Today I climbed Taipei 101. 2046 steps, 91 floors. I have been training for the past two weeks (though this week training got put on the back burner a bit) and got all the way up in 20 minutes and 23 seconds. I felt pretty good about it, having only stopped twice for breaks the whole way up. My goal had been 20 minutes. I'm satisfied.
The view was pretty good, though Taipei doesn't look too different from Kaohsiung, and I've been up in the 85-storey building there a few times. I guess I'm just spoiled by living in a country with so many tall buildings. I met a guy who had done the climb in 14 minutes and he introduced me to a Taiwanese man who is the fastest long-distance runner in Taiwan. This guy did the 101 climb twice this morning, both times a hair under 14 minutes and within 8 seconds of each other. He also holds the record for the 100KM run between Kaohsiung and Pingdung - 8 hours and 29 minutes (he also knew how many second, but I forget). Wow!
It was a very well-organized event and there were lots of friendly people there. I'm very glad that I ran this, it was an experience I won't soon forget.