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17May/09Off

Epic Bicycle Trek

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

I embellish… It wasn’t an epic in the true sense of the word. But, for Pete and me, yesterday’s ride was a small epic.

We decided to ride the Poolesville, Maryland loop based on a local rider’s [...]

11May/09Off

My Latest CD4 and HIV-1 RNA levels

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

I get routinely tested for CD4 and RNA levels. My latest test revealed a CD4 helper level of 614. This is a very high number and puts me in the arena with "normal" healthy adults. In the past, my levels hung between 200 and 300. I've even dipped well beneath 200 back in the old days... I attribute my fantastic results to my healthy living, strict medicine intake and mental attitude. I'm sure that a combination of these things has made me a stronger and healthier person.

Along with my great CD4 level, my HIV-1 RNA level (viral load) remains undetectable and is below 48, which is the cutoff for detectable levels.

W00t!

3May/09Off

Bad Weather Didn’t Hinder

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

Pete and I rode 40 miles roundtrip today. It was horrendous weather... The rain was coming down pretty hard and the canal towpath was a solid trail of puddles, washouts and mud. 3/4 of the way through my trek and I started getting a chill that burned to the bone. My teeth chattered. [...]

3May/09Off

Starting Out and Getting In Shape

Posted by Vaughn Ripley

We will be riding the C&O Canal from Washington D.C. to Cumberland, MD in the Fall of 2009. We'll be doing this over the course of three days on our bicycles.

I've started my training and I realized that [...]