Hill Country Ride for AIDS

Laurence Becker, PhD - Austin, TX

Hill Country Ride for AIDS

I have been a tournament tennis player since I was 9 years old. I am now 77. In November 2009, I had "minimal invasive bilateral total hip replacement (both hips) at the same time. I was back on the tennis courts in two months working out and at three months I won my first competitive tennis doubles match in 3 1/2 years. (In 2013, I won the 75 Men's Doubles Championship at Westwood, a large sanctioned tournament, but I'm getting ahead of myself).  Five months after my surgery in April 2010, I rode in my first ever Hill Country Ride for AIDS. I only did the 10 mile because I'd never done that before. I finished in under one hour. In 2011, I did the 53 mile in six hours, and in 2012, I did the 70 mile course in a little over 7 hours. In 2013, and 2014, I again did the 70 mile each year.  In 2015, I plan to do the 100 mile course.  

I bike every where I can in town, to the store, the post office, to the bank, to the tennis courts and to meetings downtown. I love it because I don't have to worry about parking.  

Dr. Daniel A. Penick, UT tennis coach for over 50 years and my coach in 1954-1955, rode his bike to practice until he was over 83 so I have a few years to go. I'm looking forward to many more years of biking.

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