Katie is an endurance athlete, charitable ambassador, author and world-record holder.
Katie has completed five Ironman triathlons, cycling across the country, completed a 325-mile river swim, run 100 miles nonstop in under 20 hours, and also spent 70 days at seas while rowing solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
In 2010, Katie set a World Record for being the youngest person to row solo across ocean rower. Katie is also the only American to row solo from Africa to Guyana, in South America.
In 2020, Katie became the 1st person to run nonstop 138-miles nonstop across Maine in 33 hours, raising $26,000 for a clean water project in Tanzania.
In preparations, Katie became the 1st woman to run nonstop across Vermont and New Hampshire.
Katie has been awarded the Elite Female Athlete of the Year for 2020 by the U.S. Coast Guard.
On June 21, Katie announced her latest challenge, Run4Water. Which involved running 11 ultra-marathons for 11 consecutive days. Katie started her 341-miles journey in Ohio and ran from Cincinnati to Cleveland.
Throughout her adventures, Katie isn’t just seeking to make history. She is also raising money for safe drinking water projects around the world.
Give Water today - https://www.h2oforlifeschools.org/katiespotz
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Who is Katie
Why she raises money for clear drinking water
Helping over 25,000 people
The importance of service and giving back
Studying environmental science
Growing up around the Great Lakes
Getting into swimming at young age
Where her love of adventure comes from
Keeping up with her 2 older brothers
Doing her first marathon at 18
Wanting to do an ironman
Not being competitive at school and doing the easiest gym class possible
Setting a target to run 1 mile
Joining the Coastguard in 2018
Why running ultras is one of the toughest challenges
Finding her limit….
Doing endurance for fun
Strategy for the 138 mile run across Maine
Race your own race and be in tune with your body
Fuelling her body during endurance challenges
Getting her calories in via liquids
Using Tailwind Nutrition
Taking a supplement called Sports Legs
Needing to get enough sodium in
You’re going to hurt
The mental challenges during the race
Hating the first 5 miles
Why it gets easier the longer you go
Feeling best at 50/60 miles
Getting into a flow state and moving on autopilot
Needing to block out the pain
Not wanting to do permanent damage
Pain that is an injury and pain which is muscle fatigue
Dealing with an Edema (swelling of the hands and/or feet)
Rhabdo (Rhabdomyolysis) - Myoglobin is released from the muscles when they break down and is excreted into the urine. This can cause a red or cola colour of the urine.
Book: Just Keep Rowing: Lessons from the Atlantic Ocean by the Youngest Person to Row It Alone
Being a different person after the Atlantic Row
Having a strong enough why - you can figure out the how
Dealing with setbacks and the low moments
When the easy option is to quit
Not wanting to live a lifetime of regret
Finals words of advice and why it’s ok to feel afraid
Why fears are welcomed
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