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I'm Riding to End AIDS
From June 1-7, 2014, I'm bicycling in AIDS/LifeCycle. This will be my fifteenth (yes 15th) time riding from San Francisco to LA to raise money to fight AIDS. I'm hoping to make this coming year's ride a success for the people who rely on us riders and roadies. I'd also like to make ALC 13 a successful ride for me personally. In the past I've come close to raising $7,500; I'd like 2014 to be the year I succeed. In the past I've ridden every "friendly" inch of the ride; the past few years have presented challenges of one sort or another, either because my body wasn't cooperating or the weather wasn't cooperating or because I just couldn't get my act together early enough in the morning. I would like to ride every mile once again in 2014.
Once again I will be serving the AIDS/LifeCycle community as a training ride leader. Once again I will be participating in the event as a proud member of Positive Pedalers. I have been HIV-positive since the very beginning of the pandemic. I sero-converted at the end of 1980, when nobody was aware that such a thing as AIDS even existed. I tested positive in 1985 and found out the approximate date I was infected two years later. By tracing my personal history I have been able to pinpoint with near certainty the exact date when I contracted HIV.
Over the past thirty-three years the world has lost countless amazing people to HIV and AIDS. I am fortunate to be alive and well thus far. To be honest I have no real idea why I have done well despite my status as a long-term survivor. Others worked just as hard as I did to stay healthy; others took their medications as diligently as I have done. And yet so many of them are no longer around. As someone who's been there from the beginning it seems as though the least I can do is to ride in memory of those who have been lost and to make sure, as much as I can, that everyone currently living with HIV is able to do so with a maximum of dignity. For that reason I have the privilege to raise money once again for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, an organization whose services go a long way to keeping people alive and well, housed and treated and educated about their illness.
Help me support AIDS/LifeCycle by giving what you can. We'll keep riding until AIDS and HIV are a thing of the past.
My Personal Web Log
Training is Finished; Fundraising is Not
Last Saturday's whopper of a ride has turned out to be the conclusion of my training for ALC 14. I was supposed to participate in the Jon Pon Two-Day ride tomorrow and Saturday but last Thursday (ironically it was on Bike-to-Work Day) I took a spill on my way home. While I wasn't seriously hurt it seems I strained my left rotator cuff. I don't think the injury is serious; unlike previous rotator cuff injuries I caught it pretty much right way. I was even able to ride two days after without any difficulty (apart of course from the awful headwinds). Still, it seems wisest to try and make sure I'm healed in time for Day 1 of ALC; sleeping on the ground in a tent is something which can wait a couple of weeks more. And really, if I wasn't ready for ALC a week ago, two more seventy-mile rides isn't going to change that.
So after all is said and done I did about 1500 miles of training. That's a bit on the low side but more than I did for my second AIDS Ride. The rest may do me a world of good.
Meanwhile, with a mere 15 days until Orientation I am at 88% of my fundraising goal. I can use my extra free time to send out more emails and ask for more donations. If you're reading this and you haven't yet made a donation, what's taking you so long? Click the button above and go from there.
Another milestone reached
Thanks to my awesome MOM I met the minimum fundraising pledge today. I'm now at $3,225. That's really good for this time of year but it's only 43% of my goal. So I'll continue...
Some fundraising stats
As of today (1/3/14), I've raised $2,125 for ALC 13. Since my first ride in 1999 I've raised $82,997.03. My most successful ride was ALC 7 when I raised $7,361.05; last year was my second best--$7,103.01. My poorest fundraising year was CAR 8 in 2001. That year the fundraising minimum increased from $2,500 to $2,700 (ALC went back to $2,500 for the first few years and then increased to $3,000 where it remains today) and that year I raised $3,607. ALC 3 in 2004 was the first year I broke the $5,000 mark. I've done it every year since then.
So despite my fundraising anxieties I've exceeded the minimum pledge by $900 or more every year. And I've raised $5,000 or more each of the past ten years.
None of this means I get to be complacent. Gotta get the 2014 fundraising effort in gear!
and I'm taking a few weeks off from riding. It's nice, really, to have a bit of free time on the weekends but that will be changing very soon. Training Ride Leader Recertification is August 17th and I expect to begin training for ALC 13 right after that.
Meanwhile, thanks to Dino for giving me my first ALC 13 donation and thanks to Mike Schmitt for the wonderful cover photo.