So I found this picture yesterday:
Why do I look so out of breath? Oh, I don't know. I was climbing the stairs of 801 Grand, the tallest building in Iowa. No biggie. I was participating in the American Lung Association's 801 Grand Power Climb a couple of years ago, which raises money for the ALA. I seriously didn't think it was going to be too hard. I was semi-in shape. I did cardio. I knew climbing 45 stories would be kind of a challenge, but I had no idea it was going to hit me like it did.
I started a slow but steady semi-jog up the first few floors. By the time I got to the 3rd floor my quads were already burning and I was starting to lose my breath. I would spend the next 42 floors trying to catch my breath. Even though it was only around 10 minutes of my life, it was hell! I was breathing so hard from about floor 20 on I felt like I was going to pass out! I've NEVER been that out of breath. And I was walking up the stairs.
The cold, dry, February air didn't help breathing at all. And to think, before I started climbing, there was a class of people who went for a straight hour to the top as many times as they could. There was a fireman in full gear who did the climb multiple times. And a blind man!
By the time I got to the top I was barely conscious, fully expecting to pass out. They handed me a medal and I immediately looked for somewhere to sit. I could hear everyone hacking around me as if they'd been life long smokers. Thank you, American Lung Association for tearing apart my lungs. Thankfully, I've never smoked a thing in my life and have a very good set.
Why am I even writing about this? Because it was a kick-ass accomplishment, that's why. I went outside of my comfort zone and tried something new and challenging. It kicked my butt but I can say I did it. And I raised a bunch of money for a good cause.
You see that tall building in the skyline? Yeah I've been to the top. And not in an elevator.
- What have you done to push yourself recently?
- Is there something big you've always wanted to accomplish but haven't been brave enough to try?
- Name a time you did something challenging for a good cause.