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At the very end of ALC 11 (thank you Stevo Rood for this awesome picture)
At the very end of ALC 11 (thank you Stevo Rood for this awesome picture)

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From June 2-8, 2013, I'm bicycling from San Francisco to Los Angeles in AIDS/LifeCycle, covering 545 miles in seven days, to make a world of difference in the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS.

Help me support AIDS/LifeCycle by giving what you can. We'll keep riding until AIDS and HIV are a thing of the past.

ALC 12 will be ride number 14 for me...three California AIDS Rides and every AIDS/LifeCycle with the exception of #1 (I took the year off to go to the Gay Games in Sydney). I also drove a sweep vehicle in the 2001 Canada-US AIDS Vaccine Ride.

Why do I keep riding? Many reasons. I've been HIV-positive for over 30 years and have lost far too many friends and loved ones. Since I'm still around I take this to mean I have work to do and I can think of no better way to acknowledge my continued good fortune--and honor the memory of those dear to me--than to continue riding and raising money for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. December 4, 2012 marked 20 years since I lost my partner Mario Luna to AIDS. December 5 marked 32 years since the day on which I most likely contracted HIV.

Every 9 1/2 minutes, someone in the US is infected with HIV. This is a sad truth. There is of course nothing to prevent a specific individual from making a specific poor decision. But what we CAN do is help to fund programs aimed at awareness and prevention so that, perhaps, 9 1/2 minutes becomes ten minutes...or fifteen minutes...or longer. And we can help to fund programs designed to provide services to those who are already infected and who are limited means and personal resources. The San Francisco AIDS Foundation does all of this and more.

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Some Summer Rides
So here it is, the first week of August. I took some time off from riding following ALC 11 but decided to sign up for the Marin Century, which takes place tomorrow.
Looking back at the past few summers it seems that I have pretty much sat out all of July. Not this year!
I didn't completely knock myself out but I managed to clock three rides in July. On July 1 I took myself out and rode 35 miles on my own from Mike's Bikes in Sausalito to China Camp and back. The following Saturday I met up with friends at the far end of the Golden Gate Bridge; we rode to Point Reyes Station and returned via Olema Hill. Two weeks later we rode up to the Cheese Factory, also from the north end of the bridge (I REALLY don't like biking across the bridge any more!). So I'm already ahead of last year's training miles.
Following the Marin Century I will be taking part in training ride leader re-certification...then the ALC 11 Thank You Ride and BBQ and then...well, we'll see. I HAVE been lazy about downloading pictures (they're on my computer, ready for posting so they'll be here eventually. Perhaps I'll provide just the links in a separate post, along with any pictures I take on tomorrow's Marin Century.
Here are my totals for July:
Ride time: 2:39:18
Mileage: 35.23
Average speed: 13.2 mph
Maximum speed: 28.7 mph
Ride time: 4:58:04
Mileage: 67.15
Average speed: 13.4 mph
Maximum speed: 38.4 mph
Ride time: 4:45:17
Mileage: 62.42
Average speed: 13.1 mph
Maximum speed: 39.1 mph

by Robert Katz on Fri, Aug 03, 2012 @ 12:56 PM

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