“He’s Going For It!” (2018 Tower 2 Tower Race Recap)

June 3, 2018

How’s this for a triumphant post-race photo?

Me, on the roof of the tallest building in Ventura County, with nothing but blue sky in every direction. The truth is, though, that I wasn’t feeling triumphant at all. I had just competed in an extremely difficult race, and instead of feeling like I had conquered the stairwell, I felt like the stairs had conquered me. Read the rest of this entry »

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Stairs + Obstacle Course = A Unique and Rewarding Race Experience! (Tower 2 Tower Race Recap)

June 5, 2017

I had a nice six-week hiatus from racing, but on Saturday I pinned a bib to my chest and a timing chip to my shoe, and participated in Tower 2 Tower, a fun and different stair race in Oxnard, California. This race is special because it’s the only race I’ve done that involves stairwells in two separate buildings. The race begins with a climb up the 14-story City National Bank Building…

…and ends with a Read the rest of this entry »


Stairs AND an Obstacle Course! (Tower 2 Tower Race Recap)

June 7, 2016

I competed in my 8th stair race of 2016 on Saturday (and my 35th overall!), and it was a unique experience for me. There were TWO buildings! The race was called Tower 2 Tower, and the start line was at the base of the City National Bank building in Oxnard, California.

Looking-up-city-national-bank-building-oxnard

First we raced up 14 stories in this building. Then we ran to a different stairwell, and ran down. Then, we ran about a quarter of a mile across a parking lot, through an obstacle course. Once we got through the obstacles, it was Read the rest of this entry »


I’m a WARRIOR! (Warrior Dash 5K Race Recap)

March 25, 2015

I got a little dirty this past weekend.

After-Warrior-Dash

That, my friends, is MUD, and it was a whole lotta fun getting that muddy. It happened at the Warrior Dash, a 5k race that combines running with a mud-filled obstacle course.

I’ve been hearing about races like these Read the rest of this entry »


American Ninja Warrior

March 19, 2014

Have you seen American Ninja Warrior? It’s one of my favorite shows. It airs on NBC during the summer, as well as the new Esquire network (it used to air on the G4 network). The show features athletes from around the country competing to make it through a series of extremely tough obstacle courses, each one harder than the last. Whoever makes it through all of the courses with the best time wins $500,000 and the title of “American Ninja Warrior.” The courses are so difficult that, in the five seasons the show has been on, no one has ever won. But damn, it’s fun to watch them try!

This past weekend, the preliminaries were held in Venice Beach, and my buddy Tommy had made it on the show and was going to compete. Since I’m a huge fan, I met up with some friends to cheer Tommy on from the audience (and maybe be on TV!).

It was Read the rest of this entry »