Monday 20 June 2016

Never look backwards or you'll fall down the stairs. Rudyard Kipling

As I mentioned, I've taken up the exercise of running up the fire stairs, and can I say, I'm loving it. Most of all, because it's quick! I can have a full workout in less than 20 mins, and at the moment, when I'm time poor, I'm getting more exercise in a week than I have in ages.

I was talking to a fireman who does the Sydney Tower challenge and he mentioned it was 1500 stairs. I didn't think that sounded correct, as I was already doing over 1000, so I googled and discovered he was right, but more importantly, that I could do it too. So I roped a friend into it and the two of us will set off on August 21st. It's a charity event raising money for Giant Steps, a school children for Autism in Sydney, so if any kind readers or corporations care to sponsor us with a donation, please do. Money is going to a good cause, and will make some #SmokinOldBroads feel good about themselves.

As training, I'm considering doing the Climb and Dine. It's the morning after a big party so I'm still deciding. If any other bloggers are doing it, let me know as I'd like to crash your dining part.

I've added the Tower Climb to the Torschlusspanik list because I'm slightly worried I've deluded myself on my fitness level (quite probable), that I'll have lost interest in this stair thing in a week or so (equally probable), and I'm just too old for this kind of lark.

So the dusty and neglected list stands at 20:

Torshlusspanik List:

1. Shooting (check)
2. Fencing (check)
3. Play croquet at Croquet Club
4. Laser skeet
5. Off road buggy driving
6. Play Assassins Creed
7. Jetpacking (check)
8. The Color Run (check)
9. Invent something
10. Cooking Masterclass (check)
11. Master a Masterclass (check)
12. Perform a rap song (check)
13. Trampoline adventure (check)
14. BMX Riding (check)
15. Do a cart wheel (check)
16. Ride an Electric Bike (check)

17. Astonish Myself
18. Write a book*.
19. Participate in a distance event (check)
20. Climb Sydney Tower

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  1. I'm impressed with how many things you've checked off your list!

  2. I love your attitude to help others while you are going through such a tough time yourself. Sending huge hugs your way and wishing you the best day xox

  3. Wow, you are one busy lady- can't wait to read the book ;)

  4. This is awesome! Chookas.

    1. (P.S. Looking backwards or not, it's highly likely that I will in fact fall down the stairs. #teamIBOT)

  5. Wow good on you! I am not good at stairs or hills so you have my admiration. Loving your list and you are making impressive progress at checking things off it too!

  6. Glad you are checking off (and adding) to your list. Stairs are some serious exercise - sexy legs.

  7. Look at all those checkity checks! Go you! I'm very impressed at anyone who can do stairs, they're my nemesis and the reason why I live in a ground floor apartment! The climb and dine looks so much fun... I say what Nike say, "just do it!" :)

  8. Great work!! That list is getting checked off!!! I think stair climbing would feel so great when you got to the top too.

  9. Excellent.
    I did the Climb for cancer challenge a few weeks ago.
    The app counts the steps for you. You can pause it for going down.
    I used the gym firestairs mostly (because it was a rainy week).

  10. That list is looking pretty awesome! I have always liked the idea of running up stairs :) Why does 'write a book' have an asterisks?

    1. Because the list is what I need to do before I run out of time (what the word means) and is meant to be things I haven't done before. I have written a book - it was a picture book (lift the flap) about fear. I entered it in a publishing house competition. I was pretty happy with the feedback I got, considering I whipped up the book, in rhyme, 3 hours prior to the competition closing. So when I wrote the original post adding to the list, I must have explained all that in the asterisk but this time I just cut and pasted without paying attention and you caught me out. Maybe I should add proof read before publishing to the list but I know that will never happen!! ;)

  11. My thighs are hurting just thinking about all those stairs. Best wishes, you're amazing.

  12. Go you! And what a great cause too Lydia - I'm off to donate now x

  13. Wow! Good for you. And check out how many checks are off that list!

  14. Ooh, quads of steel!! Awesome effort!