Friday, March 2, 2012

Quick Post Race and Your Questions?

I finished the Double Iron distance of 4.8 miles of swimming, 224 miles of cycling, and 52.4 miles of running in 28:48.

That put me in 5th place overall, and 3rd place female. That means that three of the top five finishers were women. Yeah we were!

After the race, I sat down.

And I got cold pretty fast on this warm Florida day.

After a few minutes, John and George basically carried me over the massage table. I couldn't quite walk yet. I told George to fill out the forms for me, and this is what he wrote:

Pretty accurate description if you ask me! It did all kind of hurt! After that, they carried me to the car. I was able to mostly hobble into the hotel to take a shower and a nap. I woke up so hungry I thought I might die. So I woke up poor George and told him that we HAD to go and get dinner RIGHT THEN. Even though we had dinner plans with the crew in an hour, I wanted to get first dinner before we met them for second dinner. Both dinners were delicious.

After a night of fitful sleep, I got up and started looking for food in the back of the van. Coach came outside and was laughing at the sight of me at 7am eating pretzels from the back of the car. 

We all packed up and headed to the awards ceremony at Wiskey Joes. It was fun to see everyone out of spandex and mostly cleaned up!

I had fun laughing with the French athlete Guy about getting lost together on the way to the park!

I received my finishing certificate, a very pretty bronze medal, a glass trophy, and a finishers shirt with flamingos swimming/biking/running.

After the awards ceremony, we gathered our things, said goodbye, and everyone got on the road to go home. 

It almost feels surreal that it even happened.

Now, I know that a lot of people have told me that you have questions. Questions about training/nutrition/the race. Ask me! I am going to do a blog post answering any/all questions that you have! So leave them here in the comments, or tweet them to me, or ask me in person, or any way that works best for you!


  1. what sort of cycling shorts, chamois cream/lube do you use?

  2. Did you ever have times when "I don't think I can do this" crossed your mind? If so, how did you get past them?

    What kind of pop tarts did you eat? :)

    How did you feel the days following?

    What's next?

  3. WOW!!
    Nice job.
    I'm jealous. Wish I had done it now ...
    Now that it is over that is!!

  4. You are amazing! Congrats on a job well done!!

  5. Oh man yes....questions!
    1) What made you want to do this race?
    2) How many total participants were there?
    3) Are there more than one double IM in the US?
    4) How many avg hours a week did you train? Peak week hours?
    5) How did you manage training and outside activities (aka job, friends, family)?

  6. Congrats Kacie - well done. Did you monitor your heart rate at all during this event - if so what were target zones? Any specific nutrition tips in race (carbs/protein mixture)? How many days did recovery take (i.e., able to walk "normally"?

  7. This may seem like a dumb question, because of course you did, but did you ever get tired? I mean, like super-tired, can't keep your eyes open, I'm going to fall over if I don't rest right now, tired? I can't imagine staying awake for 28 hours straight, much less swim, bike, running for that whole time!

  8. When did you first realize that temporary tattoos on your crew were essential to race success?

    Did George ever sit down?

    Who choose Vanilla Ice for the dance mix?

    Can we figure out a way to market and brand these "ultra crewing" bingo boards?

  9. You are awesome. It was so much fun to track you...I snuck glances at my phone in a meeting on Friday just so I could track you. xoxoxo

  10. Kacie,

    A huge Congrats on an amazing feat! You are freaking awesome!

  11. Questions: 1) Do you have an iron stomach (did you get sick at all during the run from eating pop tarts etc.)? 2) How did you come up with your nutrition plan? 3) What was more difficult to accomplish: all the training or the race itself? 4) What motivated you to even attempt this? And what motivated you to keep on "moving forward"? 5) How long was the recovery process? I have a million more questions, but I'll leave it at 5...for now ;) Awesome job girl!!!!

  12. You are freaking amazing! I can't wait to hear more about it!