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Sunday, August 24, 2008

116.2 miles of Ironman Canada...

I really need a break from this darn blog thing. BUT as I sit and watch finishers from my hotel I decided I better respond to the 47 emails from my family and Kona friends all emailing to see if I am alive... rather than write 47 emails they can read this blog (that's why I started it right, to save the time of writing so many emails).

Here it goes... the swim was the usual, a bit of an underwater wrestling match. BUT I still enjoyed it. I am really liking to swim these days. T1 was pretty hilarious, I had one of my arm warmers on upside down- but I like to laugh so-good timing. The bike got off to a good start till mile 7 or 11 (forgive me, my calculating kilometers to miles is a little lousy at times)...anyways, my derailer had some issues, but I got it going and was feeling frisky...

At mile 20 or 22 (kilometer thing again) I had to rid the arm warmers because my circulation was getting cut off on the right arm from being upside down... back in action... I got stung by a bee, thankfully I am not allergic, I thought of Lori Bowden the year she was stung in Kona, and pressed on...

I was hanging onto 3-4th place and not even stressing because I knew the leaders (Heather W. and Belinda Granger already had their spots). THEN I got a flat. STILL did not panic. Just yesterday coach told me the story about the year Jillian Baker had 2 flats and still won! So I made the most of it... hit the bushes for a pee break (since I am REALLY bad at going on the bike), I drank and took salts, I was stretching... I even tried to fix it myself but it was too mechanically messed up for me.

SOooooo...19 minutes later I was back on the bike (after watching 5 girls pass me). I thought about Simon Whitfield's MAJOR guts in the Olympics and decided it was my turn to have some. AND WHAT do you know... Just in time for Yellow Lake! I rocked the climbs and I rode down the hills so fast I passed back 2 women! I hit 46mph (that is SO fast for me!!). I was riding like a bat out of hell (excuse my French). In fact I was riding with all my guts that I puked out all my guts. No nutrition for me. No nothing, just sheer time trialling... I was not letting my Kona slot slip away that easy. My face looked like a dog growling, about to bite somebody!

With about 2 miles to go Sara Gross and I nearly get hit by a car (I am sure she will write about it on her blog) trying to avoid it we had to swerve off the course and nearly into a turning vehicle going the other direction... Off the bike and my SRM said I only rode for about 5:06 minutes! Man that would be my PR if the 19 minute flat didn't make time flop to 5:25!

I am eternally optimistic... but I really wondered why in the world am I having so much adversity? I suppose lessons learned only make us better...

Okay, out on the run... I had 26.2 miles to go, was in 6th, 3 girls in front had slots, there is still hope for me!

I make the first turn to the first aid station and football tackle a poor volunteer handing me water... I have no clue what just happened. But they laid me in the grass for minute or 10. Then the medics showed and I said no!

I did not sacrifice family time, missing Kainoa, and all that hard work to not finish the race. AND I just don't quit. They let me start running again...

I hear this girl shout, "I read your blog", I smile and wave and I think that took all my energy, but it made me laugh. Aid station number 2, I made it, jogged the whole mile! And then I am not sure what happened. I laid down on the street for a minute... then I was in an ambulance with an oxygen mask, and on the way to the med tent.

A little rest later I told Dr. D I had to get going again... he made me have fluids, walk around, and do all his doctor things. However long later I told him I am at least walking the rest of the way, I am not DNF'ing or quiting. He told me I'm not, I am DQ'ed. I asked why? I didn't cheat, he said I am medically DQ'd so they aren't liable for my bum...

I asked if he will walk with me (we could even hold hands). He laughed, then said he is not in shape to walk 26 miles. I told him we only have 24 to go, I already did 2. Then I tried to convince the other man in the med tent (a racer) if he would walk with me, he asked if I was on drugs.

Needless to say, coach stole me from the medical cops & said we "might" have a plan... I will fill you in later...

I hope I can get "Lucky in Kentucky"...

To everyone that DID finish IMC... way to go! It is super fun watching you finish the race here from the balcony... To Allison Fitch, thank you for the hug prior to the swim start this morning, you are awesome! And to my teammates and Kona friends that raced... I am so glad your days were better than mine!

