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!

Broadview-Terrace-Selfie

I was in the Hollywood Hills, baby! Read the rest of this entry »

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Las Vegas Prize Package GIVEAWAY!

April 25, 2014

It’s been nearly two months since I went to Las Vegas and raced up the stairs of the Stratosphere tower. I received some awesome freebies while I was there, and I’m going to give them away! Keep reading to learn how to win my Las Vegas Prize Package GIVEAWAY!

David-Garcia-Stratosphere

Me and the Stratosphere.

The prize package is basically a free meal and a free show for two people in Las Vegas.  I’m giving away four coupons for free stuff. Read the rest of this entry »


Easter Veggie Ribbons with Ginger and Rosemary

April 22, 2014

On Easter, I headed out to my aunt and uncle’s place for lunch with them and my cousins. My aunt Annie had already said that she was making a ham and some sort of potato dish, so I offered to bring a veggie-based side dish, and she took me up on my offer. Here’s what I came up with: Easter Veggie Ribbons with Ginger and Rosemary!

What’s a veggie ribbon? It’s a vegetable sliced into ribbons by your vegetable peeler.

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Two Gym Visits… and 2,500 Legos In Between

April 21, 2014

On Friday evening, after work, I headed to the gym to complete my second-to-last workout of the week. I lifted weights, focusing on lower body, and did a ton of squats, walking lunges, leg presses, and more. I enjoy Friday nights at the gym, because it’s not very crowded at all, and it was a good workout. With that workout under my belt, I only had my upper body weightlifting workout left, and I love that feeling of being so close to reaching my weekly goal.

The rest of my Friday night involved embracing my inner nerd (who am I kidding? I’m a nerd on the outside, too), by doing something that combined two loves from earlier in my life. Read the rest of this entry »


Big Dave

April 18, 2014
Flashback Friday! A photo from '97 or '98. I was a college freshman.

Flashback Friday! A photo from ’97 or ’98. I was a college freshman.

I’ve never had a nickname. Up until high school, I even objected to people calling me Dave instead of David, but that doesn’t bother me anymore. For a couple years, a roommate called me DG (my initials), which evolved into Deege. I remember a couple of her friends occasionally calling me Deege too, but that never really caught on outside our apartment. By the way, writing it out like that reminds me of DJ Tanner from “Full House,” who also went by Deege (which, and you can use this to impress your friends at a cocktail party, is a nickname for DJ, which, in turn, is a nickname for her birth name, Donna Jo). Read the rest of this entry »


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 »


My Wine Glass Dilemma

April 14, 2014

Check out my kitchen cabinet – one whole shelf is dedicated to wine glasses:

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I have 15 wine glasses. There’s only one problem: I don’t drink. Read the rest of this entry »