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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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Training Rides, Updated
One downside of going on vacation is that you lose track of things.
There was the Kickoff Ride, then one weekend off after it, then a ride in late September. Then I was sick/went to the Castro Street Fair. And then I was gone for two weekends, having fun in the Northeast before Sandy ruined it.
And now I'm playing catch-up with training, fundraising and documentation.
Ride #1, Mike's Bikes to Tiburon, Out and Back.
This one was on 9/29. I was very pleased that Julie Brown set up a Fall ride series starting from Mike's Bikes in Sausalito. Keeps me off the Golden Gate Bridge (well, on a bike at least).
The ride was #2 in the series...up the bike path to the sewage treatment facility, then across the preserve to the Strawberry neighborhood, around and up and down to Tiburon Blvd, then along the waterfront to downtown Tiburon, where we stopped for lunch. After dining we continued along Paradise Drive and looped around the malls in Corte Madera. Our second stop was at Peets Coffee, off of Tamalpais Drive. And from there, up Horse Hill, by the side of Highway 101, skirting the big climbs (I didn't see any horses; I DID make a wrong turn), and finally back to Mike's.
Daily Totals:
Ride time: 2:02:09
Mileage: 25.71
Average speed: 12.6 mph
Maximum speed: 26.9 mph
Next ride, #6 of the series (I missed 1, 3, 4 and 5) was a bit longer and took place on 10/27. That's four weeks off the bike! We increased our mileage just a bit. Another warm, sunny day. This ride took us to China Camp and included climbs over Camino Alto in both directions. Because it was an absolutely awesome day there were tons of folks out on the road. We ran into numerous other ALCers riding on their own; we even ran into a couple of Cyclist Reps!
Stats for this one:
Ride time: 2:51:06
Mileage: 35.79
Average speed: 12.5 mph
Maximum speed: 27.1 mph
Next ride, on 11/3, was a bit more ambitious. For some of our rather intimate crew this was the first chance to climb a somewhat formidable hill. We headed for Fairfax, stopped at Fat Angel Bakery, and then climbed White's Hill, continuing on to Lagunitas where we had lunch at the Deli and General Store and then turned around. All of the newbies made it up the hill and back down without any difficulty. And once again the weather was gorgeous.
Stats for this one:
Ride time: 2:53:43
Mileage: 36.36
Average speed: 12.5 mph
Maximum speed: 38.2 mph
And finally, last Saturday, the weather caught up with us. After riding in 70-degree weather for the past few weeks, it got real. It was CHILLY when we started out. Several people bailed because they were concerned about the possibility of rain. (It didn't rain) Or maybe they didn't want to ride in the cold.
Again this one was more ambitious than the last one. We added only four miles but we also added two more climbs--up Nicasio Valley Road to Nicasio Ranch. We had to climb each hill both directions. I definitely felt it in my knees afterwards; nothing serious but they were definitely tight and not all that happy. And I DID stretch enough. Really.
I also discovered that there is actually a food menu at the General Store in Nicasio Ranch. I had clam chowder. Yum!
Once again, our new riders were total troupers. Not even a flat tire in the whole group!
Ride time: 3:21:21
Mileage: 40.91
Average speed: 12.1 mph
Maximum speed: 40.3 mph (first time over 40 mph since ALC 11!)
So now I've caught up with everything. Except fundraising. That's my next project. Weather looks a bit iffy for this coming weekend but we'll see.

by Robert Katz on Wed, Nov 14, 2012 @ 3:30 PM

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