PS: MANY mahalos to my family, coach, supporters, and friends for all their support through this crazy rookie season of mine.

PSS: I told coach Paul racing in Canada just might not be my thing. My first race here I flat out and end up in a cop car, my second race I am lead off course on the bike (at least I get to finish), and my 3rd race here I end up Medically DQ'd... Of course I am kidding, I will be back for more!

PSSS: Congrats to Bryan Rhodes and Belinda Granger for the awesome wins! During Belinda's finish line speech she talked about how she never dreamed this would be her when she was an age grouper, and this was her 28th Ironman! So I am totally clinging to the hope that a little experience later I can be in her shoes!



84 Comments:

Blogger Danni said...

I am a lurker here most of the time, but not today.
You are truly inspirational.
Way to keep pushing! I am glad you are ok and than you "might" have a plan.
Way to go Bree!

August 24, 2008 at 3:31 PM

 
Blogger Damie said...

Bree
I knew you would have a good story- what I did not know is that despite the deepest adversity, your best self would still come out. You are always an inspiration and true competitor. Those girls were probably thanking their lucky stars you got a flat, and then peeing in their pants when you re-passed them. Great job on the swim and bike. Thank you so much for writing us and letting us know what happened with your day. Lots of love, Damie

August 24, 2008 at 3:35 PM

 
Blogger Ange said...

You are one seriously tough chick miss Bree!!!! I'm just amazed by you. I am so glad you're ok...scary stuff I think. You are a winner to me no matter what happens. I will hope for your lucky in Kentucky thoughts though.
Get some rest!

August 24, 2008 at 3:36 PM

 
Blogger Trigirlpink said...

I don't know what to say.. I'm bummed for you. CRAP.....

August 24, 2008 at 3:41 PM

 
Blogger Carolyn said...

You're such a trooper Bree - good work today and don't worry, you'll get er done !!

August 24, 2008 at 3:42 PM

 
Blogger Katie Weaver-Jongerius said...

See you in KY girl...third times the charm!

August 24, 2008 at 3:43 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We were pulling for you Bree. You are awesome! Glad your o.k. Have a safe trip home. See you in swim.
David and Beth

August 24, 2008 at 3:46 PM

 
Blogger Bob Almighty said...

Medically DQ-ed and you still wanted to keep going! Bree you are the epitome of Mental Toughness!


Worst case you can blame it on the Sperm helmet when you meet with coach. But hopefully you guys will come up with a plan that will end your rookie season on a high note.

August 24, 2008 at 3:46 PM

 
Blogger rr said...

Coach said kentucky was a SECRET you goofball.

:) Bree, you have so much heart.. you will get there, you will make that Granger girl look slow some day. Just hang in there and make the most of it - learn all that you can from this.

5:06 - HOLY CRAP! You are wicked fast.

RR

August 24, 2008 at 3:47 PM

 
Blogger Leah said...

Wow! How much more could have gone wrong? Craziness! Lucky you came out in one piece. Here's hoping KY works out a little better. :)

August 24, 2008 at 3:48 PM

 
Blogger Dolphin Boy said...

I'm proud of you Bree!

You are one tough cookie!
I recall your immediate thoughts after your 1st Honu race....:)

Now look at you:)

You're a CHAMP!!

August 24, 2008 at 3:49 PM

 
Blogger Steve Stenzel said...

Man you are tough! Congrats on a hard fought race! Scary that you suddenly came-to in an ambulance (I had a similar thing happen nearly 2 years ago, and it still freaks me out to think about it).

I hope you're doing OK!!!!! All the best!!

August 24, 2008 at 3:53 PM

 
Blogger Daniel Hodel said...

Thanks for the report, Bree. Stuff happens. Great workout day, and practice in the art of "letting go," which is the only card to play sometimes. Just stay patient and I'm sure they'll find a race to keep you from getting rusty before the local, long-course Peaman. (I think that's what they call it.) Say, this reminds of one of the fables about the ancient Greek triathlete, Accelerus. (I'd better save that for later.) Keep enjoying things and the rest will fall into place.

