One day in February, I received a challenge from my personal trainer, Daniel Di Luccio to climb 1776 of the CN tower in support of the World Wildlife Fund. I was shocked and surprised. Shocked because Daniel thought I could do it and surprised because I accepted the challenge.
I am not athletic and could not image an overweight person could attempt this climb. Daniel gave me a training schedule to follow in order to prepare me for the climb. This was in addition to my regular training schedule. The challenge was on! In addition, on weekends, I took it upon myself to visit office towers and condominium buildings to climb stairs. As the climb got closer, I started to doubt my ability to complete it. Daniel kept encouraging me and challenged me even further by imposing a time limit of 28 minutes and 30 seconds (with no stopping) in which to complete it. That’s when I really started to get nervous and scared. I had enough confidence at this point to attempt and complete the climb but with these restrictions the challenge became that much more daunting.
On the day of the climb, I started the climb with Daniel at 7 in the morning. I was looking at 1776 steps (that’s 144 floors) to get to the top. I refused to look at the floors and I just climbed. Daniel encouraged me the whole time. He would give me a push when I wanted to slow and stop. Before I knew it I was at the top. I did it in 24 minutes and 52 seconds, shattering Daniel’s challenge.
I was so proud of myself. I had accepted the challenge, followed through and conquered it.