Friday, June 14, 2013

Here we go!

Well, this race starts tomorrow. Tomorrow. Not next month. Not next week. Tomorrow.

I have done everything I could do. Dani has done everything she could do. We are ready.

The crew arrived here in Oceanside, and we have had some intense preparations.

Dani and I participated in a press conference:

Afterwards, we were interviewed on the beach. That was pretty fabulous. You can watch this interview here:
Then, Dani and I were forced to stay in our hotel rooms and rest while the crew worked.
Today, we ate some food, and then went through our bike and car inspections. The inspectors were impressed, which meant that it went smoothly!
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Then, we had our official race pictures. He were are looking all serious and real:
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 And our whole crew:

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We are thankfrul for this group!
And then it got silly.
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After all this fun, we were relegated to our hotel rooms for the afternoon. Then, we were allowed out to go to the mandatory meeting.
We wrapped up the day with a team dinner, which was a great and comfortable time to spend together.
In the morning, we start this adventure. I love all of the support. Really, when I get in the car after a tough turn on the bike, George hands me my phone. I look at every like, every text, every comment. I appreciate every thought and bit of encouragement.
Man, I am lucky to have Dani as my race partner. She has worked incredibly hard, brought fantastic members to the team. She also keeps it light and fun. I hope that when she is feeling down that I can bring her some joy and fun.
This morning, I woke up nervous. I looked at George, and fully thinking that I am WAY out of my leauge and said, "Who do I think I am?" Well, I have spent time thinking about it.
I am someone that dreams big.
I am someone that works very hard.
I am someone who is willing to put my pride on the line.
I am someone who is surrounded by love and support.
I am someone who doens't take no for an answer.
I am someone who is prepared.  


  1. You guys are such inspirations!!! Ride safe, Ill be stalking you!!

  2. Definitely sums up who you are, Kacie
    You have always had big dreams-and chased them
    You have always worked harder than anyone I have ever known
    You are loved and supported from infinity and beyond (insert image as ring bearer at your wedding saying he was Buzz Lightyear!)
    You overcome obstacles
    You prepare, prepare, prepare
    Dearly love you, sweetie pie!

  3. Go get it, Kacie! I downloaded the app to track you on my phone; I read for almost an hour about RAAM and the different people doing it this year; I can't wait for the race to begin, and I'll have my whole church pray for you this morning! Good luck, and have fun!

  4. So excited for you guys! Have fun!

  5. And you are someone I admire! :)

  6. So excited to be following your progress! Go ladies go!

  7. From: Darin Armstrong #TeamLIVESTRONG

    Hello Kacie,
    Just a quick email to ask if you would be interested in a ‘mutual’ following on twitter that will benefit you. (#FYI I do RT’s ‘ANYTIME’ for all #Triathletes #Cyclists #UltraRunners #Marathoners #FitnessProfessionals who follow me on Twitter and have something important they want mentioned for support…Over 41K folks at your access…) I am currently following you now and am awaiting your follow-back…

    All the very best for the rest of 2013 & beyond Kacie. Look forward to hearing from you…

    (PS. Kacie, should you follow back, I’ll be mentioning you,'including your website',in my #FollowFriday #Shoutouts next Friday…)


  8. Hi Kacie! My name is Heather and I was wondering if you could answer my question I have about your blog! Please email me at Lifesabanquet1(at)gmail(dot)com :-)