Monday 22 August 2016

Stair Challenge and Giant Steps

Last Sunday I did the big one. I ran 100 flights of stairs to the top of Westfield Centrepoint Tower. Okay, I didn't run. I walked. I had a minor panic attack at level 10, wondering if I could do it, which was stupid as I've been doing it for weeks almost daily. I think I may have discovered I have slight claustrophobia, as it's a physical reaction that feels like my blood pressure dropping all of a sudden.

By far the most popular fancy dress
Anyway, my friend charged ahead and I made my own way up, arriving 3 minutes behind her (which is actually a sizeable distance). I did it in 19 mins, was around the middle of the pack and the middle of the pack for females my age...

The view from the top is fabulous but the queue to get down was hideous. I would have walked down the stairs had they let us.

I want to thank those of you that generously sponsored me (and Giant Steps, a school for kids with Autism in Sydney). Any last minute donations greatly appreciated here.

Would I do it again? Probably not but I will definitely do Climb'n'Dine again - that distance I can attempt to run and the breakfast at the top is well worth the effort (and diminishes the queue to go back to the bottom again).

As we hit the food court for some dumplings, I can honestly say I was loving life!

I am also LOVIN' my new kicks! 

What are you loving about life right now?

Updating the list:

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 (check)

Linking with #Blogtober21 on phobia.


  1. YAY - so glad you made it !!!!! And I love you kicks - that are amazing. I saw them on the British olympic team - I think they are ace !!
    Have the best afternoon xox

    1. That is the closest I'll come to an Olympiad....

  2. So, if I read correctly, you went up 100 flights of stairs in 19 minutes. Wow, that is impressive. Sounds like running to me.

    1. It's 1504 stairs, so 100 flights sounds more than it is. The winning female did it in 8. That's running!! I walked slow and steady....;)

  3. Wow! You go girl! And how cool are your shoes?!
    Re the panic attack ... I once climbed to the top of the Statue of Liberty (exposed open winding staircase) and half way up I had a panic attack. I had someone in front and someone behind. I had nowhere to go but up, but I couldn't move. Frozen. It took a lot of coaxing to get me going again. That was back when I was only 21. I wasn't afraid of anything. But for some reason I was afraid of that!

  4. Love the shoes and well done on climbing the stairs. I hate hills and steps and notice my pathetic level of fitness more when I have to cope with them!

  5. Goooood on you! and for overcoming that panic attack. I've not been to the top of centrpoint tower..but the view must be the best ever on a clear day. I "have" done bridge climb a few years back though!!

  6. Wow! What an effort! Congratulations on reaching the top of the tower!

  7. Good for you, that is not an easy challenge at all and I am LOVING those shoes


  8. I'm scared to death of heights! No way, but good for you!

  9. Oh Lord - I'm exhausted just READING about climbing all those steps!
    Thanks for sharing at

  10. Kudos for finishing the climb! What a wonderful view.

  11. What an adventure - going up all the stairs is not for me. I'm pooped already reading it.

  12. It is great to challenge yourself. What a great goal. Well done, I would love to do this :)

    Thanks for linking up..

  13. I reckon I would have broken down somewhere along the climb too. Good on you for completing it. Amazing!

  14. Congratulations on reaching the top and raising money for charity! I like your new kicks too! Bet you can find them in the dark!

  15. You're a champion! That's an awful lot of stairs in a short period of time. I haven't been up the Centrepoint Tower yet, but I think I'm more likely to take a lift. there is lift, isn't there?!?

  16. That's something great. Top views are cool but scary. Cool shoes.

  17. I am also loving your new shoes!!! #photofriday

  18. What a great challenge, well done. It's always good to challenge yourself sometimes.