The 545 Mile Ride to End AIDS

What was your Goliath?

I’ve been a cyclist for over a decade, but was only focused on my next weekend ride or triathlon. My Goliath was to use my passion for riding to help serve others.

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Why did you pick this Goliath?

I’ve never fundraised for any event or cause. The AIDS / Lifecycle ride helps the SF AIDS Foundation and the LA LGBT Center provide critical services to those living with HIV / AIDS, as well as education and prevention methods.

The 7-day ride was 545 miles, from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Although the distance was further than I’d ever rode in a month, never mind a week, the biggest challenge was building the mental focus to get on the bike day after day with the right attitude.

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“The most persistent fear in the back of any rider’s mind is injury.”

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What were some thoughts / fears you faced?

The most persistent fear in the back of any rider’s mind is injury. Keeping the body safe and mind healthy is essential to avoiding mistakes that can put you out of commission.

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How’d you feel when you conquered your Goliath?

I felt really gracious when I rolled into LA on the last day. It took a small army of ‘roadies’ and volunteers to feed, move and fix us everyday. The other riders’ endless positivity made the week long experience really enjoyable.

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What’s your biggest takeaway?

A community that stays positive, no matter the circumstance, will accomplish amazing things.

“For each $500 raised, a different outfit was funded. It was a fun way to get people to follow along as well as being a great conversation starter.”

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What was the response from family / friends when you completed your Goliath?

Everyone was excited to see the different costumes I had promised to wear on each day of the ride. For each $500 raised, a different outfit was funded. It was a fun way to get people to follow along as well as being a great conversation starter. Big thanks to all who supported the cause with your donations and encouragement!

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What are some words of encouragement for others looking to take on their Goliaths?

It’s been said so many times and in so many ways, but the ‘journey is more important than the destination’ rings true – especially when you’re riding 545 miles down to LA.

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