August 24, 2008 at 3:54 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Bree,

Hey girl !!! GREAT JOB !!! You are awesome in so many ways you do not even know. you had me with tears for joy following your race and praying your OK and then your spirit in the BLOG - YOU ARE BEING MOLDED - SOME TOUGH MOLDING, BUT YOU ARE SHOWING US ALL HOW TO COME THROUGH - YOU WILL BE GREAT IN KENTUCKY - IT IS FOR YOU --

Doug Henbest (Ariel's dad)

August 24, 2008 at 3:56 PM

 
Blogger Beth said...

Thanks for posting Bree - I was worried as I KNEW you wouldn't not finish unless they forced you off the course (which, of course, is exactly what happened). Anyway - bummed for you. But eternally hopeful too. You will make this work and then it will mean so much more since you had to do so much to get through it all! Rest up!!

August 24, 2008 at 3:56 PM

 
Blogger ShirleyPerly said...

INCREDIBLE effort in spite of all those things that went wrong! You are truly an inspiration to all of us. Glad you're OK!!!

August 24, 2008 at 3:59 PM

 
Anonymous Amy Kloner said...

Glad to hear you're OK, Bree. I'm sorry for the disappointment, but something just wasn't meant to be today, for whatever reason. You have the talent and the attitude; it will come together.

August 24, 2008 at 4:01 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a lurker here but followed your Ironman Japan story, been reading your blogs, and was routing for you at IM Canada. You really have such a great attitude. I love that you were ready to push ahead after the flat and after the medical issue, and you're obviously not letting a bad day get in the way of your goals. Keep at it. You are such a champion!!

August 24, 2008 at 4:02 PM

 
Blogger PJ said...

Hi, Bree.
I am normally a lurker also but had to chime in -- I am so glad you posted (thank you). I was so worried wondering what happened to you! I am glad you are okay (but I'm sorry so many annoying things went wrong for you).

Good luck with the plan and keep being you. Your awesome attitude is catchy. And that's a really good thing!

August 24, 2008 at 4:04 PM

 
Blogger IM Able said...

You know what? Last year I pulled myself from IM Wisconsin. My first (and so far, only). (So far!) I had a great swim and started losing my lunch around mile 20 of the bike. No fuel for me, just grit to get through.

And I didn't.

And I felt awful. Until now.

For the first time, I can actually see that sometimes it's just not our day. Last year, that race was not my race. Today was not yours.

And sometimes we need more than our grit and determination.

And that's okay.

Thanks for helping me realize this. Next week will be different for you and I believe my next IM will be different, too.

Way to go out there, Bree. : )

August 24, 2008 at 4:14 PM

 
Anonymous Nottage said...

Ahh........this is a victory....as you are looking beyond the battle of Penticton....this distance really is about the struggle and how we respond to it. This is why a finish time or result absolutely doesn't define us...it is what we do with the circumstances we are given along the way. Thank you for being a Professional whose lead we can all hope to follow and emulate. And thank you for knowing you will get back on the horse and be an example to us all again....to not give up. If it were so easy what would be the point?

IM is shaping your character. Very well done. Nottage

August 24, 2008 at 4:14 PM

 
Blogger TriGirl Kate O said...

I kept checking ironman live thinking what the heck happened to Bree? I'm bummed for you today, but know you will come back and have an incredible race! You totally rocked that swim and bike--as a former (and probably future) volunteer, you can bowl me over anyday!

August 24, 2008 at 4:22 PM

 
Blogger Stef said...

Thanks for posting Bree. Thanks for sharing your story with us.

August 24, 2008 at 4:42 PM

 
Blogger The Young Family said...

I too figured you had a good story ~ as I was tracking you. I figured something happened. I am glad that you are ok! Too funny trying to convince the Dr. to go 24 miles! True athlete you are!

Em

August 24, 2008 at 4:45 PM

 
Blogger MaryMaryMyers said...

YOU are the epitome of a Champion Bree! Remember the story of the little engine that could..... You have already proved over and over that you can, and with more faith and grace and heart and spirit and determination and kindness than I have ever seen in a person. God has blessed you and in turn so many people through you! Thank you for being an inspiration!!!!! God Bless You Bee!
P&L,
Mary

August 24, 2008 at 4:56 PM

 
Blogger Sue said...

Watched all day for you...great swim and bike though...Always an inspiration...you are one awesome lady...

