February 26, 2019
Hello again, Stratosphere!
I’m back from my Las Vegas trip, where I competed, for the fourth time, in the American Lung Association’s Scale the Strat – a race up 1,391 steps in the tallest freestanding observation tower in the USA.
I didn’t like this race after I did it for the first time in 2014, mostly because Read the rest of this entry »
March 1, 2016
On Sunday, I competed in Scale the Strat, the annual race up the stairs of the Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas. Here I am, a few steps away from the finish line, 1,391 steps above the Las Vegas strip!
I tend to get nervous before all my races, and I like that. It’s a reminder that these events are important to me. But I felt differently before Scale the Strat: the nervousness was at higher-than-usual levels… and was paired with an impending sense of dread. 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 »
March 6, 2014
In my last post, you got the low-down on the Scale the Strat stair climb race in sunny Las Vegas. In this post, you’re gonna get the low-down on the rest of my Vegas experience. And I took plenty of pictures!
Insanity. Let’s start at the top! After the race, my pal Tavi and I returned to the top of the Stratosphere (via elevator this time) with the sole purpose of riding one of the thrill rides that are on the tower’s roof, 900 feet off the ground. There are also binoculars up there, and only a few handrails between you and certain death:
The ride we chose is called Insanity, and that’s a fitting name. You sit in Read the rest of this entry »
March 4, 2014
Stair climb races are brutal. Just brutal. I competed in my 6th stair race over the weekend, and when I got to the top of the 1,455 steps in the Stratosphere in Las Vegas, I pretty much collapsed in a heap. This is about a minute after crossing the finish line, and my heart is still pounding:
Now that you know I finished (and am still alive), I’ll go back a little bit. If you’ve never been to Las Vegas, the Stratosphere is a hotel and casino at the north end of the Strip that features the tallest observation tower in the United States. It’s a impressive, imposing structure that you can see from all over town.
Naturally, it only gets taller as you get closer. Check it out from Read the rest of this entry »
February 25, 2014
Scale the Strat is less than a week away! I’ve been training like crazy, and it’s paying off. I’ve never been more prepared for a stair climb race than I am for this one, and I’m glad that’s the case, because I have generous donors and my first-ever corporate sponsor – StairMaster! – and I don’t want anyone to think I’m slacking. Speaking of StairMaster, I’ve set some personal records at the gym, and I’m proud and excited about that!
As I explained in my last StairMaster training post, I’ve been Read the rest of this entry »
February 3, 2014
It’s been almost two and a half months since I’ve done any stair climb racing… time to announce my next race!
After competing in five stair climb races in and around Los Angeles (read about them all here), I’m spreading my wings and heading to a completely different state. So long, California… and hello, Nevada! My next race is on Sunday, March 2, 2014 and it’s up the tallest structure in Las Vegas…
At 1,149 feet tall, the Stratosphere is Read the rest of this entry »