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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. I'm hoping you will be inspired to support my ride to Los Angeles and the AIDS/LifeCycle by giving what you can. 

My parents gave me my first bicycle on December 25, 1980. I was 8 years old. 6 months later the CDC published the first official reporting of what would become know as the AIDS epidemic. Almost 33 years have passed since that official report and I've spent a little more than a third of them working to help end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This quest - to ride my bike from SF to LA - is the exciting new chapter in that story.

I'm riding for that little girl who grew up with HIV/AIDS and can barely remember a world where it didn't exist.

I'm riding for my health in my 40th year because as a graphic designer I sit on my behind all day.

I'm riding for my colleagues who work tirelessly every single day to fight this epidemic.

I'm riding for the beautiful people I've met on this journey who shared their heart and soul with me while they were here on this earth.

I'm riding for my HIV positive and HIV negative loved ones.

I'm riding for those who can't and for those who will join me on this journey.

I'm riding for you.

Please help me support AIDS/LifeCycle by giving what you can. Start by clicking on the donate button under my picture.

I've made a commitment to personally raise $5000 by June 1st instead of the $3000 I need to be qualified to ride. No amount is too small. Even the loose change caught in your couch will help!

Check back often to read my training progress and stay tuned for information on incentive gifts!

Love to you all and thank you for supporting me in my quest.


This is how you can help me fight HIV: One gesture. One person. One donation at a time.


My Personal Web Log


Gears. Gears. Gears
Tiburon Loop. 38.5 miles. We sort of took a week off to attend the AIDS Life/Cycle Kick-Off party last Saturday and yesterday we paid for that little excursion with pain and sweat. We were also introduced to the Camino Alto hills, which weren't quite as bad as I had anticipated. They are a long uphill climb that seems to never end but what goes up must come down and the other side of Camino Alto was *awesome*. Half way down I started yelling , "woo hoooo" and scared the dickens out of some poor lady out to get her mail. And then there was Paradise Drive 8 miles of windy hills and valleys among a thick forest of trees. Qianya and I tackled those without abandon leaning in and out of the curves and then climbing slowly up and then back down again. Gears were the name of the game and my fingers are a little sore from changing them so often. On the long downhill portions we sang, "She'll Be Coming Around The Mountain" because it seemed appropriate! I was looking for deer but I only saw pricey homes and expensive cars because living among such nature in the Bay Area is a beauty reserved for the rich. Hot showers, Motrin, chocolate milk, stretching, and a spin on the torture roller got us through the night and we awoke on Sunday really sore but able to walk.
Since we last left you, my little Mon Cheri's, we've joined the gym. I feel like such a bad ass now with my gym card on my keychain but really I'm most excited about the fact they have a sauna. On a side note, I haven't seriously exercised this much in probably 15 years. Although we laugh about our accomplishments in our updates I cannot describe the feeling of getting to the 20 mile mark and realizing that in order to get home to the chocolate milk I have to ride my bike 20 more miles. There's not much else to do but get back on the bike and ride towards that very small Golden Gate Bridge in the distance. Although, I did silently wonder how much a cab would cost... oh wait... Qianya just told me I said that out loud and she was down! We rode it though. No cab... Next week it's 42 miles. Cross your fingers for us.

by Janie Vinson on Sun, Feb 10, 2013 @ 8:58 PM

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Exercise makes you hungry.
SF to Tiburon. 33 miles. We've been told that the amount of riding we're doing will make us hungrier. Boy does it. We rode 33 miles on Saturday and then proceeded to eat ourselves through the rest of the weekend! I've also spent the time, in between bites, gazing at Ruby. She has arrived. Sleek. Light. A beautiful smooth ride and I love her even though she has a pink stripe. The Golden Gate Bridge turned out to be a hazard this weekend. It was so windy I almost fell over like a Roly Poly. I'm also getting used to the insane Tour de France look-alike bikers who race by you so fast and so dangerously that it scares the hell of out you. One of our team members had a spectacular bike crash on the bridge this weekend with a member of this group. Long live the safety of ALC riders. The BIG news is that the Sausalito hills have been conquered! I rode all 5 of them and never walked AND I was *right* behind the speedy Qianya the whole way to Tiburon and back. #Grateful for Arnica gel, Hoo Ha Ride Glide, and an amazing new ALC family. #Discovery for learning exactly how many energy bars/gel you can ingest while riding before the fiber makes you toot the rest of the way...

by Janie Vinson on Sun, Jan 27, 2013 @ 7:37 PM

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Fake it til you make it.
Yesterday I learned the true meaning of fake it until you make it while riding the Sausalito Hills on my way back *to* San Francisco *from* Mill Valley. The lesson of the day: pacing and breathing from deep within my abdomen. The bonus lesson: pretend you're going to ride all 5 of the hills that make up the Sausalito Hills series while a magnificent training ride leader named Kurt Shade rides behind you the entire way singing Hallelujah (among other songs) and yelling that you are a goddess. I faked it and somewhere along the way I made it to the top of vomit hill and only walked 100 feet! And, so did Qianya who was 25 minutes in front of me but who's counting. We kept our stomach contents! Note to self: headwind on the Golden Gate Bridge sucks but builds strong thighs.

by Janie Vinson on Sun, Jan 20, 2013 @ 9:04 PM

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If at first you don't succeed...walk.
It has officially begun. I participated in my first official ALC training ride. All 22 miles of it. Traversing through San Francisco and places I never thought I would ride a bike. It was beautiful to see my city in a new light. There were steep hills and flat long roads along the ocean. And, there was walking. I learned that walking, after you've ridden to the point where you utter, "I have to stop." without realizing you had spoken out loud, is actually a good thing. They even have a word for it: Cross Training! I love cross training and so I cross trained for 2 of my 22 miles! 25 miles are up next week! Send me some light and love...

by Janie Vinson on Sun, Jan 13, 2013 @ 6:58 PM

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"I have to exercise in the morning before my brain figures out what I'm doing."
So let's be real. The quote above, by Marsha Doble, is going to be my mantra for the next two weeks. No, probably a month. My first official training ride is on Saturday. 8am. 22 miles. I'm going to sleep in my riding clothes so I can't change my mind while getting dressed and quietly slip back into my warm bed!
Unofficially I have completed a 10 mile training ride and I had to take a nap when I got home. Qianya left me in the dust. I lost her twice and my butt still hurts.
Today I gave up my bus pass and will start riding my bike to work everyday. #grateful that I have a bike to ride and I only work 2 miles from my house. Here we go...

by Janie Vinson on Mon, Jan 07, 2013 @ 4:16 AM

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