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3/22/2011

Well, at least I’m consistent…

Filed under: — stan @ 5:33 pm

Today was another practice climb up the Aon building in downtown Los Angeles. This is the fourth practice this spring. This time, I dialed the pace down a bit on my metronome. I’d been running it at 80 and failing to keep up. So this time I set it for 76.

There was a pretty good turnout for the practice today. I got there late, so I was by myself at the start. Last time, I paid attention and figured out that the two big un-numbered mechanical floors are right around 22 and 44, which is right around the 1/3 and 2/3 marks of the building. These make good landmarks.

I got to the 1/3 mark all right. But just a little bit before the 2/3 mark, I was nearly overcome by a wave of “OMG what the hell was I thinking when I signed up for this,” And that sort of thing makes it hard to push through the pain barrier. Of course, the funny thing is, it still hurts just as much if you slow down.

Somehow, I managed to keep moving, and I made it to the top in 10;42. That’s two seconds slower than last time. Last time was, in turn, eight seconds slower than the time before, which was six seconds slower than the first time.

So each time, I’m going just a little bit slower than the last. At least I’m consistent.

One Response to “Well, at least I’m consistent…”

  1. Leti Martinez Says:

    We had to evacuate the Wells Fargo North Tower once during a fire drill, being asked by the Fire Department to walk a mere four flights down and wait for further instructions. Some of my co-workers on the 50th floor were so inspired that we decided to participate in the full evaculation process – so were told to meet the Fire Department at ground level. We cruised down, laughing and chatting, “piece of cake”. Much to my dismay I was unable to walk for the next two days!!! So my hat is off to you for walking UP all these stairs, not once or even twice!

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