A Cheesy, Sappy (and True!) Open Letter to My Stair-Climbing Friends

April 16, 2014

Dear Friends (you know who you are),

Me and Mark.

Me and Mark.

Sometimes when I stand at the bottom of a skyscraper’s stairwell, I can’t help but wonder: What the hell have I gotten myself into? As you all know, racing up dozens of flights of stairs is no easy feat. It’s difficult. Grueling. Exhausting. Punishing. Yet somehow I’ve slowly become a guy that analyzes past performances and plans for future races. A guy that’s dedicated to training and preparation. In broader terms, I’ve embraced an excitement and enthusiasm for a sport that I’ve never had before… and lately, the question on my mind has been: WHY? Read the rest of this entry »


Race Recap (and VIDEO!): Is the Third Time a Charm in the Aon Center?

April 8, 2014

Another weekend, another stair climb race! For the third time in six weekends, I’ve opted to race up an ungodly number of stairs for fun.

David-pointing-Aon-Center-Los-AngelesWhether or not these races are actually “fun” is debatable. (It’s a debate that still rages in my own head!)  What’s not debatable is that they’re intensely difficult, extraordinarily challenging, and immensely rewarding. In other words, totally worth it!

Saturday’s race was at the Aon Center in LA – the 63-story building that I’m pointing at in the photo. This was my third time competing at the Aon Center – in a race that benefits the American Lung Association – and I was determined to set a personal best time.

Plus, this recap has something that none of my recaps have ever had: a VIDEO! I filmed my entire climb and made a 4-minute video that takes you along for the ride. So go make some popcorn (hold the butter) and settle in. Are you ready?

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Race Recap: San Diego Fight For Air Climb 2014

April 1, 2014

Sunday morning was a little dreary in San Diego – it even rained a little while I was driving in – but the sun started peeking through the clouds as I approached the 500-foot One America Plaza building.

David-One-America-Plaza-Selfie

With 34 floors, One America Plaza is Read the rest of this entry »


My Week in Review… PLUS, Fun With Maps!

March 24, 2014

It’s the start of a new week! I’m feeling pretty good, although last week was kinda… well, I was going to say ‘difficult,’ but that’s not quite the right word, so let’s go with ‘challenging.’ It started off rough. I was continually feeling Read the rest of this entry »


At Universal Studios… For a Workout?!?

March 13, 2014

What a difference 45 minutes makes. That’s all I needed to go from looking like this…

David-Globe-Universal-Studios-Hollywood

…to becoming a sweaty, exhausted mess:

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March Weigh-In AND My Next Two Races

March 10, 2014

Yikes! I’m over a week late with my March weigh-in results! I didn’t actually weigh myself until the 4th, after getting back from Las Vegas, and I delayed this post to get all three of my Vegas posts written and published (read them here, here and here).

Let’s not delay things any longer!

weight-loss-chart-march-close-up

I stayed even. I’ll take it. Maintaining is a win! My weight Read the rest of this entry »


On Top Of Las Vegas! (Scale the Strat 2014 Race Recap)

March 4, 2014

Stair climb races are brutal. Just brutal. I competed in my 6th stair race over the weekend, and when I got to the top of the 1,455 steps in the Stratosphere in Las Vegas, I pretty much collapsed in a heap. This is about a minute after crossing the finish line, and my heart is still pounding:

David-after-Stratosphere-climb

Now that you know I finished (and am still alive), I’ll go back a little bit. If you’ve never been to Las Vegas, the Stratosphere is a hotel and casino at the north end of the Strip that features the tallest observation tower in the United States. It’s a impressive, imposing structure that you can see from all over town.

Stratosphere-Las-Vegas-Cactus

Naturally, it only gets taller as you get closer. Check it out from Read the rest of this entry »


Pop Quiz!

February 27, 2014

POP QUIZ: Why did I buy these gloves?

grip-glove

  • A) To take hot items out of the oven
  • B) To prevent leaving fingerprints during my next murderous rampage
  • C) Because they’re all the rage in Milan
  • D) None of the above

The correct answer is… Read the rest of this entry »


Setting StairMaster Records AND My Goal For Vegas

February 25, 2014

Scale the Strat is less than a week away! I’ve been training like crazy, and it’s paying off. I’ve never been more prepared for a stair climb race than I am for this one, and I’m glad that’s the case, because I have generous donors and my first-ever corporate sponsor – StairMaster! – and I don’t want anyone to think I’m slacking. Speaking of StairMaster, I’ve set some personal records at the gym, and I’m proud and excited about that!

Feet-on-stairmaster

As I explained in my last StairMaster training post, I’ve been Read the rest of this entry »


How To Get Started Using a StairMaster

February 21, 2014

Today’s post tackles a question from a reader! A friend of mine named Judy (not her real name, but I just watched “Judge Judy”) asked me this:

“Stairs are my biggest fear and nemesis and I am determined to conquer them this year. Do you have any tips on how to start stair climbing and maybe what worked for you when you started out? I am doing stairs at work when I can, but my max is 2 floors. I am back to the gym next week and thought I would try StairMaster too, even if it is only 30 seconds at first, just to get started.”

Great question, Judy, and before I answer let me Read the rest of this entry »


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