The First Half of an Brutal, Exhausting and Undeniably Awesome Weekend (Seattle Fight For Air 2016 Race Recap)

January 26, 2016

WHAT. A. WEEKEND. You wouldn’t guess it from the pain and misery on my face in this first photo, but this weekend delivered outrageous amounts of happiness. I wouldn’t be surprised if my blood was currently comprised of red and white blood cells, plasma, platelets, and PRIDE.

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STAIR TRAINING 101: Want To Compete In A Stair Race? Here’s What You Need To Know

November 24, 2015

Stair racing is extraordinarily difficult. These races, up the stairs in skyscrapers, are downright grueling. But they’re also ridiculously rewarding, and the feeling of overlooking an entire city, knowing that you climbed to your perch, is second-to-none.

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I’ve been asked (a couple times) to share how to train for a race. I’m happy to share what I know! I’m not the fastest guy at these events, but I’m experienced. I’ve done a couple dozen of them, in nearly a dozen cities across the country, all in the past three years, and I started as a complete newcomer. I’ve learned a lot! Here’s what you need to know – and how to prepare!
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A Skinned Knee, A Forgotten Phone, and a Damn Fast Climb (2015 Los Angeles CF Climb Race Recap)

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.

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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 »


I Raced Up a 75-Story Building. What Did YOU Do Over the Weekend? (2015 Stair Climb for Los Angeles Race Recap)

September 29, 2015

First off: this headline is not an arrogant, holier-than-thou brag. Yes, I raced. Yes, I’m proud. But not for the reasons you think, because it was actually a really crummy day. This headline is meant to inspire reflection on your own accomplishments, big and small, because they all matter. More on all this to come… Let’s just get right into my own crummy day, shall we?

This building was the setting (that’s me at the bottom!)

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Meet the 75-story US Bank Tower, which is the tallest building west of the Mississippi and the Read the rest of this entry »


Final Preparations for This Week’s 75-Story Race!

September 24, 2015

I have a big race in a few days – the YMCA Stair Climb for Los Angeles, in the 75-story US Bank Tower. I’m gunning for a personal best, which would be faster than 18:30. This week I’ve had to improvise with my final workouts – because, well, I’ve been busy!
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September Weigh-In and August Workout Progress Report and, What the Hell, How About A Mental Health Update, Too!

September 9, 2015

We’re already over a week into September, and I’m just now posting my first-of-the-month weigh-in results. There’s some shame involved, and some depression, too, so let’s just spit it out:

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Up Seven Pounds. Ugh. I try to remind myself of the big picture – because it is an awesome big picture – but it’s hard. I try to emphasize my new way of thinking about weight loss maintenance, but that is also hard. And it’s because Read the rest of this entry »


This Week’s Stair Training Was Better Than Last Week’s…

August 21, 2015

…although pretty much anything would’ve been better than last week’s.

Let’s start with the pictures! We had access to the passenger elevators this week (instead of the freight elevator), and I took a picture every time I rode back down to the lobby. The number of pictures equals the number of climbs, so let’s count them!

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ONE. (Standing upright.) Read the rest of this entry »


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