Sunday, May 4, 2008

St. Croix... 3rd

Thank you all so much for all the support! I am so appreciative. I could feel the prayers and love and cheering all the way down here in the Carribean! The entire trip & experience has been unforgetable! This place is my second favorite spot in the world only to Kona. I could live here. I think the heat, wind, hills, hot sun, locals, a bit 3rd world style, very laid back made me feel so much at home. I felt like I belonged (unlike in Australia where I was out of place and felt like a kook).

The race is the hardest I have ever done. The hills are un-ending and hurt like a Bee-atch! But I was just so happy, so very happy that I was able to block out any mental battles and drift off into a little paradise of my own. I may have waved a bit much to all the crowds because my arms hurt worse than my legs! And my smile is frozen to my face! Honestly I can not get over how much I love this place and the course! I could not NOT felt like Kona to me.

Post race I hung around with some locals and got a massage. I then walked the board walk and tried to soak up as much of the island as I could before I leave tomorrow afternoon. THEN I rode home to my homestay. That was the longest 7 miles on the bike ever...I had to climb so many hills to get to their house (I did consider walking my bike) but rode instead just so I can ride some more in St. Croix. Now done with lunch, a swim in the pool, and a shower. Tonight is awards where I can hardly wait to get a pay check $$$! (Thank you God!)

Tomorrow I will try to write up my race report unless I am snorkling WHICH I REALLY WANT TO DO!! Then once I hit Florida I will post a bajillion photos. AND a cool video I took of the mocojumbies!

Again, many mahalos to my family, supporters, and friends for the unconditional support even if I took last place! I love you...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Woohoo Bree....Congrats on the 3rd place. You make us so proud here in Kona!

May 4, 2008 at 8:30 AM

Blogger Cy said...

WOW-WAY TO GO! Great Race...I was so excited to see your name up there on the leaderboard. Enjoy the rest of you stay.

May 4, 2008 at 8:50 AM

Blogger rr said...

We are all SO PROUD of you :) Congrats Bree, you deserve it!! I woke up at 4 am, realized it was 10am where you were and pictured you flying up the hills on Tilo.. and you were!!!! I am so so so excited for you.


May 4, 2008 at 9:00 AM

Blogger Stef said...

CONGRATULATIONS from a long time lurker. :-)

I am one of Elizabeth's athletes. So very happy for you what a victory!

May 4, 2008 at 9:03 AM

Blogger Brad said...

Great race...!!!! It must have been wild with the three of you being so close and then you and Nina being neck and neck thruout the run....
Look forward to seeing the pics.
Once again, CONGRATS!!!

May 4, 2008 at 9:12 AM

Blogger Ange said...

Congrats Bree. Look forward to the race report. So glad you're enjoying the trip.

May 4, 2008 at 9:20 AM

Blogger Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I was jumping up and down - back and all! I was SO STOKED for you, watching the updates online. Congratulations on a phenominal race - I heard the conditions were brutal. Enjoy the snorkling, and have a SAFE return to Florida! HOORAY!!!!!

May 4, 2008 at 9:33 AM

Blogger Beth said...

YEAH Bree!!! I was thinking of you guys all morning - praying for you to be strong! I am so thrilled for you - congrats on such an amazing race. I can't wait to hear all about the battle up front! And glad you are having such a wonderful time!! Enjoy the rest of your stay and safe travels home. Can't wait to see the pictures!

May 4, 2008 at 9:38 AM

Blogger IronMatron said...

Congrats, Bree! It was so fun to track you online and to see you were so fast out of the water, so fast off the bike and fastest of all on that run! What an impressive race. Fantastic.

May 4, 2008 at 9:39 AM

Anonymous Naughty et al said...

Wow.........well, well, well, well, well, well, well, well must soak up this accomplishment AND this PR......(look thru '07 are ready to be stacked against ANY field.......

We are so proud of you; the Naughty Nottage Family

May 4, 2008 at 9:51 AM

Blogger Shelley said...

Fantastic! Congrats..I was sitting on the edge of my seat here at home listening to the live updates and hoping that you would kick some butt, and you did...:-))

May 4, 2008 at 11:10 AM

Blogger Jacqui said...

Congrats on an amazing race Bree. You have to be sooo happy!
Jacqui Gordon(another pro mom)

May 4, 2008 at 11:30 AM

Blogger shawn and tracy said...

