Wow it’s already my fifth year on AIDS/LifeCycle!!
It feels like every year is a different experience on the ride.
My first year, it was painful. I didn’t really train, I wasn’t on a team, it was a rough week, but I came back.
Second year, much better. Joined a team, I actually trained, and enjoyed every minute of the ride and my body didn’t hate me as much.
Third year, I made it into the $10k club! My fundraising was huge, my training was great, and I finished the ride with no injuries or pain. Just soreness.
Fourth year, first year as a team captain… it was an interesting experience. I don’t like myself in leadership positions, but I did the best I can. The week of the ride was amazing, I felt physically and mentally in the best shape I’ve ever been in. I know there were some ways I fell short as a captain, but that’s one of the many reasons I’ve back for year five!
I came to the ride originally because I wanted to make a difference in my community. I had been living with HIV for the last six years, and while I felt I was well supported and healthy, I felt it was my duty to ensure that anyone else going through what I went through felt the same. I could have never expected the community I’ve joined. I’ve met so many different people from different walks of life. I’ve made so many friends and learned so many new things about myself. I’ve gained confidence in my abilities, I’ve learned how to mentor new and veteran riders, and I have done SO MUCH DRAG in the last four years.
I keep coming back because I realize the importance of this event. I know you are all annoyed with me asking for money, I know you’re annoyed with me asking you to come to my fundraisers, and I know you’re EXTREMELY tired of seeing pictures of me in spandex. But you know what? This work is important, and I’m ready for another year of annoying the crap out of you. Last year I took fundraising a little less seriously. I raised my minimum and up to $5k easily, but I know I could have done more. That’s why this year I am aiming to raise at least $15k.
Believe me when I say, I will be thirst trapping and drag queening as much as I need to reach this goal. The sooner you donate and get me to $15k, the sooner I stop bugging you, so you might as well donate early and donate big.
Thanks for reading and looking forward to keeping you updated on ALC 2020!