Every February I do this awesome thing. I captain a team called “Team LOL” that races up a bunch of stairs for the American Lung Association. LOL stands for “Love Our Lungs” Genius right? I know, I thought so too.
Anyways, stairs are hard! When you race up stairs you go anaerobic. In the first flight, you feel “awesome.” That can last for up to 5 flights depending on how well you trained and your cardio capacity. It fades. It vanishes. You literally gasp for air. Your heart rate skyrockets and your legs yell at you. “SLOW THE HELL DOWN YOU MORON”
You keep racing anyways. Hopefully you trained on some stairs. There is fire in your lungs. Everything in your mind is saying to just take a little breather in one of the landing but you keep going anyways knowing that the top will come ‘soon enough.’ As the oxygen gets further depleted, your legs get heavier and your breath even more ragged. The top seems further away and you start counting down instead of up. JUST HOLD ON, you’re almost there.
In the Fight for Air each person is released into the stairwell in 15 second intervals to keep the stairwell uncongested. There will still be passing involved and it’s a rush to fly past those that have slowed their climb. It’s awesome as you get near the top to hear the welcoming sound of the ‘beep’ ‘beep’ of the timing matt and KNOW that will soon be yours. It’s amazing when you hit that matt just as you’re nearing collapse and then you DO COLLAPSE just past it.
For just a few minutes you lose the ability to breath. For just a few minutes you do fight for air. If you really reflect on that– people with lung disease FEEL THAT every day. They battle the stairwell as they sit, stand, walk. Imagine having to fight for air all the time.
Please consider donating. I’m fighting for air to help those that can’t breathe.
Every dollar helps. Thanks!