Weekend Highlight: 80+ miles and a lot of reflection

February was a pretty active month of riding….2018FebStats

but after only a few bike commutes home and 2 spin classes, I mostly took all of March and the first part of April off.

I’m happy to report that I managed to finish ~85 miles (!) on Saturday. Seventy (70) Miles for AIDS Lifecycle Day on the Ride – Marin: A ride simulating one day of AIDS Life Cycle, complete with themed rest stops and vehicle support throughout the day; the rest was riding there (~8 mi) and back from my place in San Francisco.

Group rides and rest stops are always a great place to run into and (very briefly) catchup with other riders. This day was particularly special because I hadn’t been on many group rides in a while so I’ve been away from my bike peeps. I also forgot that this simulation is a great way to get me excited about the week of riding coming up in just a few short weeks – eek!


I started the day with a small back ache, but after taking some ibuprofen and overloading on electrolyte drinks, by lunch my back was feeling numb to the pain and it came with a very calm all over feeling. After having my my post-event fried chicken sandwich, I felt good enough to ride home so I did. Other than needing to urgently pee, I made it home without too much pain. I ate, showered and immediately passed out.

The following day I realized I forgot to stretch so I spent the day alternating between stuffing my face with food and stretching out my legs and my back, all while getting my TV binge on… I never even made it out my front door to do laundry – a task for this week, I suppose. I thought about writing this blog, but it was really just a day to sit still and veg out. After doing all that nothing (even though I still felt guilty about it as I let the hours pass), I went to bed early, wishing it felt as glorious as it actually really was.

Even though this is my 3rd AIDS Life Cycle, I’m still looking forward to the surprise of the ride. I wonder how my body will serve me during the week; what new relationships I will develop during the week, what friendships I will reinforce; what will trigger my first and last cries of each day; who I will get to share meals with; what meditations will work with which hills I’m climbing. I’m also really looking forward to sharing it with you.


AIDS Lifecycle Team ALCAholics

It’s my 3rd time riding AIDS Lifecycle and I’m once again riding with TEAM ALCAholics. 2018-01-27-08-35-50-e1518715193267.jpg
In case you didn’t know: it probably looks like we’ve misspelled Alcoholics, but the team is actually named after the the commonly used acronym for AIDS Life Cycle. Our slogan is “we keep coming back” and I think now that I’m in my 3rd year, I do definitely consider myself an ALCAholic. I’m proud to be in an all-inclusive team with such a diverse group of people. AIDS Lifecycle calls its community the “love bubble” and this team is my personal love bubble in the ALC love bubble.


I’m especially excited that, this year, there are more women that have already joined our team. Their strength and stamina inspire me and makes me want to get even stronger to be able to keep up with them! Here’s a photo of the first team ride I’ve joined where the women outnumbered the men. It was beautiful day to climb Hawk Hill.



My, how time flies! The last time I posted to this blog was just over 2 years ago when I started training for my FIRST AIDS LifeCycle. The last couple of years have been extremely busy and I’ve been largely absent to so many. So, as I work to resurrect this blog, I thought you might want a quick recap of what I’ve been up to:

Halfway done riding my bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles on ALC 2017

Halfway done riding my bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles on ALC 2017

Speaking of AIDS Lifecycle, I’ve just started training for my 3rd one happening in June! AIDS Lifecycle is a 7-Day, 545-mile bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles whose mission is to support the life-saving work provided by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.  While most of my weekends between now and June will be dedicated to building up my strength and endurance for that week, I am also asking for your support in raising funds for these 2 incredible organizations. It’s probably a lot of what I’ll be writing most about between now and June so I’ll keep this blurb about it short and for now just leave the links to my fundraising page here 🙂

Off the bike, I’ve been working on building Champaign, the app that’s helping marketers grow their audiences through social. This past year this meant serving clients, building a team to focus on app development and working through all of the small details around getting the app launched – things like planning, resourcing, workflow, interfaces, logic, interactions, data, analytics, legal, testing, marketing, and funding. WHEW! It’s a ton of work with a bunch of long days and nights and I’m excited about how far we’ve come and where we’ll be by the end of this year. In fact, I’ll be using the app to broadcast this blog post, so if you’ve landed here a few months after this blog post was written, congratulations! you’ve already experienced the results of Champaign!

