Tommy Coleman

Birthdate: 10 February 1974

What is your occupation? Motorcycle mechanic, fashion accessories designer, pre-med student.  

What/when was your first climb? 2006 US Bank Tower - Los Angeles. 

How many climbs have you completed? 10

Why/how did you start? I had long-looked for an extreme discipline that required immense suffering; I'd found it

Do you have a favorite climb? Why? US Bank Tower because it is my hometown event, as well as my first.

Least favorite climb? Why? Climbs that don't attract an elite field aren't as fufilling for me. The faster the competition, the more I am motivated to run hard.

Why do you climb?  To help complete my life with the essential physical fitness test/challenge component.  

Are there other sports you’re passionate about? I get excited when I think about cycling up mountains, running on uneven terrain, or swimming in the ocean when the surf is huge.  

Did you have injuries or issues you needed to overcome to climb? Two years ago I was diagnosed with a rare spinal disease known as Syringomyelia. This neurologic-based malady can cause myriad symptoms across many body systems. However, notwithstanding MRI evidence collelating Syringomyelia, recent expert opinions have prompted a search for another cause of my symptoms. Due to my condition I just passed the one year mark with no training, so I'm getting more anxious than ever to figure this thing out and get back up into the sky!

How do you train?  Too much to list but I will say that it's all hard, with some of it scary even.

Do you have a special relationship with any of your step-siblings? I tend to feel most connected to those of us who are invested in the analysis of the sporting life and how it relates to diet, injury and disease.

Who inspires you? Any speed-demon, male or female.

Do you have a good luck charm or any superstitions or pre-race rituals?  I make my own luck with a proper warm-up and a pole position start.

What's on your iPod during workouts/competitions? Gangster rap or death metal depending on the mood.

Do you have a website or blog for those interested in learning more about you?

If we had numbers on our jerseys, what would your number be? 1

What would you like to tell others about yourself and your experience with stair climbing that might inspire them in their lives? Through stair sport, and other athletic disciplines, I have procured valuable tools of which I employ in everyday life. From high-level organization strategies, to practices of sacrifice, what I have learned through training and racing I have used to elevate my academic aptitude and proficiency in the workplace.