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 »

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It’s My Anniversary… And I Know Exactly What You Can Get Me

January 15, 2016

Six years ago this month, I weighed 402 pounds.

Six years ago this month, Richard Simmons reached out to me, after meeting me in person only a couple hours before, and offered to help me lose weight.

Six years ago this month, and after 2 or 3 weeks of hemming and hawing, I took Richard up on his offer.

It’s been six long years that I’ve been working hard to get my health under control, and the end result still astounds me: I’ve lost 160 pounds and kept it off!

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Left: Me in 2007. Right: December 2015, at the Hike the Halo race.

I’m so proud of Read the rest of this entry »


I’m Already Really Flippin’ Excited For My Winter 2016 Stair Race Tour!

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?

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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 »


2 Days, 8 Climbs, 320 Floors (Seattle and Portland ALA Fight For Air Race Recaps)

January 27, 2015

rainier-tower-seattleWHAT A WEEKEND. On Saturday and Sunday, I competed in back-to-back stair races for the first time. Just the thought of waking up and doing a grueling stair race, after doing an equally grueling stair race the day before, made me anxious. But it happened. And while I’m glad it’s over, I’m so glad I did it.

The first race was in Seattle, and it was held in one of the most interesting buildings I’ve ever seen. It’s called the Rainier Tower (on the left), and the base is a narrow 11-story pedestal. The building looks like it’s defying the laws of physics. It’s very cool. I’m in love.

My favorite vantage point is just outside the front doors. You look up to see Read the rest of this entry »


5 Cities. 5 Races. 505 Total Floors. My Race Calendar is Filling Up!

January 13, 2015

After looking back on 2014, it’s time to look ahead. I’m also gonna look up, because there are LOTS of stairs in my future!

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I went berserk and signed up for a slew of stair races, all happening in the next three months. They’re all listed below. The first four are Read the rest of this entry »