The easiest way to say it is to just say it:
The postponement is because of my foot injury. It’s gotten better over the past two days, but not enough to feel comfortable working out on it, let alone use it to climb 163 stories on a StairMaster. I’m still trying to keep it elevated and iced, and I’m limiting my walking and not putting any undue stress on it.
Here’s the thing: I want to do this stair climb when I’m at the top of my game. Climbing 163 stories without stopping won’t be easy, and I want to be able to keep my focus on the task in front of me, and not worry about whether my foot will hold up through the whole thing. I want to be strong and prepared, and not nervous about aggravating an injury that may have just healed.
I won’t be any of those things by Saturday.
So I’m giving myself two additional weeks to heal, train, and prepare. My 163-story stair climb challenge is now scheduled for Saturday, May 5, 2012. It’ll be the best Cinco de Mayo EVER!
I feel a little crappy about postponing, even though I know it’s the right thing to do. So I want to take a moment to reassure everyone – especially the 39 donors (!) that have contributed over $1,450 bucks (!!) to the Whaley Children’s Center in Flint, Michigan – that this postponement will definitely just a postponement. I have no intention of canceling. I will climb 163 stories on the StairMaster. I’ve worked too hard to just give up. This challenge means an awful lot to me, and while I don’t want to let my donors down, the person I most don’t want to let down is myself.
Even though I’m trying as much as possible to stay off my foot, I’m still hitting the gym. Last night I hit up the gym for the second night in a row of doing seated upper-body weight lifting exercises. Lots of chest and shoulder presses, rows and lateral pull-downs, and my new favorite machine at the gym, the Marpo VMX Rope Trainer, where you continually pull on a looped rope, working most of your upper body all at one time. Last night I pulled that rope for 17 minutes, burning 200 calories – and all without ever putting my weight on my foot.
Keep it up, David!