The annual Big Climb presents its participants a seemingly daunting task to climb 69 flights in 1311 steps and 788 feet in vertical elevation. The event takes place at Seattle's Columbia Center. All the proceeds from the event goes to fight leukemia.
My friend enthusiastically enrolled both of us for this fund raising event & gave me tips on how to pace myself and face the giant task. I knew that I had a Buckley's chance of making it to the top and hence I had prepared myself to content with 40-45 flights. Still, last night at dinner table I gave a highly optimistic climb time of 45 mins.
My friend and I started the climb at 8:47 am, resting every 10th floor. I was enthusiastic and hoping to make it to the top floor. My friend slowed down to keep me company and make sure that I was doing okay. The volunteers were boosting morale of the climbers with free water and free water showers :-)
At 9:15 am, we were at Observatory on the 73rd floor of the tallest building in Seattle. Woo Hoo!!! I climbed 69 floors.
The sense of achievement and self discovery along with satisfaction of working for a cause made the day special.