Hope everyone had a nice long weekend! Mine was action-packed, thanks to a quick trip to Seattle to watch my dear friend Collin tie the knot. And I’m not lying when I say it was quick: I got in late Friday night, and headed to the airport not long after breakfast on Sunday.
Saturday, though, was a great day. It started bright and early, helping Collin and his fiance Blayne set up their venue. Collin’s father, brother-in-law Jason, and I worked together to hang a bunch of lights and a backdrop (Jason did most of the heavy lifting on the ladder), and by the time I left a few hours later, things were really coming together.
The venue was Washington Hall, a community center that was built over 100 years ago. It’s a great space with a long history, including concerts by legends Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and Jimi Hendrix.
From there, it was off to climb stairs! My friends PJ and Beverly live in the area, so I headed over to PJ’s place to meet them for a little workout and lunch. In addition to being a top-ranked stair climber (#8 in the US), PJ has built a nice little fitness-based empire. He’s a personal trainer, owns a couple gyms, written a book, made a workout DVD… and on top of it all, he’s a super nice guy and a great advocate and spokesman for the sport of stair climbing. Beverly, meanwhile, is an accomplished stair racer as well (#34 in the US), incredibly smart, talented in the kitchen, and a lot of fun to hang out with. They make a great couple.
PJ lives on the 26th floor of a high-rise building. Normally, I’d share as many stats and photos as I could (and there’s plenty to say about this building), but since this is PJ’s home, I’m gonna show some restraint. The view from his balcony is ridiculous, though.
26 floors is pretty high up! I’d love to live in a high-rise someday.
PJ and Beverly train in the stairwell multiple times a week, because hello! It’s right down the hall. So we did what they normally do, which means starting at the lowest underground parking garage level, and climbing to the 26th floor. When you include those underground floors, it works about to be around a 30-story climb. We did it twice, and I tried my best to sprint both times. The first climb I did in 5:04, and the second time, I finished in 5:00:01 – that’s right, just 1/100th of a second slower than five minutes flat.
A post-climb portrait of all three of us:
After climbing, PJ and Beverly made a delicious, ultra-healthy lunch – lettuce-wrapped beef tacos. PJ and Beverly know more about nutrition than anyone I know. Next time I hang out with them, I should bring some paper to take notes!
Dessert was some of PJ’s fitness chocolate. He developed a recipe that’s sugar-free and actually burns fat, and it’s good! Check out the recipe here.
I had to say good-bye to PJ and Beverly so I could get back to the hotel to shower and change… there was a wedding to go to! Everything about the wedding was fantastic. I’m so happy for Collin and Blayne, and the event was a wonderful celebration of their love and commitment. Plus, I got to catch up with some friends that I haven’t seen since college, and that was a blast. The food was good, the alcohol was plentiful (I drank for the first time since Christmas), and I danced for a couple hours. Here I am with the grooms at the end of the evening:
Luckily, I didn’t feel hung over the next morning, but my stomach was a little queasy. I met my friends Sarah and Mary for breakfast, and I played it safe with a bowl of fruit and some dry toast.
And that’s basically all the adventures I had time for! Soon after breakfast I was making my way to the airport. It seemed like I had just left that airport, and I was already going back! But in the time that elapsed, I got in some good exercise, saw some old friends, took care of myself, and had a lot of fun doing it.
Keep it up, David!