Every so often, you need to set a goal that challenges you.... read on....
Next June, I will be joining 3,000 cyclists, the amazing “Roadies” (they take care of us on the ride) and a bevy of virtual riders who are participating in AIDS/LifeCycle. ALC is 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise funds for the life-saving services offered by San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. The services provided as a result of this event mean the world to those who receive them. This disease impacts people from all walks of life. These organizations are working together to make HIV/AIDS a thing of the past.
I did this ride back in 1998, at the ripe old age of 35. I was at a very difficult point in my life back then, and sharing that ride with a very good friend of mine was a life-changing experience.
Fast forward to now… My good friend Randy has thrown down the gauntlet. He wants me to join him on the ride in 2019. Challenge accepted. Life for me these days is much, much better than it was back in 1998. I really want to share this experience with my friend. Since moving to Bend, we haven’t had much chance to ride together. I need to remind him of who the better rider is.
Now let’s look at what’s in store for me over the next 240 ish days in preparation for this ride. “Winter is coming”… Really… it is. Being a resident of Bend, training during the winter months can be extremely difficult. This white flakey substance called SNOW, and some single-digit temperatures, tends to throw a wrench in the works of training for a big, seven-day, 545 mile ride. I have the “indoor trainer” thing ready to roll. Let’s all hope we have a mild winter and I can hit the road.
Now, here comes the hard part. I’m asking you to support me in achieving this goal with a donation. I have set a fundraising goal of $5,000 for this ride. Every bit helps. Maybe someone in your life was impacted by HIV/AIDS? Maybe not. Either way, please help me achieve my goal. This means a lot to me, and I appreciate any support you can give, as well as your encouragement. Trust me when I say this will not be an easy task.
My Personal Web Log
Only 10 days until we start out on our journey. Hotel reservations are made (No, we are not camping) :-)
I've purchased a new bike (Thank you Web Cyclery for your support and help during my training), new cycling clothes, new gadgets, etc.
I will begin laying out my stuff and packing this weekend. Training will wind down this weekend as well.
Nerves are starting to get a bit frazzled. This is no simple bike ride. Training will help, but this ride will still push me to my physical limits. Spending hours a day on a bike for multiple days takes an enormous amount of mental focus as well.
I'm excited about what lies ahead. I know we are all going to push our limits, but limits are meant to be pushed.
I'm close to my goal, but can still use your help. ANY donation gets me closer to my magic number of $5,000.
by David Leath on Wed, May 22, 2019 @ 9:04 PM
About ONE month to go!!
Training has been consistent, and I've logged some considerable miles. I'm still a little shy of my fundraising goal, but I'm edging closer every day. I'm feeling like the start date will get here way too fast. Training has been a long road, often on a road that went nowhere (Trainer in the home office). I've been on the road now for about 6 weeks, and it's really helping out.
Thanks to everyone who has donated so far!
by David Leath on Tue, Apr 30, 2019 @ 1:57 PM
2 months away!!
Still trying to raise some last minute donations to pump up my numbers. Training is going well. Weekly rides getting longer and longer. Looks like everything is on track for the start of the ride in June!!!
by David Leath on Mon, Apr 01, 2019 @ 9:01 PM
4 1/2 months to go!
Training is going well. I have two more organizations that I am hoping to receive a donation from in the coming weeks. I am 42% of the way to my goal, having raised $2108.
Weather has not been very cooperative around here. All of my training has been indoors on a trainer. Hoping that it will warm up in the next month so I can get out on the roads,
by David Leath on Mon, Jan 21, 2019 @ 8:49 AM
6 months until the ride!!
With just a bit over 6 months to go, I have ramped up my training. Winter has yet to make it's full appearance here in Bend, so I'm still somewhat able to get out on the roads to ride, although 40* is a bot chilly for longer rides
I have reached almost 30% of my fundraising goal!
I will be reaching out to local businesses to help me in my quest to raise funds. Stay tuned!!
by David Leath on Sun, Nov 25, 2018 @ 7:28 PM