I didn’t think I was ready for a stair race. Not yet. It was only a few weeks ago that I was cleared to exercise again after recovering from my LASIK surgery, and getting back into shape has been challenging. And yet, on Friday, I pinned a bib to my shirt and looked up at the skyscraper housing the tallest stairwell west of the Mississippi. Gulp!
Last weekend was the Stair Climb for Los Angeles, the Downtown-Ketchum YMCA’s annual race up the stairwell in the 75-story US Bank Tower, from the sidewalk to the tallest roof in Los Angeles!
This was my fifth consecutive year competing, and while I was excited to attempt a new personal best, I didn’t have Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve been training in a skyscraper stairwell again. I’ve headed to a 55-story skyscraper twice in the past few weeks to climb the stairs, and I’m headed back there tomorrow.
I noticed myself thinking unfair thoughts while in the stairwell during those two workouts, so I’m calling myself out on it, because I need to stop. I need to shift my thinking. Read the rest of this entry »
My race recap from the Stair Climb for Los Angeles at the US Bank Tower is a thorough account of what happened last Friday (read it here!), but there’s one major thing I left out. They put me on all the bibs!
That’s me, looking up at the building! How sweet is that? I wish I could say it was a surprise for me, but it wasn’t. A couple months ago, Read the rest of this entry »
A Thrilling, Unexpected Surprise in the Tallest Stairwell West of the Mississippi! (2016 Stair Climb for Los Angeles Race Recap)October 5, 2016
I’ve got a LOT to blog about. I traveled this past weekend, and had a great trip, but my weekend began in Los Angeles with a race on Friday up the tallest stairwell west of the Mississippi. Introducing (for the fourth year in a row) the… US Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles!
75 stories. 1,664 steps. The finish line on the roof is 1,005 feet above the sidewalk. It doesn’t matter that I’ve Read the rest of this entry »
The US Bank Tower race is on Friday. I’ve been looking forward to it for months. Unfortunately, my foot still isn’t 100% better (and that’s still frustrating as hell). Call me crazy, but I’m not bailing. I may not be able to race up like a speed demon, like I’ve done in previous years, but I will still make it to the top!
And I proved that I could on Tuesday night, when I attended the final official training session before the race. Here’s what happened:
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