I have been asked many times over the past year why I tend to disappear for periods of time. During that time, I am typically doing something that I don't feel readers would be that interested in. I typically don't read blogs that are word heavy or of serious content because I read them to "get away". So, what has caused me to disappear for the last week or so outside of being swamped at work (and possibly planning for VLV 16)?
I have previously stated that my dream job would be doing anything that made a positive difference in someone's life. I am also of the mindset that if you are able bodied, that you should use your body to help others. There are hundreds of races and events where you can support individuals that are not as physically lucky as you (you are luckier than you know). Most of these events require little of you other than your time and a little commitment.
This last Sunday, my colleagues and I participated in The Fight for Air Climb. The goal is for each participant to walk up 1,098 stairs (56 story building) and raise money for the American Lung Association in doing so. Thus, I drove myself through a snowstorm into downtown Denver to ascend the Republic Plaza stairs with my team (to be fair it was still only 19 blocks).
I completed the 741 foot ascent in 19:43. Although not impressive by most standards, I didn't train at all for this climb and was satisfied to just finish. I also did this event in memory of my late Uncle Dick who died last year of lung cancer.
|Me second from the right. The white out behind us is the aforementioned snowstorm.|
|The view from 53 stories up|