We trained. We raised funds. We gave it our all. We did it! CN Tower conquered! Woohoo!
Dominick and I stepped up to the challenge and climbed all 1,776 steps (144 flights of stairs) to the top of our tower.
It was a big day for us! The night before, Dom couldn’t sleep (and yes, I admit, I had trouble too). He was excited and I was nervous. We woke up at 6:00 am, had a healthy breakfast, got into our comfy shoes and set off to Toronto.
After making our way into the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, getting all registered and signed in, wrist-bands on, we went for it!
Well, Dominick was off like a rocket! I didn’t see him at all after the first flight of stairs. He got to the top after 19 minutes and 18 seconds!
I made it in 27 minutes and 7 seconds. Hey, not complaining, but will definitely try to get in more training for next time;)
Let me tell you, having Dominick climb with me this year meant SO much! I’m super glad he was able to be part of something so big and important. You really feel the sense of community at this event. At the end of the day, it just feels good to do something good.
If you plan to climb the Tower for the next charitable event (they run in spring and fall), here are a few facts:
- I suggest you train at least 3 times per week and start early! Give yourself plenty of time to get into shape:)
- Register for the climb online and start your fundraising efforts. Remember, you are doing this for charity!
- On the day of the climb, plan out your time accordingly. Plan to stand in line-ups for registration, coat check-ins, etc.
- Once you’re climbing, you’re in good hands – there are paramedics on stand-by every few floors;)
- Stay to the right-hand side of the stairwell so faster climbers can pass on the left
- Try not to stop – it’s hard to get back into it after you’ve stopped
- There are about 10 more flights of stairs after you finish! YUP! You think you’re done…you scan your wristband and….you need to climb more! I know, what a tease!
- LONG lineups at the top to get into the elevators. Good news is that you get plenty of water while you wait
- Some lineups to find out your time and get your t-shirt, but not bad at all!
Dominick and I will definitely go back next year! Join us! Daniel is planning to climb one day too;)