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Today the journey finally came to an end. A lot of me didn’t want it to end and than a lot of me couldn’t wait to get off of my bike. The weather was cruddy most of the day and then finally cleared as we left the lunch spot and cruised through Malibu. We road along the pch and things were extremely stressful with riders of all different skill levels and speed negotiating speeding and parked cars on either side. Once we turned into Santa Monica it started to settle in a bit and the speed slowed and the enjoyment began. We rolled as a team of 6 through the maze of people to the finish line where we were welcomed with cheers and hugs and high fives. Unfortunately I couldn’t stick around for the closing ceremonies.

Why you ask?

Because there was a train leaving from Union Station in a little over an hour and a half in downtown LA about 16 miles away that I wanted to catch. I got my last free Zico water and Cliff Bar and grabbed my bag and began the sprint to the train station. Even with stop lights, la traffic and a Naked bike party along the way I made it to the station in just an hour.

I am traveling down to San Diego to pick up my motorcycle and ride it the opposite way back up to San Francisco. I will have much more to reflect on in the coming days and weeks and will continue to post on this blog.

This adventure has been eye opening, touching, physically demanding and challenging. I only hope to give you more insight into the experience of the Aids Lifecycle ride so that maybe just maybe you can sign up for 2014.

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Day 1 update from tent city.

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HOLY TENDINITIS! Today was my last ride before the Aids lifecycle ride. I still cant believe that come 5am Sunday morning I will be embarking on the longest multi day ride of my life! The purpose of todays ride was not to train but to finally get the donation promised to me by the one and only Erik Baker. You might remember hearing about him in one of my earlier posts (when I nearly lost my phone) Well baker required me to have a strava tracked 75+ mile ride before he donate a dollar to this awesome project. Unfortunately since I drove back to SD last friday I have been partying packing and mentally preparing to move out of my apartment in pacific beach. Getting all your affairs in order to move and packing your entire life into the back of a jeep took priority over riding. I also had to spend time with as many as my friends as I could before I bounced. Sure enough I arrived back in SF yesterday evening just in time to catch the tail end of an incredible fundraising bar night at Soda Popinski for team Cabrio. That left me with just today and tomorrow to get in that long ride to earn princess Baker’s donation. So with some beer, delicious korean chicken wings and kimchi fried rice in my stomach from my welcome back to the bay festivities last night I embarked on my ride today. Since my car had my whole life sitting in it I moved it from my brother’s apartment in the hoody hood of west oakland to my sisters. Then I rode to the bart station, got off at the first stop in downtown San Francisco and started going. I had loosely planned to ride the golden gate Bridge and check out the beautiful coast line of marin county. After taking almost a full week off since I last pedicabbed, I waa feeling great and moving at a pretty decent speed. As I approached mile 30 my it band in my knee start to flare up. I gravbed a bite to eat and stretched it out and then hopped back on the saddle hoping to just take it easy and save the knee. Well that didn’t happen! The knee got worse and worse and I began having to essentially stop using my left leg for power all together. So I mashed my way through the next 35 miles till I made it to the bart. Unfortunately my tracking app recorded my bart ride as distance ridden and I knew baker would not donate if 10 miles of my 75 mile ride were done while riding bart. This is where things got tricky because due to a lot of construction today in Sausalito I had to just stand around for 20 minutes waiting for my turn to use the road. My battery life on my phone was down to 4% when I boarded bart. So I got across the bay, measured the distance bart traveled me and knew I need to ride another 10 miles to reach 75. I saved my current progress so that I had something to show for todays efforts and then I looked at my phone made a mental note that it was 3:14pm and the began to ride aimlessly for 45 more minutes with one leg just to make sure I go in the complete 75 miles in the saddle. Below is my mapmyride link for the riding that I had a working phone and Baker, i know your are reading this. You are just going to have to take my damn word and donate. The ONLY reason I continued to ride with the worst tendinitis of my life for 45 more miles was to get your damn money. Now I can barely walk and the ride starts in less than 36 hrs. Pay up!

http://www.mapmyride.com/workout/291669479

And for everyone else please spread the love and the word and go to

www.tofighthiv.org/goto/1month4aids to donate!

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I can’t believe I haven’t given you all an update. I have INCREDIBLE news.

Because of all of YOUR support and donations 1month4aids broke the $3000 fundraising goal with over a 1 week to spare. Unfortunately I have been traveling back and forth from San Diego to San Francisco and preparing my life for the month back to SF after the ride, so needless to say I have been a bit busy. 

I have one more training ride that I plan to do before I pack up and head to San Francisco for the ride orientation and Day 1 of the Aids Lifecycle ride. I really can’t begin to wrap my head around how insane this past month has been, but I am enormously humbled by all of the love, support, and donations I have received since undertaking this project. 

That all being said, just because I cracked $3000 doesn’t mean that you should stop sharing this blog and submitting your donations. 

Please go to www.tofighthiv.org/goto/1month4aids and donate whatever you can! Every single donation matters and means a ton to both me and Mark. 

