Thank you for joining me in this cause!
June 2nd - June 8th, over 3,000 Cyclists, Roadies and Virtual Cyclists will be 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 and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. This year, I’ll be one of them!
The services provided as a result of this event mean the world to those who receive them, and your support means the world to me.
We’re working together to make HIV/AIDS a thing of the past. Will you support me by making a donation today?
My Personal Web Log
Day on the Ride - I recovered after getting screwed!
This past weekend was incredible! I rode in my first AIDS/LifeCycle "day on the ride" Saturday, which is supposed to provide an idea of what I'll be doing for 7 consecutive days this June. The event was FULL of smiles, new and familiar cyclists, cool weather, and an overall beautiful tour of LA - like cicLAvia but 60+ miles longer. I was a little bit disappointed by the vegan lunch option (a sandwich consisting of just lettuce, with a small bit of tomato and onion), but happy to eat a couple cookies and chips to make up for it. I realized that I don't need to stop at every single stop, and that making breaks short helps lessen the amount of time I have to spend warming up again.
I got screwed on Eagle Rock blvd! Ha! Towards the end of the ride, I heard a repetitive cla-clunk as I slowed down for a light, followed by the lovely sound of air fizzling out of my tire. I saw a giant screw head in my back tire. Great! I signaled that I had to stop and pulled off the road, giving my ride buddies the thumbs down that I needed help entering new territory: my first flat! I'm so grateful for riding with Joanie, who has been such an incredible bike buddy! She stopped to lend me her pump and offered to help, even though she knew nothing about disc brakes! Luckily, two friendly Tramps stopped and helped out ( - thanks Steve and Dave - hope those names are right)! I learned a bunch from this experience and feel a lot better about fixing my own flats.
Sunday morning, Steve and I had a nice short ride around Griffith Park, giving me time to do some other things. I had enough time to make a trip to the bike shop and pick up a few important things that I should've had on Saturday, including a new tire, a bike pump, tire boots, and a bike pump.
Sunday afternoon, I helped Shaheh host a poker tournament, with proceeds to benefit the ride. With the help of his poker buddies, we raised over $650! I'll get those donations in shortly! I'm so close to raising my goal of $5,000 to help end AIDS. I'm so grateful for all of the folks who have donated, however large or small, towards this cause. Thank you for being a part of my journey!
by Amelia Tetterton on Mon, Apr 29, 2019 @ 1:58 PM
Two months to go!
I just want to thank everyone and share an update as I count down the final two months before I begin my 545-mile ride from SF to LA.
I feel so lucky to be able to ride and raise money for life-saving services offered by these organizations. I'm so grateful for the monetary and non-monetary support that's gotten me here.
I'm on the lookout for more some more gear and clothes since this is my first time riding so many (7, what?!) consecutive days. I bought two team FUBAR kits, which I'm super excited about. The designs are beautiful and they are being made locally here in LA! I'm taking ideas for my my red dress day outfit & how I might be able to incorporate some wearable LEDs into my week. Any ideas?
I'm riding a ton and training with a group of wonderful cyclists as much as I can. I'm riding indoors and outdoors, on flats and hills, alone and with people. I'm trying to stay hydrated, fed, out of the sun, all while gaining muscle strength. It's intense, exhilarating, tiring and nerve wracking all at once and I'm so happy to do this for a great cause.
I'll be riding my first century ride, Saturday April 13 and hope to provide an update on how things progress over this next month!
Thank you again for your support!
by Amelia Tetterton on Tue, Apr 02, 2019 @ 10:40 PM