It’s over. I did it.
After months of training and a two-week postponement due to injury, I finally conquered my latest fitness challenge: to climb on a StairMaster the equivalent of the world’s tallest building, without stopping.
It was difficult. It was tiring. Afterward, I was a sweat-soaked mess on the verge of collapse.
But I did it. And I’m ridiculously proud. Proud of completing the challenge, most definitely, but also proud of the money that was raised for a great cause: $1,643, from well over 40 generous donors, benefitting the Whaley Children’s Center in Flint, Michigan.
UPDATE: Add in the $772.38 that I raised for the American Lung Association during their Fight For Air Climb 2012 (see the awesome pics here), and that’s $2,415.38 going to two wonderful causes. Thanks, everyone!
The stair climb was extensively documented by my two friends and official witnesses, Maggie Peters and Heidi Powers. Maggie took a ton of photographs, and Heidi shot footage that I edited into a short little video. I know y’all like visuals (my haircut photo-essay last month got a great reaction), and since the video and the photos turned out so wonderfully, I’m gonna let them tell the story of my fitness challenge. ENJOY!
If you can’t see the video embedded above, click here to watch on YouTube. It’s a little over three minutes long, shot by Heidi, and edited by me.
All photos by Maggie Peters.
OFFICIAL STATS: I climbed 165 stories (the 163 I committed to, plus two as a cool-down). Time: 44 minutes, 13 seconds. Calories burned: 599.
There you have it. While I’ll happily take a well-earned break from the StairMaster, I’m not done with the fitness challenges. I’ll announce my next challenge tomorrow… and it’s taking place in just a few short weeks! Yikes!
KEEP IT UP, DAVID!