I'm excited to be preparing for my SECOND AIDS/LifeCycle journey! I had heard that it would be addicting, but I didn't know to what extent. In June of 2019, filled with anxiety and overwhelming emotion, I lined up at the starting line with 2500 other cyclists who all trained long and hard for this adventure. They spent countless hours raising funds for more research, better medication, more affordable care for everyone trying to survive HIV/AIDS.
The ride was not easy at all. It's not a vacation, it's literally one of the hardest things I've ever done and I've given birth to two really awesome kids, and summited the largest mountain in the contiguous United States (Mount Whitney), so I really can't do this without you. In fact, on Day 2 of the ALC ride I was taken down by extreme dehydration, and was kept overnight in the medical tent so they could monitor my progress. They filled me to the brim with intravenous fluids (two huge bags) until the doctors and nurses were confident that I was hydrated again. This pitfall lost me all of Day 3 on the ride, and one of the most important days that I literally had spent 9 months in training for, Quad Buster. I was sad and it was everything I could do to make sure that I didn't let it get me down and that I got back on my bike. At one point I realized that I had lost sight of what, or rather who, I was riding for.
And I want another go.
It’s not going to be easy, but it is one of the most rewarding weeks I get to experience during the year because of why I’m doing it, And, like last year, in order to make this journey a reality I really need your help. I have to raise a minimum of $3,000 for AIDS/LifeCycle in order to ride—the majority of that money actually goes to people who need it most, with the smallest portion going to help organize this ride.
The plan is that from May 31 to June 6 I will ride my bike 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles to help support the life-saving services offered by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center in the fight to end HIV/AIDS—a fatal illness that afflicts thousands of men, women, and children.
Preparing for this journey requires countless hours of training and preparation but ultimately, I’m committed to making sure that I’m ready physically and mentally. However, my journey is nothing compared to the daily battle that is being fought by those who have HIV/AIDS and I’m asking for your support to donate as generously as you possibly can.
I really want to thank you in advance for being the support that I need to cross the finish line on June 6, so let’s work together to bring an end to HIV/AIDS.