With less than three weeks until the beginning or NorCal AIDS Cycle, I have switched into “desperation” training mode. A family gathering in the north state over the weekend, presented the opportunity to spend a couple of days at the family cabin near Lassen Volcanic National Park. This was a great opportunity to get some badly-needed training on some hills. On Friday I rode up from the town of Mineral along hwy 36, up into Lassen Park. The park road is still closed to autos, but open to cyclists, so I rode up to about 7000′ of elevation near the Sulphur Works geothermal area. It was a bit surreal riding up a highway that still had steep snowbanks on either side, but it was beautiful and there was no traffic to contend with. And… it was (mostly) downhill all the way back to Mineral. There is hardly anything more thrilling/terrifying than careening down a state highway at 50 kph, especially with loose gravel and sand still on the road from winter. The next morning, I took a short “recovery” ride to the small town of Mill Creek via Mineral Summit, for another bit of short but steep training.
Now, it’s just a matter of getting as many miles under my legs as possible over the next three weeks.
Fund raising has been coming along reasonably at this point. My benefit organ concert at Trinity Cathedral last week netted a thousand dollars, giving my fund-raising a much needed boost, and bringing my total so far to just under five thousand dollars. I still have a way to go to reach my seven-thousand dollar goal! If you’ve been putting off making YOUR contribution to NorCal AIDS Cycle, time is running out! Just click the link below to contribute online. It is quick and easy.
At my benefit concert last week, I shared some interesting statistics:
>Worldwide, over 33 million people have HIV or AIDS
>28 million of those are in sub-Saharan Africa
>Nine million people have HIV or AIDS in the United States
>There is a new HIV infection every nine minutes (which meant that there were seven new infections during the course of my recital)
>In Sacramento County, there are approximately five thousand diagnosed with HIV or AIDS
Now in the big picture, five thousand doesn’t seem like such a big deal. But… if you’re one of those five thousand, it’s a big deal. If your son or daughter or sister or brother or partner is one of those five thousand, it’s a big deal. NorCal AIDS Cycle provides funds to agencies providing direct services to those with this disease. I know for a fact, that many of them would have to close their doors if they lost the funding NCAC provides.
If you haven’t contributed yet, I encourage you to do so. Any amount, small or large, makes a big difference to someone who is suffering. And just maybe, we’ll eradicate this disease once and for all. And as usual, a HUGE Thank You to those who have supported me in this project.
Click here to contribute to NorCal AIDS Cycle 2013: http://norcalaidscycle.kintera.org/2013/sierracanon