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Lake Sherwood, "a day on the ride," a 73 mile training ride
Lake Sherwood, "a day on the ride," a 73 mile training ride

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Goal: $10,000.00
Achieved: $8,460.00
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Hi, I'm Molly and I am SO excited to be riding in my FIRST LifeCycle event.

From June 2-8, 2013, I'm bicycling in my first AIDS/LifeCycle. It's a 7-day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to make a world of difference in the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS in our community and around the world.

On January 20, 2013 as I was playing soccer in Pasadena, I looked up to see someone ride off on my bike ...  I chased after the guy, but I just could not catch him. The feeling of heartbreak is hard to put in words... That bike was more than two wheels, and components. That bike was a symbol of what was to come, the journey ahead and the dedication that I had to a cause that is bigger than myself. That bike was hope, a goal, a dream ... and for a moment that dream was gone, and then I remembered who I am and that I WILL NEVER GIVE UP. Not only will I continue to search for my bike, but I will work towards a new bike and more importantly continue to raise awareness and money in hopes of putting and end to HIV / AIDS

You can't ride backwards ...

Please help me support AIDS/LifeCycle by giving what you can. Your donations will go to help people living with HIV and AIDS get the much need care that they need. It will also assist in services for HIV prevention.

This is going to be an AMAZING experience, and a demanding challenge but I am ready and EXCITED! Although this is a personal journey of miles, I can not do this without all of you, my friends and family. Thank you in advance for your support, encouragement and donations.

 

I have a few personal fundraising goals:
#1 to raise $1000 in my first #60 days
#2 to raise $1500 before 12/31/2012
#3 to raise $3,000 by January 31, 2013

#4 to raise more than $5000 (3/2/13),
and now $10,000 before June ride

#5 to have fun, and be thankful while I fundraise
#6 to organize some REALLY fun fundraising events!

xoxo

Here are MY Gift Giving incentives:
$25 - $75 a THANK YOU postcard from the ride + a THANK YOU via facebook & twitter
$100 - $499 a dedicated mile w/ a personal THANK YOU note /photo from the ride + a THANK YOU via twitter & facebook
$500 - $999 a dedicated mile w/ a personal THANK YOU note /photo from the ride + I will wear your business T-Shirt for a photo from the ride
$1000 a THANK YOU dinner + a dedicated mile w/ a personal THANK YOU note /photo from the ride

My Personal Web Log

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SFV
From one side of the valley to the other, well, from Woodley Park in Van Nuys to Calabasas anyway we rode out for 33 miles today. This ride was a new experience for me, not the bike and pedal part but the getting the kid ready, dropped off at day care, and me on my way part ... Most of you know that I have a little person living in my home now, my nephew is in residence with me and K and well, life has changed. In fact, I had not been on my bike for a few weeks, GAH! I have been keeping up with Stadium Fitness, at least two times a week but spin, and training rides have been on hold. Add in the fact that K is away for a few weeks, and I am a "single parent" and stuff is getting cray-cray!

I love group rides because you meet new people, and get to see old-new friends. I needed to ride today, and it was the perfect day for it!

by Molly Taylor on Sat, Mar 30, 2013 @ 9:29 PM

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Bake 'N Buy Fundraiser @ Jones Coffee Roasters
On March 2, 2013 my company The Sweets Truck, LLC hosted the Bake 'N Buy BakeSale fundraiser. I had BIG dreams for this event, but just as most dreams that come true, there was a lot of work behind the scenes to make a dream a reality. Thankfully the hard work paid off and we were able to raise $1400 for the AIDS/ LifeCycle this year!
I could not have done this event without the support of my friends in the baker community:
Crème caramel LA:
http://www.cremecaramella.com/
Cake Bar
http://www.cakebarla.com/
Sugar Fix
http://www.sugarfixdesserts.com/
Cutie Pies LA
http://www.cutiepiesLA.com
Serendipity Cupcakes
http://www.serendipitycupcakesca.com/
B Sweet
http://www.mybsweet.com/
I Like Pie Bake Shop
http://www.ilikepiebakeshop.com/
Haven Gastropub
http://www.havengastropub.com
UpTown Sweet Spot
http://www.uptownsweetspot.com/

and my friends who also happen to be amazing bakers: Adriana, Rachel, and Pippi.

Another MAJOR thank you should be said for Jones Coffee Roasters in Pasadena who hosted our event. http://www.thebestcoffee.com/
A special THANK YOU to Mr. Pasadena: http://www.mrpasadena.net for all his help in promotions, and helping to work the event!

Big HUGS to my friends Rebecca and Nicole for stepping up and helping at the event as well ... They were AMAZING!

.... and The Grilled Cheese Truck, who helped us promote the event, and also agreed to donate a % of sales for the day! http://www.thegrilledcheesetruck.com/

xoxo
and THANK YOU!

by Molly Taylor on Tue, Mar 05, 2013 @ 1:24 PM

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Pizza Party!
I am really excited, and looking forward to my first real fundraiser event at Settebello Pizzeria Napoletana tonight.

It feels like it's been MONTHS since I first met with Brad and Lori to talk about having this event, etc. Yet here we are.

This is a two day dining event, their suggestion and tonight many of my friends from the soccer league are joining us for dinner. We are also going to celebrate a few birthdays!

Here's to a great night!

by Molly Taylor on Tue, Feb 19, 2013 @ 3:53 PM

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heartbreak
today my bike was stolen from right in front of me. i am heartbroken.

by Molly Taylor on Sun, Jan 20, 2013 @ 1:57 PM

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threeeeee thousand dollhairs
It was a HUGE relief yesterday when I crossed the $3000 fundraising benchmark.

PHHHHHEWWW!

