Sunday, May 18, 2008

Honolulu Tri...Family Trip

It was so so so so good to be racing with Jim and Kainoa in the same state! It was even exciting to be in the BIG CITY of Honolulu...

Saturday's pre-race meeting was pretty normal for Hawaii... nobody shows up for the pre-race meeting as usual. BUT when race day comes and the 6am start rolls around I was hoping & expecting some women to show up... turned out all the pro women that were entered decided to bag the race & travel expenses because the prize purse was pretty small...

I guess you could say "lucky for me".

Standing on the beach prior to the start I wished for about 45 seconds I was going off with the age group women! (I would have had HUNDREDS of them to swim with). The pro men in the race were ALL very fast swimmers. I mean really fast. I tried to bribe some of them to wait for me and to pull me. Mike Simpson was on my side, he tried to talk the guys into staying together all the way till the last 400 meters of the run.

Once the gun went off I ran/dolphin dove next to Luke Mackenzie and hung on for maybe a few hundred meters... he said it was 50 meters... none of the men liked my plan and before you knew it I was ALONE! I have never swam that alone in my entire life! It was so lonely and so un-motivating.

Knowing I had the $ in the bag I could have just went through the motions of swim-bike-run. BUT I decided to make a game out of the race. I was going to race me. I was going to beat each and every one of my splits from last year.

I took off 2 min. on the swim, another min. on the bike (finally rode a 58 something for a 40k-it was a flat course), and 90 seconds on the run. SINCE this was a flat course bike & run I also knew I might just have a chance to break 2hrs. in an Olympic distance (got close with a 2:02 in a few races)...

AND I DID IT! 1:58.38 (I even beat one of the pro men!)

Truly though, the $ was nice, but the victory wasn't very sweet. I sort of missed the hard-cut throat women I have been racing. I even missed the intimidation I feel at the start line with those women... Maybe I am learning to race within me and rise to the challenge.

Results (click here) in case you need a GOOD laugh at how much the boys destroyed me on the swim!


Blogger TB said...

Great race! Sweet PR!...Strange how triathlon can feel so lonely sometimes.

May 18, 2008 at 3:50 PM

Blogger Patrick said...

Congrats Bree...way to go island girl. How did your "tired legs" feel on bike and run portion?
Great to hear about PR and your amazing splits. Good on ya mate!

May 18, 2008 at 3:56 PM

Blogger Bruce Stewart said...

Glad it was a good workout for you. Perhaps you are learning now what it is to be out in front of everyone. If you get too good, you could apply for permission to enter the men's race instead (as Annika has done). Still, as long as they don't stagger the starts or at least you start after the men, then you can still race them.
I was really surprised none of the "Olympic bunch" showed up. I guess they are focusing on something else in a couple of weeks of so. I now need to do some research to see who is racing at Honu. Under 2 hours! That was great. Well done.

May 18, 2008 at 4:00 PM

Blogger Eileen Swanson said...

Congrats Wee! So glad that you raced yourself and didn't just go thru the motions. You are so strong mentally to do that! Very COOL! So hard to do and you AGAIN proved that you are SUPER STRONG mentally and physically! Thanks so much for letting me hear your voice during my race to keep my head in it and chase those girls down. I was so excited to tell you that I did it! So cool to have you as a close friend!


May 18, 2008 at 4:22 PM

Blogger Jen said...

Great job Bree! Nice to get a paycheck for something that you love to do. I'm sure Kainoa was proud to see his Mama finish #1.

May 18, 2008 at 4:27 PM

Blogger rr said...

Yea for sub-2!!! Sorry I wasn't there to well, be nowhere near you honestly, but at least to be there behind you somewhere like last year!

Awesome splits, congrats!!!


May 18, 2008 at 5:42 PM

Blogger Rory said...

Well done!

May 18, 2008 at 7:24 PM

Blogger Paul said...

A win is a win!! Good work! And a paycheck is even better. Sub 2 is awesome.

May 18, 2008 at 7:56 PM

Blogger Katie Weaver-Jongerius said...

Nice going Bree! That shows a lot about your character not taking it easy and dogging when you had the win in the bag!!

May 18, 2008 at 9:22 PM

Blogger Marni said...

wow!!! congrats bree. that is a crazy fast time. You keep getting faster. sometimes it is nice just racing's kinda like training. Well, you will have plenty of races to races..i'm sure with the fam there it was worth the push to see them post-race.

May 18, 2008 at 11:51 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

SUPER race, Bree and a sub 2 is fantastic! CONGRATS all around and it makes it even better that the family was there!!! Jen H. :)

May 19, 2008 at 2:58 AM

Blogger alison said...

Good job!! I like how you make the best out of any situation and make it work to your advantage. You're so motivational...I envy the people that know you in person! And love all the pics...they make me really miss Hawaii!!

May 19, 2008 at 3:00 AM

Blogger Kellye Mills said...

Sub 2 is amazing!! Congratulations on your PR, your win, your check, AND pushing even when you didn't "have" to!!

May 19, 2008 at 3:56 AM

Blogger jahowie said...

Great job!! Way to push yourself even with the lack of competition. :-) Thanks for posting the nice pics too.

May 19, 2008 at 4:28 AM

Blogger Mel said...

Like I said before "SUPER-STAR" sista....That is awesome that the family is able to go see some of your races and I know how much you LOVE them there:) Oh and about the swim...there was NO weren't that far off from the "guys" you rocked the WHOLE course :)

May 19, 2008 at 4:53 AM

Blogger Sarah said...

