Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Big 25...

Mahalo's to Linda & Bill Greentree for the Honolulu Tri. photos...

I just took a count, a finish line count...

Honolulu Triathlon was my 25th triathlon ever in my life! I never really thought to count them until I was rereading an email from my friend Jen Naughty. She knew how many races she had done! I thought that was the coolest thing ever to know that (yeah, I am easily entertained).

I started counting with my first one September 2003. I checked every single race result for o4, o5, (kinda missed 06, except for one-thanks Kainoa!), then all of 07, and finally the bunch I have already done this year. 25! TWENTY-FIVE triathlons!

  • Sprint-4
  • Odd distance- 3
  • Olympic- 13
  • Half Iron - 4
  • Ironman - 1
Cheers to everyone celebrating their first or 100th triathlon!!


Blogger Patrick said...

hey Bree...Congrats!!! and many good wishes for 25 more great races to come!!

Nice image of you finishing HNL Tri. Still got that crazy cross over arm thing going on!! Any bruise's yet? haha!

By the way....have I told you how cool your little sis is?

May 20, 2008 at 9:51 PM

Blogger Beth said...

And here's to many, many more great ones to come! :) Have a great day Bree!

May 20, 2008 at 10:58 PM

Blogger beth said...

that's awesome! mine are easy to count so far (1!)...but now i'm going to keep track-good idea...

now you need to total up your miles in training to get there...probably equal to a couple times around the world!

May 21, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Blogger IronMatron said...

I hope you have 25 more that are just as successful as the first 25! You should count up how many of those you have won.... :) And congrats on your latest win!

May 21, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Blogger Marni said...

I thought you were letting me know how old I was :)
And you have MANY more tri's to come!!! Probably more this summer than the past two years!
keep up the great work! I can't believe Kona was your first IM!!!

May 21, 2008 at 5:14 AM

Blogger Eileen Swanson said...

WEE, you are too funny! Love the pic. Nice bootie shot ;-) HAHA, JK! Remember when I had to swim with the thong in Noosa? HA!

Oh, I have to tell you something...Better send you an email.

Love ya tons,

May 21, 2008 at 6:07 AM

Blogger rr said...

OK, so I started exactly a year later. Does that mean I'll be as fast as you in a year? Oh wait, the Kainoa year off makes us even. Darn ;) Now I have to go count :)
So much success in such a short time! You rock, Wee.

May 21, 2008 at 6:26 AM

Anonymous Naughty et al said...

What an honor to be noted in this blog!! I FONDLY remember that 1st (your first) offical sprint triathlon in Honolulu in 2003....Na Wahine....when I just felt so protective of you with your wide eyes of fear and excitement in the water....when the cannon went off you looked at me and said what do we do? I said GO!! So without any reason in the world we swam side by side the WHOLE way until I realized the pace was too fast for me in the water so I let you finish ahead....Bree out of water 4th....and then somehow (I heard later) you were running circles upon circles in T1 while I was well on my way on the passed me at about mile 6 and went on to take 3rd 11th overall (but second AG....not bad for my 2nd ever triathlon!!)....hehheeeehheee....look how far you've come......EVERYONE READING THIS BLOG......look at what persistance has done in Bree's life....triathlon and improvements come patiently.....Bree is into her 5th season of very, very consistent training and racing.......Bree I am so proud of you My Family Loves you!! NAUGHTY
PSsssssss...reading up on Lanzarote....the course has your name and specific talents ALL OVER IT!!

May 21, 2008 at 6:34 AM

Blogger Shelley said...

Love the pic!!!

May 21, 2008 at 6:50 AM

Blogger Mel said...

NO cottage on those legs or butt :) how do you keep that perfect smile on your face :) only 25 tri's WOW and LOOK at you keep getting better and better...I liked your friend "naughty" race recap of your first race together....I can see you doing the circles..he he :)

May 21, 2008 at 6:58 AM

Blogger jahowie said...

Congrats!! Great smile in your pic. :-)

May 21, 2008 at 7:12 AM

Blogger Sarah said...

Damn, you GO WOMAN!!! That is so great and I just love that big huge smile on your face. 25 and going STRONG and still HAVING FUN! Can't wait to see what the next 25 will bring...


May 21, 2008 at 8:05 AM

Blogger Kellye Mills said...

That is really amazing.... I think they call that talent and HARD work!! Congratulations on both! I'm excited to follow you along as you race 25+ more!!

May 21, 2008 at 8:29 AM

Blogger Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

And a wonderful 25 races they were! Nice job, truly! Your hard work, determination, persistance - everything has really paid off! GREAT example to ALL! And a happy 25+++++ more races to you too!

May 21, 2008 at 9:06 AM

Blogger Brooke Myers said...

