Fight for Air Climb- Milwaukee
I made it to the top! I would like to thank Noel Brue and our whole team from The Body Boutique for allowing me to be a part of such a fun, team building event!!! I would also like to thank my donors for donating to the American Lung Association, so that I was able to climb. In order to participate in this event every climber must raise $100. So without their generosity I would be unable to participate.
I have never participated in an event quite like this before. Some things were to be expected and some things were different than what I was expecting. If you are going to take on this challenge read carefully to know how to train, and what to expect when the big day comes.
I will start with some of the things that I wasn’t quite expecting. I envisioned that our whole team would be able to be united on the climb. However, they stagger the participants making it highly unlikely that you’ll even see some of your teammates. However, we shared the elevator occasionally. The second thing that caught me off guard is I thought that training on a stairmaster in the gym would be similar to the stairs. Wrong! You need to find a stairwell to train in for this event. The air flow is different in an actual stairwell versus a climate controlled gym. I wish I would have had a better hydration system in place. My throat felt extremely dry the entire time, they had mints to suck on, but I didn’t feel like that was enough. I saw a lot of Nathan water vest systems and possibly next year I would wear a hydration system. I wish I would have bought gum in the stairwell, although I’m not sure if it was permitted. My ears kept popping bad. Especially on the way down on the elevator. I think gum might help that out as well. Which bring me to my last thing I wasnt expecting being able to take the elevator down from the top floor. My knees would have had a hard time going down stairs, so when I discovered this fact and I was excited!
So what did I expect from this event?
To climb stairs and have fun!
I underestimated the physical demands of stairclimbing. It took me nearly a week to feel recovered from the climb. It could have be from a calorie deficit or from participating in a different event. I found this to be an enjoyable fun way to challenge myself.
My advice to anyone looking to participate in this event is to participate in the practice climbs or find a stairwell to practice in. Overall if my schedule permits I would plan on doing this event again! I thought it was fun and well organized. I also love that each participant gather donations. I participate in a lot of “charity events”, that don’t really seem to support the charity. I appreciate it that there is actually a large portion of money fundraised from this event.
Have you ever participated in an air climb? What where your thoughts? Any advice for me in 2019?