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Fundraiser! Rock out for the AIDS LifeCycle in San Francisco

February 24th, 2009 | 04:03 pm
posted by: glamourpuss74 in aidslifecycle

2 Hard Rock Bands for $10.
Soul Broker and 66Seven will be putting on a great show.

Please join me for my AIDS Life Cycle Fundraiser Event and tell your
friends.

In May, I will be riding 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles to
support AIDS organizations. Again!

Flyer Behind CutCollapse )

This will be cross-posted in a number of San Francisco Communities.

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Walking Names Project In The News!

October 19th, 2008 | 05:26 pm
mood: chipperchipper
posted by: hexabba in aidslifecycle

This was from a couple of days ago, I didn't get a chance to share it but wanted to!

Walking Names Project


The walk was today, and it went off great! We raised $600 from one event the week before, and Walking Names Project was able to sponsor 18 people!!!

Thank you everyone who supported the Project!

It isn't completed, and if you haven't heard about it yet you can find it here!

x-posted!

Thanks!

Jai Smith
Director
Walking Names Project

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I'm in!!

March 14th, 2008 | 10:49 pm
posted by: kateorama in aidslifecycle

Hey people --

Just FYI, I'm in for the ride... I realized that doing the ride gives me way more energy than it costs, even with the stress of figuring out how/when to get in shape, and how/when to raise funds. I decided to skip summer teaching, which will be a big financial hit, but ALC and some free time are going to save my sanity.

So, thanks for the support -- I'll see you on the road (hopefully sooner than June!). Time to dig out my much-beloved and super-effective cardio/strength workout DVDs, and maybe the running shoes too. :)

Okay, so now I'm all excited again. Hadn't felt like this, yet, about this year's ride -- so maybe the waffling was actually good for me.

--Kate
ALC7 #1117
ALC6 #4947

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should I stay or should I go? (feedback welcome!)

March 8th, 2008 | 04:25 pm
posted by: kateorama in aidslifecycle

Hey ALCers -- this post ends in a question, but there's a lot of backstory.

I did ALC6 and LOVED IT, and am signed up for ALC7. I'm struggling, though, with a decision about riding or not riding this year. My original plan was to do the ride, come back, teach for five weeks (very high stress, but extra income), and then go home (east coast) for the summer to help my mom with her old-age issues -- moving to an assisted living facility, getting the house ready to sell, etc.

That sounded like too much, and I'm already awash in stress and anxiety most of the time. Plus, my work life has been so busy I've hardly had time to bike (just once a week, starting in January). So I decided I would not ride, and I would just donate what I'd already raised to one of my friends who is doing the ride again this year. Read more...Collapse )

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More from AIDS Awareness Project 2008

February 11th, 2008 | 11:15 am
mood: accomplished
posted by: hexabba in aidslifecycle

Now being called The Walking Names Project, has a website www.walkingnamesproject.org  
And a video

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HIV/AIDS work in Africa

February 9th, 2008 | 01:38 am
posted by: windhauntsyou in aidslifecycle

 Hello All

I will be going to South Africa to do HIV/AIDS related work and am trying to raise money for the cause while I am there and programs in South Africa.

Please visit this site if you can donate anything. This is a  secure site and an email confirmation of your donation would be sent to you immedietly following.  Even $5.00 helps, it's potentially a meal for a child

www.active.com/donate/jasonhairwynn

If you know of anyone, please pass this link around

I have recorded a voice post over on my journal if that helps any. Thanks alot

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AIDS Awareness Project 2008

February 7th, 2008 | 05:59 pm
mood: hopefulhopeful
posted by: hexabba in aidslifecycle

I am living in Tucson, AZ in the United States, and I have put together a project for the AIDSWalk event that will be going on in October of 2008. Please help if you would like someone affiliated with this project. If you do not agree with the project I am more than willing to listen to your concerns, but please remember that this is to raise awareness of the disease and I am doing this to honor someone whom I loved that passed away. I have never done anything this involved with the community, and I want this to be the beginning of many awareness projects I create.

I am making an AIDSWalk ribbon dress which I will wear in the AIDSWalk. I am going in drag in honor of my fairy godfather Jimmy, who passed away two years ago from AIDS. I need everyone's help in order to get names. If you have any names of individuals who are currently living with HIV/AIDS, or anyone who has passed away from HIV/AIDS please post their name to this blog and I will write their name on a ribbon for the dress. I hope to have it covered in order to make the statement that much stronger. When the walk is done I will be cutting the dress up the back and turning it into a quilt square from the AIDS quilt.

Please help me by stating any names you would like to be part of this project and by passing this message on to friends and family, give a voice to those who didn't have one.

And please help me by participating in or sponsoring someone for the AIDSWalk 2008. I will continue to walk, until there is a cure.

Thank you for taking the time to read this message.

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Another worthy cause

January 31st, 2008 | 05:57 pm
posted by: missmorte in aidslifecycle

The Cult of the Eye (an artistic group I belong to) is participating in a 24 hour dance-a-thon to raise money for cancer treatment for people who can't afford it. I know how generous my friends are. In the last five years you have helped me raise over $15,000 for the SF Aids Foundation. So please open your wallets, do some good for your heart and your karma, and get yourself a tax write-off.

