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    7 Days - 585 Miles

    I'm about to leave on my second AIDS/LifeCycle, riding from SF to LA (and I know there are a couple of other ALC riders out there, too. I'm rider #1801). Before I left I wanted ya'll to know that I have gained much from the 50+ group: little tips, encouragement (even though not necessarily aimed at me) and fun reads. I will miss checking in for the next few days.

    I'm ready for the ride. I did a century Saturday (boy, did it hail on us, but that's another story) and felt great. Not even any saddle soreness. I was riding with some stronger riders and we averaged 15.6 mph, which included an 11 mile climb. I've averaged 200 miles per week for the last month. I've cleaned my bike (Giant OCR Limited with upgraded Nimble Spider wheels, Fizik Alliente saddle, etc.). And packed 7 jerseys, each chosen for a particular day.

    So, if you are anywhere in California from SF to Santa Cruz to King City to Paso Robles to Santa Maria to Lompoc to Ventura to LA, wave. It might be me.

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    Good luck and we want pics---- Not of the bikes-- The pies. Haven't had many of them lately.
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    Mojo Slim

    I have done a similar charity ride for the past 3 years, and am doing it again this year (www.charitytreks.org) - there are thousands of tips, but you will work it all out. A couple that I will share:

    Get some of the chamois butter that comes in little single serving sizes, and put a couple in your wedge bag - I never needed it until day 3 of my second year, but damn, when you do need that stuff, you really need it!

    Take each days clothing (jersey, shorts, socks) and put it in a separate ziplock bag. makes it easier to keep the clean stuff separated from the not so clean, and if/when it rains, not everything is going to get wet.

    Drink Drink Drink

    And enjoy!

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    Thanks, Sauerwald. ALC supplies those little chamois butter thingies. They're great. I grease up from day one and re-grease at noon each day. And the ziploc bag idea is a very popular one. I even put an extra GU in each day and an alternate headsweat on about day 4. My trick on drinking is to take a swig whenever I see anyone else in my group drink. Seems to work for me.

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    Sounds like fun! Give us a great ride report when you are done. My brother (who used to live in the LA area) did a SF to LA ride with a friend many years ago. It sounded like a great trip.
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    So the burning question is, are you wearing a dress on day 5?
    "We just don't recognize the most significant moments in our lives while they're happening. You say to yourself, 'there will be other days'. Then you realize it was the only day".

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    Well you're way better prepared than I was when I did AIDS Ride 3 in 1996. I expect you'll be finishing early every day. Good on 'ya for doing it and enjoy your ride - it is stunningly beautiful and a memorable experience in many ways.
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    As we say inthe Navy, Fair Winds and Following Seas! Well I guess you better skip the seas part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimiCyclist
    So the burning question is, are you wearing a dress on day 5?
    No, I just go for the red jersey and socks. But there sure has been lots of discussion on how to pack a tutu in a duffle bag!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mojo Slim
    No, I just go for the red jersey and socks. But there sure has been lots of discussion on how to pack a tutu in a duffle bag!
    And I wear shorts, too.

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    Sounds like you're well prepared equipment and fitness wise.

    Enjoy your ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stapfam
    Good luck and we want pics---- Not of the bikes-- The pies. Haven't had many of them lately.
    A longer report and more pics will follow, but I wanted to get the picture of pie posted as soon as possible. These folks just set up shop beside the road and gave pie to any rider who wanted some. There were several riders stopped. I had apple.
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    Well done. Wish my rides were that organised. Apples good.
    How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mojo Slim
    ............... picture of pie posted as soon as possible............................
    Congratulations on the ride. Thanks for the photo... it's good to see that your priorities are in order .

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    Here are some more pictures from AIDS/LlifeCycle5, 560 miles (by my computer) SF to LA. I recommend this ride to everyone. The support is phenominal. The other riders (1840) and roadies (400) are super-friendly and helpful. Food is great and plentiful. Entertainment at night. Tent camping. Hot showers.
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