Help Me Make My Difference
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 (including the MN AIDS Project, where I have worked for the past 4 1/2 years); 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.
I am bringing back the Thank You Cookie Bake this year! (To those of you who are in the area and can eat non vegan, non gf) In addition, I am committed to a more intensive campaign to involve all of you in my progrss. Over the next few months I plan to send email updates about my rides, fundraising updates, and other events and fun things related to the ride and the MN AIDS Project. Please keep an eye out for those.
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
Bikes and stuff!
Hey all, this is not really training related for the RRR, but bike related so what the hey. Spent the evening with wonderful people at the Blaine Velodrome last night. It's always a fun experience to see so many experienced and new riders on the track. The atmosphere is super fun and relaxed and I would highly recommend it for anyone who wants to see some awesome bikers up close!
I am a month away from the RRR and still taking donations! I have gotten a lot of really amazing support so far and still have a little ways to go.
by Matthew Johnson on Fri, Jun 24, 2016 @ 9:10 AM
Training Training Training
Well, the ride is only 45 days away! I have not been training as much as I would like, but was able to get in a truly epic ride last week. My wife, Jen, and took a road trip out west and spent a few days in Glacier National Park. As a spur of the moment decision, Jen convinced me (didn't take a whole lot of convincing) to rent a bike and ride the Going to the Sun Road. It was a truly memorable and amazing experience. It was not the longest ride of the year at 20 or 25 miles, but it was virtually all climbing. The road was closed at Bird Woman Falls, but was able to go through the West Tunnel (a tunnel bored straight through the rock in the 1920's) and up past the loop (a truly spectacular view) and up another couple of miles climb. The views were breathtaking and could not have asked for a better place to bike.
So now that I am back, it is time to get back in the swing of things and start my training rides in earnest... maybe tomorrow I guess...
by Matthew Johnson on Tue, Jun 07, 2016 @ 3:10 PM
MAP In the News!
Hello all, just wanted to reach out to say HAPPY SPRING! For those of you who don't know, I am fundraising for the 2016 Red Ribbon Ride. Through this I have decided to start sending out some (semi) regular updates about the ride, my training for the ride and updates about the agency I work for, MAP, which also happens to be a benefiting agency of the RRR that does really great work in the community and is MOVING next week!
Here are a couple links to articles about two amazing aspects of the work that MAP does.
The first is related to the complicated insurance benefits needs of the individuals we serve and the work by our benefits department to help individuals navigate the system....
The second is about the syringe exchange programs incredible work to prevent overdoses in the community!
Please consider donating to my effort to support MAP and 7 other AIDS service organizations in Minnesota
Thank you and have a nice day!
by Matthew Johnson on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 @ 12:35 PM
First Spring training ride!
I was able to get out for a ride on Saturday to enjoy the beautiful weather. It was my first Spring time ride that I was able to ride comfortably without a ton of layers, dealing with snow and ice, and could truly enjoy the ride, it was wonderful! I rode about 30 miles through St. Paul hitting a number of the usual big hills - the High Bridge, Ohio St, Ramsey Hill, and a number of other thigh burners. Felt great to get back in the saddle and start the season off right.
Hope folks were able to get out and enjoy the weather on Saturday as well!
by Matthew Johnson on Mon, Mar 14, 2016 @ 12:01 PM
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