Sunday, March 2, 2008

Real World Australia...

8 Athletes, 1 coach, a lot of training... it could get ugly...

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Australia training camp... 3wks of training and sleepless nights (because I am going to be homesick)... here we go!

Thursday morning I get on the plane and fly WAY over to Australia... this is the opportunity so many triathletes dream of. Training in beautiful Australia with amazing athletes. I am so thankful to be given this trip and so thankful for the supporters sending me. I could not have managed it without you all! Of course my mother in law coming to help with Kainoa is a blessing too! (but deep down I would rather clean Kainoa's poop diapers and be with him and Jim).

Are you wondering who the cast of Real World Australia is??? ITU studs Bret McMahon, Lisa Mensink, Ayesha Rollins, and U23 hottie Janet Neilsen. Ex pro gymnast turned pro triathlete Eileen Swanson (my roomie and partner in crime!). Then Ironman hot shots Kim Loeffler, & super model Katya Meyers, and the mom (that would be me). But do not think for one second I am doing all the cleaning, cooking, sewing, & that jazz! Oh, coach Paul will be there too! I guess we need a coach or all we would be doing is surfing!

I know, I know, I should be SO SO excited, jumping out of my seat and if it were you most likely you would have written a dozen posts about your excitement for this trip. When I think about it I cry. When I look at my son I cry, 3 weeks without holding his little hand is crushing me! Don't get me wrong, I LOVE triathlon & traveling, BUT I love my family way more. Okay, so why aren't they coming? Can't afford it. Okay, so why am I going? Because I have some awesome supporters that believe in me & my dreams & they know this trip is an opportunity of a lifetime for me. I have a coach that has me convinced that if I want to be my very best, see just how far I can go in triathlon I have to take every step I can to become my best: That means training camps with lots of specific training & more training, training, training, with amazing athletes in a triathlon specific setting, with no outside job. Just train-eat-sleep-train...

I am learning that to know what I am made of I have to suffer, and leaving is killing me. BUT the last time I left my family I became stronger...I know I will grow this trip too... if you see smudge marks all over the next few posts your computer is not messed up, those are my tears because I am a big home sick baby! Maybe I can just get REALLY fast & be able to win some prize money and take Kainoa & Jim with me everywhere!

Oh boy... here we go!


Blogger Brooke Myers said...

AS I talked w/ Aunt Shawn tonight she was asking when you leave and the first thought that came to mind was how you are going to do it. You have always been the homesick sis in the family (well drama mama Bron too)...

Jim said you cried yourself to sleep last night thinking about leaving ...Oh goodness Bree..

In all seriousness though I am gonna miss you out here while you are away. You will have a great time and learn so much though...
Kainoa and Jim will be fine and you will be training your heart out...
NO worries about me, I will hang tight with the Saturday group rides, I will take your spot with the big dogs in the front of the pack (or at least try to hang with them as long as I can)!

maybe I will have a solid 7:30 run pace when you get back (I can hope right)... If I need to talk to my coach can I beep beep at least or maybe an e-mail???

Okay well lets get a training in together at least one day this week before you leave and the grandparents are here to watch little man...See you in the am..

March 2, 2008 at 8:33 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bree you are so cool. Why don't you take one of Kainoa's baby toys/dolls with you and sleep with it in Australia? and something dirty of Jim's? you can hold it, squeeze it, hug it, play with it while you are away from them. But who am I to give advice about family? right?
Believe in your dreams, dream big!!
Dolphin Boy!!

March 2, 2008 at 8:33 PM

Blogger Katie Weaver-Jongerius said...

I'm not going to lie, it's gonna be tough! You are going to cry, you are probably going to want to pack up and go home, BUT you are strong! You can do it! The time will go quickly. You will be so busy that before you realize it, you will be heading home. E will be there!! She might have to wipe your tears but you will make it!

I hope you girls have a super amazing time. Train hard, sleep and rest harder...and get STRONG! Like Kellye M will be triathlon machines!

March 3, 2008 at 1:22 AM

Blogger Beth said...

As I was reading my devotionals this morning the last line read:

"God does not ask us to go where He does not lead."

And then I read your blog and I thought - how amazingly perfect! I'm sure it won't be easy but know that He is with you, we are all behind you and you are strong enough to get through with His strength! I'll be praying for you Bree!

