Sunday, April 18, 2010

9 sets- boo yeah!

So today I beat my previous record of how many sets I could complete of the Santa Monica stairs. I was able to eek out just one more for a crazy nine f'n sets!

Some of you have asked for a visual of what the stairs look like. Today while climbing up and down and up and down and up and down, I took pictures of them (both sets) to give you a complete visual of what they look like.

This is the first set. The ones I like to call the "easy stairs." They're wooden, wider and busier. And there are 179 of them. Here's what they look like:

And here is the other set. These are concrete, the stairs themselves are narrower and the stairway is narrower as well. Instead of going straight up and down, there are a few steps before each landing that sort of make you zig zag a bit. The landings between the six different portions of the concrete steps can be a welcome place to try and catch your breath and prevent you from keeling over. Oh, and very important, there are 10 more steps, to make one trip up (or down) 189 steps!

This is what the concrete set looks like:

For the record, I have no desire to try and do anything more than 10 sets!

When I completed the 9th set, it felt amazing to know I could do it. But then I had to hop on my bike and ride home. Although it's only a very short distance and didn't take long at all, my legs weren't happy at having to do more work!


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