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!
ONE. (Standing upright.) Read the rest of this entry »
August 17, 2015
In June, I went to the Fitbloggin’ conference in Denver. I had a blast hanging out with a couple hundred other health and fitness bloggers, seeing old friends, and making new ones, too. (Here’s my recap post.)
I WAS A SPEAKER, TOO! I gave a well-received presentation during the keynote event, called Ignite Fitness.
I haven’t talked much about this yet, because I was waiting for the video to go online. THE VIDEO IS NOW ONLINE, and you can watch it RIGHT HERE! Read the rest of this entry »
August 12, 2015
I had a very nice two-month hiatus from stairs, but now that’s over. I’m back in the stairwell! Training began last week. I’m not quite ready to share my entire fall racing schedule, but the first one will probably be the Stair Climb for Los Angeles, in the 75-story US Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles (more on that in a future post, but here’s my recap from last year’s race). One of the cool things about this race is that they arrange training sessions in a neighboring skyscraper, which is awesome, because the best place to train for a stair race is on stairs!
This is the Wells Fargo Center. It’s 55 stories tall. Read the rest of this entry »
May 19, 2015
Imagine that instant when something or someone truly takes your breath away. Everything freezes for a split second, and a flood of emotion saturates you. It may be awe or love, shock or sorrow, compassion or sympathy. Your lungs fill up, your eyes widen, your heart swells, and you’re stuck, nearly drowning in the power of the moment, hearing only your own heart beat.
I can’t tell you how many times I was overcome like that on Sunday, when I competed in the inaugural Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Tower Climb. I knew going in that it would an emotional morning, but I just wasn’t prepared.
The race was up the stairs to the top of One World Trade Center in New York City, an angular, soaring structure.
At 94 stories tall, the World Trade Center is Read the rest of this entry »
April 20, 2015
My recent race in the Aon Center in Los Angeles was my sixth stair race of 2015. I haven’t mentioned any other races, but it turns out… I’ve been keeping a few secrets. I’ve actually signed up for three more stair races. One of them is the inaugural race at an iconic skyscraper that opened last fall to international fanfare, after years of anticipation.
Need another hint? It’s one of the buildings in this photo:
YEP! On Sunday, May 17th, I’m going to race up the stairs of ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER in New York City!
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March 17, 2015
This past weekend was an excellent one. I visited Phoenix for the first time, where I saw a couple long-time friends (both, coincidentally enough, named Emily), and competed in my 18th stair race. This race provided an entirely new experience for me. Most races are held in the stairwell of one skyscraper… but this race was in TWO.
Let me introduce you to Renaissance Square. They’re not the Read the rest of this entry »
March 1, 2015
Yesterday was a brisk Michigan winter day, with snow everywhere and temperatures in the low 20s, and I started it with a little sprint at 6:45am. I dashed out to the driveway, barefoot and wearing only a T-shirt and underwear, so I could start the car and get the heat pumping while I got dressed.
Crazy as that was, it paled in comparison to happened a few hours later, when I competed in the American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb in Detroit – racing up the stairs to the 70th floor in the Renaissance Center.
The Renaissance Center (nicknamed ‘RenCen’) is a Read the rest of this entry »