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Climb for Air 2012

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!




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  • HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE
    Congratulations Chris, you did great and it's a wonderful cause!
    2393 days ago
  • ALPHASENIOR
    Woo, and aren't you looking good! Time for you to post new pictures on your page!
    Your climb is an inspiration. Your thoughtfullness all over this site is also appreciated and an inspiration.
    You're a great guy and deserve all the best!
    2393 days ago
  • ISAVEDME80
    That is amazing congrats to you and your team on a job well done and for honoring your friends loved ones!
    Thanks for sharing the special moments of your day with us
    emoticon ya all are champs
    2393 days ago
  • READY4CHANGE81
    I am super proud of you babe!!! :) You did an AMAZING JOB! I look forward to doing it again next year!! :D
    2393 days ago
  • KING_SLAYER
    Way to go Chris, awesome job! But, next time you plan to do something similar, don't work your legs in the gym for at least 5 days prior to the event! Your legs must have felt heavy as lead for a while. lol

    But seriously, excellent job brother.
    2393 days ago
  • 2DANCEAGAIN
    Im so proud of you!!! Thank you for the blog, I felt like I was right there with you spark friend!!
    (dont suppose I could count some of those exercise minutes LOL!!!)
    You had me crying at work AGAIN!!!!
    GO CHRIS, GO!!!
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    Colleen
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    2393 days ago
  • ADVENTURESEEKER
    Way to go!!
    2393 days ago
  • RUSSELL_40
    Glad to help. I think people are always looking to help, but we wait for someone to set it all up for us..lol. The event organizers are fabulous people. People climbed, some donated, others cheered/volunteered,but none of it would be possible without the organizers.

    Climbing is harder than a lot of things. Not may people head over to the stairclimber..lol. That machine is always empty unless some 19 year old girl shows up. It should have a sign on the side that says " for ages 16-25 ". Good job finishing under 20 minutes.. I am sure it felt like an hour.

    I hope they raised a lot, and many people get helped out. Also hope you had fun with Korina, and teammate # 3. Could you have imagined this a year ago? Losing weight opens up a lot of options to share events with loved ones, and brings people closer. Until you experience it, you don't realize how guarded you have been, whether it is not going to the pool, or climbing a 48 story skyscraper. Plus , your looking pretty slim these days..lol.

    emoticon Here's to a healthier, happier life where all things are possible!
    2393 days ago
  • REEBADABEEBOOS
    That sounds like an amazing event! Congrats on beating your personal goal!!
    2393 days ago
  • MANIKLODE
    Woohoo! Congratulations! You must be really proud. Please accept my virtual pat in the back. You've come a long way and you've got the spirit to go even farther. Yeah!

    emoticon
    2393 days ago
  • GRANDEFILLE
    Congratulations on finishing it! you must feel sooooo proud! it is such a feeling when you accomplish something like that isn't it!

    woohoo!! you are great!
    2393 days ago
  • ABEAUTIFULMESS1
    WOW!! I'm sure that is an experience that you will never forget!! Congrats on finishing! That's such an awesome acomplishment! :)
    2393 days ago
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