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Stratosphere stair climb

Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:15 pm

I posted this on facebook, but thought I'd share it here too.

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Scale the Strat race was yesterday in Las Vegas. Finished in 13:59 for the 1455 steps, 108 floors. 16th place in age division; oh well, looks like I'm much better at the mental "sports" of chess and pistol shooting.

50-59 age-group results:
http://www.hallucinationsports.com/even ... 3824979856

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Postby robertk » Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:37 pm

Looking fit and lean!

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Postby Sam Vara » Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:42 pm

Congratulations - that's impressive stuff, David! I wouldn't want to race you. When you can do it while playing chess you will have achieved a good balance of the physical and the mental!

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Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:31 pm

I could probably manage better than 13 hours 59 minutes.
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Re: Stratosphere stair climb

Postby waterchan » Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:08 pm

Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:I could probably manage better than 13 hours 59 minutes.


Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh David... you aren't gonna take that lying down, are you?! :twisted:
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Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:22 pm

Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:I could probably manage better than 13 hours 59 minutes.


Excellent, Bhante. I accept your challenge! :lol:

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Postby waterchan » Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:39 pm

David N. Snyder wrote:
Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:I could probably manage better than 13 hours 59 minutes.


Excellent, Bhante. I accept your challenge! :lol:


Counting on a monk to trip over his robes is not fair. How about competing in a sport that puts you on a more level playing field with a monk in robes, like wrestling or ice skating?
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Postby David N. Snyder » Mon Mar 03, 2014 7:46 pm

robertk wrote:Looking fit and lean!


Thanks. I got down to 127 lbs. (57.6 kg) which is about my ideal weight or even a little less. I'm usually a few pounds more, but lost some weight so I would have less weight going up the stairs.

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Postby Cittasanto » Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:39 pm

Nice time, better than I could of done :shrug:
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Postby Ben » Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:50 pm

Well done, David!
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Postby Modus.Ponens » Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:56 pm

David N. Snyder wrote:
Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:I could probably manage better than 13 hours 59 minutes.


Excellent, Bhante. I accept your challenge! :lol:


Be careful, David! Just as a strong man flex his arm and then extends it, Bhante Pesala disappears, and reapears at the top of the building ;)

Congratulations! That's a really impressive timing! :smile:

I've made the 30 days commitment of not using elevators or rolling stairs whenever possible. 2nd day: check! :)
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Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Mar 04, 2014 6:58 pm

David N. Snyder wrote:
Bhikkhu Pesala wrote:I could probably manage better than 13 hours 59 minutes.


Excellent, Bhante. I accept your challenge! :lol:


Oops! I just noticed Bhante wrote hours, not minutes. :lol: Like waterchan, I thought he wrote 13:59 as in the time I did it in (13 minutes 59 sec). :tongue:

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Postby David N. Snyder » Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:00 pm

Thanks Cittasanto, Ben, MP.

Modus.Ponens wrote:I've made the 30 days commitment of not using elevators or rolling stairs whenever possible. 2nd day: check! :)


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Postby lyndon taylor » Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:01 pm

I was thinking about that hours, minutes thing too!!!! makes a big difference!!
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Re: Stratosphere stair climb

Postby manas » Wed Mar 05, 2014 5:03 am

David N. Snyder wrote:I posted this on facebook, but thought I'd share it here too.

Scale the Strat race was yesterday in Las Vegas. Finished in 13:59 for the 1455 steps, 108 floors. 16th place in age division; oh well, looks like I'm much better at the mental "sports" of chess and pistol shooting.

50-59 age-group results:
http://www.hallucinationsports.com/even ... 3824979856


David, to run up 108 floors of staircase in just under 14 minutes - that's pretty good...I'm trying to imagine how it would feel around the 80th floor or thereabouts, surely the legs must begin to ache a little? (I know mine would)...

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Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Mar 05, 2014 5:39 am

manas wrote:David, to run up 108 floors of staircase in just under 14 minutes - that's pretty good...I'm trying to imagine how it would feel around the 80th floor or thereabouts, surely the legs must begin to ache a little? (I know mine would)...


Thanks. Here's some of the thoughts that come to mind:

Floors 1-20: mindfully noting each step and breath, taking 3 steps (stairs) at a time
Floors 21-40: breathing getting heavier, taking 2 steps (stairs) at a time
Floors 41-60: breathing much heavier, legs hurting
Floors 61-80: wondering if there are paramedics at the top
Floors 81-108: Why am I doing this?

The top athletes who do it in under 9 minutes are literally running the whole way up. I don't know how they do it -- I guess lots of training, marathon runs, long-distance cycling, stairs, etc.

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Re: Stratosphere stair climb

Postby manas » Wed Mar 05, 2014 6:10 am

David N. Snyder wrote:
manas wrote:David, to run up 108 floors of staircase in just under 14 minutes - that's pretty good...I'm trying to imagine how it would feel around the 80th floor or thereabouts, surely the legs must begin to ache a little? (I know mine would)...


Floors 1-20: mindfully noting each step and breath, taking 3 steps (stairs) at a time
Floors 21-40: breathing getting heavier, taking 2 steps (stairs) at a time
Floors 41-60: breathing much heavier, legs hurting
Floors 61-80: wondering if there are paramedics at the top
Floors 81-108: Why am I doing this?


Heheh...ok, when I said "around the 80th floor" I was being optimistic. I don't know when I would begin to feel discomfort, but yeah it would be way before then, to be totally honest ;) ... but you've piqued my interest, I want to try something similar just to see how I would go...)

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