Please help me raise $20,000
From June 4th - June 10th, I will join 2500 Cyclists, and several hundred Roadies participating in AIDS/LifeCycle, a 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise funds for the life-saving services offered by San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
I took last year off, and I roadied Rest Stop 2 the previous two years. Prior to that I've ridden 8x and I'll be riding again this year. while raising $20,000.
Your support means the world to me.
Why do I do this?
My reasons for riding are very different now than when I put my foot to the pedal for my first ride in 2004. Since then I've gotten to know the AIDS community, watched friends sero-convert to HIV+ status, whitnessed stigma, discovered PrEP and saw the impact that the San Francisco AIDS Foundation impacts the city of San Franciso and models it's care around the world.
When I got married two years ago, my husband and I asked our wedding guests to sponsor ALC and the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus where he is the director instead of getting us gifts.
We’re working together to make HIV/AIDS a thing of the past. Will you support me by making a donation today? No amount is too small and every dollar helps support this cause. With $20,000, 500 clients of SFAF will receive treatment for a year. Thank you so very much for supporting this journey.
My Personal Web Log
8/27/16 - Ride # 2, 6.29miles 663 feet of climbing
I waited over a month before riding again. Just got really busy. I also did two bone-headed things on my ride.
1) I turned on but forgot to set my Garmin 500 computer until AFTER I climbed my first hill.
2) I noticed as I was climbing that the hill seemed MUCH harder to climb than the last time, despite working out more and losing about 5lbs. When I looked down I realized I was in the TOP chain ring instead of the bottom. Couldn't believe I made that rookie mistake. I've done 8x rides and been a training ride leader 5x. Funny how the brian works.
It felt SO GOOD to be back on my bike. I can't wait to get into a regular riding routine. When I get a little bit stronger (and perhaps up to 20 miles) I"ll find a group to ride with.
Oh, and I've raised my fundraising goal to $20k.
by Dan England on Sat, Sep 03, 2016 @ 5:57 PM
7/8/16 - My first ride 6.29 miles, 663 feet of climbing
Well that was interesting. It is the first time I've been on a bicycle in just over 3 years. I was curious what muscle memory, mind space, body reflexes and attitude would remain from my 8 previous AIDS rides. The last time I rode, I was quite strong (for me), rode every mile and most days ended up in the middle of the pack.
Here's what I learned:
1) I didn't fall clipping in and out - yay! Thank you reflexes.
2) I live on a 15% grade to get up to my condo. Damn, what a way to end a day of riding. Made it up the hill though.
3) I was scared going fast down hill. This surprised me. I used to go as fast as 42mph down a smooth road and I was stiffening up at 22mph. I need to retrain my mind for speed.
4) I have a relatively new, relatively inexpensive bike that did the ride 2 years ago when I bought it for a friend to use. The $900 bike held up really well. I think I'm going to enjoy riding it.
5) I only rode 6.29 miles but it felt a lot longer. Although I've been working out consistently, these are bike muscles I need to reteach endurance.
6) I was really tired at the end, but really happy to be back on my bike. I can't wait to rejoin the ALC community and raise gobs of dollars.
Thank you for your support.
by Dan England on Sun, Jul 10, 2016 @ 5:29 PM