Last year, I survived doing AIDS/LifeCycle, but I definitely struggled through it. Between problems with my IT band and a slow pace throughout, I experienced my time but I didn't feel like I had a chance to really enjoy what I was doing. Part of that was that I didn't train as much as I would have liked, and part was that I had forgotten a lot of the small tips about how to get through smoothly.
This time, I'm aiming for doing better. I want to be better trained and better prepared so that I get to feel more like I'm taking part in the ride instead of just getting pulled along behind it. I'm planning on keeping up my fitness during the off season so that I can start off the regular training with a head start, and I'm going to make sure that I get ahead of planning for the actual ride (like getting a real license plate, or getting my Red Dress Day outfit together more than one day before the ride).
And part of doing better is going to be raising my fundraising goal. Instead of just trying to reach the minimum, I'm shooting for $5,000. I believe so strongly in the work that the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center are doing. $5,000 can help provide incredibly valuable resources to vulnerable communities, like providing rapid HIV tests, helping to fund the TransLife Support Group, ensuring that those who need it have access to Post-Exposure Prophylaxis, and so much more. Help me ensure that these amazing organizations have the ability to continue providing these life-changing services, and donate today.
As an extra incentive, to those who want to make me suffer: I'm pledging to climb Quadbuster (a notoriously steep climb on Day 3 of the ride) once for every $2,500 that I raise. That means that if I meet my goal, I'll ride up twice! But if I raise more than that, I'll go up that many more times.
If you want to follow along with my training, you can find my Strava rides with detailed descriptions here: https://www.strava.com/athletes/7997882