Tri, Tri Again

As part of my ‘anniversary’ year, I’ve been trying all sorts of new things. 2014 started off with a (indoor, thankfully) rowing competition. Following that, came the Empire State Building Run-Up, then the Toastmasters International Speech Contest, and recently, the Assault on Mt. Mitchell. It’s been a busy year.  One of my other bucket list items […]

Last-Place Finish

This past weekend, I got to ride in The Assault on Mt. Mitchell. It’s a 102-mile ride, with over 11,000 feet of climbing, rated as one of the most difficult rides in the country, according to Bicycling Magazine. It had long been a bucket list item of mine, even more so since I had attempted […]

Just Jump

Do you have a fear or phobia? I have to confess….I’m afraid of heights.  Not so much of heights…but of long, rapid descents followed by sudden deceleration. I have a fear. I also have friends.  Friends that like adventure. Friends that like……skydiving. There’s an old saying about skydiving, that nobody should jump out of a perfectly good […]

Stage Fright…

It’s been said that the most common fear among adults is the fear of public speaking. Death comes in second. To paraphrase Jerry Seinfeld, most people would rather be in the casket, than delivering the eulogy. This weekend, I worked on making that fear a bit smaller. I attended the Lady and the Champs speaking […]

Head in the Clouds….

This past week, I ran with the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation’s (MMRF) Power Team in the annual Empire State Building Run-Up. It was quite an exciting event, from the training and fundraising leading up to the climb….to the event itself. Brushes with Celebrity: Got up at 6AM to meet the MMRF crew on the set […]

You Say it’s Your Birthday…..

…”Well, happy birthday to you!” goes the Beatles song. Every year, it reliably shows up, and I work through the inevitable jokes, comments and (welcome) birthday wishes. I try not to make a big deal out of my birthday….not because I mind getting older (I don’t), but I try to take the time to do […]

A Game of Inches

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been posting about the Empire State Building Run-Up. I got ‘drafted’ into the cause by mentioning it as a bucket list item, but since then, I’ve been active in training and increasing awareness to meet both the physical and fundraising challenge. The physical part hasn’t been easy. Training for […]

This is Why We Fight….

Over the past week or so, I’ve been writing about the Empire State Building Run-Up. I’m running it for a lot of reasons – it’s a challenge, it’s exciting, and it’s a bucket list item – not a lot of people get a chance to do it, so when the opportunity came up, I jumped […]

Because it’s there….

As I’ve been talking about recently, I’m doing the  Empire State Building Run-Up in February, 2014. I’ve been training on my office building stairs…and trying to get the story out to as many people as possible. It’s going to be tough….It’s ONLY 1,050 feet. Straight up. 1576 steps, and 86 flights of stairs. Only 700 runners […]

What a Difference a Year Makes….

As we’re coming up to the end of 2013, I’m looking back over the year to see if I’ve accomplished everything I thought I would. I’ve hit the mark on some goals, missed on others. The big thing I’ve realized is that it’s one more trip around the sun….and I need to make the best […]