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Signed up for my third stair climb of the season yesterday. This one's for Wediko School, which is a New England school for kids with mental health and emotional issues. I backed them last year after I found out about them during a stretch of jury duty, and I haven't been able to find anything bad about them, unlike a lot of other places that claim to be working for kids with issues. These guys actually seem to help. So I'll be doing 46 floors on May 7th to raise money for them, if anyone's interested.

... sorry, that wasn't my best post ever, but I'm tired this morning and my coffee hasn't kicked in yet.
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Signed up for the MS Society's Climb to the Top today. That one's in a month, on March 4th, and it's up the former John Hancock building (200 Clarendon Place in Boston, not the John Hancock Tower in Chicago). 61 floors. I've done the 200 Clarendon climb once before and I've done 66 floors for MS in New York City, so this won't be the first time.

Eor, I got what you sent yesterday. It'll be going to support the MS climb this afternoon. Thank you.
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Basement to 34 in 9:54. Did it by taking a few floors two steps at a time. This may have slowed later performance.

I will continue. Lung climb on Saturday.
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Did the stairs today. Basement to 34th floor elevator machine room in 10:16. If I can do that pace for the Fight for Air Climb on Feb. 4, I'll be on the 40th floor in something like 11:45.

My nephew has asthma. His little sister just had pneumonia. I have a clean bill of health, but I was a 9/11 responder. I am doing the American Lung Association fundraiser climb for *revenge*.
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Haven't been posting much about it here, but I'm going to be doing the American Lung Association's Fight for Air Climb on February 4th this year. We're climbing One Boston Place, which is forty floors of stairs, to raise money for lung disease research and treatment. Also for environmental standards related to breathing and for anti-smoking efforts, because, well, lungs.

I'll probably be doing a few more stair climbs for other causes this year- most likely for the Multiple Sclerosis society and for Wediko School for children with mental health/emotional issues- but if you'd like to support the American Lung thing, let me know and I'll send you an email with a support-the-climb link.
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Stairs progress to date:

July 26: -1 to 34 (I am numbering the basement floors as -1 and 0 rather than -2 and -1 since American buildings start at 1 rather than at Ground); 13 minutes.
July 27: -1 to 13, back down to -1, -1 to 32, back down to 28, did some walking in circles, headed back to my office; 20 minutes.
July 28: -1 to 16, back down to -1, -1 to 32, back down to 28, somewhat less walking in circles; 20 minutes.
July 29: -1 to... I'm honestly not sure what. Maybe 17. I know I did the stairs on the 29th before going home from work but I didn't record how I did.
August 1: -1 to 19, back down to -1, -1 to 34, 21:30.
August 3: -1 to 20, back down to -1, -1 to 33.5ish, 21:30.
August 5: -1 to 21, back down to -1, -1 to 34, 22:01. Actually sliiiiightly less than that because I mistook 0:00:05.0 for 0.5 minutes and started trying to do some kind of extra exercise to fill up the remaining thirty seconds.
August 8: -1 to 22, back down to -1, -1 to 33, 22:01. Encountered maintenance guy or elevator tech who was coming down the stairs from 34, the first time I've ever encountered a human who had been on that floor other than me. He stared at me, laughed, and said "Better you than me" before continuing on his way.

I shall persevere.

Heads up

Jul. 26th, 2016 02:08 pm
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I got an early bird registration notification from the American Lung Association today. Fight for Air Climb 2017 is scheduled for February 4, 2017. I signed up pretty much as soon as I finished reading the email.

I will probably be posting here about my practice in my office building’s stairwell on an irregular basis between now and February. Possibly after that, too, since I expect to hear back from the MS society and Wediko School about their stair climb events. Regardless- I’ll be tagging posts of that nature ‘stairs’ in case you want to block it out.

That being said I did my first test climb today, from the -2 floor (it’s the bottom level of our parking garage) up to the machine room access on floor 34. No stops except when I had to change stairwells. Not sure how long it took me, but I know the total time up to the top and back to 28 plus the time it took to circle the elevator bank twice at a walk, then stagger back to my desk, added up to around... something like thirteen minutes. So that’s a start.
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A stair climb, not a jury. This one's for Wediko Children's Services. I've been searching for 'wediko reviews', 'wediko horror stories', and 'wediko abuse'. I've found one source from 2009 that sounded unhappy, and another one from 2001. Nothing recent, and nothing pervasive. Most of the stuff I've encountered about them sounds like they're a good program. So, the information on what I'm supporting, from their wiki page:

Wediko provides residential treatment, consultation, school-based and home-based therapeutic services to children and families struggling with complex psychiatric profiles and disruptive behavior. Wediko treats children with disorders that include, but are not limited to, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), attention deficit disorder (ADD), reactive attachment disorder (RAD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Asperger syndrome, and nonverbal learning disorder (NLVD).

