Friend of Nuun Traci Dinwiddie will be riding the AIDS/LifeCycle ride in California starting June 1st. Her and her team, Team Goodisness, have been busy training and raising money to help provide medical services to those living with HIV/Aids. We sat down with Traci to learn more about her involvement with the ride and her training.
Nuun: Who is team Goodisness? And how did you come up with the name?
Traci: Team Goodisness is a global tribe of adventurous, loving people who will ride together to help provide medical services to those living with HIV/Aids. We are 78 members, mostly women & two daring fellas who join in our passion for ending this pandemic. I came up with the term “Goodisness” many, many years ago. It’s just another fun way to describe “being present with the goodness in myself & others.” It seemed to fit what this team is all about.
What is the team’s fundraising goal?
Our team goal is a whopping $300,000!
Is this the first time you’ve formed a team for the AIDS/LifeCycle Ride? How did you find the event?
This is the first time I have actively formed a team. Last year was my first time riding, so my focus was mainly on learning how to ride a bicycle! I had heard of AIDS/LifeCycle for many years. A lot of my friends were involved and sang its praises.
How many miles is the ride? And how long will it take you?
The ride begins in San Francisco and ends in Los Angeles with a total of 545 miles. It will take us 7 long, beautiful days!
How has training been going? Are you working with a coach?
Training has been a mix of brutal head-winded century rides to gorgeous, sunny coastal coasts. We don’t have an official coach, but we have Training Ride Leaders, which is a group of people (like myself) who give extra attention to the newbies & ensure that safe riding habits are implemented by all AIDS/LifeCycle cyclists. We also remind them to drink before they’re thirsty and eat before they’re hungry.
Where is your favorite place to ride?
I am quite smitten with the Pacific Coast Highway. I love the beachy vibe and constant rollers. It lights me up!
How do you stay fueled and hydrated for your long rides? What are your favorite products to use?
I’m a Nuun Hydration kinda gal. My fave flavor is grape.
Were you a cyclist prior to deciding to do this ride? How did you get into cycling?
I was not a cyclist before taking on AIDS/LifeCycle. Last season was my first time riding. The awesome guys at Cynergy Cycles in Santa Monica, taught me how to clip in & out of my pedals. I trained every weekend with our free ALC training rides and added some shorter spins during my weekdays.
Any other comments about this cause or the ride?
We join together in an effort to bring awareness to this disease and stop the stigma. We can end this pandemic. Start a conversation. Get tested. Ask for help. Be well and loved. You can support my personal ride by donating to www.tracidinwiddie.com/alc
Or, pick a mate & donate! Team Goodisness page.