My First VOLCANO Workout!

February 15, 2018

The title doesn’t refer to some hot, trendy new workout. It refers to an actual volcano – a real-life mountain forged from magma that oozed through the earth’s crust, violently altering the landscape of our planet.

I wasn’t in any danger, though. This particular volcano has been extinct for 300,000 years. But it’s a volcano nonetheless. And I worked out there. ON A VOLCANO! I was geeking out. I still am! Read the rest of this entry »


Eating and Playing in Portland: Salads, Drag Queens, and… SASQUATCH!

February 14, 2018

I spent five days in Portland, and have already shared many great experiences: being interviewed on the Bowflex Breakfast Club and on the local news, and, of course, Sunday’s 200-story stair race. But I did so much more! Get ready for photos… starting with salads.

I ate a lot of salads. I love them, and Read the rest of this entry »


Watch the KGW Local News Story About Me!

February 13, 2018

I’m famous in Portland! Check out the KGW local news piece about me that aired last week to promote the Fight For Air Climb:

It’s great! And I’m really surprised at how long it is. We filmed a lot of stuff, and I thought it would get edited down to maybe 45-60 seconds, but they used nearly everything – and the story is 3:30 long!

What some behind-the-scenes scoop?
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I’ve Been Called a “Celebrity Stair Climber” and No One Can Take That Title Away From Me! (2018 Portland Fight For Air Climb Race Recap)

February 11, 2018

Some Sunday mornings are meant for sleeping in and lazing about. Other Sunday mornings are meant for racing up 200 stories! Guess which experience I had yesterday?

That’s the US Bancorp Tower, in Portland, Oregon, and I climbed the 40-story stairwell inside five times. It was quite the morning, in ways both expected and unexpected. Read the rest of this entry »


Did You Miss My Bowflex Breakfast Club Interview? Watch It Here!

February 8, 2018

Wednesday was a pretty special day. I shared my story with lots of people, in a couple different settings. First up was a bright and early appearance on Bowflex Breakfast Club, a live show on Facebook hosted by fitness expert (and my buddy) Tom Holland.

Thanks to my sister Laura for the screengrab!

We talked for nearly an hour about weight loss and fitness, and while it’s all kind of a blur to me now, I got all sorts of great feedback afterward. Viewers were Read the rest of this entry »


Help Me Support the American Lung Association… And Support My Stair Racing at the Same Time!

January 31, 2018

My big Parisian adventure is about six weeks away, but the Eiffel Tower race isn’t the only one on my calendar. I’m criss-crossing the western United States before and after I go to France, and I need your help!

I’ve signed up for FOUR Fight For Air Climbs. All these events are hosted by Read the rest of this entry »


These Are the Last Photos I’m Gonna Share from Seattle and Portland, I Swear

January 28, 2016

I must’ve written reams about my three days in Seattle and Portland (case in point: this post and this post), and I’m almost done, I promise. Just one more post, because this was a successful weekend in addition to my stair racing endeavors. Why? Largely because of snacks.

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My trip fell during my final week of my month doing the 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 »


It’s My Anniversary… And I Know Exactly What You Can Get Me

January 15, 2016

Six years ago this month, I weighed 402 pounds.

Six years ago this month, Richard Simmons reached out to me, after meeting me in person only a couple hours before, and offered to help me lose weight.

Six years ago this month, and after 2 or 3 weeks of hemming and hawing, I took Richard up on his offer.

It’s been six long years that I’ve been working hard to get my health under control, and the end result still astounds me: I’ve lost 160 pounds and kept it off!

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Left: Me in 2007. Right: December 2015, at the Hike the Halo race.

I’m so proud of Read the rest of this entry »


I’m Already Really Flippin’ Excited For My Winter 2016 Stair Race Tour!

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?

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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 »