Wediko's own site, with fuller details on what they do
The Climb for Kids event page

And my own donation page.


I... have to admit that part of the reason I decided to do this was because of the trial. There were elements in the background of the person whose actions were being evaluated that pointed to mental and emotional issues dating back to childhood. If a kid can be helped while they're still young, and learn to deal with the world and with their own issues in a healthy manner before anyone gets hurt, that's far better than something trial-worthy happening years down the road. If climbing forty-six floors' worth of stairs can raise money to help even one kid into a better situation now, that's something I want to be able to help with.
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A receipt showing my unofficial time for Climb to the Top 2016 up 200 Clarendon Place- 17 minutes 55 seconds, at a rate of 3.34 floors per minute

So, yeah.

On my way.

Mar. 5th, 2016 10:40 am
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Today's the MS Society Climb to the Top, up the building formerly called the John Hancock Building. My start time is 12:10 PM. I'm waiting for the bus to the T to the Back Bay.

[personal profile] eor, I wanted to thank you for your help with this one. I really appreciate it.

See y'all from the top.
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Had a look at https://towerrunning.com/races.html . There's another Boston stair climb come early April. 46 floors up One International Place, which is about two blocks from my office. It's a fundraiser for an organization I'd never heard of before, Wediko Children's Services. Apparently they're a boarding school and summer camp for children (the school appears to be boys only but the camps are coed) with various forms of mental, emotional, behavioral, and learning issues. I got a little nervous straight off the bat, because the 'troubled teen' camps I've heard about have been unmitigated nightmares and the first permanent installation I thought of that dealt with kids with issues was the Judge Rotenberg Center. (Don't look that one up if you want to stay in any kind of decent mood. They're one Amnesty International violation after another, including the use of electric shocks on children.)

Fortunately, Wediko appears to be both legit and decent. I searched on 'Wediko reviews' and found a goodly number of positives from parents, a number of positives from staffers on glassdoor.com, and one blog from someone who'd been in their program something like twenty-five years ago. Didn't find anybody with awful things to say, didn't find even the slightest mention or reference on sites aimed at helping survivors of the really nightmarish troubled teen 'camps'. Found one court case that referenced them- but the reference was to Wediko evaluating and diagnosing a teenager with issues and suggesting a specific educational plan. When I searched for 'wediko horror stories' I got a lot of 'did you mean wendigo horror stories' and almost nothing that referenced the school itself. And when I searched for 'wediko accreditation' I found that their school had proper accreditation and regulation from the New Hampshire Department of Education, as well as several other states where they operate.

I honestly mean these people neither harm nor offense. It's just that if I'm going to be entering a race that raises money for them, I want to be absolutely sure that they are what they appear to be- a decent place that does genuine good, without gratuitous harm. They really do come across as a good place.

If anyone reading this happens to have personal experience with them, or knowledge of them, would you mind contacting me? I haven't registered for the event yet and I'm open to whatever information you might have.

Thanks.
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Stairs today: -2 to 19, down again to -2, up to 34. Then triangle pushups- 10/12/8/8/14. My triceps really wanted to know what the hell hit them after that. So did part of my lower back; I will be working on back exercises and concentrating more on making sure to raise my midsection when my torso goes up. Less painful that way.

Debating continuing the climbing after the MS Climb To The Top. I prefer bicycling during the warm time of year, but it would be interesting to keep up the climbing to the point where I might be able to actually try to run. I know it'd be harder on my knees- it's just that I'd kind of like to participate in an actual race, and the races probably don't like it if you simply walk up the stairs when everyone else is hauling ass.
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So I've got until March 5th to get to the point of climbing 61 floors without stopping. The MS Society fundraiser will undoubtedly have rest stops in 200 Clarendon, they've always had them in New York, but I'd like to be able to do this without losing time to a rest stop. Problem is, my building is only 34-35 floors high (-2 to 34 in one stairwell, -2 to 33 in the other, no ground floor, just -1 straight to 1). I've been going from -2 to 18 and then turning around and walking back down a bunch of floors, then climbing up again sans stopping. It's not as much effort to walk down the stairs, obviously, but at least I'm still moving...

