Motivation: The Struggle is Real

September 11, 2016

On paper, it looks like I’ve had some awesome workouts in the past few days. On Thursday night, I climbed a 51-story building four times…

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…and then, less than 48 hours later, I climbed a Read the rest of this entry »


An Impressive Return to the Stairwell AND My All-Time Highest National Ranking!

August 11, 2016

It’s been nearly two months since I’ve raced or trained in a stairwell. After the TOWERthon in June, I was ready for a break. That was my 9th stair race in six months! Now, though, I have to start getting ready for my fall stair races. And that meant… time to get back in the stairwell!

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I didn’t waste any time. I returned to Los Angeles on Saturday, and my stair training began Read the rest of this entry »


Book Report: See Jane Climb

July 19, 2016

Compared to most other sports, stair racing is rather unknown. When I tell people that I race up the stairwells in skyscrapers, more often than not, the response I get is something like, What? Really? Is that a thing? But that’s slowly changing. Awareness is growing, thanks to articles (like this one, featuring me!), stories on the news (like this one, featuring my friend Lisa!), and other press. So when a book came out all about the sport, I devoured it in a couple sittings.

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The book is called “See Jane Climb: How Competitive Stair Climbing Changed My Life,” by Jane Trahanovsky, and it’s a Read the rest of this entry »


I’m Racing This Weekend Whether I’m Ready Or Not…

April 8, 2016

…And I’m as ready as I’m going to get!

It’s been a tough couple of weeks, ever since I stopped exercising to let my knee get better. But last night I attended the final stairwell training session in the Aon Center, and I feel pretty good. And exhausted.

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I was skeptical about what I’d be able to do in the stairwell without aggravating my knee, but Read the rest of this entry »


Three Days Until I Conquer Denver!

February 18, 2016

I’m headed off to Denver this weekend, for my next stair race. I’m getting excited… and nervous. It’s in the 56-story Republic Plaza:

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The race ends on the 53rd floor… but starts two stories down, in the basement… but the lobby is twice as tall as the other floors… and I don’t know if there’s a 13th floor or not… so I’m not sure of the exact floor count. It’s a lot. And in the tallest building in Colorado. And there’s one big secret that I haven’t shared with you about this race… UNTIL NOW! Read the rest of this entry »


A Great Day For A Hollywood Bowl Workout

February 15, 2016

I kicked off my weekend with an awesome workout on Friday…and I’m still sore. The venue for my workout was one of the most famous places in Los Angeles: The Hollywood Bowl!

Look closely: I’m balancing on the narrow tops of two benches. My legs are quivering. Also, check out the Hollywood Sign in the distance!

This isn’t my first workout at the Hollywood Bowl – nor is it my Read the rest of this entry »


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

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.

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The US Bancorp Tower (which the locals call ‘Big Pink’) is about the Read the rest of this entry »