Fun With Maps: Exercise All Over the Place!

August 20, 2014

Thanks to my stair race training and the new classes I’ve been trying, I’ve been working out all over town. Since I’m a big nerd when it comes to geography and data, I decided to map it. Here’s all the places I’ve worked out during the month of August (so far):

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Here’s what the numbers correspond to: Read the rest of this entry »


My First Visit to the Santa Monica Stairs

August 19, 2014

Two friends from college came to town over the weekend. I’ve known Katie and Julie for about 15 years now. I see Katie once a year or so, but it’s been about 5 or 6 years since I’ve seen Julie, so it was really fun to reconnect. I picked them up from the airport, and since Julie had never felt the Pacific Ocean lapping at her feet, we went straight to the beach.

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Since I have the longest arms, I Read the rest of this entry »


Adventures with ClassPass, Part III

August 15, 2014

I’ve been working out all over town thanks to ClassPass, which gives me access to fitness facilities all over the place without needing a membership to any of them. You can learn more about ClassPass in this post (or at their website). Wanna see what I’ve been up to? Read the rest of this entry »


My FIFTH Downtown Skyscraper!

August 11, 2014

I’ve now climbed the stairs in FIVE different skyscrapers in downtown Los Angeles! I added the fifth to the list just the other day, when I attended a training session at the Wells Fargo Center, which reaches 55 stories above the ground.

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I was Read the rest of this entry »


A Crummy Day on the Stairs

July 26, 2014

My first training session for my next stair climb race was a complete success…

And my second training session completely sucked.

I had done five 20-story climbs during my first training session (read about it here), so my goal Read the rest of this entry »


Exercise Odds and Ends

May 21, 2014

My two most recent posts were about my short trip to Vegas last week… but what’s been going on lately? I’ll tell you – a whole lot of Read the rest of this entry »


Climbing Stairs at the Hollywood Bowl

May 13, 2014

CHECK IT OUT – I’m on the stage of the Hollywood Bowl!

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Okay, okay, I’m actually standing on the barrier that separates the audience from the orchestra pit, but that’s practically the stage. And even though I’m a sublime tenor (that’s a lie) and a virtuoso tuba player (another lie), I wasn’t at the Bowl to showcase my musical abilities. I was there… FOR A WORKOUT! Read the rest of this entry »


This Next Race Is Going To Be A Killer…

May 5, 2014

…and I’m only exaggerating slightly. I’ve signed up for a stair climb race that sounds so difficult and grueling that I can barely think about it before I start wincing from the inevitable pain and exhaustion. Wanna hear about it? Read the rest of this entry »


Climbing Stairs at High Tower Court

April 30, 2014

It’s the last day in April, which means two things: 1) Almost time for a weigh-in (look for that in an upcoming post), and 2) my next stair climb race is now 1 month away. I haven’t yet mentioned this race on the blog, mainly because it’s so intimidating that I prefer to just not think about it. I will mention it soon, though, I promise!

Ever since my Aon Center race 3.5 weeks ago (recap and video here), I haven’t been on a StairMaster or trained on actual stairs, and it’s been great. I haven’t slacked on working out, I’ve just been doing other things. After doing three big races (Aon Center, San Diego, and Las Vegas) in a little over a month, I was due for a little stair hiatus. But with my next race on the horizon, exactly one month away, I decided to kick off my training by going somewhere new. And the place I found has an awesome view!

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I was in the Hollywood Hills, baby! 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?

Read the rest of this entry »


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