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  1. #1
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    Alc 6

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    It is now official! I recieved my information packet yesterday. Now I had better get seriously started on the fundraising and training. Any good suggestions will be much appreciated.

    I was working on drafting out some letters to send to people yesterday. I also have plans to start selling cookies as work. My chocolate chip cookies always get rave reviews (and even a couple of marriage proposals) so they shouldn't be too hard to sell. I have also included a signature line on both my e-mail accounts with a link to my donation web-page. Hopefully the money will soon start trickling in.

    BF is also prooving to be much more supportive than I had anticipated. Last night he was busy typing away at the computer making up a story to send to the local papers/media. He is actually a very good writer and the story is really good. And reading it gave me yet another insight into what he is thinking about all this. He might think I'm mad (but then again, he is mad too in his own way), but he is helping out the best he can.

    The problem now will be finding the time for those longer rides. During the week, I do 20 or 40 miles after work (depending on whether I work a half or a full day), but on the week-ends I always end up busy with chores and errands. I may have to sacrifice my lazy Sunday mornings with Country File on BBC and bacon and eggs for breakfast.....hopefully BF won't be too disappointed when I'm not cooking him breakfast every Sunday morning....

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    Well, training for a week of riding does eat up your life

    But you're in for the ride of your life, it's a great week .... provided that you train. If you don't it's kinda he**'ish.

    To that end I vowed to do more commutes, errands by bike, an easy way to slip some miles in.

    A brief hitch in my plan:the ancient seat of my GT commuter has decided "I need to be replaced now, I'll notify you this way...". Oww oww oww.

    My rides last week....kinda painful....if I had a romantic life to be impacted by the bike it'd be sad Maybe it's good that I don't?

    Now I need to get a new saddle and seat post so I'll take the bike in Saturday on the way to a brunch with friends. Chris (wrench) suggests the Terry butterfly which I've never tried. I had a Terry Liberator before, it was ok. Hmmmmm.

    Just ride-eat-sleep-shop-repeat, UK. See you in May!
    Last edited by Trek420; 10-03-2006 at 06:24 AM.
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    Training for me was a challenge but enjoyable. I did give up the morning breakfast with the family. I rode every Saturday and Sunday and I rode hard those days, even if the ride was short. I also rode during the week at least 3 days. Another thing to remember is to cross train. When the weather was bad or it was too dark I went to the gym. Sometimes my time didn't permit that, I would lift free weights at home for 20 minutes. Why not start out early on Sunday and then when you get home, you can have brunch? Good work, keep it up. See you all soon.

    Rider 1132!!!

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    Training for me was hard to fit in but fun. Did a long ride every Sunday when I could with ALC group in South Bay. Rode some Saturdays, maybe rode during the week like once? I really didn't get the mileage in that I should have, but somehow it worked out? Go figure. :P

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    liksani, bet it worked out because you had the basic fitness from the start.

    ACG see you on the ride. Are you in Team Amica Veloci yet? I suppose I could check that myself.
    Custom Road bike ~ Mondonico Futura Legero
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    N+1 new bike ~ Salsa Vaya
    Commuter ~ Soma Buena Vista Mixte

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    Ok, I just e-mailed my cycle buddy. I am on the team! It will be great to ride with all you gals, or should I say my TE family.

    Today I couldn't ride, too dark and it is getting cold. I ride early a.m. before work. Guess it is time to hit the gym or use my bike on a trainer.

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    Yeah! I see UK's on the AV team so far....I'll post the link when you're on board too. "Bradley" my commuter's in the shop but I plan to get a ride or more in this weekend and have been popping into spin at lunch.
    Custom Road bike ~ Mondonico Futura Legero
    Found on the road ~ Motobecane Mixte
    N+1 new bike ~ Salsa Vaya
    Commuter ~ Soma Buena Vista Mixte

    http://madeinusareviews.blogspot.com/

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    Signed up and ready to go!

    After being a roadie (bike mechanic) last year, and experiencing the magic and inspiration, I've decided to ride in ALC 6!
    I'm very excited to be involved in such a great effort again.
    I'll be blogging my experiences on my webpage, along with tips and advice from my experiences as a bike shop employee, mechanic, and long-time cyclist.
    My first entry is on the basics of lycra shorts. Maybe this info will help someone out there.

    www.aidslifecycle.org/1713
    PSA: Clean your jockey cogs.

    ALC rider 1713
    http://aidslifecycle.org/1713

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    Kallisti, welcome to TE!

    This year will be my third ride and if you count the year I crewed (and we both know that's harder than riding) and the year I just lead training rides my 5th time participating.

    we have a TE team you're welcome to join too.
    Custom Road bike ~ Mondonico Futura Legero
    Found on the road ~ Motobecane Mixte
    N+1 new bike ~ Salsa Vaya
    Commuter ~ Soma Buena Vista Mixte

    http://madeinusareviews.blogspot.com/

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    I would really like to crew for ALC. Could put my medical skills to work. I'm not allowed to diagnose or evaluate, but I can fill an ice bag and tape knees and ankles!

    Edit: Yeah, baby! There is a special Roadie team just for ME!!! Sports Medicine!

    (now I just gotta find the contact person, and I'm not having much success at the moment. Trek? Help?)
    Last edited by KnottedYet; 10-22-2006 at 03:42 PM.
    "If Americans want to live the American Dream, they should go to Denmark." - Richard Wilkinson

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    the medical crew could be hard to get into because I think they are all from SF general. If you have massage certification you could get into massage crew or on another medical crew.

    I think crewing's harder than riding
    Custom Road bike ~ Mondonico Futura Legero
    Found on the road ~ Motobecane Mixte
    N+1 new bike ~ Salsa Vaya
    Commuter ~ Soma Buena Vista Mixte

    http://madeinusareviews.blogspot.com/

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    There's Medical crew, and there's also Sports Medicine crew. Also a Massage crew. Different critters entirely. I found a contact for "SF Roadie Manager", is that who I wanna write to?
    "If Americans want to live the American Dream, they should go to Denmark." - Richard Wilkinson

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    Yes. and there's Chiropratic crew and serving gatorade while dressed in tutus dancing Swan lake crew and....
    Custom Road bike ~ Mondonico Futura Legero
    Found on the road ~ Motobecane Mixte
    N+1 new bike ~ Salsa Vaya
    Commuter ~ Soma Buena Vista Mixte

    http://madeinusareviews.blogspot.com/

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    can I do massages while dressed in a tutu?

    I'm all over that...
    "If Americans want to live the American Dream, they should go to Denmark." - Richard Wilkinson

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    yes, you can wear whatever you want
    Custom Road bike ~ Mondonico Futura Legero
    Found on the road ~ Motobecane Mixte
    N+1 new bike ~ Salsa Vaya
    Commuter ~ Soma Buena Vista Mixte

    http://madeinusareviews.blogspot.com/

 

 

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