The Journey Begins!!
In 2018, I volunteered as a roadie for AIDS/LifeCycle. It was such an amazing, life-changing experience full of so many loving, kind, caring people, that I’ve decided I want to RIDE 545-miles in 2019 and try to raise even more money to help fight HIV/AIDS and the stigmas that come with it. The ALC (AIDS/LifeCycle) community in general, is how I want to see the world. So many people taking so much time out of their lives and money out of their pockets. The world needs love, and ALC demonstrates this unconditional love in unimaginable ways! Will you join me by making a charitable donation? My goal of $10,000 is ambitious, but I know we can do it to help end HIV/AIDS and provide necessary services to those less fortunate.
If you want to be inspired, please watch this video to see what we did in 2018:
Thank You for joining me in this cause! I feel honored to help people through this journey! HIV/AIDS is a horrible disease that requires donations like this to help support people who are less fortunate that don't have the means to treat this condition and to fight for a cure.
My name is Travis Haase (AKA Cubtravie). I'm 34 years old. I decided to participate because I've been inspired by friends who have completed the ride, I'm looking for a way to exercise and get in shape, and I'm looking for a way to become more involved and give back to the community.
As of now, I am 6ft 2inches tall and weigh 325lbs. My goal is to lose 50 lbs and my journey starts TODAY! I will keep you updated on my progress!
545-miles seems very daunting, especially for a big guy like me, but that is nothing compared to what people with HIV/AIDS go through. Even more so people that don't have the funds to pay for medications/services. HIV/AIDS was devastating in the 1980s. Because of programs like ALC, HIV/AIDS transmission rates have dropped dramatically. That doesn't mean we are done fighting. In fact, transmission rates are beginning to rise because people think it is a thing of the past. We have the tools to end the epidemic, but we need YOU!
My life philosophy starts with LOVE. The world needs more love, and this is my way to give that to the world. I experienced what the world could be like when I volunteered for ALC last year. Random people came up to me to give me hugs. Total strangers would ask me to sit with them at dinner and we'd get to know one another over a meal. We would all help one another, whether it be with our tent setup (which is tough by yourself in the wind!), lending a helping hand, or providing emotional support. The candlelight vigil on the last night, was so emotional. Honoring people that have passed due to HIV/AIDS in silence. We were all in tears, and the experience was sobering and reminded us of the fight that still continues. I met some truly incredible people and made some wonderful friendships. These people inspire me to be a better human being, and inspired me to join this amazing journey!
That is why I am going to ride 545-miles from SF to LA in 2019!!
About the Ride
From June 2nd - June 8th 2019, 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 the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
In 2019, I will be a cyclist! I was so inspired in 2018 as a roadie, I decided to take this journey one step further! We're working together to make HIV/AIDS a thing of the past.
Why We Ride?
545-miles in 7 days. That is a struggle, but nothing compared to the struggle people with HIV/AIDS go through. The struggle is even more daunting for the less fortunate and as federal and state funding dwindles, organizations like ALC keep this debilitating disease at bay. We ride because we want to save lives, educate the public, and spread love and awareness to those in need. We Ride, Love, Live!
So Far Donations Have...
Helped more than 5,000 people giving access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
Provided more than 45,000 HIV and STI screenings annually through the SFAF and LA LGBT Center
Advocated for policy at the local, state, and federal levels to protect the rights of people at risk for and living with HIV Provided programs and services for many walks of life, including those disproportionately at risk for or affected by HIV
Reduced the estimated number of annual HIV infections in the U.S. by18% from 2008 to 2014
Your Dollars at Work...
$100 buys more than 1,100 condoms for distribution throughout the Center's Community Health programs and activities
$250 provides rapid HIV tests, with results in less than a minute, for 20 clients
$500 helps 15 people receive medical benefits counseling to obtain prescription drug assistance
$1,000 covers a full year of medical supply costs for 40 patients
Will you support me by making a donation today? Let's end AIDS!!
AIDS/LifeCycle benefits, and is jointly produced by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (Tax ID # 94-2927405) and the Los Angeles LGBT Center (Tax ID # 95-3567895), each of which is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation recognized as tax exempt under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3). Donations to AIDS/LifeCycle are deductible for income tax purposes, to the extent permitted by law.
My Personal Web Log
Only 26 Days left!
I haven't posted an update in awhile. My cycling ability has been getting better and better, and I'm really enjoying all the training rides. I could work better on strength training and more spin classes, but at this point I'm just going with the flow. I completed "Day on the Ride" without issues, which makes me feel more confident in my abilities. I've learned so much since my last post and have accomplished so much. Since my last post, I've ridden my first century ride, back to back 50+ mile rides, completed "Day on the Ride" which simulates a day on the ride. I had a minor accident that I learned a lot from. I've learned about the importance of spokes, the importance of checking over your bike before a ride, and the massive importance of how to fuel properly for a ride.
