Help Me Make My Difference.
It has been a dream of mine for many years to finally get out there and ride with Team Shalom to raise money on the Red Ribbon Ride!!!
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.
Thank you for your support!
My Personal Web Log
The final Red Ribbon Ride official training ride
I am checked in, have my rider numbers for my bike, and am excited to be riding starting on Thursday. I received my special bike jersey for raising over $3000. Just $407 to go to hit $4000. Please donate today!
by Rachel Lipkin on Sat, Jul 16, 2016 @ 7:39 PM
Thanks for helping me exceed my goal!
Counting the checks in the mail, I have reached $3388 tonight. THANK YOU for helping me reach and exceed my goal of $3000!!! I am a bit anxious about riding so many miles, but each time I train I am feeling stronger--though the slowest in the pack. However, I know that this is an important cause. I think of everyone I have known that died too young--and of the startlingly disproportionate African born and African American and Latinex young people that are becoming infected each day. And all of those who receive services and support. While I have exceeded my goal, I am still gratefully accepting more donations. Thank you!
by Rachel Lipkin on Fri, Jul 08, 2016 @ 12:07 AM
$173 to go to reach my fundraising goal of $3000
Between yesterday and today, more friends have dug deep and contributed to sponsor me in my first Red Ribbon Ride! Thank you for your generosity! If you have not contributed yet, please do! Thanks, Rachel
by Rachel Lipkin on Tue, Jul 05, 2016 @ 7:17 PM
Happy 4th of July!
Only $445 to raise to reach my goal!!! Please help me get there and support 8 great organizations serving those with HIV/AIDS! Thanks to everyone who has contributed to my first ride! Please donate today!!!!
by Rachel Lipkin on Mon, Jul 04, 2016 @ 10:10 AM
I need $541 in donations to achieve my $3000 goal as a first time rider! Be a part of history--or at least know you are supporting 8 needed nonprofit organizations benefitting people with HIV disease. Still a little sore from Saturday's fall--but did a quick ride this evening and felt a little stronger....
by Rachel Lipkin on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 @ 10:43 PM
If you take the bike I'm on you will know that I have gone 500 miles
For you singers and folk music enthusiasts...my bike odometer is at 500 miles. 500 miles 500 miles 500 miles 500 miles 500 miles. .my bike odometer is at 500 miles.
by Rachel Lipkin on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 @ 8:03 AM
Riding for our lives...
I am not sure if many of you know I was a geography major in college. I studied historical geography, landscape architecture, geology, climatology in addition to urban geography and planning. So my little cartographer heart was in heaven as I pedaled over 100 miles combined on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I marveled at the geology surrounding the paths and waterways--the sprawl of the suburbs--and the industrial landscapes that torture our natural world. The landscapes are more dimensional from a bike saddle than from a car or flying overhead. Thanks to the additional donors who have me at 65% of my $3000 goal! Please donate if you have not done so or consider donating more or hitting up your friends :-)
by Rachel Lipkin on Mon, Jun 20, 2016 @ 7:12 PM
No, I really did not exaggerate, it was really 65 miles today!
I did it! Yea! I actually biked over 65 miles today. And most of the area we covered was south of the MN River--across the Mendota Bridge through Mendota and Mendota Heights, lots of Eagan, Apple Valley, by the MN Zoo, Rosemount, Inver Grove Heights--seriously, Team Shalom went past many megachurches and all around the oil refinery that is owned by the Koch Brothers. Most of the ride was overcast, but did not rain. And the wind was not bad. Lot so hills. Still in shock that I could ride that far, but what made it possible was all the positive energy from my team and everyone on the Red Ribbon Ride. So grateful. And I am over $1600--thanks to Jimmy--my first boyfriend from my pre-K years--who helped us push the gender envelope on a daily basis. When first and second graders had to wait in either the "boy" or "girl" line, Jimmy and I took turns waiting in either line so we could wait together to orderly walk back into school with our class after recess. Endured a lot of teasing from our peers, but we just wanted to be friends. Thanks for helping me push another big envelope, Jim (& Jessie,) by making such a generous donation and supporting my ride.
by Rachel Lipkin on Sat, Jun 18, 2016 @ 4:05 PM
Getting Psyched for Saturday
60 miles. How am I ever going to bike 60 miles? I will find out this Saturday when I go in a Red Ribbon Ride to Lake City, MN. Well, it is only 14 miles farther than last Sunday--but if you add in the miles I did last Saturday, I would kind of be riding what I did last weekend in one day. I heard from Beth at the LYNX game that the training is harder than the ride. Well, I will see...I have hit 50% of my goal of $3000. So please add your support and donate right now...it will help me fet over the next hill.
by Rachel Lipkin on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 @ 7:53 PM
Hudson, WI to River Falls, WI and back
Rolling hills with a headwind so strong I felt like I was pedaling uphill at times when going downhill! Hot sun and my legs kept going no matter how slow it got. Thought of all of those I knew who died way too soon and those murdered in Orlando. And I felt like I am getting stronger. The American flags were all flying straight out. The countryside was gorgeous and most cars that passed were pickup trucks. As powerless as I feel regarding the dangers of hate, this ride is also a way to dedicate positive energy to help others. Please donate.
by Rachel Lipkin on Mon, Jun 13, 2016 @ 5:16 AM
Yes, it was hot today
Picked up a few pieces of gear that I needed then rode 14 miles in the hottest part of the day. The trails were not too busy and I at least was moving. Psyching up for a Team training ride Sunday!
by Rachel Lipkin on Sat, Jun 11, 2016 @ 11:52 PM
Wow! You read your emails!