The rest of my time is spent catching up on errands, occasionally sharing a meal with a few friends and doing my best to stay awake when I can finally spend a little bit of time with McKay… but his shoulder is soooo cozy and by then I am also already soooo sleepy.

For the most part, my craft space (physical and mental) has been dormant – a few storage boxes and the walking space is currently hosting my drying rack where I hang bike clothing (their delicate fabrics last longer when they hang dry), but I have really been enjoying putting my creativity to work in other areas so I’m excited to start sharing some of that here, too.


I’m riding my bike from SF to LA as part of AIDS/LifeCycle!


From Jun 5 – Jun 11, I will be participating in AIDS/Lifecycle, a 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. 

You may already know that I have always loved riding my bike. In recent years, I’ve also discovered the rewarding feeling of riding long distances and thanks to many new friends, I have learned how to climb hills (go slow and stop as often as needed to enjoy the scenery), go on camping trips (the only gear you really need is food) and how to ride in the city (ride in big groups preferrably with music and in costume)! As an asthmatic, I used to think many of these things were out of my reach, but thanks to so much love and enouragement, everytime I reach a new milestone my confidence grows and I continue to stretch and surprise myself every day. So, it seems a fitting celebration to take my longest ride yet, camping out for 6 nights with  ~2000+ new friends as I wrap up my first 40 years on Earth (this ride ends just before I turn 41 so it is also kind of like an early week-long moving birthday party!)

This ride is not going to be easy: it will require countless hours of training and preparation. I have committed myself to doing this the first half of 2016 to make sure that I’m ready for this experience. To ride, I must also raise a minimum of $3000, but I want to try to do a little better so I’ve set my goal to $5000. So, this is where I NEED YOUR HELP and I’M ASKING FOR YOUR SUPPORT by donating as generously as you possibly can. Your contributions will help provide life-saving services offered by San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. To the people who rely on these services to survive, every dollar counts; every dollar also brings me closer to being able to participate in this amazing experience. 

THANK YOU for making this event possible for me and for being the support I need to cross the finish line on June 12. Let’s make a difference together!

When you’re ready, feel free to visit my rider page and support my ride: http://www.tofighthiv.org/goto/karizmatic


2012-?: It Won’t Keep Me From Riding For Too Long

(I’ve skipped many days secretly plotting with you)

yesterday, I road my bike on Market street (SF)

feeling fairly confident navigating my way through the bustle

but my bicycle hesitated to cross the rail line

so I jumped it


2010-05: The End Of What Feels Like A Long Journey


while it is good to know
i can carry on
irregardless i resist
to embrace the lone venture
your enduring hospitable warmth
is sort of familiar
enough. that
breaks my melancholy
still not quite a spoonful
makes a cold bed
i gladly wind up
chasing sunlight
although it will not be
until it is dark
i will eventually be
worn and ready
to greet my own face

-writing on my flight back home(SF). Trips in the last 2.5 months:

1 week in LA for Thanksgiving
3 weeks in NC for Christmas
1 week in LA for my baby’s 21st
3 weeks in NC for work

So ready to be home in SF with my bed, my things and my person.


2012-03: Imporsistinent Q&A

A. Might I have lamented Posterous in haste? B. Has WordPress changed the way its group postings work?
C. Is anyone else trying to post to two blogs by email and having problems getting it to post to Thing A Day?
D. How can a Thing A Day author mark a featured image when you post by email?
E. If you can follow a Thing A Day author when they like your post, how can you follow them BEFORE they like you post(s)?
F. How’s it going?
G. Any San Franciscans want to meet up for things on days after Sunday?
H. What do you feel when your thing is done?
I. Do you prefer running out of time or running out of things?
J. What keeps you awake?

Answers to other questions, in case you can use them
11. I don’t know
12. Fuschia
13. No, the other one
14. 15 (but not like in crosswords)
15. plastic, but can you try to fit it in one bag? (bonus points for counter-questions?)
16. <repeat the question in the form of a question> (degrading extra bonus points for each recursion; degrading extra bonus points; degrading)
18. <repeat the question in the form of an answer, like this: "Really.">
18. Yes, this one
19. I really hope so

and answers I gave today:




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