June 2nd - June 8th, over 3,000 Cyclists, Roadies and Virtual Cyclists will be participating in AIDS/LifeCycle, a 545 mile 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.
One question I’ve gotten a lot is “Why are you doing this ride?”
First off, I believe deeply in the cause. I grew up in the 80s and remember when HIV/AIDS was a horrifically stigmatized and misunderstood issue. So many good people lost their jobs, their families, their friends, and, in many heartbreaking cases, their lives, to this devastating diagnosis. No matter your beliefs on sexual orientation, HIV/AIDS is a reality for people of all ages, races, and identities. This is not a gay issue; this is a human issue.
Great strides have been made since then, in understanding, prevention, treatment, and even the possibility of a cure. But we have so far to go, and we still have too many people who can’t get the care they need, too many who don’t have the education they need to prevent further spread. I want to help. It’s as simple as that.
For me, personally, this is a physical and mental challenge unlike anything I’ve undertaken before. I discovered my love for cycling only a few years ago. At first, I rode 10 mile loops around my neighborhood because I couldn’t do more, and I didn’t know how to change a flat tire, so I didn’t want to be far from home. I thought I was going to literally die the first time I passed 10 miles. But I didn’t. And the more I rode, the more I felt amazing.
You hear my parenting challenges. Lol. I am not an athlete. I am not a superhero. I am an exhausted, overworked, sometimes-whiny sole parent, whose life kicks her tail more often than not. I struggle to make time to ride because I can't really short any other area of my life. Work, domestic responsibility, and Stella. They all compete with the ONE thing I try to do just for me and my health: Most of the time, they win. Most of the time, I feel like I haven’t done enough. And I’m learning to be ok with that.
To even attempt something like this ride is a monumental challenge. The training involved....the physical and mental determination and endurance...and yes, the fundraising. All really significant challenges for me. But it’s become a bit of a dream challenge. I really want to do this. That tired middle-aged mom who nearly passed out after 10 miles? SHE really needs this. The people that will benefit from the millions of dollars ALC cyclists raise - THEY really need this. All of us, who can't stand to lose another brother, sister, friend, spouse, or anyone else that we love - WE NEED THIS!
So that’s my “why”. Why I'm riding, and why I’m asking you for help - I’ll do the really painful parts ....I’ll send you pictures from the ride....I’ll share trials and triumphs all along the way.....can you just help me to get there?
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Training is hard!
Trying to post more for those who might interested in hearing how it's going.
Over the last couple of weeks, I've managed a few training rides - between days Stella was out of school unexpectedly, inclement weather, super busy work days, etc. it was a real challenge.
But getting to ride a couple of times with my amazing Team Colorado teammates helped a lot! 102 miles one week, and 53 the next - essentially doubling my total miles for the year so far. I'm planning to ride on my trainer this week, and have a fabulous ride planned with the team in Colorado Springs this weekend.
Wish me luck!
by Yvonne Beasley on Mon, Apr 22, 2019 @ 11:30 AM