Can I Push It A Little More? (2019 Scale the Strat Race Recap)

February 26, 2019

Hello again, Stratosphere!

I’m back from my Las Vegas trip, where I competed, for the fourth time, in the American Lung Association’s Scale the Strat – a race up 1,391 steps in the tallest freestanding observation tower in the USA.

I didn’t like this race after I did it for the first time in 2014, mostly because Read the rest of this entry »

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I’ll Be Competing in a SIX-HOUR Stair Race Next Month! Here’s How You Can Help!

February 10, 2019

Hello again! I’ve been busy and haven’t updated this blog in nearly two weeks. Wow. Nothing to worry about – I’m taking good care of myself. But there is a lot of change coming, and I’m very excited. I’ll share everything in due time, but for now, I’ve registered for a few races I wanted to tell you about, including the longest, hardest, most challenging test of endurance I’ve ever signed up for: A SIX-HOUR STAIR RACE!

I get goosebumps just thinking about it: Read the rest of this entry »


Vegas Baby, Vegas! (2018 Scale the Strat Race Recap)

February 27, 2018

Wanna see a picture of a man pushing himself to his absolute physical limit?

I was about four steps from the finish line of Scale the Strat when this photo was taken. And those four steps hurt. Every part of my body hurt. What you’re looking at is Read the rest of this entry »


I’m in a Magazine! AND a Video! AND Ouch! My Knee!

March 31, 2016

Have you gotten your new issue of Los Angeles Sports and Fitness Magazine yet? The cover story is on stair racing… and guess who’s featured in the article?

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That’s right… ME! The article was written by 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 »


I Love the Omelet House in Las Vegas!

March 7, 2014
Plus, exciting news at the end of this post!

Despite the great food at the Bellagio and Wynn that I blogged about yesterday, my favorite meal during my Las Vegas trip was at a diner a couple miles from the Strip. We wanted a quick meal before the drive back to LA, and this place showed up as a nearby option. We didn’t know a lick about it before pulling up, and it was a fantastic surprise.

It’s called the Omelet House, and there’s not much to look at on the outside:

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Inside, though, was a whole different story. It was full of Read the rest of this entry »


On Top Of Las Vegas! (Scale the Strat 2014 Race Recap)

March 4, 2014

Stair climb races are brutal. Just brutal. I competed in my 6th stair race over the weekend, and when I got to the top of the 1,455 steps in the Stratosphere in Las Vegas, I pretty much collapsed in a heap. This is about a minute after crossing the finish line, and my heart is still pounding:

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Now that you know I finished (and am still alive), I’ll go back a little bit. If you’ve never been to Las Vegas, the Stratosphere is a hotel and casino at the north end of the Strip that features the tallest observation tower in the United States. It’s a impressive, imposing structure that you can see from all over town.

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Naturally, it only gets taller as you get closer. Check it out from Read the rest of this entry »