Thursday, June 19, 2008

Today in Japan...

My first big press conference! Pretty exciting getting to chat with the news paper, TV stations, and some of the other pro women. I LOVE the Japanese athletes... they are so much fun! It felt like I have known them forever and they were eager to accept people to their country...

Bring on the race! Today was filled with the usual, meeting on the course in English, registration, a press conference, expo... fun stuff! Only thing was I barely understood anything!

On the other side of the island... lovely fog, buckets of rain, still beautiful!

Caught my eye...

More vending machines, one on every corner, selling everything from beers, juice, vitamins, cigarettes, medicine, and water... I wonder if it will be considered "outside help" if we stop at one during the run...?

Checking the water. Rumor has it the water is SO cold they may change the swim to only 1 loop instead of 2. Felt cold, but not 1 loop cold.

Totally LOVE the Japanese writing, looks like art to me!

Another vending machine...

Home of the Karate Kid... not really...

On the bus to Tomie Pool. Kainoa was eating Luna Moons (Thanks Katya!!!)

Jim and Natsuhou playing...Kainoa jealous his daddy made a new friend... The children at our home stay LOVE him.


Blogger Randy said...

Go Bree. Love the photos. Sounds like you are having a great time.

You are going to do so great. What a fantastic experience for you, Jim and Kainoa.

June 20, 2008 at 1:10 AM

Blogger Cricket said...

Awesome pictures! Thanks so much for sharing!
We are all so excited for you...
Thought for the day:
If ye have faith...Nothing shall be impossible unto you-
(Matthew 17:20)
I know you have faith and I know the best is coming- Good Luck, We love you!
The Richau's

June 20, 2008 at 1:14 AM

Blogger Beth said...

Thanks for the pictures Bree - wow, it really is beautiful there!! So strange how cold the water is given how hot the island is... Either way I know you will make the best of it! Hope you guys have a great day!!

June 20, 2008 at 1:20 AM

Blogger TB said...

I'm fired up!

The butterflies are swirling here in Florida...most of them seem to be in my stomach...

Go Bree!

June 20, 2008 at 2:20 AM

Blogger Kellye Mills said...

The pictures are great! What a wonderful experience for your entire family! I was shocked that the water was cold too?? Either way... you will have an amazing day tomorrow!!

June 20, 2008 at 2:45 AM

Blogger Flatman said...

Thanks for sharing! That picture of the rocks/flowers/coast/fog is sweet..

Have fun...almost race day!

June 20, 2008 at 3:58 AM

Blogger Melissa said...

Bree san,
Thanks for taking the time to post pictures...what an adventure even without the race. Good luck, you are going to kick bootie and have an awesome day. I'll be cheering from Colorado!
So funny about Natsuhou and Kainoa :-)

June 20, 2008 at 4:06 AM

Blogger Eileen Swanson said...

I love you guys....your pics are so cute. I recognize those shoes ;-) Go get 'em! Have fun, be strong, keep your head in it at all times.

P.S. I did a Splash n Dash yesterday, much, much better outcome than in Oz ;-)


June 20, 2008 at 5:05 AM

Blogger akshaye said...

Hi Bree! I found you from Shirley's blog. Good luck for the race.

June 20, 2008 at 5:12 AM

Blogger Brooke Myers said...

thanks for all the updates, I feel like I get to be a part of the experience....
I think the race is tomorrow, so go and do your thing. I will be thinking about you all the way..

so proud of you Bree, be safe and have a great race...Stay in your zone and stay focused!

Remember you process goals, your postive words that have you moving one foot in front of the other on your run and remember your family is with you in your heart all the way!!!
Best of luck to you tomorrow.....

June 20, 2008 at 5:26 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Jim still hasn't found coffee, take a look at some of those vending machines. They usually have canned coffee, black or with cream/sugar- and most times you can get either iced or hot versions!

June 20, 2008 at 6:18 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

BREE! Good luck this weekend! I have a good feeling about this for you! Go get em and enjoy it all! GO GO GO! :) Jen H.

June 20, 2008 at 6:57 AM

Blogger MaryMaryMyers said...

Go Breely! God is with you, as are so many people who are praying and cheering for you, including Lindsay, Michelle, Nicholas and me! Feel our love and support as "You Go Girl!"

June 20, 2008 at 7:09 AM

Blogger Bob Almighty said...

Good luck and God's Speed

June 20, 2008 at 8:34 AM

Blogger Sarah said...


I was a little off the blog circuit for a good week but I'm all caught up! I LOVE the pics!

Wishing you all my best and sending you POSITIVE thoughts for your race from California...

Go get 'em! Thanks for sharing your journey - it's always so enjoyable to cheer you on and get a taste of your adventures.

June 20, 2008 at 9:36 AM

Blogger E.L.F. said...

IT'S GO TIME! Best....

June 20, 2008 at 1:06 PM

Blogger Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) said...

Glad you are ready for the race. Great pics! Have a good day resting today, and just do your thing tomorrow.

June 20, 2008 at 1:24 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have a great race Bree! Here in Kona we are all waiting to see "OUR GAL" bring home the prize!
You make us so proud...

June 20, 2008 at 5:44 PM

Blogger shawn and tracy said...

I am so excited for you!!! What a fun place to go and race. Thanks for sharing the pic's

June 20, 2008 at 7:18 PM

Blogger rr said...

GOOOOOO Bree! Have a perfect day, enjoy every moment, and do what we all know you can do!

