa Del Vista - Palos Verdes

On Sunday I intended to take a brief (flat, 20 mile) recovery ride to the ocean and back, but by the time we got to the ocean Curt and I decided to press on, and before I knew it we were passing through El Segundo, Manhattan, and Hermosa beaches... The water was spectacular the further south we rode.

On the way back, I stopped on the Pacific Rim Bridge before hopping back on the Ballona Creek Trail to Culver City, and I checked my phone for messages and found this, from my brother Chad, "AP reports that a baby born with HIV has been functionally cured. NYT is supposed to break story soon. Wow."

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/04/health/for-first-time-baby-cured-of-hiv-doctors-say.html?hp&_r=1&

Yes.

by Michael Wolfe on Mon, Mar 04, 2013 @ 10:24 AM

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Feb. 23 & 24 Rides
"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I no longer despair for the future of the human race." - H.G. Wells

2/23 - 46 miles - Griffith Park - Pasadena w/The Chain Gang

The last time I was at the Rose Bowl I was 6 years old, UCLA killed Iowa, and Iowa's QB, Chuck Long, was the tallest person I'd ever met. In my memory, everything was disproportionately huge - the mountains, the stadium, the four drunk sorority girls behind us chanting "U-C-L-A, U-C-L-A, UCLAUCLA U-C-" all game, and Chuck Long. Today it just looked like a stadium w/palm trees and mountains in the distance. And oh, so pretty. Two huge hills - up Chevy Chase Road on the first leg and up Lida on the way back - the rest of the ride we enjoyed the quiet neighborhoods of Pasadena. Somehow finished in the first group of riders even after thinking I'd lost some time when I stopped at the Rose Bowl and on Lida to take some pics.

2/24 - 27 miles - West Hollywood - Marina Del Rey - Playa Del Vista

Curt and I took a short "recovery ride" (flat) along the Culver City path to Marina Del Rey - awfully breezy on the way out which made pedaling at 12 mph a chore. We stopped at a coffee shop in Playa Del Vista and talked with an older Canadian gentleman who had just run 22 miles that morning and was in town from the bush in Ottawa for the L.A. marathon. It made pedaling 27 miles feel lazy.
The way back we had the tailwind in our favor and I just wish I could figure out a way to bottle up tailwind and sell it to cyclists.

by Michael Wolfe on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 @ 11:47 AM

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Feb. 16 & 18 Training Rides - 88 Miles
"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are." - Hemingway

Feb. 16 - 56 miles - Agoura Hills, Calabassas, West Hills

What a ride - rode with a great group of 15-20 on a beautiful day - lots of hills, beautiful country, passed a woman biking in the opposite direction who had stopped to throw up on the side of the road; she gave me a thumbs up. Then: horses, hills. I broke 40 mph for the first time. Ate a farm when I got home.

Feb. 18 - 32 miles - West Hollywood - Culver City - Marina Del Rey - El Segundo Beach

Took advantage of the day off and got started early, but it was chilly. Took La Cienega to Culver City where I hopped on the bike path out to Marina Del Rey. Beat most of the traffic so it was a quiet and peaceful ride out to the ocean and down the coast to El Segundo Beach. Mostly flat, so it was a great recovery ride after the hills and sun from Saturday's ride.

Continue to be humbled by all of your support. $6600 and counting. Folks rallying for a good cause makes me happy to be a part of all of this, honored to do so, and it gives me hope and keeps me pedaling even when I don't always want to.

by Michael Wolfe on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 @ 9:55 PM

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Heart shaped ride
Well this is pretty darn sweet: http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2013/02/13/171902975/guy-pumps-out-a-valentine-literally

Plan on riding 50 miles on Saturday up near the Palisades. Doubt it will be heart shaped, but good for the heart nonetheless.

xo

by Michael Wolfe on Thu, Feb 14, 2013 @ 10:09 AM

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Feb. 9th Training Ride
38 miles - West Hollywood - Hollywood - Little Armenia - Los Feliz - Griffith Park - L.A. River & back

It was a chilly day but great for riding. I wanted to do the 1/2 century ride in Palm Springs this weekend but decided to stay in L.A. and ended up enjoying the ride by myself. Lots of city streets and maneuvering traffic and parked cars, but solid ride overall, even with a couple of hills in Griffith Park and Los Feliz Blvd.

It's great to be back on the bike after a bout with SHINGLES. A few weeks ago Curt and I rode 50 miles - The Valley over Topanga Canyon to PCH up to Mailbu and back over Malibu Canyon - by far the hilliest and longest ride to date, and afterwards I was cashed for a few days, then SHINGLES, which are no joke!

Glad to be recovered and back on the bike though.

A big thanks to everyone who helped push us over the 6K mark! 3 1/2 months to go and $3,900 more to make it to 10K before the ride on June 2.

Onward!

by Michael Wolfe on Mon, Feb 11, 2013 @ 11:27 AM

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New Year's Eve Fundraising Challenge
I can't believe how close we are to 5K - let's get there today! Thank you already to Gerry, Amelia and Dan for your contributions today.

