American Ninja Warrior

March 19, 2014

Have you seen American Ninja Warrior? It’s one of my favorite shows. It airs on NBC during the summer, as well as the new Esquire network (it used to air on the G4 network). The show features athletes from around the country competing to make it through a series of extremely tough obstacle courses, each one harder than the last. Whoever makes it through all of the courses with the best time wins $500,000 and the title of “American Ninja Warrior.” The courses are so difficult that, in the five seasons the show has been on, no one has ever won. But damn, it’s fun to watch them try!

This past weekend, the preliminaries were held in Venice Beach, and my buddy Tommy had made it on the show and was going to compete. Since I’m a huge fan, I met up with some friends to cheer Tommy on from the audience (and maybe be on TV!).

It was Read the rest of this entry »

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Race Recap: Climbing To the Highest Roof in Town!

September 30, 2013

It was a great weekend, ladies and gentlemen, and it started with an incredible event: The 20th Annual Stair Climb for Los Angeles, a charity race up the stairs of the US Bank Tower, the tallest building west of the Mississippi.

Us-Bank-Tower-Los-AngelesHow tall is it? The roof is over 1,000 feet off the ground. There are 75 stories. There are 1,679 steps. On Friday, I raced up all of them.

This is my third tower race, but my first in the US Bank Tower. My first two races were in the Aon Center, a 63-story tower a few blocks away, but the US Bank Tower is 12 stories higher. And that’s a big difference when you’re climbing stairs!

But I was mentally and physically prepared. I’ve been training hard for weeks (and feeling it afterwards). I was ready to go. The race was on a Friday afternoon, and it was a huge event. There were nearly 3,000 climbers, compared to 600+ for the Aon Center events. The whole thing was organized by (and benefited) the Ketchum-Downtown YMCA, and racers were scheduled to enter the building, one at a time, every 8 or 10 seconds from 11:45am until nearly sunset.

My start time was 3:30, and I got there plenty early so I could relax, stretch, and warm-up. That also meant lots of time to Read the rest of this entry »