It seems science fiction lift acquire the chilling rate of less than one minute to raise over 80 floors of grand Empire State Building in New York (if you look at the score of the elevators, they have floors ten ten, as if engulf dozens, and there comes a time when you plug the ears); and at the same time, there are athletes who have risen adventurous walk more than 1,576 steps (320 meters), in less than ten minutosn as if they were human elevators.
Empire State Building Run-Up
The Empire State Building Run-Up is the second largest sporting event in New York, in winter, after the marathon, and registration ended on 29 November 2015 took place on February 3, 2016. The winners of the version 39th (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_j7_s5NQuw) were two Australians.
In the women's category, Suzy Walsham up the steps in 12 minutes and 36 seconds (this is the sixth time that wins the race); while in the men's category, he won the German Cristian Riedel, who set a time of 10 minutes and 16 seconds. A Spanish The Robes Zaragoza firefighter David Tapia, came in eighth.
We can hardly believe that the human body can emulate the output of any of the 76 elevators arranged in the building, perfect machines that seem to settle on board a spaceship; while brokers so curious vertical stroke, from around the world race against the narrow stairs with no windows, where only two people can run in parallel. They are challenges that we must take into account when assessing this feat.
What better than a personal history of one of its thousands of participants to stage this psychological and physical challenge not without sacrifice. This is the personal experience of Jonathan Angelilli, an athlete, fitness trainer and writer based in New York, to overcome his injury, he decided to participate in the hardest vertical stroke of the story .... Gone are other emblematic, like the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
The taste of blood
The athlete writes in his diary that, upon reaching the section of the route sixty, felt the taste of blood in the back of his mouth became more evident and that his tormented mind, only circulating two distinct thoughts: "inhale , exhale, inhale, exhale; left leg, right leg, left leg, right leg ... ". And above all, the latter, more than a thought seemed a plea: "Please do not let my body faint before reaching the top, please, I beg you!".
Stairs to hell
These words can only feel who reaches this point of exasperation for exercise led to the edge of exhaustion. And, then, when the corridor was raised, once the mad rush, the question finished, "How have I come here?". It was agreed that it was nothing more and nothing less, than a herniated disc in his neck caused by a bad fall on a snowboard park, which led him to prepare for such mindless and symbolic vertical stroke.
And it is hugely symbolic, taking about as powerful elevators that can climb the 86 floors in less than a minute, this race becomes more popular each year and there are people who pirre to take part in it. We are able to see the best views of New York from the top of the building where King Kong or hung Rockefeller Center.
Inhuman and humanitarian fund career
The Empire State Building Run-Up is sponsored riders in New York, while working with the Multiple Myeloma Foundation Road. You know, being so curious and symbolic race (is different propose climb a mountain the same altitude as emblematic and portrayed by the film industry, although the effort is the same building), riders get a minimum of $ 2,500 for the Foundation have a guaranteed place for the race.
Applicants who fail to reach this minimum collection (in 2005 as anecdotal fact, many managed to exceed $ 5,000), are selected by a random drawing.
An exemplary personal training
The 86 floors are equivalent to about a quarter mile from elevaciónvertical, but even this figure is not particularly striking for an athlete, we must consider the vertical lift, which means the force of gravity.
The training followed the Italian athlete was as follows: for twelve weeks, trained twenty floors up the stairs of the building of his sister and tried to overcome by ever shorter intervals. Down downstairs using the elevators.
He came to repeat climbs to 57 times in a workout. He combined these workouts with other longer range and climbed the stairs of skyscrapers. He came to train with such dedication that sometimes felt he was under the dangerous risk of overtraining.
The day of truth
Then came the icy February morning: test all brutal training that was conducted at the twelve-week program without interruption. The atmosphere was spectacular: massed multitudes of people and encouraging plenty of athletes who, just for the mere fact of having achieved the position or being selected, were jubilant satisfaction.
The health workers also warned us how dangerous it could be the result. It was inexplicable how hundreds of cheering and joking was summoned to what was the biggest test of pain his body could withstand ... Many of them would not get and reach the top.
There comes a time, the runners come into position, an intimidating silence prevails ... and horn gives out. The first twenty stories remind us possessed a scrum of people throng the exit of a subway rush hour and the stairs to the exit never end, like a surreal movie.
Suddenly, the ruckus gives way to the first signs of fatigue and, on the horizon of endless stairs, an even more impossible to ignore monster sighting: the psychological terror. So the mantra of emergency "inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale; right, left, right, left "is connected, as the precise machinery that raises an elevator, and the body responds, like buttons on the floors of the Empire State we have on shoes. Until the consciousness of the corridor is diluted and only becomes aware to see the numbers of the story is left behind: 69, 70, 71 ...
There comes a time when the lungs flames expire, instead of air, the sweat becomes lava and tear of the eyes appear staunch the blood of tears of pain that never come ... Until the runner crosses the finish line like a sigh. But consciousness does not return to that body until a few minutes, when fluids are restored and heartbeat to normal.
This is the superhuman feat that do to beat the machine, the lift; or at least, to catch up with the automatic mechanism that paradoxes of fate, was his invention.
A lesson of perseverance and humility
It is the same coach who is of Italian origin, in this race, a reason to encourage customers who want to recover from injury and we must take human key. Not only in the sporting sense of competition, but also on the human side of the feat, because, as we have seen, the psychological component is heavy. And we understand the psychological component both in the sense of the marathon effort to reach the goal with all the pain involved in the effort, as in the mystical sense, given that the building is a cultural entity of the first order (at one time, it was recognized as the eighth wonder of the world).
A career numbers
As the elevator up 86 floors in less than a minute, athletes who dare to jump to devour their ladders should consider these figures:
1,050 feet distance (about one-fifth of a mile, vertically).
9 minutes and 33 seconds is the record set by Paul Crake (Australia) in 2003.
11 minutes and 23 seconds is the record held by Austrian Andrea Mayr in 2006.
7 times overall winner was the German Thomas Dold (2006 to 2011).
6 times overall winner was Australian Suzy Walsham (from 2007-2009 and 2013-2015).
After this race of numbers, there are those who continue to make long lines to get into an elevator that can gobble up 86 floors in less than a minute with a smoothness and silence so characteristic that not notice the movement, if it were not for the indicators the electronic panel.
Maybe that's what's special about a historic building, whose highest mast grabbed King Kong or whose roof gave Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks a legendary kiss.