So far, I've logged over 42 training rides encompassing over 1,600 miles and 45,000 feet of climbing all of which took over 120 hours of cycling!! I never thought I would have accomplished this much and it feels great!
What keeps me going? Cycling can be a bit lonely sometimes when you're riding because you can't really chat with riders in order to ride safely. While I ride, I reflect. I think about life. I enjoy the scenery. I love hearing the birds chirping. I also try to fathom what it is like to live with HIV. I have made so many wonderful friends that live with this disease while riding. I've learned about the stigmas they go through, and try to fathom what their day to day life is like. I still cannot 100% understand, but that is why I ride. I think about how my struggle to get up a hill, while nowhere near the same amount of struggle that a person with HIV goes through, is me struggling in solidarity with them.
This journey has been incredible, and I cannot wait to see all my ALC family on the ride. The ride is going to be a struggle, but I'm glad that I will be there with all the lovely people that I've met throughout my training.
by Travis Haase on Tue, May 07, 2019 @ 10:12 AM
La Tuna Canyon Climb (30 Miles, 1,700 ft with a 5-mile, 900 ft climb)
I was so terrified for this ride before it even started because I was scared of climbing for 5 miles, but it wasn't as bad as I thought! Compared to climbing Griffith Observatory, it wasn't that bad! I had such great inspiration and support during this ride, and now I want to climb it again! Thanks to all the lovely TRLs and moral support everyone provided!
Weight loss update, I am almost 20 lbs down! I haven't been good about changing my diet, which is my next goal.
by Travis Haase on Sun, Nov 18, 2018 @ 10:25 AM
Most Recent Ride and Weight Loss Update
Saturday was my first official ALC sponsored kickoff ride. I decided to participate in the longer, 45-mile route which had 2,200 feet of total climbing. Although I had a few setbacks like my water bottle holder falling off, 1 flat tire, almost got hit by a car then falling and almost run over by on coming traffic, I MADE IT!
I had so many wonderful people there that were there to support me, and that helped me through every mile. I had such lovely people help me with my tire change, and such great support after the traffic incident scare.
Thanks to all the volunteers and the love bubble!! I missed it and it was the love from others, and the reminder of why we ride that helped me keep going!
So far I'm down to 309lbs (approximate 16lbs lost). I'm also dedicated 2 days a week to spinning, and 2 days a week to yoga while riding on the weekends. I will need to ramp up my healthy eating game, but I'm realizing I better get on this as gravity makes those hills more challenging!!
Love to all!!!
by Travis Haase on Mon, Oct 15, 2018 @ 11:03 AM
Reached my $1,000 goal!
I'm so deeply grateful for all my donors! I'm so moved by their generosity. Because of them I was able to reach $1,000 in donations! You've motivated me so much and I cannot thank you enough! My weight loss hasn't been significant (I have got to watch my calories more!). I've lost about 10lbs. Climbing is getting easier, and for the first time I'm going to attempt to ride on Saturday and Sunday. Wish me luck and thank you so much for your donations!! <3<3<3 you!
by Travis Haase on Fri, Sep 21, 2018 @ 11:12 AM
Riding Updates 9/4/18
So I'm still working on the weight loss. It has been a challenge as food is such a comfort for me. I'm hovering around 315 right now and need to up my veggie game in order to drop weight.
As for riding, I've done a few rides since my last post. I rode up to Griffith Observatory again, which wasn't as hard as it was the first time. I stopped quite a few times, but less than I had before. I'm starting to notice that I'm getting stronger.
On Saturday, 9/1, I did a flat ride with my friends on a dedicated bike path that goes from Irwindale to Seal Beach. It was the longest ride I had ever been on, 60+ miles. Before that my longest ride was 27 miles, so I went a little overboard, but, I made it! It wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be until it started getting hot. The last 5 miles were probably the worst and I have to work on my hydration, but all in all it was a success. I couldn't have done it without my friends cheering me on!
Training rides are starting soon, and I think I'm pretty well prepared. I'm considering a road bike purchase before the weight loss, just so I can get used to riding it, but we'll see.
Keep on pedaling! :)
by Travis Haase on Tue, Sep 04, 2018 @ 9:57 AM
Weightloss/Riding update 8/13/18
Well I have been riding a fair amount now. I have put about 100 miles in on my bike with the largest amount in one day being 27 miles. The largest elevation gain in one day has been 1,600 feet. I have been to 3 spin classes so far and have started logging my food on the LoseIt app. It hasn't been easy but I am determined. So far I am down 10 lbs to 315. It feels good even though I haven't been completely disciplined. Climbing has been a struggle for me but the only rule I stick to is to not walk my bike. Even if I have to stop 30 times, I am determined to climb the hill on my bike. My next goals are to climb 1,600 feet a few more times and yo hit 30 miles. I'd also like to attend a spin class at least once a week and I'd like to hit 300lbs. Lots to do but trying to set reasonable goals. Thanks for all your love and support!
by Travis Haase on Mon, Aug 13, 2018 @ 11:14 AM