Anyway. Today was -2 to 18, then down to 2, then back up to 28, then across to the other stairwell to take stairs from 28 up to 34. So that's 19 + 16 + 10 + 6 unless I've lost my mind. I should be able to get to the point of doing this whole building twice before the event day.

Also working on push-ups now, and squats. Today was day one of week one of the One Hundred Pushups workout; I've been practicing push-backs from the wall to get to the point where my arms have at least a bit of base to work from. Did an initial test yesterday, so today was 10 + 12 + 7 + 7 + 10 triangle pushups, or diamond pushups, or whatever you call the ones where you put your hands close together under you and touch both index fingertips and stretched-out thumbtips the whole time. Tomorrow will be... some week of the two hundred squats workout. probably week 3.

Given that I'm doing this at lunch I am making a point of washing up afterwards and using hand-sanitizer wipes. I need to find a better formula, though. These smell weird even if they do kill germs that would smell worse.

Here's hoping this keeps up. If anyone's interested in the MS Society part of this, lemme know and I'll send you a link.

Did it!

Feb. 8th, 2016 09:55 am
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Made it to the top of One Boston Place on Saturday for the American Lung Association. My official time was 11:36, which is something like five minutes better than my time over the same course last year. Didn't stop at the rest floors, wore bike shorts instead of exercise pants, spent more time training and practicing, made a point of eating and consuming coffee slightly more than an hour before start time. Paused briefly at a few points, but that was to let faster people pass me, and I resumed immediately after they got a few steps ahead. Total contributions wound up somewhere a little over $500 for Amercan Lung, which is great.

Turns out the MS Society has a climb up the John Hancock Center- I'm sorry, it's officially 200 Clarendon Street now- on March 5th. 61 floors.

I signed up this morning. I plan on making the contributions necessary myself, but if anyone looking at this wants to kick in some money for MS research and treatment, let me know and I'll get you the link.
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I've hit my goal and then some for the American Lung Association Fight for Air Climb. I'd like to thank each and every one of you who donated. They'll be emailing me my start time on Thursday.

In the meantime I'm still doing lunchtime stair practice. I'm doing the -2 floor (parking garage lower level) to the 28th floor in a right-hand turn stairwell, then walking across to the other stairwell and doing 28 to 34 in a left-hand turn stairwell. I usually follow that up with squats or lunges. Yesterday, though, I got through the first four sets of lunges and suddenly my left thigh announced that if I went any further with set five, it would do something we'd both regret. I had no desire to complete the exercises at the cost of actually being able to do the event for which I was training, so I stopped on the spot. Today I did -2 to 28/28 to 34 at a slower pace than usual, and refrained from squats or lunges. Still managed to clear a total of 36 floors in 4:01 + 0:02 + 4:33 + 3:01, which is slower than my usual due to taking it easy, just in case.

We'll see how things go tomorrow and Thursday. Last year I learned the hard way that no, I should not do the full stairwell the night before the actual event, so it's just tomorrow and Thursday, and then Saturday.
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American Lung sent out a notice today with basic advance information for the climb on the 6th. We get our start times on the 4th, for one thing. We pick up our bibs etc. on the day of the event. They have 'elite', 'runner', and 'walker' categories; those of us, like myself, who registered in the walker category will be starting after the runners and elites. I am not sure exactly where the firefighters fit into all of this except that most people get sent into the stairwell every 10 seconds and firefighters go every 15.

I did not compile this notice or this time table. That's just what it said.

The other thing of note for me in particular is that they gave the specs on the stairwell this time. The building is 601 feet tall and has 41 floors. Most floors have 2 flights of stairs. There's a total of 789 steps. 9-10 stairs between landings, two mezzanine floors that have three flights each. Brief stairwell somewhere early in the climb. Most of the climb has right hand turns in the stairwell, but on the 28th floor it goes to left hand turns. I've been practicing in a stairwell with right hand turns, but my building has both kinds in two separate stairwells, so I went from floor -2 to floor 26, tested the door, found it wouldn't let me out, kept going to 28, then walked to the other stairwell and took left hand turns from 28 to 34.