Holy SH** BREE!! YOU ARE LIGHTNING FAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I could just feel your excited energy through that whole race report. GREAT JOB on turning it into YOUR race when there was nobody else to race with.

Awesome work!!!!!!!


May 19, 2008 at 5:55 AM

Blogger Beth said...

Amazing Bree!! And this on tired legs! Huge improvements over last year, a win, a nice paycheck, your family there to watch. Doesn't get much better than that! Huge congrats!!! Hope the recovery is going well!

May 19, 2008 at 6:07 AM

Blogger Lisa said...

Great Job! You pushed yourself and ultimately beat all your times from previous years. A PR is always great and getting a win is also fabulous. And super-fast time!!

At least you had the boys just ahead to push you for some extra motivation (except for the one you beat!).

Hopefully you will have more competition at Hawaii 70.3!

May 19, 2008 at 6:30 AM

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May 19, 2008 at 6:30 AM

Blogger Cy said...

Sub 2hours! That's a great milestone and an awesome run split!! It was a small pro field because everyone was scared of getting stomped by the Island super star! Keep up the great work Bree.

May 19, 2008 at 8:19 AM

Blogger beth said...

hey bree! it really says a lot about you that you set your own PR when you could have totally sandbagged the race. that should make you feel just as good as if you got to race 20 other women...

congratulations!(btw, i met katya m. this weekend and totally embarrassed myself telling her.."hi!i know you from reading bree's blog!!"...i am a DORK!)

May 19, 2008 at 10:58 AM

Blogger Danielle said...

A sub-2 and the overall win?!? That's awesome! Congrats on a great race!

May 19, 2008 at 11:41 AM

Blogger IronMatron said...

Good job kicking your own butt, Bree! And Congrats on breaking two hours!

May 19, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Blogger Shan said...

Congrats on the amazing race, Bree!!! Sub-2 - wowwwww!!! :) Can you lend me your supa-fast legs for my next race?!

Yes, you should definitely do at least one race in your life where your bare your butt to the spectators heheeeee - Bay to Breakers this weekend was really amazing, although not exactly a "race" or even a "training run" - just fun with friends, and I couldn't have asked for anything more fun!

Love the pics! Great spot for a family vay-cay!

Have a great week! :)

May 19, 2008 at 12:42 PM

Blogger Randy said...

Bree, I think you are looking at it all wrong. It's not that the other pro women didn't show up because of prize money or expenses. Once they saw Bree Wee's name on the participant's list, they were thinking "Holy Moly! Bree's racing!

You are the intimidator now. You are making a name for yourself out there. Congrats Bree.

And thanks for all your words of encouragement. I appreciate them.

May 19, 2008 at 2:05 PM

Blogger Brooke Myers said...

Yippy on the race.. Congrats all the way..
Are you home yet????

May 19, 2008 at 2:50 PM

Blogger Bruce Stewart said...

I saw Sammy's name on the Honu list. I hope she still shows up to push you on the run! Well, we, like you, need a bit of excitement!

May 19, 2008 at 3:35 PM

Blogger Patrick said... know you like the music.....and it's all YOU who Loves Ala Moana shopping....stop it.

May 19, 2008 at 4:22 PM

Blogger Trigirlpink said...

I love how you "raced you" Very tough with no other carrots dangling in front of you and you did it.. beating your splits from last year. Nicely done.
I wish you had picked Florida 70.3 for one of your races. A very exciting pro women's field for you to have raced with. My only chance to come to Kona (this year anyway) is now over. Big Fat Bummer but thanks for your very thoughtful messages. How you even make the time read blogs AND to post messages simply amazes me. Great season for you so far. Keep it comin' chicka chicka!!

May 19, 2008 at 4:34 PM

Blogger kerrie said...

very nice day and $$ too! i can't believe that you went sub 2 - truly amazing and shows that you have a lot of speed in those iron(wo)man legs :)...and i don't care what you say about the swim, you still probably scared the crap out of those guys with your race!!! especially your crazy ass fast run!!

May 19, 2008 at 6:35 PM

Blogger Brett said...

Great race! Long time lurker, here. I really liked your post before this one, too. I'm finding ego to be tough to overcome in races. Focusing on the one big one can be tough. Seems like you have developed a great perspective on that. Something I need to work on! Thanks!

May 20, 2008 at 4:03 AM

Blogger triguyjt said...

Why is it when I race me...I lose..

Way to rock that sub two hour!!
and you got cash!!!


May 20, 2008 at 5:32 AM

Blogger Ashley said...

Awesome. But, re: alone on the swim... HA! I can tell you all about it ;)

May 20, 2008 at 6:15 AM

Blogger Ange said...

Congratulations Bree!!! Very impressive time overall but that do you do it??!! You've got incredible talent. I'm having a blast watching/learning from you. I'm sure your little guy Loved watching Mommy win. Great job!!

May 20, 2008 at 6:46 AM

Blogger Ange said...

Congratulations Bree!!! Very impressive time overall but that do you do it??!! You've got incredible talent. I'm having a blast watching/learning from you. I'm sure your little guy Loved watching Mommy win. Great job!!

May 20, 2008 at 6:46 AM

Blogger E.L.F. said...

you are officially too fast to be my friend! :)

May 20, 2008 at 1:18 PM

Blogger Speed Racer said...

I have to say, it's hard to sympathize with you about a guaranteed paycheck for only 2 hours of work, but I see your point. Well congratulations on beating THAT guy, congratulations on a well-deserved win (even if no one was there to challenge it), and congratulations on breaking through another barrier and learning another lesson.

At least your family was there to cheer you on. That must have been sweet, right?

May 20, 2008 at 1:34 PM


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