“Climb Miami” is a Success

I did it!  I climbed to the top of the Wachovia Bank building in Miami.  It’s a 55-story building with 1,210 steps.  I pushed and pushed to make it to the top.

I left the hotel about one hour and forty minutes before my scheduled time.  It took me about forty minutes to walk about 1.5 miles to the Wachovia Bank building.  I quickly registered and waited for my start time.

As I waited, I caught up with a few people I have not seen in a while.  There was also food and entertainment.  I was able to get some cold water to make sure I was well-hydrated for the climb.


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When my start time approached, I lined up with the other climbers.  We were carefully spaced out, so climbers were not piled on top of each other. I waited patiently for my turn.

When I was given the signal, I started quickly.  I skipped steps, and I made it up a few flights of stairs fairly quickly.  Then, it was like hitting a brick wall.  I just could not keep that pace. 

So, I resorted to very methodically and steadily taking one step at a time.  I could not do it continously.  I had to pause at various times throughout the journey to the top.

When I paused, I could feel my heart racing.  My body was getting quite a workout.  I soon realized that I should not just stop climbing.  Instead, I needed to keep moving, just at a slower pace (i.e., I’d walk back and forth on the landing before climbing again).

During the whole climb, I kept checking my progress.  At the eleventh floor, I knew I had finished 20% of my goal.  At the 22nd floor, I knew I had finished 40% of my goal.  It kept my mind busy.  The more I accomplished, the better I felt.

When I finally made it to the top, about 20 minutes after I started, I was given a bottle of water and promptly drank it.  It took a few minutes for me to get my heart rate down, but I eventually was able to enjoy my accomplishment.

After I made it back down to ground-level, I was able to enjoy some delicious foods from healthy wraps to frozen yogurt to cheese danish.  It was more calories than I burned, but I think I deserved it.

When I left the event area, I walked the 1.5 miles back to the hotel.  It was a beautiful day in Miami.

Breakfast:  Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon; Potatoes

Morning Snack:  various treats

Lunch:  Chinese food

Dinner:  Seafood Masaman Curry

Dessert:  Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream

Exercise:  walked 3 miles and climbed 1,210 steps.

“Climb Miami” is Tomorrow

Starting LineTomorrow is the big day!  I am finally going to make the 1,210-step journey to the top of the 55-story Wachovia Bank building in Miami.  I know I will finish.  I just do not know how long it will take.

I started off with a weekly training plan.  I started going to the gym on Saturday morning to climb stairs on the stepper for twenty minutes.  It was difficult.

I decided to increase the training plan to two times per week.  I made it one day during the week, but I think that happened only once.  I just was not that motivated to get to the gym that early in the morning.


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As the event got closer, I decided I needed to step up the training plan, and I had planned to go to the gym for the two weeks before “Climb Miami”.  I think I went just one day. 

Whether or not I think I am prepared for the event, I know I will finish.  I will push my body, and I will be successful.

To ensure I will get to the event on time, I am actually staying in Miami tonight.  I didn’t go through the effort to find a hotel with a refrigerator and oven.  So, I am relying on restaurants for my meals.  I had a submarine sandwich and some sushi for dinner.

Have you participated in a physical event such as “Climb Miami”?  How did you do?  What did you learn?

Breakfast:  Cranberry Orange Pastry; Cottage Cheese, 1% Fat; Pineapple, fresh; Bread, whole-wheat; Morning Coffee

Morning Snack:  Ham, low-fat; Mandarin Oranges

Lunch:  Pasta with Beef; Cabbage, raw; FF Dressing

Afternoon Snack:  Cheese Puffs

Dinner:  Subway Club; Sushi

Drinks:  Crystal Light; diet soda

Exercise:  none today.

Pedometer:  ?

“Climb Miami” Plan Gets An Adjustment

SleepingThis is day two of my new training plan for “Climb Miami”, and there has already been an adjustment.  I intended to get up this morning at 4:30am, get dressed, and go to the gym by 5am.  Unfortunately, I could not do it.

I think the shock of returning to work after a week off made me too tired to get out of bed this morning.  It is much easier to transition into a week-long vacation than it is to return back to work after a week off.  Very abrupt!


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So, my new training plan has me going to the gym tomorrow morning and Friday morning.  I’ll also go on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  Next week’s plan has yet to be determined.

I guess I am spoiled by having gym equipment in my home.  I am so turned off by having to get ready for the gym.  I don’t like driving there.  I wish I didn’t have to see strangers that early in the morning.  I much rather just go to another room to exercise.

At one point in time, I felt it was absolutely necessary to have a recumbent bike at home.  I couldn’t imagine any other scenario where I could actually exercise.  Going to the gym was out.  Walking didn’t seem feasible.  The recumbent bike made the most sense, but I digress.

I am focused on “Climb Miami” now.  I will train for the event, and I will do my best.  I don’t expect to break any records, but I will feel a great sense of accomplishment for both the physical activity and the money I raise for American Lung Association.

Breakfast:  Apple Strudel Bar; Egg; Banana; Morning Coffee; Cracker, Honeymaid Graham Crackers (Nabisco) ,Low Fat Honey

Morning Snack:  Chicken Breast; Banana

Lunch:  Chicken Noodle Soup; Cucumber; FF Dressing

Afternoon Snack:  BBQ Soy Chips

Dinner:  Mushroom Gravy with Rice and Salisbury Steak; Artichoke (Globe or French); Mandarin Oranges; Oil, canola, olive, peanut, safflower; Pasta, cooked al dente

Dessert:  Fudge Brownie

Drinks:  Crystal Light

Exercise:  none.  See above.

Pedometer:  ?

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