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.
The building and race has a special place in my memory, because Read the rest of this entry »
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.
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 »
December 30, 2015
Here’s something I don’t do every day: Climb a ladder up a cell tower, rising from the top of a mountain!
Don’t worry, mom, I only climbed 15 feet or so. The tower wasn’t fenced off. I couldn’t resist!
The climb happened at the summit of Mt. Lukens, a place I’ve wanted to go for quite some time. The top of Mt. Lukens is 5,066 above sea level, and it’s technically (and barely) within the Read the rest of this entry »
December 17, 2015
It’s only been a few days since my final race of 2015, and I’m already looking ahead to 2016. I binged the other day and signed up for SEVEN races between January and April. One of them will be in a skyscraper I’ve never raced before. Anyone know what building this is?
I’ll share more details in a second, but first: this will likely be my last post until after Christmas. I leave tomorrow night to spend the holiday with my family, but I’ll be back, between Christmas and New Years, with lots to share. Wishing you all the greatest of holidays – and stay healthy! You can easily Read the rest of this entry »
November 16, 2015
There is nothing more exhilarating than standing on a skyscraper roof, looking for miles in every direction, after a stair climb race. I get the same chills every time, including this past Saturday, when I competed in the Los Angeles CF Climb for the third consecutive year.
It was an eventful, satisfying morning, and one that started on the wrong foot, when I arrived at the race and realized Read the rest of this entry »
November 5, 2015
I’m in the home stretch of my 2015 race calendar! I’ve competed in THIRTEEN RACES so far this year – ten stair races, plus three runs (see the full list here). I only have two more left! One is in this towering downtown Los Angeles skyscraper…
…and the other is in the home of the Read the rest of this entry »
November 2, 2015
I’ve got lots of photos, so I’ll try to keep my words brief. (Good luck to me – brevity isn’t my strong suit!) First, the biggest headline: I didn’t dress up for Halloween. I actually haven’t dressed up since 2011, when I went to a party as Jared Fogel (the Subway guy). Now, just thinking of him makes me shiver in repulsion and disgust, so… man oh man, do I know how to pick a costume!
The most seasonally festive thing I did this weekend was go to…
…a CORN MAZE! You all know how much I love mazes – I even sell my hand-drawn themed mazes on Etsy – so navigating my way through Read the rest of this entry »