I will ride until I no longer need to...
From July 21 - 24, 2016 I will be participating on the Red Ribbon Ride. Red Ribbon Ride is a 4 day, 300 mile bicycle ride that raises vital funds for eight HIV/AIDS service organizations in Minnesota; providing treatment, prevention and awareness.
I need your help to reach my goal. I hope I can count on you to support me on my journey of hope for thousands of Minnesotans with HIV/AIDS and those at risk of infection.
Over the next few months I plan to update this page frequently so you can follow my progress, so please visit often. While you're here, spend some time on the site to find out more about why this event is so important, and learn about the people who will benefit from the money we raise.
P.S. My bike is still in the box, so that is first on the agenda!
Thank you for your support!
My Personal Web Log
THE PEOPLE NEXT TO YOU... You will want to get to know those people.
I am in awe of all of the amazing people around me, who love me, and lift my spirits so high! Thank you all, for your generous support and even those who did not sponsor me, for allowing me to ask.
So, got my back tire fixed (and yes, I had to bring it to the shop). The good news is that they saw my devil and noticed that it was on his last leg, so I got a new squeeze horn. A little piggy... still not sure that I want to retire the devil yet! I'll have to choose soon.
The real test will be in about 3 days when I jump on my bike for literally the first time all season and push out 300 miles. I'm hopeful I can get on my bike today or tomorrow and at least get in a couple of miles and start to prep my butt for a long 4 hot days! Either way, it will be a testament to my spirit to see if I can do something so bold with not a lot of preparation.... :) Inspiration is what I will have to draw on for this event.
A huge thank you to my Mom for providing additional support by watching my little ones while I bike. If anyone wants to go to a garage sale while I'm gone, please stop by my house and say hi to my Mom, Alana, and Elliott on Saturday from 9-4.
2812 W 88th Street
Bloomington, MN 55431
Also, I found out the other night that I can be watched over while I bike if I'm traveling to provide charity to others. So, if I carry at least $1.00 to give away I'll be protected. Per an old Jewish wives-tale. I'll take it :)
by Gina Lemon on Mon, Jul 18, 2016 @ 12:04 PM
1/2 way there!!
I'm so excited to have such generous friends! I am now over 1/2 way to my fundraising goal, and am so thankful to all those who have sponsored me! The good news is that someone on our team reserved extra hotel rooms, so I now have a place to sleep. The last thing to do is get the flat fixed on my bike and to start getting some training in. I have a fear that the 300-mile bike trip will be my training! Wish me luck :)
by Gina Lemon on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 @ 5:00 PM
Two weeks away
WOW!!! Ok, I'm a crazy woman. I have not been on my bike yet this summer and it's all tuned and ready to go. What do I do instead, travel to Belize for 10 days and buy a house (that still needs to be unpacked BTW). Talk about taking on a lot. All of that stress just vanishes though when I think about the reason that I do this ride. I do the ride because I have a father's life that was taken from me prematurely due to this disease. I am excited to ride over 300 miles across the state and so thankful to those who can sponsor me on this event. Your money is helping so many live a better quality of life. Your love and support is appreciated!!!
by Gina Lemon on Wed, Jul 06, 2016 @ 5:33 PM
I AM THE 200th REGISTERED RIDER!!!!
Today I registered for my 20th AIDS Ride... I think! I have honestly lost track at this point. Once I hit double digits it was all down-hill. Plus, after last year's EPIC CA AIDS Lifcycle (15 years later) I thought that it might be my last ride. However, I have fallen in love with my bike and those that ride. It wasn't until recently that I realized that I need to continue to ride. There are so many that still need love, support and encouragement and if my friends living with HIV/AIDS can do the ride, then I really have no excuse.
I am thankful to my friend Julie DuRose who challenged me to do the ride. I gave her the excuse that I had my kids, and that was not good enough for her. She asked me why I did not ask for help. That honestly is the toughest thing for me... and once she challenged me, I had to put the trust in my friends and family that this could be done. With that conversation I was armed to ask my Mother for help and with a little bit of effort on my part to drive them to her house, I will be able to do all 4 days of the ride. I am still a little surprised, and excited that I can no commit to doing the ride. There is a lot going on in my life right now, and this is a commitment that I am happy to make. I hope that all of you, as my friends and family can continue to support my efforts. It's through your charity that I'm able to continue to fight the good fight and help those that are need of help.
I am so blessed and thankful for the memories of my Father! This year I am going to turn 40 and my Father only lived 3 months past his 40th birthday. 40 years on this planet is too short and I know those last three months he was dying, not living. It's in his memory that I am going to ride these 300 miles this summer!
by Gina Lemon on Mon, May 23, 2016 @ 7:50 PM
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