March 3, 2008 at 1:57 AM

Blogger Pedergraham said...

I hope you have a great trip. (And make sure you kick extra butt around the U23s!)

The first time I left Lelia, I was a wreck and called my mom/sister so much that I really didn't enjoy my "me time" or my "Kellye time" (as she calls it!).

But as she has gotten older, I keep telling myself that there is some good in her spending bits of time without me. She gets Grandmother or Daddy or her aunts and uncles all to herself (they give her so much love and attention and relate to her in a different way than I do--plus they let her watch The Animal Planet and eat M&Ms).

Now, I hope that when you come back, Kainoa does not have a Jen Harrison-like relationship with M&Ms (or we will have to get TriGirlPink on the case!).

Be tough--feel free to cry and smudge your posts--but you will both come out of this training camp as stronger people. Plus, he will have Anutie Brooke to juice for him, right?

March 3, 2008 at 2:07 AM

Blogger TB said...

Beth hit it on the head!!!

"You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance."

Psalm 32:7

Hide in His word!!!

I'll be praying for you also (and Jim).       

March 3, 2008 at 2:52 AM

Blogger TATI said...

Bree, that's awesome that despite your obvious love/passion for triathlon you still put your family above it all. I'm not a mom, or wife, so can't know the feeling of leaving Kainoa and Jim back home for almost a month...but I do know that myself, along with hundreds of other triathletes, would kill for that opportunity- so soak it all in and live it up!
Have a blast...looking forward to reading your posts about it :)

March 3, 2008 at 3:48 AM

Blogger Kellye Mills said...

I know it's hard Bree. It's funny, right before a trip sometimes I'm where I can't WAIT to get out of the door to get a break, but then as soon as I do, I miss them so much and wish they were with me!

But it is good for Kainoa to get some grandma time and special time with Daddy. And don't feel guilty about him. He'll miss you, but he'll be just fine. And think how EXCITING it will be when you get back home!!

Have a wonderful, safe, fun trip, and know that your real sponsor support group is at home cheering you on because he knows that his mommy is SUPER fast!!

March 3, 2008 at 4:11 AM

Blogger Trigirlpink said...

Missy Bree-
The time is GONNA FLY FLY FLY! Wait.. you'll see. Try and enjoy every moment. What a treat you are able to experience! This will hone you into a tough,smart seasoned athlete. Not that aren't already..
Yeah! I'm jealous I can't come!!!
Sounds awesome.

March 3, 2008 at 4:19 AM

Blogger Marni said...

Email, take pics and journal. You will create memories and have experiences that Jim and kainoa will love to hear about. Enjoy every moment and I know you won't take any opportunity for granted. It is all worth it and your family supports you! :) have a safe trip.

March 3, 2008 at 4:19 AM

Blogger Mel said...

Oh Bree....I have been there and it is so normal/hard and YES one day you will hit BIG and the whole family will travel with you :) You know, you are not only doing this for yourself but for the whole familiy!!
Kainoa will get so spoiled when you are gone...HE WILL BE FINE...make sure you bring some photo's to set up by your bed...
You and E will have such a great time.....I am sure she will be missing her you two can comfort eachother :)

I hope one of you bring your I am going to cry big tears of missing you TWO...I need my B and E smiley/humor face everyday :) Luv you guys :)
Shoot for the stars Bree and bring Jim and Kainoa with you..not a easy ride, but a ride worth taking...God gave you amazing talent....go with it and make him proud ;)

March 3, 2008 at 4:22 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

As someone who just left my kids for a long weekend....I came back and they said, "You weren't gone very long!" KIDS LOSE all perspective of time, Bree. Little Kainoa does not understand what 3 weeks means...only you do. He will be FINE. It will be a tremendous opportunity for K & Jim to bond..and spend time with g-ma and for you to grow as yourself ... especially as an athlete. That is why, "IT takes a village, is so perfect!". So, embrace it, love it and enjoy yourself. GET SKYPE on your computer - free - and you can video -conference your boys on it via your computer. I use it all the time. Have fun! Jen H.

March 3, 2008 at 4:53 AM

Blogger JK2 said...

Bree~ Have a great time. Enjoy it and soak up lots of great knowledge!! Rock on

March 3, 2008 at 6:51 AM

Blogger Train-This said...


