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.
The US Bancorp Tower (which the locals call ‘Big Pink’) is about the Read the rest of this entry »
January 22, 2016
My car has been in and out of the shop for the past week. I have my car now, but it’s been a super frustrating experience, and an expensive one, too, but this isn’t a blog about auto repair, is it? So instead of boring you with details about alternators and poor customer service, I’ll share the details about how I turned a shitstorm of a week into a healthy one. Read the rest of this entry »
January 6, 2016
I’ve been working out with an elevation training mask.
And if I go black and white and putz with the filters and levels, I can really look like a badass. See? Read the rest of this entry »
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?
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 »
December 13, 2015
I competed in my 15th and final race of 2015! On Saturday, I competed in Hike the Halo, an annual event benefiting the Orange County chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. It’s a fun morning in a fun setting: Angel Stadium.
The race is unique: it’s a combo of running and stair climbing. You Read the rest of this entry »
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.
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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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.
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 »