It seems like you have been racing much longer than you have - what a wild ride it has been.
You should be proud of all you have accomplished, but remember not to forget who you are and where you were when this all started off for you.

May 21, 2008 at 12:07 PM

Anonymous Mike said...

I have 2 questions about being a pro triathlete. What does a pro have to do to qualify for Kona and other than the opportunity for prize money (and tougher competiton) what is the difference between pro & amatuer?


May 21, 2008 at 12:24 PM

Blogger BreeWee said...

Aloha Mike!
Speaking from a rookie & my point... I think pro vs amateur is so similar. I still have to find ways to make $ and support my family, help manage my family & time with them, babysit my son, ect. I know some pros that make so much $ that triathlon is their only job and only focus... I am not there yet, I don't make enough to even put food on the table so for me pro life hasn't changed me much- I only get to go to more races because most races let the pro's in free. And perhaps the fact that I have to train through almost everything except a couple races a year (where as when I was an age grouper I trained-raced-tapered-recovered and did it all over again). So the focus on races changed a lot. And finally, I think becoming a pro was something I wanted so much so actually having a dream come true is really special, that changed for me... now I am actually living a dream (even though it is not to the point where all I get to do is train, massage, relax- like a lot of pros). I still am happy calling it my job- even if it is part time :)

Oh, your Kona question... to race Hawaii pros have to qualify at a full Ironman event, anywhere in the world.

May 21, 2008 at 3:26 PM

Blogger Cy said...

One Ironman, yet you hold The World Championship Amateur record-That's amazing. Keep living the do it wonderfully!

Nice photo BTW-I get my first Splish suit on Friday-Can't wait.

May 21, 2008 at 3:50 PM

Blogger Steve Stenzel said...

Sweet!!! Happy 25!!

May 21, 2008 at 5:18 PM

Blogger Mer! said...

Wow! Bree, you are truly an inspiration---your speed and your smile! I'm with the poster above-Mel who wanted to know how you keep that smile on during races!

I'm totally not as fast as you--but I think I can at least try to get my smiles bigger in my races!

Congrats on the 25 and going STRONG!

May 21, 2008 at 5:27 PM

Blogger Patrick said... how does one obtain a Pro Card rating? Does he/she have to finish in certain percentile of an Ironman race or Hawaii Ironman race? is there a webpage i can visit to learn more?
I know YOU have all the answers, right??

May 21, 2008 at 7:30 PM

Blogger Bruce Stewart said...

Your early blogs (e.g., November) are really interesting, particularly because I know most of the people you write about, and only now have discovered them. You should think about legally protecting your writings as there is a lot of good stuff there. You are a gifted story-teller. That's probably the schoolteacher in you. I must stop reading the blogs and get on with my work! That requires a lot of discipline, too.

May 22, 2008 at 1:06 AM

Blogger TATI said...

great, haha, couldn't resist counting my own races after reading :) ...22, and to think u at 25 have gotten so far! damn, girl, u rock!!

May 22, 2008 at 2:42 AM

Blogger endurancegirl said...

hey your blog.

I am a Splish lover as well, but one question: is it uncomfortable in ironman racing with just a suit? It seems like many of the pros do it, just wondering if your suit happens to be custom with some extra padding or something??

Thanks for your opinion...

May 22, 2008 at 5:49 AM

Blogger Sarah said...

Bree - I just had to add how inspiring your smile is. I was on the treadmill yesterday thinking "UGH! 20 MORE MINUTES OF THIS! UGH!"

Then I thought "that is so great how Bree always has this genuine smile on her face - she's really living in THAT moment, then and THERE."

So I decided to change my frame of mind and thought about how happy I was to be doing what I was doing, how this was going to help my next race and how much I love this. And I couldn't stop smiling. :)


May 22, 2008 at 7:50 AM

Anonymous Auntie L said...

How did the new heart rate monitor work today??? I can switch it out for another if need be.

May 22, 2008 at 12:23 PM

Blogger BreeWee said...

Aloha endurance girl... I just tried to write you back on your blog but you have it blocked so I only can respond to you here...

I think if your bike seat is a good one and your bike fit is a good one (maybe not the most aerodynamic- but the most comfy) then you can totally race in a swim suit only. It's all about the fit & seat...

Also, I do have a couple friends that wear splish suits & they sew their old bike short pads into them... you can always try that!

Best of luck!

May 22, 2008 at 5:05 PM

Blogger Fe-lady said...

Congrats on the 25. I am going to complete number 101 at CDA...but then I am old and decrepit and started this madness in I have had a long time to "chalk them up".
Keep racing..thanks for the Honolulu shot.
I love that place!

May 24, 2008 at 1:13 PM


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