Over the next few months, families will travel across the U.S. via plane, train or car during summer road trips. Kacie Fischer will be covering the same distance (nearly 4,000 miles, on her route), but on inline skates...and in just 74 days. If she reaches her goal, Fischer will also be breaking five Guinness World Records in the process. We caught up with Fischer, a Promax DOer, after a long day of skating to get the backstory about her fit trip which has been two years in the making.
How did you get started with inline skating? I started skating when I was 7, but didn’t start skating longer distances until I was cross training as a college runner. I found that I could travel a lot farther and see a lot more, plus it was a lot more exhilarating—try flying down a hill at 40+ miles per hour! Inline skating is like running on steroids.
What motivated you to skate across the country? The challenge of it! I have learned that the day you ever stop challenging yourself is the day that you start dying. I would have to say skating across America definitely is living! My fiancé Adam Cleveland and I started a non-profit called LiveGiveTrain Charities to encourage health and fitness through unique events, while raising money for existing non-profits. Our first event is LiveGiveSKATE: inline skating across America raising awareness for Special Olympics.
Tell us more about your relationship with the Special Olympics. My cousin Matthew, who has been a Special Olympics athlete since 1993, introduced me to the organization. Sports have helped him stay focused, motivated and much more confident. I know how sports and competition has my life and Matthew’s life, and I would love to share this gift with as many people as possible!
What fitness activities do you enjoy besides skating? I run in everything from 5Ks to marathons and do triathlons. I also compete professionally as a tower runner—racing up buildings—as well as in inline races and obstacle courses. Because of my events, I try to make sure my body is prepared for any thing at any time. I mix up my workouts everyday either in the pool, on the bike, running, skating, Olympic lifting or doing CrossFit!
How do you stay motivated during the hilly, challenging days? Motivation is a choice and I choose to stay focused on my goals. I always tell myself that it will all be worth it, because no matter how bad it feels during a race, you only remember the feeling of victory in the end! Also, to keep my heart rate low and my mind focused, I listen to Celine Dion. I can push through the hardest hills and courses listening to her! Before I started skating across America, someone sent this Lance Armstrong quote to me: "Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever." I remind myself of this when I have a 5,000-foot pass to climb over or a 75-mile day ahead.
What are your favorite fueling foods? I eat gluten-free Promax LS Peanut Butter Cookie Dough bars when I’m on the road for hours, don’t have time to prepare something or want something tasty! They are lower in sugar content than a normal bar but still high in protein. I also drink at least a gallon of Aquahydrate a day to keep my muscles hydrated and avoid cramping!
Now tell us: What health-related world records do you dream of breaking?