Yeah, 34; turns out the right-hand stairwell goes to rooftop access on 33, but the left-hand stairwell goes one more floor and comes out in the HVAC tower or something. I don't know exactly, I didn't bother trying the door at the top. It's authorized personnel only and I haven't got a key. My only contact with the topmost door on these things is a touch with the palm of my hand so I can 'officially' conclude my climb for the day and go on to squats or lunges.

Today's climb therefore was -2 to 34 in Viva La Vida (Coldplay) + The Wings of Icarus (Celldweller) + 3:29 of "Moskau". Or, in more practical terms, 36 floors in 4:01+2:58+3:29 = ten minutes, twenty-eight seconds. Possibly 10:32 if one includes a second or two for time between songs and a single notification from my email program that temporarily paused the music. Either way, that's a decent time. Today's additional exercise was body weight squats (if you think I am going to bring weights with me on these things or try to stash weights at the top of the stairs, ahahaha, no). The six-week training app I'm using had me do 30 squats/60 sec. rest/28 squats/60 sec./30 squats/60 sec. rest/35 squats/60 sec./32 squats/60 sec./28 squats/60 sec./26 squats/60 sec./28 squats, for a total that is supposed to be 237 squats if I did not lose track of something. I think I am doing all right on that front, even if I do have to use alcohol wipes afterwards because there is no shower at the office.

w00t!

Jan. 26th, 2016 03:21 pm
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Looks like I hit my fundraising goal for the Fight for Air climb. I'd still be glad if anyone wanted to donate, of course, but I'm glad we got this far.

Meanwhile I've been compiling a list of Things I Use To Motivate Myself Through Exercise Sessions (Including But Not Limited To Situps, Squats, and Climbing 30+ Floors Worth Of Stairs At One Go)

- 'Viva La Vida', Coldplay
- music from Halo
- Power Girl has defined abs, which means she's probably doing some fairly impressive abdominal exercises because superstrength alone doesn't necessarily give you with well-defined abs, and if she can do an ab workout despite serious ballast issues I can get through this
- music from Mass Effect
- Black Canary has no powers that affect her physical condition, but she's a respected martial artist, which means she works out like hell including situps and ab exercises during her period, so I can get through that too
- music by Two Steps From Hell
- The faster I go up these damn stairs- within sustainable limits, because sprinting at the start only makes the rest of the workout worse- the sooner this will be over
- This song
- floor 20 is the Dr. Peter Venkman Memorial Stopping Point; if you get that far without stopping it is okay to throw up
- you're on 20 and you don't have to throw up? KEEP MOVING, GOZER WAITS FOR NO HUMAN
- 'Everybody Wants To Rule The World', Tears for Fears
- skinny wee Steve Rogers did situps, pushups, and as much running as he could manage without complaining, and you like skinny Steve, don't you? Sure you do
- the big guns: Kevin Conroy!Batman standing just behind where I'm doing my situps, and all he's saying is, "No excuses."
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I've been training for the American Lung Association's Fight for Air Climb event for a few weeks now. We'll be climbing forty floors of One Boston Place on Saturday, February 6th. My building only has thirty-three office floors, plus two extra floors I only found out about this year- they're the part of the stairwell that extends down into the parking garage. I've been going down to the -2 floor, stretching for a bit, and then heading up to the top without stopping. At this point I can do it in the time it takes to listen to Coldplay's Viva La Vida, the Halo theme music from the Halo 2 soundtrack, and a bit less than two minutes of another song put together. I'm also throwing in a series of either squats or lunges at the top to make up for the five floors my building doesn't have.

If any of you guys are interested in kicking something to American Lung as sponsors, I think this is supposed to be the link to my donation page:



And if not, that's cool too. Thanks!
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American Lung just opened the registrations for the Boston Fight For Air Climb this February 7th. I've signed up and I'm trying to persuade people in my office to sign on as well.

This year I expect to start practicing sometime in September. I did badly last year and I don't intend to repeat that.

WOO.

Mar. 3rd, 2013 11:09 am
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Finished Vengeance Climb 2013, the New York MS Society's fifth annual Climb to the Top fundraiser, in 18 minutes 28 seconds. Not my best time, but better than last year.

I'mma go back to Boston now.

(PS: if you still wanna contribute, let me know; they don't close the fundraising until the end of the month, so I can still send you the link.)

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