Friday, November 01, 2013

Stairs of the World II -- The Revenge

This post is mostly for me. As, I suppose, all of them are. I like to have a specific record of my exercise when I am trying improve on something difficult. I find that it really helps me to focus on the little things necessary to improve. When I share that with you, it gives makes the goal seem more real and somehow more important to achieve.

Anyway, yes, I took a break from stair climbing during my healing process. But, I've been back at it pretty hard in the last little while. I thought an update was in order. In case you missed the first post on stairs.

What's new? Below is my tower activity since injuring my ribs. I fill in a web form each time I run the tower and it updates a spreadsheet for me. As you may care to notice, I took some heart rate measurements at several points today (last row, right hand column). Times (usually) follow the format of hh:mm:ss.tenthsec

15/09/2013 10:04:30Arts Tower run17:31.55x u/d. 1st time on the stairs since my rib injury. Speed was lousy, but endurance was pretty good.
22/09/2013 15:10:10Arts Tower run00:57.17
22/09/2013 15:28:38Arts Tower run17:38.85xu/d
26/09/2013 08:23:49Arts Tower run16:57.85xu/d
27/09/2013 19:39:17Arts Tower run00:55.66
03/10/2013 10:36:57Arts Tower run1:01.79
03/10/2013 11:16:34Arts Tower run39:47.2610xu/d
03/10/2013 12:08:35Arts Tower run01h26m29s20xu/d (15x=1:03:10.79)
06/10/2013 14:29:44Arts Tower run00:54.0
13/10/2013 13:40:51Arts Tower run00:49.63
16/10/2013 19:37:39Arts Tower run16:56.115x U/D
18/10/2013 14:52:06Arts Tower run00:52.51
18/10/2013 15:37:54Arts Tower run19:17.25x U/D
20/10/2013 16:31:39Arts Tower run00:54.66
24/10/2013 13:40:53Arts Tower run00:54.79
24/10/2013 14:26:30Arts Tower run43:06.0610x U/D
28/10/2013 10:25:55Arts Tower run01:00.81
28/10/2013 10:44:44Arts Tower run17:14.215xu/d
31/10/2013 09:35:08Arts Tower run00:53.75
31/10/2013 09:52:09Arts Tower run16:50.775xu/d
31/10/2013 10:14:10Arts Tower run36:56.2810xu/d
01/11/2013 12:30:17Arts Tower run53:00.0010xu/d -- doing random things such as: running, walking, hopping, walking backwards, spin moves…

last night's heart rate just before bed -- 60bpm
"cruising" heart rate 150bpm -- 8th time up
180bpm -- after 5 floors at a dead run on 9th time up
10 min after finish -- 102bpm
60 min after finish -- 78bpm

Worth getting excited about for me are a couple of dates. On October 3rd, I managed 20x up and down the tower for a total of 220 flights in 86 minutes. While doing it, I could have watched My Neighbor Totoro :) Maybe next time. That multiplies out to 800m. I wish I had done the math before beginning my assault. That leaves me 29m short of the peak of the Burj! Sigh. There is some hope. A careful measuring of the inside of the tower could reveal that it's taller than I think. Don't hold your breath.

Also notable is Oct 13th. It marks the 1st time since 2009 that I've achieved a time under 50 seconds. It's a feat I've managed 11 times out of the nearly 70 speed attempts I've recorded.