Now with choices
You can donate in Scott's name here:
I even made this quick clicky link for you

or in his lovely wife's name here:
I even made this quick clicky link for you

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What *IS* "bonking"? (or Green Elf Needs Food Badly!)

January 28th, 2008 | 12:06 am
posted by: stoneself in aidslifecycle

hi everyone,

Mantra:
Eat before you're hungry. Drink before you're thirsty.
c'mon repeat after me:
Eat before you're hungry. Drink before you're thirsty.

Why?
So you don't bonk.

What is a bonk?
There is this really nifty physiological explanation, but go with this: "It's when you run out of gas."

What happens when you bonk?
When you bonk you feel weak and/or you can't think well and/or you cramp up and/or get uncoordinated and/or get sick and/or fall down and/or pass out. There are other symptoms more or less severe.

But here's the trick: some of the first things to go are your cognitive abilities. (Read: you get stupid.)

So, here's my personal story for getting stupid. I'm co-leading a nice short ride as a TRL. And 5 miles from the end of the ride, I can barely go 8 miles an hour on the flattest part of the ride. Normally I got 20ish on this part. But do I stop to think something is wrong? No! I just figure I'm tired from riding all the earlier miles. I keep pedaling. I'm now going 6 miles an hour. Do I stop? No! I figure it's only 5 miles back to the start, I can make it! I'm panting really hard, I feel weak but it doesn't register. I'm thinking to myself, "Boy! This is really hard! I don't remember it being this hard!" 4 mph now. After the next light I take a break to "catch my breath". A rider asks if I'm ok. I say, "Yeah. Just resting!" Rider goes on. I get on my bike, and I start pedaling. And I fall over. *BONK* OMG! I just bonked! I can't bonk, I'm a TRL! And I try to get back on my bike - I told you, you get stupid when you bonk. I almost fall over again. I sit down and eat something. Hmm.... 10 minutes later I'm starting to feel better, enough to get back without being completely bonked out.

Won't I get hungry before I bonk?
No. Not usually. Really, you will bonk before you're hungry. (You will also dehydrate before feeling thirsty.)
Repeat the mantra:
Eat before you're hungry. Drink before you're thirsty.

What should I do if I feel a bonk coming on?
Stop pedaling. Eat something. Walk around (if you can) to keep your muscles warm. Drink. Give your body time to digest your food and get the fuel into your blood stream (usually 10+ minutes).

What should I do if I bonk?
Stop riding right away. Get the attention of a TRL or a fellow rider. (No one gets left behind!) Sit down. Eat. Drink. You will need to wait at least 15 minutes before you should try riding again. Give your body time to digest your food and get the fuel into your blood stream. Stretch before riding again - it will help you warm up again and if you cramped up it will help with that. "Wait... you only waited 10 minutes before riding again. And.... and... and... you didn't say you stretched or anything!" Did I mention you get stupid when you bonk?

How can I tell if I'm bonking?
If you think, "Wow, this flat part used to be easier." You may be bonking. If you find yourself doing something stupid. You may be bonking. If you cramp up. You probably are bonking and/or are dehydrating. (I'll let some other TRL write a confession about dehydrating.) If you fall for no good reason. You are probably bonking. If you feel tired. You probably bonking. If you feel sick to your stomach. You could have food poisoning, but are probably bonking. If you think, "Only 2 more miles to the End, and I can drop dead." You are probably bonking.

What will cause a bonk?
  • "Oh, it's only a 'short' ride. I don't need breakfast." Bzzzzt! You will probably start the ride okay, but about 30 minutes into the ride (around mile 7) you will probably start to feel really tired.
  • "It's halfway, and I don't feel hungry. I must be ok." Bzzzzt! What's the Mantra? Eat before you're hungry. Drink before you're thirsty. You will probably be ok until 1-1.5 hours (around mile 10-15), and then you will get really really really slow and uncoordinated.
  • "I'm on a diet." I diet so I understand. But a training ride is not a time to deprive your body of fuel. You need a steady supply of fuel all during the riding. You're using between 600-1000 calories per hour on a bike. Energy bars aren't 600-1000 calories. This is even better than dieting. Starve yourself during a ride, and your body will do funky things to your metabolism that won't help your dieting. This is in addition to bonking.
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"We're all in this together."

One of the most amazing things about ALC is how much compassion and caring ALC'rs show each other. TRLs are out there keeping an eye on you all. But keep an eye out for your fellow riders. If you notice a fellow rider is not riding as fast or as well as before. Or if they aren't quiet riding in a straight line anymore (weaving ever so slightly). Or if they seem extremely tired. Talk to them. Ask them when they last ate, (e.g. "So what kind of energy bar do you like?"). Ask them what they had for breakfast. Check their water bottles to see, if they've been drinking. If they don't have any fuel, I'm sure another rider would be glad to provide some. If they tell you they don't feel hungry or they feel fine (but you can tell they aren't riding as well as before), try to get them to each anyhow. Remind them of the Mantra: Eat before you're hungry. Drink before you're thirsty. If you are uncomfortable doing anything yourself, talk to a TRL and let them know your concerns.


All together now:
Eat before you're hungry. Drink before you're thirsty.

You all are awesome!


love and noodles,

peter key

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