Thanks to the 20 donors who have generously donated to the RRR for me. Thank you thank you thank you! (If you have any generous friends or want to post my link on your FB page--please do. Thanks to all who have kindly done that.) I got my eye on my goal of $3,000! I may even write you your own song...THANKS!💜
by Rachel Lipkin on Thu, Jun 09, 2016 @ 1:02 PM
Thanks to NEW DONORS!
Well, actually, everyone who has donated for me is a NEW DONOR because this is the FIRST TIME I have ridden on any type of endurance fundraising bicycle ride. So thanks to everyone that has contributed to the RRR for me!
With my really busy days--especially work days--I train dirt early--and this morning was over 10 miles before most people were even thinking of waking up. While not a super long distance, I biked as hard as I could and shvitzed a lot, if you must know. I sought out whatever hills I could find.
According to the RRR website, for June, I should be doing 105-175 per week with my longest ride at 50-75+ miles, 4-5 days per week and 12-14 hours per week. All those numbers seem a bit intimidating--but it helps to be on a team--especially Team Shalom! Yesterday, I seemed to throw money away as I forgot to zip my little tiny cute gear bag and discovered it flopped open with my phone secured and my keys still intact. Unfortunately, some lucky person must have found the $20 bill because it was nowhere today.
Here's to ending AIDS and remembering all of those that I wish were still here.
by Rachel Lipkin on Wed, Jun 08, 2016 @ 9:21 PM
Hava Nashira 2016
For those of you who are not for familiar with HAVA NASHIRA, it is a Jewish song leading and service leading musical spiritual camp. I just spent five days there in Onomowoc, Wisconsin praying, singing, playing guitar, dancing, and reflecting upon the beauty of Torah and Jewish values. While I didn't have the opportunity to train, I did live and breathe the vision of a better world. And now have more gorgeous melodies to sing while I ride. I took a day to ride some more today before heading back to work tomorrow. B'Shalom, Rachel P.S. I rode 30 miles today--on my bike.
by Rachel Lipkin on Mon, Jun 06, 2016 @ 5:06 PM
Another day, another ride...
One would think that after riding over 64 miles total this weekend, I would just kick back and save my tush. But, my bike was calling again. Just a little ride today--Minnehaha Parkway and Nokomis--10 miles. Gorgeous day. I am practicing standing up and sitting down while riding since my old bike never let me stand when I peddle. I will see where tomorrow takes me. My tush is fine, if you must know. Please donate today.
by Rachel Lipkin on Mon, May 30, 2016 @ 8:07 PM
Stillwater runs deep...
Today was another fantastic ride!!! After working in Stillwater for over 9 years, I rode there and back from Irvine Park in downtown St. Paul--over 44 miles! Coupled with yesterday's ride, I put in over 64 miles on Saturday and Sunday. Definitely on the road to get ready for the ride. It was cloudy and sometimes threatening--but the sun peaked out and it was smooth sailing--or spinning in this case. Like so many things in life, having the support of a team makes all the difference. And donating to the Red Ribbon Ride will make a difference to a lot of people who need continued support. Thanks to friends who have already contributed--and I hope more of you can jump on the band wagon. I am grateful for any contribution--it all helps me get to my $3000 goal. Thanks, Rachel
by Rachel Lipkin on Sun, May 29, 2016 @ 3:17 PM
- See more at: http://www.redribbonride.org/site/TR?type=fr_personal&fr_id=1170&px=1277844&post_id=10933&bpg=rlist&pg=personal#comments
by Rachel Lipkin on Mon, May 30, 2016 @ 7:58 PM
This morning there was rain in the forecast--but I wanted to get in a ride
It seems like forever that I have wanted to ride in the Red Ribbon Ride...but instead of hitting the road, I was riding the fence. Oh, could I ever go 300 miles? What if I sweat, get more in shape, and soak up the wind and the sun? What if there are a lot of hills? And what if I continue to feel moved as I think about the opening and closing ceremonies of the rides that I have attended and the gratitude that I have felt for my friends that have committed themselves to riding every year to raise needed money for the many organizations that benefit from the ride. And for me to remember all the people that are no longer here--whose memories are for a blessing. And those who are living with HIV/AIDS and for those at risk of infection. We ride for love, for life, for joy, and for peace--Please support me and Team Shalom on the 2016 Red Ribbon Ride.
I am off the fence and hitting the road!
P.S. I DID hit the road this morning and rode the chain of lakes, the greenway, the Mississippi, the falls, the creek--a quick 20 miles!!
by Rachel Lipkin on Sat, May 28, 2016 @ 3:20 PM
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