Well I finished climbing up the CN Tower for the eighth time so far! I have to say it was such an amazing experience! Climbing the tower this year was different then the years gone by as I also had to climb the tower AGAIN because I was part of a the AUUM/Canada StairClimbing Association Group!
So here is my experience this year! :)
This year I again wanted to be the first one up the tower and have a clear shot up to the top.
I woke up at 3:45 am Saturday morning. It was fun waking up this early! :) I Arrived at the Tower around 5 am, and there was already a line up!!! I started doing a little bit of a warm-up and waking up the body. I actually was caught on video warming up, so I will be posting that when I get that video :)
The Registration process was quick and painless and by 6:08 am I was on my way up the tower.
My strategy this year was to go all out and not stop until I get to the top. I have heard of different racing strategies like start off slower and push harder on as you climb, but I really want to always push my hardest right from the start. I am like the Steve Prefontaine of Stair Racing!
So as I neared the halfway mark (Floor 72) I was at 5 minutes and 1 second. When I came up near floor 120 I started to feel the effects of climbing so high so fast. I was close to 10 minutes. By the time I ended at 144 I finished at 11 minutes and 15 seconds.
I was happy with my placing and time, but now I can finish the climb eventually under 10 minutes. I am going to still train hard and push my way toward beating the 10 minute mark.
I believe I might have to switch my nutrition to a more organic diet and eliminating some of the foods that may slow my body down.
I also need to get under 190 lbs so I am lighter and am able to have more explosive power!
My second time was ALOT of fun! I ended up finishing this climb in 15 minutes and 53 seconds. It was a fun climb and I ended up cheering alot of people in and having fun climbing the stairs.
I did a lot of technique training and explosive muscle training as I climbed.
Overall I feel great, my lungs feel a bit weezy, but my legs feel amazing!
My future goal is to climb the CN Tower 24 times in a 24 hour period. I plan to do this in September this year!
Till next time!
Keep On Steppin!
The Canada StairClimbing Association