Wednesday, February 6, 2013
A little disappointed, but moving on
Friday after work I went for acupuncture and facial rejuvenation. A little pampering and preparation for the big day ahead. It was nice as usual and I had a few magnets strategically placed on points for lung capacity just for a little extra help. Got to sleep early and tried to rest.
Saturday morning I got up, had some tea and breakfast, and headed to Fit Lifestyle Studios to meet up with one of the two teams I was climbing with. I think if they had a trophy for best looking team we would win it:
Drove to the financial district in Boston and parked next to the building we were about to scale. 41 floors, 82 flights, 789 steps - and I was doing it TWICE! I must be crazy. But my answer to anyone that asked me "Why would you want to do this twice?" was simple, life is short. I want to cram it full of crazy fun challenging experiences and not waste a single minute. I think I do a pretty good job of accomplishing that, but I want to try harder in 2013 and really get a lot done.
I got my bib numbers, which was a little confusing considering I was on the list twice with two different numbers, start times, team names. Eventually the volunteer got it and pulled both numbers for me. I went up to the lobby and pulled a sign out of my bag so that the rest of my team could locate me. I knew half of the members, but the other half were from different parts of my company and I had never met them. One of the girls I know was standing with me and noticed there was another group of people standing nearby with sequential numbers right after ours. BINGO! The rest of our team!
So, a lot of the teams that do the stair climb have matching shirts made up for the event. That's expensive! I can't afford to buy everyone a shirt. I came up with an alternate idea. I found stick on mustaches at target and thought that would make for a great team photo. We all put them on and put our game faces on and in an effort to intimidate the competition here is what we looked like, pretty bad ass if you ask me. Hahaha
I almost forgot to pass in my timing chip before I got on the elevator. I got to the lobby and got right behind the next person to go. Still hacking and breathing hard. Time to go again. The timing woman started to do her little speech about when to go and what to do and then realized she had already seen me. And off I went to climb again. OH. MY. GOD. It was so much harder without any recovery inbetween. Holy crap. I was instantly spent and dying. I made it to the top again, but it took me a lot longer. My official finish times were 9:21 and 11:17. A lot slower than last year. Guess I should have actually trained for it. Oh well. It was fun. Here is Team One More Flight at the top inbetween coughing fits:
A few of us went for brunch afterwards and stopped along the way for a cupcake at Sweet. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I told the guy he should offer a deal to the people that climbed because he would make a killing. I had a buttermilk pancake cupcake with blueberry preserves and maple infused buttercream frosting! That counts as breakfast right? It was so yummy. I got his contact info so that we could make arrangements for some sort of deal next year.
After brunch, we went back over to the building to watch the fire fighters climb and hopefully to watch Portland Fire defend their title. It always amazes me to watch all of the fire departments climbing in about 50lbs. of gear. It's hard enough without the extra weight. And a lot of them climbed faster than me!!! Super impressive. I was tempted again to climb in gear, but after disappointing times in the morning without gear I decided against it. Maybe next year.
After Portland and Andover finished climbing, we hung out for a little bit and then made our way over to the bar for the after party. I don't drink much, but the beers tasted pretty good after shredding my lungs all morning. We ended up drinking with my friend's husband and Andover Fire dept. I won the bet I had with him, Portland Fire beat them by an average pace 20 seconds faster. Although they did have the fastest fire fighter overall on their team. That made me a little nervous as they were reading the results, but I knew PFD wouldn't let me down.
Monday I kicked off the week with a 6 mile run along the Charles and Tuesday I did a deck of cards workout at home (Hearts= squats, Diamonds=dips, Clubs=burpees, Spades=Sit ups). Each number card is it's value, face cards are 10, aces are 16. Going through the whole deck equals 100 of each exercise. I was dripping sweat by the time I finished. Time to get serious about my training and get back on track. FOCUS! About 80 days til Big Sur and then it will be triathlon season before I know it. Enough of this being lazy BS, I'll rest when I'm dead. hahaha