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Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Stairway to Paradise



  



Last Sunday I entered Climb n Dine, a stair run where you run the 36 flights of stairs of the Shangri La Hotel to finish at the top and enjoy a fabulous breakfast with the best views in Sydney.

I had been training towards four minutes, and while I could never crack the final 100 in that time, I had hoped to finish under 7 minutes. I had underestimated how difficult the 'all up' aspect would be. I had trained 83 up, 83 down repeatedly. The down run lets you catch your breath. I was devastated when I reached the 8th floor and realised I would have to walk the rest. 












I was over 7 minutes, and only just scraped in the top half of the women. I am a million years old, but still, a little disappointing.









However, that was quickly forgotten as I grabbed a prime window seat looking out onto our beautiful harbour!

We all chatted over breakfast and at that moment, I was truly loving life!







In the early morning, the water was so still that a single ferry wake rippled across the whole harbour!


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Unknown Mami

25 comments:

  1. Well done !!!! You supported a great cause with it and you shared these amazing photos with us - thank you !!!!

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  2. Wow Lydia, you should be so proud of yourself for doing this! What an achievement just to do it. Such gorgeous view shots too - totally worth the climb! :)

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  3. Wow!!! Go Lydia :) A breakfast well deserved.

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  4. Wow! Well done on this great achievement!

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  5. Oh wow! Talk about working for your meal! Well done, lovely and what an amazing view!

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  6. And a big well done from me too, nice post :-)

    Have a tanfastic week :-)

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  7. You did well! Much better than I could ever do. I'm sure you enjoyed the view at the top once you were seated and caught your breath.

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  8. Wow,wow,wow! I am out of breath thinking of such a physical challenge. An enjoyable end to the feat. Well done.

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  9. Well done! And breakfast at the Shangri La is fantastic.

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  10. Your photos are beautiful! Thanks for linking up.

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  11. Good for you to accomplish all that! That was a lot of work. You got some cool photos in the process!

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  12. That was great and well worth your work!

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  13. What a great challenge!! Looks like fun but very tiring. Well done :)

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  14. Great achievement on the challenge. Love the view from the top.

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  15. Rewarded at the end of 36 flights of stairs! Well done! You certainly got a prime spot! I've not heard of the event before, is it an annual run?

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    1. First time. I'm hoping it's annual. I really enjoyed it.

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  16. Hello....do not be disappointed but congratulated..what a feat!! That is amazing and the view...woo hoo! Lovely shots of my old city! Denyse xx

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  17. 36 flights of stairs aaarrrggghhh!!!! I'm flat out walking up one flight. Well done you!!! Great photo of the harbour bridge. It's 26 years since I lived in Sydney, I came back to Tassie when I left the Navy in 1990.

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  18. The views are definitely worth the effort and would help you to forget your time running up the stairs. Good on you for giving it a go, even if you are almost as old as I am--I'm older than dirt!

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  19. Oh wow, that's quite an achievement, even if you did have to walk a little. It's better than not doing it at all and I'm not even sure I could do it, so kudos to you!

    Breakfast isn't too shabby a reward either!

    ~ K

    www.lifeasunusuals.com

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  20. That is an amazing viewpoint

    Mollyxxx

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