Category Archives: ALC

The bridge and beyond

I biked across the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time this past weekend for another ALC training ride. (The map I drew is a rough estimation of the path we took.) We started off early in the morning and climbed out of the Presidio to bike across the bridge, into Sausalito through Tiburon and back around. I loved everything except the bridge (and the flat I got just before the biggest climb). There was a ridiculous amount of fog crossing in the morning. Going north on the bike path you are moving against the flow of traffic which is slightly unnerving. There are boats going under you with their fog horns blaring and on the way back the Blue Angels were flying over head. (Which was awesome once I wasn’t biking and able to watch.) Let’s also not forget the tourists that have no idea what they’re doing and stop whenever they want and the other cyclists who feel they don’t need to warn you before flying past you and said tourists at ridiculous speeds. Needless to say, I’m more than happy staying down south for my training.

Crossing the bridge on the way back. Still loads of fog!

But afterward there was a raffle, as there typically is at these get togethers, and I won a 60 minute massage! 2010 really is my lucky year, I think karma is making up for the last 26 years when I never won anything!

Bikers milling around waiting for the raffle.

However, Fiona (my bike) has been having rear derailleur issues so I had to take her back to the shop after having picked her up only a few days before this ride. I’m hoping my amazing mechanic can work his magic yet again and make her work.

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Training begins

This past weekend I went on my first two official ALC training rides. It was so great to finally get out and put miles on my bike. Especially after having gotten used to riding 40+ miles on weekends and then nothing.

The first ride was one I was used to since I live on the peninsula, however Sunday’s ride was a real treat. I had never ridden in the city except to/from work and to/from a bar or friend’s house. Who knew you could go from sun to fog to mist to sun all in one day in a city that is 7×7 miles? I’ll be house sitting in Potrero for the first half of October so it will great to explore the different routes folks use. Especially over the Golden Gate Bridge!

Saturday's ride through the Peninsula

Insight

So I’ve started fund-raising for my ride next June and it was certainly an interesting experience setting everything up.  The logistics were easy, because I do it everyday for work, it was the intangible stuff like what will my friends think, will they care, will they even ready the email, that made me pause before hitting send.  And now that I have the ability to track my emails I can see who opened what and clicked where – providing interesting insight.

More than anything it’s nerve wreaking – waiting to see who opens.  It’s kind of like calling the boy you like and hanging up repeatedly.  And then seeing who opened feels kind of like I’m spying and makes me giddy like a friend just told me that boy said he liked me back.  I’m hoping that’ll go away eventually.  But something tells me it’ll be like that each time, since it’s not like I’m emailing folks I’ve never met for work, it’s personal friends and family.

Really real

I recently went to a mixer/reunion for AIDS/Life Cycle and wow am I excited.

When I got back from traveling in Dec I saw an ad somewhere for ALC 9 and thought that this was exactly what I needed to help me get through post traveling sadness.  Unfortunately I didn’t have a good enough bike and quickly found out I had to raise $3,000 dollars.  Not something I was ready for while still on the hunt for a job.  So 9 came and went.

Now I have a shiny new bike and am working on my fund-raising page to get that 3k.  Like I told folks at the event last week, I’m not afraid of the nearly 600 miles, most the $3,000 I have to raise.  But I have a little less than a year so I think I should be able to work it out somehow.

Ready, set, go!