My Last Night in Los Angeles

March 22, 2019

It’s time! By the time you read this, it’s very likely that JJ and I will be on the road, on our first day of an epic road trip to our new home in Michigan. More on that in a bit. First, I want to talk about my final night in Los Angeles. I spent it doing something I love: climbing stairs.

Even though I won’t be in town to compete, I registered for the Read the rest of this entry »

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The Search For My Birthday Monte Cristo

March 19, 2019

I turned 40 years old on the 5th, and had a fun, laid-back birthday. I went with my friends Tavi and Jonathan to the Los Angeles Museum of Art, and, for my big 40th birthday dinner, we met our friend Steve at… a diner. Nothing fancy, just a diner. Read the rest of this entry »


More Pictures From My All-Too-Brief Visit to Salt Lake City

March 7, 2019

There was a professional photographer at the OutClimb Cancer Challenge that I competed in last weekend, so this post starts with his pictures!

The race involved exiting the lobby, onto the sidewalk, in order to re-enter the building to start each climb, and the photographer was perched Read the rest of this entry »


I Competed in the Longest, Hardest, and Most Exhausting Event of My Life: A SIX-HOUR Stair Race! (OutClimb Cancer Challenge Race Recap)

March 4, 2019

When my alarm went off at 4:45am Saturday morning, the first thing I did was take a few deep breaths. This was going to be a day like none other I’ve experienced. I was going to push myself harder than ever before, in a challenge that would redefine what I’m capable of, what I could endure, and what I can rise above.

And it was all going to happen in this building, glowing in the pre-dawn darkness, just across the plaza from my Salt Lake City hotel room.

While short compared to towers in other cities, the Read the rest of this entry »


My Pre-Race Secret Weapon: Bobo’s Oat Bars

February 28, 2019

In my last post, I updated you on the five 5K and 10K races I’ve run since the beginning of the year. All of those races began early in the morning, and all those mornings began with a Bobo’s Oat Bar.

I’ve loved oatmeal all my life. There have been times when I Read the rest of this entry »


I’ve Been Keeping A Secret. I’ve Begun An ENORMOUS Fitness Challenge, and It Will Take All Year to Complete It!

February 27, 2019

Time to let the cat out of the bag. I’ve embarked on a major exercise endeavor, and I can’t keep it a secret anymore!

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know I’ve done two races so far this year: the Dallas Vert Mile last month, and Scale the Strat, just a few days ago. But… that’s a lie. I haven’t done two races. I’ve done seven! And there’s many more in my future… more than I’ve ever done before!
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Can I Push It A Little More? (2019 Scale the Strat Race Recap)

February 26, 2019

Hello again, Stratosphere!

I’m back from my Las Vegas trip, where I competed, for the fourth time, in the American Lung Association’s Scale the Strat – a race up 1,391 steps in the tallest freestanding observation tower in the USA.

I didn’t like this race after I did it for the first time in 2014, mostly because Read the rest of this entry »