The longest I left my son was for 12 days, 2 times. Please trust me when I say this..... it's complete murder on you...... but he will never even remember it. When he is 13 and you two are out on your boards you'll say "remember when I went to Austrailia for 3 weeks" and he will say... "oh yeah, isn't that the time when I got totally spolied rotten?????". But one thing is for sure sister, his arms will open wide and you will feel the best hug on the face of the earth when you return.

And when he is 20.... he will say "Mom I am really proud of you for leaving me for three weeks, when I can baerly remember...because in retrospect it was just a blink. You have followed your dreams and Mom, as I head to college I am doing exactly what you taught me to do. Live."

:-) Mary

March 3, 2008 at 7:40 AM

Blogger kerri said...


Seize the moment. Kids(AND husbands) are much more resilient than we think. They will be fine. That is an awesome opportunity. Yes, you will be worried about Kainoa and your husband but before you know will be home and life will roll on as usual. ENJOY IT!

March 3, 2008 at 10:17 AM

Blogger Crash said...

Have fun in Oz - I love that place.

March 3, 2008 at 12:35 PM

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March 3, 2008 at 12:45 PM

Blogger Sarah Lee said...

Hey Bree!
Thanks, how did you find me?
I want to see those pictures that TJ took! You should email them to me or something!


March 3, 2008 at 12:46 PM

Blogger Mira Lelovic said...

Wow Bree, what a great opportunity for you! Seriously, Kainoa is so young, he will not remember you were gone. We always feel way more guilty than we need to, that's why we're moms. You will be so busy training the time will fly by. I know it seems like an eternity now, but you'll come back home and after a day it will be like you never left. Go, have fun, and train hard. It will be so worth it for you. I hope you blog from "down under"!

March 3, 2008 at 3:25 PM

Blogger beth said...

that's gotta be tough- i can't imagine leaving a little guy behind, but another comment ( actually all of them) was so true- think of it as time he gets to get closer to grandma and all that stuff. and for you to be the best version of yourself...for them!
have a blast in australia!

March 3, 2008 at 3:54 PM

Blogger Cricket said...

Bree you are a great mom! You are doing so much for Kainoa and don't even realize it! You are giving him a mother that loves what she does & loves who she is. You are leaving him a legacy! You are setting a great example of a woman for him. You spend almost all your time with Kainoa and Jim- "Quality Time" You're not the TV watching mom- or the "stressed out, hate my job mom" You leave it all out there on your runs and bikes and swims and when you're with Kainoa he gets 100% You! He is a very lucky little boy to have you as him mommy. Go to Australia- enjoy this awesome experience- soon it will be part of your past and you will be home! Kainoa will be fine- he will love you even more and you will love him more! God has great plans for you Bree- soon these days of seperation will all be over, just payment for a fabulous future! Love you- Proud of You!

March 4, 2008 at 6:40 AM

Blogger Iain Banks said...

Just think how much the camp will help later on in the year when you get to race in front of family and friends...then the sacrifice will be justified as they see you reach for the dream. Have a great time and before you know it you will be back with everyone.

March 4, 2008 at 7:20 AM

Blogger Jenny Garrison said...

I have to agree with another post. Kainoa won't even remember that you were gone. I did a 10 day trip once when Noah was 18 mos old to Europe and was miserable. But when I got home I realized that I should have enjoyed the break more b/c it went by so quick. Enjoy focusing on yourself for once!

March 4, 2008 at 8:24 AM

Blogger gosonja said...

What courage you have to leave your little boy, and what clarity you have to know that it's all going to be okay, and that this is best for you. Just think of how wonderful it will feel to hold your family in your arms when you get back. Distance makes the heart grow fond. I can't wait to see what gains you make from your camp. I'm sure they will be huge! Have fun!

March 4, 2008 at 11:12 AM

Blogger Speed Racer said...

Have a GREAT trip, Bree! Take it from someone who's been homesick before, when you get back home and you're telling everyone you love about your trip, you're going to realize you had a REALLY great time. Try to notice you're enjoying it before it's over.

And I am SOOOOOOOOO jealous, by the way. I would do ANYTHING to get away from winter right now, even drive myself to heart failure in a training camp. Now, go kick some ass!

March 4, 2008 at 3:58 PM

Blogger Amanda Lovato said...

Hey Bree!
Have an AMAZING time in Australia!! Happy training!

March 6, 2008 at 3:58 PM

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