Thanks to donations from $10 to $1000 I was able to secure my place on the ride, and that FEELS FANTASTIC!

I still have a long way to go to get to $10,000 where I will earn a bedazzled pink cape from my Cycle Rep Kerry.

I really want a bedazzled cape.

by Molly Taylor on Fri, Jan 18, 2013 @ 4:50 PM

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my first spin class
Thanks to a groupon deal, and the encouragement of my friend Adri, I packed up my water bottle, my new cleats and went to my FIRST spin class today at The Cycle Annex in Pasadena.

I introduced myself as a new rider, and new to spin and Michele was SUPER nice but she was curious why I had the gear if I was new ... I explained that I was training for the AIDS / LifeCycle ride and it all clicked. She was so helpful with information, and shared what she had learned from her friends who had done the ride.

Couple of the tips:
#1 be super organized with your clothes as you pack, one idea is to pack your clothes in zip bags, one for each day of the ride. She said it can get a bit crazy, and camp can be, well ... a camp and to be prepared for that. Take baby wipes, hand sanitizer and pack as light as possible.

#2 work on your core. work on your core. work on your core before the ride. also, crosstrain. I told her that I had been working out at Stadium Fitness and she said to keep that up, but add even more core to the training schedule ... After the class today, I totally understand. What I learned was that much of your power comes from your core, not your feet PUUUUUSHING the pedals. I could start to feel my technique improve as the class progressed and if you know me, you know I love me some progress!

#3 YOU MUST HYDRATE! Find out what your cocktail is BEFORE the ride. Does your body like diluted Gatorade (never straight up, too much sugar) or maybe something else. Figure it out before the ride!

#4 STAY AWAY FROM THE POP TARTS! they are there, they are tempting and they are EMPTY calories! Don't do it!

The spin class today was great, not only because of Michele, but because I was able to work on, and learn new (correct) technique for when I ride the streets. What is pretty cool is that correct cycle position is quite similar to horseback riding, and it was firing some old muscle groups: posting the trot = standing to sitting on the bike, and two-point position (jumping) = speed/ tuck position and also a forward standing position. Very cool!

Look, I know I am not going to learn it all in one day, but it's January and I am working really hard through June to do my best to complete the ride and be in good enough physical shape to enjoy the route.

Hills? Evil Twins? Quadbuster?
BRING! IT! ON!

by Molly Taylor on Fri, Jan 18, 2013 @ 4:31 PM

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Studio loop, Studio loooop
When I rode horses as a Jr. rider I would sing to my horses on course, it would keep me and my ride calm and also keep us on a consistent stride. I have no idea why the habit started, but it stuck.

Yesterday I had intended to do an hour at Stadium Fitness and then head to a group training ride at Griffith Park. What I did not know was that the time had changed, and when discovered I had a choice to either go home, or do the ride on my own ... I rode!

I parked my truck at Crystal Springs, near the bike rentals and set out on a solo ride through GP, around the studios, and then Griffith Park Equestrian Center (a place where I showed as a Jr. rider) and then back over the FWY to GP. It's not a super long ride, in fact it's pretty easy, but when I started singing to myself on the route it brought back some emotion.

The songs come from a place of joy, and as I made up my tune I knew that I was on a good path, that my choice to ride in the AIDS/ LifeCycle was the right one.

My song was silly, and short but it was my own. As we venture through 2013 I challenge you to find your song, and to sing it loud and proud!

by Molly Taylor on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 @ 10:32 AM

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Training Ride #1 - done!
I have been encouraged again, and again to get going on the training rides and I need to admit, "they were right".

The thing is, it's not only a training exercise, but it's a bonding experience. Just from today, I already have some new friends and feel better prepared than I do yesterday ... I feel that I have the support of, and am a part of something bigger than myself, something really amazing.

It also makes me SO thankful that I already have such an amazing support system in place.

Today, I am grateful.

-12 mile studio loop, done!-

by Molly Taylor on Sat, Jan 12, 2013 @ 12:31 PM

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Studio Loop #1
tomorrow AM i am setting out on my first group ride. i must admit that I am a bit nervous to get going. it's a new world for me, but i'll jump in and w/ the support of the fantastic folks at AIDS / LifeCycle I will be just fine ...

by Molly Taylor on Fri, Jan 11, 2013 @ 5:32 PM

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Rose Bowl Loop #1
On December 21 I went on my first training ride outside of the 'hood and round the "famous" Rose Bowl loop, twice!

The rose bowl loop is a 3.3/mi loop around the bowl, golf course, and parking lots. It's a safe place to get to know my bike, gears, and get riding.

I enjoyed the ride, and was challenged on the first go round by the rolling hills. There is really no elevation change here, but I am a new rider so just getting on the bike can be a challenge Now, the second go round was waaaaay better and I really got my speed up and got a good feel for the gears and the bike. It was cool.

I have a long way to go between now and June both in months, and training but I am thankful that I am on my way, oh and that the world did not end before my training ride (Mayan calendar and all).

#RideSafe

by Molly Taylor on Fri, Jan 11, 2013 @ 5:27 PM

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Fundraising is HARD work, but AWESOME!
In the past when I thought about doing the AIDS/ LifeCycle I have to be honest, it was the fundraising element that frightened me most ... Fundraising $3000 can be quite intimidating, and a number that I am still getting my head around.

Thankfully, I have some amazing family & friends who have already come through for me via donations and support for my upcoming events. I figured some people are happy to donate cash, while others enjoy the interaction of a fundraising event. SO EVENTS THEY SHALL HAVE!

It takes quite a bit of effort, time and dedication to get all these things organized and thankfully my business, The Sweets Truck has come with some AMAZING business relationships.

by Molly Taylor on Fri, Jan 11, 2013 @ 5:25 PM

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