The US Bank Tower race is on Friday. I’ve been looking forward to it for months. Unfortunately, my foot still isn’t 100% better (and that’s still frustrating as hell). Call me crazy, but I’m not bailing. I may not be able to race up like a speed demon, like I’ve done in previous years, but I will still make it to the top!
And I proved that I could on Tuesday night, when I attended the final official training session before the race. Here’s what happened:
My foot has been hovering at around 90-95% healed for about 5 days. There’s barely pain or discomfort, but not a lot of confidence, either, that I’m out of the woods. I’ve stayed off it as much as possible, continue to ice it, and am playing it safe. That’s absolutely ruined my training for the race, but I’ve accepted that this year won’t be about the time. I committed to getting to the top, and I will get to the top, no matter how long it takes me.
I’d be more willing to risk it by pushing myself during the race, except for that the race is just the first part of the big weekend. Later that night, after the race, I’ll be getting on a plane and flying across the country for a family wedding. I don’t want to bust up my foot again and be forced to hobble around New York, and not be able to dance at the wedding and stuff.
So I’ll take the race slow, make sure I’m properly stretched and warmed-up, and be smart about it. And that’s why I went and did a trial run on Tuesday.
This race has offered training sessions for the past two months, in another skyscraper a few blocks away. The stairwell is 51 stories, and during all the rest of the sessions, I’ve climbed it four times in the time allotted.
This time, though, my goal was two climbs, nice and slow. It’s tempting to push myself to go faster, but I know the pain doesn’t usually show up immediately, it makes itself known the morning after. So the plan was to climb twice, go home, and see how I felt the next day. And I took “going slow” very seriously. Lots of breaks, like this selfie break on the 36th floor:
I did as planned, went home, iced my foot that night as a precaution, and, the next day, my foot felt… fine. No better, but more importantly, no worse. And I climbed 102 stories, which is more than the 75 I’ll be climbing on Friday. So I feel good that I can do a 75-story climb on Friday without any adverse effects on my foot. Provided I go slow. Which I will.
I’m not looking forward to showing up a race and not being able to give it my all, but I’ll deal with that. In the meantime, I’m proud of this fact:
I went to SEVEN stair training sessions, and climbed the 51-story stairwell a total of 26 times over the past 2 months. That’s 1,326 stories, and 30,706 steps!
Keep it up, David!
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