Congrats girl you so rock!!!

May 4, 2008 at 11:35 AM

Blogger Maijaleena said...

Congrats on a great race! Can't wait to hear the report.

May 4, 2008 at 11:36 AM

Blogger TriBunny said...

Congratulations Bree. I loved reading your description of the island and of the course. Great job shining in such a difficult race.

May 4, 2008 at 11:58 AM

Blogger Mira Lelovic said...

Congratulations, Bree! I listened to the race via mainstream radio and was so excited every time they mentioned your name. I hope you are taking it all in and enjoying yourself. Go have a margarita for celebrate your victory!

May 4, 2008 at 12:31 PM

Blogger Emmalee said...

I wish I could have seen you while I was in Sarasota.
I LOVE Kainoa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I asked him if I could take him home to my house but he said no. oh well....

May 4, 2008 at 12:32 PM

Blogger Mel said...

OH BREE, I am so HAPPY for you, as I know you were a little nervous at the party lastnight!! You DID IT,,,I watched you start from the beach today and was going to give you a yell, but did not know if you had your game face on :) I really wanted to go to the award ceremony tonight and watch you get your prize $$$$$, but I am a emotional wreck and did not want to be a downer, so stayed in my room...PLUS I look like a lobster:) I got fried out there today!!!!

Hugs to you, as you are AWESOME inside and out

May 4, 2008 at 1:47 PM

Blogger Bruce Stewart said...

Following the race was an awesome experience (and so glad St. Croix provided live radio coverage). It was nerve-wracking, too. A guy fell off his bike on the wet road, one of the best ladies got a flat, sometimes the news update was a bit wacky (like they confused who was who), making me wonder. What if I had to write something like that? I wasn't trying to track a bionic pro (possibly made of nuts and bolts) I had just read about, but someone all of us (who have lived) in Kona used to train with, have fun with and just do all the little and big races together with and hang out with after the race. I subsequently learned Miranda went under 1hr 20m on the run, running faster than all but two pro men. There was something (or some people) that must have set her on fire on the run. I think that made the race all the more exciting. It was a race if there ever was one.

May 4, 2008 at 2:03 PM

Blogger Jacqi said...

Congratulations Bree! Way to stick in there. I love reading your blog - you're so upbeat and positive! Here's to more great racing.

May 4, 2008 at 2:24 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

SUPER SUPER JOB!!! WOWWOWOWOWOW...I am so glad you loved St. Croix...and you had an absolutely amazing day. CONGRATS!! :) Jen H.

May 4, 2008 at 2:26 PM

Blogger Sarah McMillan said...

Outstanding Bree, WOOT! Way to go out there! Nice comment about you on the St.Croix Article too! -Sarah

May 4, 2008 at 3:18 PM

Blogger triguyjt said...

way to rock bree....and bring on the mocojumbies!!!

May 4, 2008 at 3:58 PM

Blogger Kellye Mills said...

BREE!! Adam and I both got so excited when we saw the absolutely amazing race you had!! You are such an incredible athlete, and we're all so very proud and happy for you!! Have a wonderful time on your last day on the island!

May 4, 2008 at 4:06 PM

Blogger Matt Stenson said...

Great Job Bree!!! You are doing so well. Very awesome. Keep it up. I miss everyone on the Big Island.
-Matt Stenson

May 4, 2008 at 4:20 PM

Blogger Simon Whitfield said...

congrats Bree, great race.


May 4, 2008 at 4:27 PM

Blogger Eileen Swanson said...

SWEET, WOW, AWESOME WEE! WAY TO GO! I am sooooooooo HAPPY for you. Not a surprise at all, you are an amazing athlete! Soak it all in, so cool ;-)


May 4, 2008 at 5:17 PM

Blogger Jen in Budapest said...

Awesome Bree! Keep trainin'! You're an inspiration as per usual....:D

May 4, 2008 at 8:46 PM

Blogger Jennifer Cunnane said...

JEEZ, way to kick some tri booty. You look super happy in your pictures. Keep the fun spirit and attitude going, you make tri look easy and fun

May 9, 2008 at 3:50 AM

Blogger Jennifer Cunnane said...

JEEZ, way to kick some tri booty. You look super happy in your pictures. Keep the fun spirit and attitude going, you make tri look easy and fun

May 9, 2008 at 3:50 AM


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