I participate in one of the hardest sports most people have never heard of. Tower Running! Or better understood as Stair Climbing. What does that mean exactly? Well, climbing tall buildings across the country..like Willis Tower aka Sears Tower, The Empire State Building, Stratosphere in Las Vegas, well, the list goes on. As of this past weekend I have now completed my 14th competitive climb which first started on April 20, 2013. I am currently ranked 3rd in the US.
And yes, I’m an addict. I love everything about it. I love racing, but training for it is what really stirs my soul. The challenges you face climbing up buildings is like nothing else I’ve experienced. Your heart rate goes up, and pretty much stays there, you start feeling the “burn” in the quads, your breathing gets harder and harder, and as your body wants to quit your mind must take you to the end. It’s an incredible physical and mental workout and I’ve found that it’s impacted my life in ways I never envisioned.
This past Sunday, I had the opportunity to climb the new One World Tower in NYC for the 2nd year in a row. We climbed 104 floors/2,226 steps! The combination of emotions for 9/11 and the competitive aspect takes you to a place that’ s hard to explain.
While I finished 5th overall female and 24th overall, with almost 700 participants, it wasn’t my best race. With a time of 19:36 I was disappointed, as I expected to climb it about a minute faster….but my mojo just wasn’t there. It was the first time I’ve ever woken up and not experienced those pre-race nerves. Was it because I fought a chest congestion thing for almost 3 weeks? Is that why I was so tired the day before? Why didn’t I go a minute faster? Why didn’t I push harder in the end? Why…I kept asking this immediately after seeing the results. After a day or so of being “disappointed” in myself, I was more disappointed in my attitude! So what if it wasn’t my best race! How lucky am I that I have two legs to take me up that building! How lucky am I that I didn’t lose my life in that building. How honored and grateful am I that I get to be involved with the incredible Stephen Siller Tunnel To Tower’s Foundation. http://tunnel2towers.org
Basically, I lost my way. I lost my perspective on what’s really matters and realized how much I take for granted. It’s the simple things in life that we so often forget are the most important.
“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” ~ Anthony Robbins