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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Trying to imagine...

Bree Wee, #23. Nice little rhyme... that is my Japan race number...

I am FINALLY tapering. As much as my body doesn't feel very rested I know I am headed in that direction and love it! Truly, working hard-training hard-sacrificing a lot deserves some rest... I believe in taper 100%.

One of my most favorite things, that I believe in, is to devote a chunk of "taper time" to seeing "you" in the race. It requires such stillness, focus, and mental strength...

Being that I have never been to Japan this is providing more of a challenge to race the course in my mind... BUT I am determined to "see me" on that course.

The swim is 2 loops, 2 of them in a wetsuit. I am totally picturing myself in a wetsuit like a seal and then running in the sand as if I was doing "Splash and Dash" back in Australia. I am looking for feet, thinking long strokes (and now I have to stop writing all my mental secrets for the swim)... you get the idea.



Once on the bike I am imagining Kona-like conditions. Expecting the wind & heat. I am excited for that... home sweet home baby! When coach and I set up my season we tried to put all my "Big" races on islands (Hawaii, St. Croix, Japan). I enjoy the small-town, laid back, simplicity of that race venue.

I have been warned that Japan bike course is pretty unforgiving. 7,000ft. of climbing, gusty winds, 2 loops around the volcano... in my mind I am preparing for "Beast" like conditions (except 112 of them rather than 56). It is the left side of the road thing that my brain is still trying to make sense of & reading street signs in Japanese...




As for the run, I know it will hurt. I know I will be hungry & thirsty and happy to get off the bike & put on my Asics. 26.2 miles of anything is long, especially running it after a 2.4 mile swim and a 112 mile bike. BUT I love running, I love Japan (even though I've never been there) , and I love the fact that at the finish line Jim & Kainoa will be waiting...



I have only done 1 Ironman. Because it was in my back yard the mental image training came so easy. It is my "regular routes". Now stepping into 140.2 miles of a different back yard my work is cut out for me. Doing the math though, 140.2 is 140.2 right?! Just agree with me here...

Okay, time to practice asking for water in Japanese and learn how many kilometers from the finish line certain points of the course are...



45 Comments:

Blogger Brooke Myers said...

"Mizu Kudasai"

I sure would love to be there to cheer you on while you're racing. what an awesome opportunity and an experience of a life time... Go give it all you have and enjoy every moment of it while you can.
I will be here rooten for you - as will the rest of us in Kona..

June 10, 2008 at 2:02 PM

 
Blogger TB said...

Go Bree get busy! (I'm guessing you didn't teach math???)

June 10, 2008 at 2:10 PM

 
Blogger Patrick said...

Bree....140.6 so you better hammer that last .4 mile!!

June 10, 2008 at 2:31 PM

 
Blogger kerrie said...

lol, patrick beat me to it! (70.3 + 70.3 +?????).
loving the tapering too!!!!

June 10, 2008 at 2:33 PM

 
Blogger Beth said...

Well, don't feel bad Bree - I didn't catch the 140.2 vs 140.6 thing... :) REGARDLESS - you are right - no matter where it is 140.6 miles is 140.6 miles and there aren't too many people in this world that can cover that distance faster than you!! Always remember that!!! Happy taper time!

June 10, 2008 at 2:46 PM

 
Blogger Mel said...

Bree HILLS are ALL you baby..you are tough so you know the hills are your strength..you proved that is St. Croix..when the announcers had no clue who you were...YOU SHOWED them and YOU were all they were talking about and THEY KNOW YOU NOW!!! So totally take advantage of the course...YOU HAVE IT IN YOU!!! You will do AWESOME :)

June 10, 2008 at 2:50 PM

 
Blogger Patrick said...

I can hear the Japanese announcers now...."Wee Wee Wee!!!!!" from Toyko?

June 10, 2008 at 2:57 PM

 
Blogger TB said...

They can name a triathlon game for the Wii after you...play Wee on the Wii

Ok, can you hook us up on trakkers? We'll need some race scoop!!!

June 10, 2008 at 3:08 PM

 
Blogger TriGirl Kate O said...

Enjoy that taper! How exciting to race knowing your husband and son are waiting for you at the finish line, along with some good sushi. Maybe you can pack a special bento box to enjoy on the bike and make it just that much more like home? Pat, training sherpa extrordinaire, help me out here.

June 10, 2008 at 3:19 PM

 
Blogger Kellye Mills said...