Until next time.

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Training update!

This is what I have been doing for the past 4 days. No not just taking photos of tricycles in picturesque places. I’ve been riding this ridiculous contraption in 20 mph winds for hours each day.

I will be back down in San Diego for the next couple of days up until the start of the ride. I will most likely get in one last big ride! After that let the muscles, knees, joints and butt rest and recover for the Aids Lifecycle Ride!

On the fundraising front I am just $350 away from the goal with just 1 week left. Please go ahead and throw some dollah billz my way so I can get this goal knocked out. Tell anyone you know about this! Or you could be lame and just keep creeping on your Facebook news feed.

www.tofighthiv.org/goto/1month4aids

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Hey everyone!

I just recently passed the $2500 mark in my fundraising efforts!!!! This is so incredible, I am so humbled and thankful for everyone who has donated and who has spread the word about 1month4aids.

I am sorry to all of you for not posting any training updates or ride developments. Luckily I have been training on the streets of San Francisco, actually only on one street. Due to my unemployment situation, I have been starlighting as a pedicab driver for the past 3 days. Instead of my sweet 17lb Trek Madone I have been riding a 190lb Pedicab up and down the Embarcadero in San Francisco. I have been primarily riding into 20mph head winds for the past 3 days but it is getting the job done in terms of training my legs for the ride.

At the demand of a potential donor I still need to get a 75+ mile ride strava’d and up on this blog in order to earn his contribution. I travel back down to San Diego tomorrow after another pedicab shift and plan on getting in my last training ride either Monday or Tuesday.


I am only $400 away from my 3k goal. Who is willing to donate a dollar per mile I ride for my final training ride?

As always thank you so much for all your support and please don’t forget to go donate here

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Yesterday I rode up Mt. Diablo in Walnut Creek with team cabrio to experience the pain and suffering that the Tour de California competitors experience. The ride from Oakland to the base of the Mountain was very very relaxed, then I split off for some reason and decided to push to the summit solo. Below is the link to my ride

http://app.strava.com/activities/54940622

And yes I was the only rider on the road doing it all in a dress.

Please don’t forget to donate. 

http://www.tofighthiv.org/site/TR?px=2962606&fr_id=1550&pg=personal

Yesterday I rode up Mt. Diablo in Walnut Creek with team cabrio to experience the pain and suffering that the Tour de California competitors experience. The ride from Oakland to the base of the Mountain was very very relaxed, then I split off for some reason and decided to push to the summit solo. Below is the link to my ride

http://app.strava.com/activities/54940622

And yes I was the only rider on the road doing it all in a dress.

Please don’t forget to donate.

http://www.tofighthiv.org/site/TR?px=2962606&fr_id=1550&pg=personal

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Today’s post comes to you from the road.

Riding notes: just because your going much faster than usual in one direction does not mean you are in shape. It means that you will have a headwind that will break your soul for the return trip.

See the ride via Strava right hur

The support and donations so far have been humbling. I currently sit at $1720 which is INCREDIBLE, but it is not $3000 yet. In an effort to get to $2000 I will do another stunt similar to the RED DRESS rides. Suggestions are encouraged. 

Please don’t forget to go and donate here

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Sir Richard’s crossdressing adventure ain’t no drag | VentureBeat

YOU SEE. All the cool kids are cross dressing in red these days!.

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It gives me great honor to introduce you all to the man who I am dedicating 1month4aids to. This is Mark Schuyler. 

Without getting too sappy I will say just a few things about Mark.

I am not sure how Mark and my father became friends, but I grew up with Mark and his family in my life. My father, Mark and myself regularly went out to NJ to go on these weekend bicycle rides. 25 miles was the distance that we typically covered, which is some what amusing to me now given the distance I intend to cover in just 18 more days. Mark’s patience is legendary because there is no doubt that I was a little brat on some of these rides. I still whine to myself when I see a steep hill!

Mark and my father are both incredibly talents chefs and on numerous occasions have teamed up to make mouths water and drool. I worked alongside both of them a few times when our kitchen was turned inside out and into a restaurant prep kitchen for catering events. Again Mark had to deal with the ever interesting and often infuriating dynamic between me and my father. He always managed to keep an ear to ear smile and just chuckle it off. Without Mark my sister Briana and now brother in-law Paul’s wedding would of never been half the amazing spectacle it was. Besides good music and an open bar, the food at the wedding is an incredibly important factor. Mark and my father were able to cater to well over 100 people which more courses than I can remember and everything tasting absolutely delicious. Mark has always been around the Lugo family and will continue to be for many years to come. 

Without organizations like the one’s the AIDS Life cycle ride support, Mark has told me that he would no longer be on this earth. In times of great struggle both mentally and physically the support from these communities have kept Mark around. For that, my family and I are in their debt and taking on 1month4aids is the smallest repayment of gratitude that I can do. 

Yeah that got a little sappy.

DONATE DONATE DONATE. Please help support this amazing cause and this great man.