When I signed up for the ride in August, my original fundraising goal was $3,000. We blew past that this fall, so I raised it to $5,450 (545 miles/$10 per mile), and now we're quickly approaching that goal as well.

All this is to say: we've raised close to $5,000 and we still have 5 months to go before the ride. I'm amazed.

So...

If we reach 5K by midnight tonight, I will commit to raising my total goal to 10K for the year.

All donations are fully tax-deductible.

Who can help push us over the edge and encourage me to raise my goal to 10K??

Happy New Year to everyone. I wish you all a happy, healthy and transformative 2013!

xo
Michael

by Michael Wolfe on Mon, Dec 31, 2012 @ 12:11 PM

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Fundraising Announcement
I'm thrilled and humbled by all of your support and donations so far. Every time I receive a contribution it motivates me to go out on another training ride, tell more people about the ride, cast a wider net for fundraising. Thank you, thank you!

Because of the steady support I've received to date, I've raised my goal to a minimum of $5450.00 - $10/mile for the total ride - 545 miles.

I know we will make it happen.

by Michael Wolfe on Wed, Nov 14, 2012 @ 6:43 AM

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November Update
My legs hurt!

Two weeks ago I rode an 18-mile training ride as part of the official SoCal kickoff. It was a misty morning in Griffith Park and parts of the Valley, which made for great riding conditions. Lots of enthusiasm that day and a healthy turnout - it was motivating to meet, ride and be with such a large group of people dedicated to a great cause. Even in Spandex.

In the past week I rode over 70 miles. Last Saturday we logged 26+ miles, rom Griffith Park past dead birds along the L.A. River up the hills to Dodger Stadium, and back past the train station and one last climb in Griffith Park.

On Sunday I rode 28 miles with my friend Brian through Beverly Hills, praying for our lives along a stretch of Wilshire Blvd., to Santa Monica and the ocean, where we were greeted by bad drivers, free hugs, and some guy whose talents included standing on a ladder in leopard-print underwear while holding plastic snakes (if only I could post pictures here!)

Then I rode to work twice this week, 8 miles each way, from West Hollywood to Santa Monica, and it took me the same amount of time as it does to drive.

As my training has kicked up a notch, so have my fund raising efforts. In the past week, thanks to a few generous supporters, we raised another $675.00, putting me well over the halfway point towards my goal of $3,000. I'm absolutely thrilled, and you should be too. We may just blow right past my goal by Christmas, at which point I'll gladly raise it.

by Michael Wolfe on Sat, Nov 03, 2012 @ 7:54 AM

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Labor Day in Marina Del Ray
Hey everybody,

Yesterday I took a hike in the mountains and saw a rattlesnake, this morning I woke up to an earthquake, and this afternoon I rode my bike to the ocean - it must be Labor Day in L.A.

Recently I convinced my friend Brian to sign up for the ride and today was the first chance we've had to ride together. It was the first ride I've taken on my new bike, which I've had for a month; I was overdue.

We wore our bike drag so at least we looked the part. We chose a route on the path starting in Culver City that meets up with the paths along the ocean in Marina Del Ray. A relatively short, flat, easy ride.

Let me reiterate how good we looked.

When we got to the parking lot and got our bikes off of the car, I took out my hand pump to top off my front tire and it instantly deflated. Brian looked up "how to inflate a fancy bike tire" on his fancy iphone and watched a video while I tried in earnest to get the hand pump to work. I have CO2 cartridges the bike shop sold me when I outfitted the bike, but I wasn't about to break a seal when I couldn't even properly manage a hand pump. Plus they kind of scare me.

WE HAD TO DRIVE TO THE BIKE SHOP IN VENICE TO USE A FOOT PUMP.

30 minutes later we began again, my tires inflated, ego deflated.

Once we found the path we immediately went the wrong way. Soon we were on the streets of L.A., passing a freeway entrance and into a subdivision. The whole point of riding on a bike path was to avoid L.A. traffic on our first ride. Fail.

20 minutes later we were back to where we started.

But let me tell you: we looked like true cyclists!

The ride was pleasant enough, mostly along a canal through industrial Culver City, and near our turnaround point the path filled with holiday traffic and then the view opened up to the marina, the seagulls, the masts and the sea. It was a gorgeous day. We ate ice cream sandwiches on a bridge overlooking the Pacific.

Neither of us have computers on our bikes yet, so what felt like 20 miles was probably closer to 10. Regardless, I'm pooped.

Finally, a big happy birthday to my mom in Iowa, who bought me my first bike, which was red, and awesome, and died a violent death because someone left it behind the back tire of her minivan. Thanks and sorry, Mom.

Thanks, too, to all of my "Day 1" supporters. In the first two days alone we raised over $800 to help fight HIV/AIDS. It was a big motivator and a great jump start. For the rest of you who aren't throwing your money to the DNC or Obama's campaign this coming month, consider helping me reach my first fundraising goal of $1000 by the end of September.

Onward,
Michael

by Michael Wolfe on Mon, Sep 03, 2012 @ 9:12 PM

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