I didn't catch the 140.6 either! You are going to do awesome. Japan course sounds a lot like Kona, so you will do GREAT! I do the whole mental picture run through too. Got to picture it to own it!! I can't wait to follow you into this race. Enjoy your taper!

June 10, 2008 at 3:22 PM

 
Blogger BreeWee said...

Ha ha ha! Can you tell I have so little experience with Iron distance, 140.6, thanks guys! Too hilarious!! I would be going nuts in Japan without the bloggers to save me!

June 10, 2008 at 3:44 PM

 
Blogger beth said...

the only thing i see in japan is you kicking some serious butt!

#23 is a very number..that was my number all through high school..

June 10, 2008 at 3:47 PM

 
Blogger rr said...

I was going to say that if you only did 140.2, Coach might get mad.

Awesome photos and pre-race visualization. The left side of the road thing is weird for all of 1 minute, and then you forget all about it. They are going to love you, the little blonde chica from Hawaii. Until you kick all their butts. Naomi and Emi might start to get sick of the HI girls showing up at their races..

June 10, 2008 at 4:00 PM

 
Blogger shawn and tracy said...

Go get em Bree!!! All the best! You will be great:-)
Tracy

June 10, 2008 at 4:42 PM

 
Blogger Jen said...

23 is my lucky number...it's a good sign :)

June 10, 2008 at 5:23 PM

 
Blogger Lisa said...

Bree,
You'll love Japan. The people there are so nice and really try to make everyone feel welcome. They also love babies, so Kainoa will be the center of attention there! Remember when you are training to STAY LEFT on the road there! Enjoy the taper, you've earned it! Thanks for all the comments on my blog...don't worry I still have a couple more races to qualify at! I'm visualizing a course I've never been on too--I used Google earth to check out the hills!

June 10, 2008 at 6:30 PM

 
Blogger alison said...

Ganbatte!!!!!!!!! Did you find out if they have sushi at the aid stations?

June 10, 2008 at 7:04 PM

 
Blogger Mer! said...

Hey Bree!

You have the perfect "backyard" to train in, and you've done all the hard work, you have family support all the way...now it's time to rock n roll!

I love that you've spent so much time visualizing....my dad used to have me do that before my soccer games growing up! It's great for the mind!

I love how you missed the .4...you're so "real," it's awesome!

We'll all be watching on Ironman Live!!

June 10, 2008 at 7:13 PM

 
Blogger Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) said...

Ganbatte!!! I still dream of biking the southern part of Japan. Have a lot of good rest these days and start feeling stronger and stronger.

June 10, 2008 at 7:34 PM

 
Blogger Randy said...

Bree, you are going to do so awesome in Japan that it's only going to feel like 140.2. Great pregame analysis, too.

June 10, 2008 at 8:10 PM

 
Anonymous Halle Mae Nottage said...

your the best Bree all you need is to do your best! love halle p.s. we will be watching you on the comeputer we love you I know you can do this your a great racer Bree!

June 10, 2008 at 8:44 PM

 
Anonymous Halle Mae Nottage said...

this is an big enprovement what I mean is you are so so so so so awesowme to be doing treachorous race halle p.s race with your heart and soul like my mommy does you are so cool and beautiful we believe in you.

June 10, 2008 at 8:52 PM

 
Anonymous Halle Mae Nottage said...

this is an big enprovement what I mean is you are so so so so so awesowme to be doing treachorous race halle p.s race with your heart and soul like my mommy does you are so cool and beautiful we believe in you.

June 10, 2008 at 8:52 PM

 
Anonymous Halle Mae Nottage said...

this is an big enprovement what I mean is you are so so so so so awesowme to be doing treachorous race halle p.s race with your heart and soul like my mommy does you are so cool and beautiful we believe in you.

June 10, 2008 at 8:52 PM

 
Anonymous Halle Mae Nottage said...

this is an big enprovement what I mean is you are so so so so so awesowme to be doing treachorous race halle p.s race with your heart and soul like my mommy does you are so cool and beautiful we believe in you.

June 10, 2008 at 8:52 PM

 
Anonymous Halle Mae Nottage said...

this is an big enprovement what I mean is you are so so so so so awesowme to be doing treachorous race halle p.s race with your heart and soul like my mommy does you are so cool and beautiful we believe in you.

