I'm About to Do Something Crazy, and I Need Your Help
On January 12, 2019, I decided to embark on a spiritual journey and try sobriety out.
It has been a transformative, life-changing, emotional, and soulful experience that filled me with a great deal of purpose and humility.
As I approach one year of this major change, I decided I wanted to give back to my community and to do something that challenged, scared me, and helped others. I have been an activist all my life, but I want to really give back and make a meaningful change.
This is one of the scariest things I have ever done in my life. And I could really use your support.
From May 31st to June 6th, over 3,000 Cyclists, Roadies and Virtual Cyclists will be participating in AIDS/LifeCycle, a 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise funds for the life-saving services offered by San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. This year, I’ll be one of them!
The services provided as a result of this event mean the world to those who receive them, and your support means the world to me.
I am trying to raise $13,000 for these incredible organizations.
We’re working together to make HIV/AIDS a thing of the past. Will you support me by making a donation today?
My Personal Web Log
First Training Rides and my First Tumble!
Training rides #1 and #2 are officially in the record books!
On Friday, I did a 30-mile ride from West Hollywood to Santa Monica through Venice Beach and back with my riding partner, Justin Fant. Justin has been training for a little while and I am grateful someone with a bit more experience could take me out and show me how to clip in-and-out of the biking petals, and lead the way on a more beginner ride just to get a feel of where I am at physically. I have not ridden a bicycle, more or less, since I was 13 years old!
On Sunday, I did a 24-mile ride from Griffith Park to the San Gabriel Mission. It was on this ride that I took my first major tumble, which I am told is a rite of passage and for which I am grateful there were only two witnesses, two of my teammates from the Trudging Buddies, Dave O'Brien and Dan Nugent. I suffered some scrapes and bruises, a little soreness in my neck, but I will be ok.
Compared to the actual AIDS/Lifecycle, these rides were relatively short. I am told that on the longest day of the 7-day ride happening in May, we will travel a route of 110 miles. So I am viewing these training rides as an opportunity for slow and steady progress towards a 110-mile ride.
Very grateful for all the AIDS/Lifecycle reps (Jesse, Joey, and my rep Erik) for all the advice, free gear, and encouragement.
by Alex Mohajer on Tue, Nov 12, 2019 @ 12:51 PM
Road Bike Purchased!
There's no turning back now! On Friday, I purchased my road bike that I will be training and riding with! The bike is a Giant Contend 3L, and her name is Preppy, named after the drug PrEP (Truvada), the life-saving pre-exposure prophylaxis that can prevent HIV infection when taken daily, as well as preparation, for the amount of training and mental and physical preparation that are going to be required for all of the ALC riders over the next six months.
In May, I am going to ride Preppy 545-miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles, and this weekend I will be going on my first training ride with her. I am scared out of my mind about the challenges of training and worried about building up my stamina and strength to make sure I am ready.
My goal is not to win, or be the first to cross the finish line. Right now, the goal is to finish it, and to raise $13,000 to help fight HIV/AIDS, a disease which I believe can be eradicated in my lifetime.
Thank you to Just Ride LA for the beautiful bike and to all the amazing friends, family, and supporters who have donated to my ride thus far!
by Alex Mohajer on Mon, Nov 04, 2019 @ 12:55 PM