My Race on Saturday Was a BIG Success… But It Marks an Absolutely ENORMOUS Milestone! (2017 Los Angeles Fight For Air Race Recap)

April 11, 2017

The 10th annual Los Angeles Fight For Air Climb was on Saturday, and I was ready to go. I even had my personal mantra written on my arm.

The ‘PR’ stands for personal record, and the ‘ER’ stands for emergency room. And since I had no intention of going to the ER, my only choice was to accomplish the personal record. And how would I do that? By climbing the third-tallest building in Los Angeles faster than I’ve ever climbed it before.
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Today is National Take the Stairs Day! (And I’ve Been Celebrating All Week)

January 11, 2017

Dust off your sneakers, because today is National Take the Stairs Day! I’ve been going cuckoo bananas with the stairs lately. Over the weekend I climbed to this awesome perch…

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…FIVE TIMES! 48 stories x 5 climbs = 240 total stories. And yes, that’s as Read the rest of this entry »


The Most Painful Race of my Stair Climbing Career (Los Angeles Fight For Air Climb Race Recap)

April 19, 2016

This weekend’s Fight For Air Climb in Los Angeles, benefiting the American Lung Association, was the single toughest stair race I’ve ever done. For the first time in my 34-race career, I questioned whether or not I could finish. It was challenging, yes, but also excruciatingly painful and downright frightening.

The morning began wonderfully. I arrived at the event when plenty of time to prepare, warm-up, and stretch. Even though the 63-story Aon Center in downtown Los Angeles is a tall, monolithic structure, I feel quite comfortable racing there. And I should: this was my fifth consecutive year doing this race.

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The building and race has a special place in my memory, because Read the rest of this entry »


I’m Racing This Weekend Whether I’m Ready Or Not…

April 8, 2016

…And I’m as ready as I’m going to get!

It’s been a tough couple of weeks, ever since I stopped exercising to let my knee get better. But last night I attended the final stairwell training session in the Aon Center, and I feel pretty good. And exhausted.

Aon-Center-Los-Angeles

I was skeptical about what I’d be able to do in the stairwell without aggravating my knee, but Read the rest of this entry »


March Weigh-In Results and Workout Progress Report

March 4, 2016

It’s already March? This year is flying by. Time to update the ol’ weight loss chart!

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No loss, no gain. Maintenance is a win. I’ve had a great month – delivering stellar performances at two races (in Denver and Las Vegas) – and I’ll be damned if Read the rest of this entry »


Well, At Least This Shitty Week Was a Healthy One

January 22, 2016

My car has been in and out of the shop for the past week. I have my car now, but it’s been a super frustrating experience, and an expensive one, too, but this isn’t a blog about auto repair, is it? So instead of boring you with details about alternators and poor customer service, I’ll share the details about how I turned a shitstorm of a week into a healthy one. Read the rest of this entry »


Check Out My New Training/Torture Device!

January 6, 2016

I’ve been working out with an elevation training mask.

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And if I go black and white and putz with the filters and levels, I can really look like a badass. See? Read the rest of this entry »