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Fit ... well, a hissy fit at least if the climb doesn’t go well

AS I was scratching my head wondering what to write about for this week’s column on the KMPG Consulting Central Park Stair Climb, my editor suggested I take a peek into the future and write about what I thought it would be like.

So I sat and took a peek and I saw me, smiling and standing on top of Central Park with the winner’s trophy after having climbed 54 flights of stairs in four minutes and broken the record.

Perhaps not.

Actually, I’m not expecting anything so grand. Rather I’m expecting a good deal of sweating, puffing, whining and cursing a particular colleague who talked me into it.

And the other one who told me faking a knee injury was not in team spirit and he would tell on me if I did.

But, despite the sore legs and the light-headed feeling I’m sure I will experience, I am expecting to finish.

It won’t be my decidedly average fitness level that will get me over step 1,236 either.

More likely it will be sheer determination and the vague sense of continual harassment from other team members if I don’t finish.

And though I am in the just-for-fun category, I am looking forward to finishing, because however long it takes me, at the end of the day – and it probably will take me all day – whenever I look at Central Park I will be able to know that I climbed it.

Climbing 224 metres straight up is big achievement and I don’t think there would be many people who would consider it, let alone only do it.

Jacob’s Ladder maybe, Central Park, no.

If it were a favoured exercise routine, friends wouldn’t raise their eyebrows at me when I tell them what my plans are for the weekend.

So my strategy for the day is very simple, show up, try to maintain a dignified pace – which after flight 40 can be one minute per flight if I so choose – and remember to keep breathing.

As my parents used to say to me to stop me crying when I finished last in athletic races, it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s the fact you tried in the first place that makes you a winner.

So to all my competitors, enjoy the day, and as long as you do your best, then congratulations … you’ve already won.

But just quietly, don’t think I won’t be having a tantrum if I do come last.

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