A Big Time Announcement: My Next Four Stair Races!

February 6, 2017

Stair race season is in full swing. I’ll probably compete in eight events between now and this summer. A few of those are up in the air at the moment, but I can definitely announce my first four races of 2017, and I’m pumped!

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I love competing in new venues. I only added one new building to my list during the winter and spring months last year (Republic Plaza in Denver). This year, though, I’m doing as many new races as I can. In fact, every single one of the four races below is a new-to-me building or a new-to-me city… or both!
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My Kinda Sorta Olympic Debut! (2016 Los Angeles CF Climb Race Recap)

December 19, 2016

I competed in my 16th and final race of 2016 on Saturday, and the setting was a truly spectacular venue.

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Yes, it’s a stadium. Yes, it’s a big one! (It holds 93,000.) And YES, it has hosted the Olympic Games TWICE. It’s the Read the rest of this entry »


My PR Streak Continues! (San Diego Fight For Air Climb Race Recap)

April 12, 2016

No point in burying the lead: I set a personal record at the Fight For Air Climb in San Diego! Here I am, seconds after the race ended. On the outside, it looks like I’m exhausted and hurting…and I am. But believe me: my insides were bubbling with joy, excitement, and pride.

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I’m especially happy with the results because I wasn’t sure if I could pull off a PR at this race, for a couple reasons. The first is that Read the rest of this entry »


Redemption in Las Vegas (2016 Scale the Strat Race Recap)

March 1, 2016

On Sunday, I competed in Scale the Strat, the annual race up the stairs of the Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas. Here I am, a few steps away from the finish line, 1,391 steps above the Las Vegas strip!

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I tend to get nervous before all my races, and I like that. It’s a reminder that these events are important to me. But I felt differently before Scale the Strat: the nervousness was at higher-than-usual levels… and was paired with an impending sense of dread. Read the rest of this entry »


The Second Half of an Brutal, Exhausting and Undeniably Awesome Weekend (Portland Fight For Air 2016 Race Recap)

January 27, 2016

I woke up in Portland on Sunday with a very peculiar combination of feelings. I was still riding high with pride, thanks to my record-breaking performance during the Seattle Fight For Air Climb just 24 hours earlier. I was was also sore, achy and stiff, also thanks to that Seattle race, because racing up 160 stories is, to put it mildly, difficult. Then, when I flung open the curtains in my hotel room and saw the race venue right across the street, I started feeling really, really nervous.

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The US Bancorp Tower (which the locals call ‘Big Pink’) is about the Read the rest of this entry »