June 10, 2008 at 8:52 PM

 
Anonymous Halle Mae Nottage said...

this is an big enprovement what I mean is you are so so so so so awesowme to be doing treachorous race halle p.s race with your heart and soul like my mommy does you are so cool and beautiful we believe in you.

June 10, 2008 at 8:52 PM

 
Anonymous Halle Mae Nottage said...

this is an big enprovement what I mean is you are so so so so so awesowme to be doing treachorous race halle p.s race with your heart and soul like my mommy does you are so cool and beautiful we believe in you.

June 10, 2008 at 8:52 PM

 
Anonymous Halle Mae Nottage said...

this is an big enprovement what I mean is you are so so so so so awesowme to be doing treachorous race halle p.s race with your heart and soul like my mommy does you are so cool and beautiful we believe in you.

June 10, 2008 at 8:52 PM

 
Anonymous Naughty said...

Straight from the heart of a 7 year old!! Sorry she hit send about 6 times!! Whoops........but, there are no mistakes......perhaps her words hold the key!! BELIEVE:)

June 10, 2008 at 8:53 PM

 
Blogger kerri said...

OH the bloggers will be there with you Bree. You have without a doubt captured and shared some pretty amazing moments with us and we will be there with YOU in spirit. You just have to do alot of blogging when you get back!!!! Eat, sleep, and dream JAPAN!

June 10, 2008 at 11:55 PM

 
Blogger Bob Mitera said...

23 - Michael Jordan's number...greatness. 'nuff said.

Tear it up kid.

June 11, 2008 at 2:26 AM

 
Blogger Flatman said...

Great visualization tools. I bet you will rock this course. What do you mean there will be no bloggers in Japan? You are bringing a laptop to share the experience aren't you??? :)

June 11, 2008 at 3:11 AM

 
Blogger jahowie said...

This was a great post!! Good luck in Japan!!!

June 11, 2008 at 3:14 AM

 
Blogger Bob Almighty said...

Good luck in Japan, the riding on the left is a little wired at first but you get used to it quick, but right hand turns become a pain. The Course is 226.2 km if that helps at all 3.8k swim 180k bike 42.4k run, I found the shorter distance between markers to be a big help in New Zealand, granted pacing was a little difficult.

June 11, 2008 at 4:35 AM

 
Blogger Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

Guess what? My NEW favorite number is 23! A SURE sign of good luck! WE'll be with you in heart and spirit, sending swift winds and flowing seas your way.

I think a lot of people would be upset if you only went 140.2. Including yourself. And I wouldn't even want to know what your coach would do. Hee hee hee!

You are so strong - your visualization is there... we believe in you. Nothing is impossible, if you believe. And we believe in you, the triathlon you AND you!

June 11, 2008 at 4:35 AM

 
Blogger Lisa G said...

Go get em Bree! You will do awesome! Great job on your mental focusing and visualizations. Be tough!

June 11, 2008 at 5:32 AM

 
Blogger Eileen Swanson said...

You know I will be your BIGGEST FAN from Cali!! You are so deserving of an amazing race. You have it, you got it, you'll do it! I love my fav SSS! HA, remember that one? ;-)

Love,
E

June 11, 2008 at 6:06 AM

 
Blogger Eileen Swanson said...

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June 11, 2008 at 6:06 AM

 
Blogger Marni said...

That is one beautiful course! I think you are doing the right thing to visual. Just get excited...because you had a great first IM experience, your hard training and discipline will all pay off come race day!

June 11, 2008 at 6:07 AM

 
Blogger Paul said...

That course is gorgeous! I'll be watching your progress!! Go out there and get some!

June 11, 2008 at 6:40 AM

 
Blogger Rory said...

Go Blee Wee!

June 11, 2008 at 7:18 AM

 
Blogger Shan said...

Loving your racing visualization!!!! You're going to kick some donkey (my college's xc team's rendition of @ss...) out there!!! :) You better believe that we all will be glued to the internet, cheering for you all the way!

Enjoy the much deserved taper!!

June 11, 2008 at 7:24 AM

 
Blogger Cricket said...

You will do awesome! Hawaii was a scary place when you were about to move there...Remember? And look at all that "unknown" brought you! Japan is the same... Now your taking all that Hawaii brought you (Jim, Kainoa, and Triathlon) to another unknown! You will Conquer it! This is your stuff- this is your way- Japan is your style!
Go and show'em your stuff!

June 11, 2008 at 1:03 PM

 
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