I Survived My First Trail Race! (XTERRA Malibu Creek Race Recap)

May 24, 2016

There’s nothing quite like an alarm clock going off at 4:45am, huh? That’s when I had to wake up on Saturday so I could get to Malibu Creek State Park. I was competing in my first trail race, and I was nervous. Good thing the park was in the mountains,with plenty of pretty scenery to distract me.

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So there’s a wee bit of backstory here: My friend Jeff (a frequent figure on this blog, often featured in posts about Read the rest of this entry »


Oh Boy…Three Races in the Next Month!

May 19, 2016

Well, I’ve enjoyed some much needed time off from intensive exercise, and realized today that in one month’s time, I will have three more races under my belt! Good thing I started ramping up my workouts!

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That photo is from my first run in months, which I did the other night. It was in preparation for the first of the three races, a Read the rest of this entry »


Time to Start Ramping Up the Workouts

May 16, 2016

My plan, after my disastrous race in the Aon Center last month, was to take a breather from intensive exercise. I was due. That race was my seventh stair race in 2016 (so far). Tack on the four races I did in the fall of 2015, and I’ve had at least one major race every month for the past eight months. That’s a lot of racing… and a lot of training. I was feeling overtrained and exhausted, and the Aon Center race triggered some depression that hung around a little longer than I would have liked (although any depression is more than I would’ve liked, so that’s not saying much).

A few weeks ago, I looked at my calendar, and decided Read the rest of this entry »


May Weigh-In Results and Workout Progress Report

May 4, 2016

The new month began when I was in Arizona, so my monthly weigh-in had to be pushed from the 1st of the month to the 3rd. Here’s my Weight Loss Chart…

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…and my weigh-in results: Read the rest of this entry »


There Were Nazis In These Hills! (A Los Angeles Hike Adventure)

April 28, 2016

My friend Jeff and I took Maude for her first hike the other day, and it wore her out. It wore Jeff and me out, too! It was the most challenging hike I’ve done, and to a very memorable destination: We hiked to an old Nazi compound, right here in Los Angeles!

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Jeff and I have been talking for months about hiking to Murphy Ranch, in Rustic Canyon, above the Pacific Palisades. Murphy Ranch is where, in the ’30s, a couple of Nazi sympathizers built a compound, possibly under the influence of Read the rest of this entry »


A Very, Very, Very Long Walk Around Redondo Beach

April 26, 2016

First things first: I totally have to brag about a friend. CNN ran a great story on Friday about stair racing, and it stars my friend Lisa. The video is simply stunning. Beautifully shot, a wonderful message, totally inspiring. Read the article and watch the video here.

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That’s Lisa and I before the San Francisco Fight For Air Climb last month.

I’ve made so many incredible friends through stair climbing – supportive, motivating folks that I’ve learned from and grown with – and Lisa is one of them. It’s exciting to see her recognized in such a major way. Keep it up, Lisa!

Moving on… I met up with a couple friends over 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 »


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