Starting Sunday, June 3rd, Cave CrossFit athlete, Muchin Kuo, will start her 3rd journey of ALC – AIDS/LifeCycle. The event is a 7-day, 545 mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles that raises money and awareness for the HIV and AIDS services of the LA Gay & Lesbian Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Read about her incredible journey below:
“Initially, I signed up for the ride for a physical challenge; however, I have met so many extraordinary people along the way that I decided to do it year after year, even after a hit and run last year on day 2 of the ride that left me with road rashes and some cracked ribs! I believe in this cause. The centers have saved countless lives by providing free HIV treatments to numerous people and have given hope to many others. I ride for the HIV positive friends I have met on the road who can endure more pain then many healthy people I know. I ride so I can talk to people about HIV & AIDS and erase the stigma. Most importantly, I ride so that one day I won’t have to.
After the ride last year, I spent most of 2011 struggling to heal. Then towards the end of the year, I struggled with my training both physically and mentally. In February, I joined Cave CrossFit with Nahara Pacheco, and it FIXED me. First, I was afraid to hurt myself again, but slowly, with tremendous amount of encouragement and support of the community, I was able to go out of my comfort zone. Movements that used to hurt me started to hurt less, and weights that used to scare me seemed not enough. I did a double century bike ride at the end of April where I was not only faster then before, but the pain I had to endure lessened. Finally! I’m back as an improved rider–Muchin 2.0!!!
I’m looking forward to this year’s journey to see old friends and friendly faces on the road, but mostly, I’m curious how I’ll perform on a 7 day ride with 4 months of amazing CrossFit training at the Cave.”