My hub thinks I'm a total dork because I won't go spend the day on the North Shore with friends.. I need to follow on the web!

June 20, 2008 at 10:03 PM

Blogger Katie Weaver-Jongerius said...

Time to shine! Believe in yourself Bree!! When the going gets tough (and HOT!) remember you have the world behind you pushing you forward. It's your time beautiful!

June 21, 2008 at 1:58 AM

Blogger Mel said...

Go what you love to do....I will be glued to the computer following you and so will MANY others!!! BELIEVE, BREATH, and do your thing baby :)

June 21, 2008 at 2:01 AM

Blogger j-mo said...

Good luck today =)
I'm not sure the exact time changes, but I think your race starts today.
Sending good vibes from CDA .. Jamie.

June 21, 2008 at 4:35 AM

Blogger alison said...

Good Luck!!!!! Your race starts at 1am my time...I think I'll have to get up early to check up on you! Ganbatte!!

June 21, 2008 at 5:46 AM

Blogger Linsey said...

Goooooooooo Wee! You are going to do awesome! I can't wait to watch! You better get across the line in time for me to get to bed :)! Sending good mojo your way!

June 21, 2008 at 8:38 AM

Blogger Trigirlpink said...

Loooove the pix. Thanks for taking and sending them to us!

Knock 'em dead!

June 21, 2008 at 11:53 AM

Blogger Trigirlpink said...

Loooove the pix. Thanks for taking and sending them to us!

Knock 'em dead!

June 21, 2008 at 11:53 AM

Blogger Brooke Myers said...

Best of luck to you today Bree... My heart is with you all the way....

June 21, 2008 at 12:50 PM

Blogger triguyjt said...

great pics bree.....

all the best to you...

kick butt...take names

June 21, 2008 at 1:41 PM

Blogger Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) said...

At 2hr 31mins into the race:
Women at 50km
Currently leading the women is Bree Wee (#23). Right behind her, however, are:
* Naomi Imaizumi (#2) at 3:20
* Sarah Pollett (#27) at 4:05
(Follow updates at

June 21, 2008 at 3:01 PM

Blogger Cricket said...

Sending you this prayer at 3hr:34into the race-

Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

We Love You! Go Bree Go!

June 21, 2008 at 3:35 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Natasha and I are watching the live feed on the computer. I am so impressed... you are going to win!!
Oh ya, thanks so much for my cookbook I got in the mail yesterday. I can't wait to try something new out of it!!!
Love ya!


June 21, 2008 at 4:18 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Natasha and I are watching the live feed on the computer. I am so impressed... you are going to win!!
Oh ya, thanks so much for my cookbook I got in the mail yesterday. I can't wait to try something new out of it!!!
Love ya!


June 21, 2008 at 4:18 PM

Blogger Brooke Myers said...

SOooooooooooooooo Proud of you Bree... this is so fun cheering you on, wish I could at least chat with Jim and Kainoa to hear the updates...

June 21, 2008 at 8:22 PM

Blogger Cricket said...

Bree we love you- We're here cheering too in Florida! Kick Butt Bree-

June 21, 2008 at 9:20 PM

Blogger Brooke Myers said...

Congratulations Bree.... it is 10:00 pm here in Kona... we all miss you and are so proud of you...
You would be laughing at the commentary and Kainoa is now a girl according to the web..where was his hooters shirt??

keep us posted and have a great day tomorrow...
love you and so proud...

June 21, 2008 at 10:01 PM

Blogger rr said...

Bree, you did so great! You make Hawaii proud. Congratulations, loved watching you race today!


June 21, 2008 at 10:06 PM

Blogger Cricket said...

Love you Bree-
You are awesome and we are all so proud!
Congrats Congrats! You kicked butt!

Have an awwesome , relaxing day- we'll talk soon!
Safe travels!

June 21, 2008 at 10:06 PM

Blogger Randy said...

Outstanding job Bree. We are very proud of you. You did awesome. Have a great recovery.

June 21, 2008 at 10:12 PM

Blogger Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) said...

It was a great race. Pat said you had to win to qualify, so we were all in suspense. Still, I don't know if he was joking or not, as I originally thought it would be two. Naomi had an excellent race (even though she grazed her arm). That is why I said one day the Japanese women will beat the British at the Ironman. She's certainly tough and a great competitor. You can learn from her. Enjoy your "holiday" with Jim and Kainoa in Japan. It's a lovely place. A bit expensive, but not for rich and successful people like you (hopefully).

June 21, 2008 at 10:17 PM

Blogger Karen said...

You did a great job Bree. You are such a great triathlete. We watched the live feed all day and cheered and prayed for you the whole time.
Enjoy the rest of your stay there and have a safe trip home.

June 21, 2008 at 10:25 PM

Blogger Patrick said...





June 21, 2008 at 10:32 PM

Blogger ShirleyPerly said...


What an incredible race you had, knocking 10 minutes from your previous IM time on such a difficult course. Looking at the Kona pro slot distributions from last year, it looks like the top-2 women got one. I'm hoping that's true this year because you sure as heck deserve one. Rest up and enjoy the rest of your trip.

June 21, 2008 at 10:39 PM

Blogger Danni said...

Congratulations Bree!!!!
A PR!!!!! You rocked it girl!!!!
Enjoy your rest day, it is well deserved.

June 22, 2008 at 12:45 AM


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