Tuesday, March 27, 2012
So this weekend I participated in and completed the climb for air stair climb. We Climbed the First City Tower in Downtown Houston.
It is a 48 floor skyscraper. We woke up about 6:15 and arrived downtown about 7:45 for our 8:35 climb time. They had breakfast there you could choose from different choices. It was cool to see all the climbers of ages from teens to seniors. Here is a pic pre-climb.
So we met up with our third teammate and got in line to climb. Once we got in line and right before I took off I actually got interviewed by some guy with a camera. He asked me why I was doing the climb. I told him because I lost 112 pounds and in memory of my friends who lost mothers to Lung Disease.
So we started the climb. At about floor five my quads started burning. I had done a pretty intense leg workout on Thursday so I was tightening up they had rest and water stations every 10 flights. So at 10 I rested a little and got some water and stretched. I did the next 10 with Korina helping each other get through them. At 20 Korina wanted me to go ahead and get the best time I could. So she rested a little at 20 but I skipped that rest area and headed on up. I get to 30 and I am sweating hard and the breathing is definitely getting more difficult so I take a break to catch my breath. So as I am leaving the rest station on 30 I see this young lady doing the climb with a toddler on her back!!! I was like wow!! So I was really determined to finish. I headed up and my pace slowed as I advanced but I just kept moving a step at a time. Along the way they had volunteers cheering you on and also had others doing the climb encourage you and I did the same. When I hit the top it felt really good! To finish and know this was something I was now capable of knowing in the past I could not have done this at all. I had a personal goal of completing it in under 20 minutes. Now that official times have been released I accomplished that my official time was 19:42!!!
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! to Colleen, Russell and Marissa!!!! You guys helped me not only reach but surpass my fundraising goal!! Thank you so much for that. Please let me know if I can ever return the favor!
Here is a team pic post climb!