Sue from beautiful CDA, Id

August 24, 2008 at 5:02 PM

 
Blogger kerrie said...

i am so glad you posted but so bummed about your day!
i always try to tell myself that things happen for a reason, even when i'm struggling to find the lesson i need to learn..
you are definitely rising to the challenge and finishing what you started out to do!

August 24, 2008 at 5:05 PM

 
Blogger Eileen Swanson said...

Dude, glad you're ok! We've been watching you all day and thanks to DB for getting coach to write him back to find out that you were for sure ok! You have so many awesome friends and supporters. You are one LUCKY girl no matter what. You are so loved. So cool! Now, we should get matching suits for sure. Thoughts? Let me know since they are working on mine tomorrow.

XO,
E

August 24, 2008 at 5:26 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bree,
Thanks for updating us as I know you didn't feel like it. We have been praying for you all day. You are so tough. We hope that you make it to KY this coming weekend. If you do then anything you need we are here for you since we now call Louisville home. Glad you are safe. Keep your positive head up. Courtney and Aaron

August 24, 2008 at 5:56 PM

 
Blogger E.L.F. said...

Wee - it will happen when it's meant to be. You'll get there. And when you do it will be even sweeter because you worked so hard for it.

No matter what happens I would just like to remind you that there is no qualification necessary to join me in Kona alongside the road sipping "enhanced" coconut water. We will have a race to see who can drink the most before peeing themselves. We'll heckle everyone wearing compression socks. We'll sing Tiny Bubbles. And the first to get medically DQ'ed actually wins on race day. :)

August 24, 2008 at 5:57 PM

 
Blogger RawTriGirl said...

Thanks for the update Bree! I was watching you all day and kept punching in your number to find nothing. Your super secret plan will kick butt, don't worry!

August 24, 2008 at 6:21 PM

 
Blogger Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

Relieved to read that you can still think clearly. I was very sorry about the things that happened in your race. Don't know if the coach will sign you up for next week's race - after all your legs did not run much today! At least, you now know what it is like for us lesser mortals to fail to finish an Ironman even though we try so hard and end up about to pass out. I've been there. Anyway, you will plenty of better races in the future. Recover well.

August 24, 2008 at 6:33 PM

 
Anonymous Nat said...

Bree,

I read your blog because I am a tri friend of a tri friend of yours, long distance and all. My husband and I were watching IM Canada today, we were on the bike course constantly, shouting for you and taking pictures (he is a photographer & will send you the pictures if you would like). I was really looking forward to watching you race, as I have read about your goal to qualify for Kona as well. I just want to say that I am really sorry about your disappointment, but I feel you will persevere and eventually reach your goals! Amazing heart and soul out there today! You should be very proud of your huge fan base and know that you have many, many people cheering and pulling for you. Best of luck in your next endeavors!

If you would like to view the pics of you from IMC, please e-mail my husband, Greg, at Ultimatetruthdesign@gmail.com.

Natalie

August 24, 2008 at 6:41 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pack your bags and that book .....
we're gonna get lucky in Kentucky !

Alright;-)

L

August 24, 2008 at 8:05 PM

 
Blogger MarkyV said...

Good luck next week :)

August 24, 2008 at 9:10 PM

 
Blogger Flatman said...

You are one tough cookie... (((hugs)))!

August 24, 2008 at 11:57 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Proud of you, Love Mom and Rodger
Talk to you later....

August 25, 2008 at 1:24 AM

 
Blogger Marni said...

thanks for posting your story bree. kate and I were texting all afternoon...we had no idea what happened. glad you are ok! Hope you have a speedy recovery. maybe we can figure out your nutrition and get you going for the next IM :)

August 25, 2008 at 1:30 AM

 
Blogger Kona Shelley said...

Wah..what did you just say? IMKY..yay, i'll be there..don't tell me i'll actually hopefully get a glance of the famous Bree Wee?? I can't wait!!!
Sorry about your IMC race though and the whole bee sting thing. I think IMKY was "meant" to be eh?? :-))

August 25, 2008 at 1:50 AM

 
Blogger Danielle said...

So sorry to hear about your mishaps. Everything happens for a reason, just hard to explain your Canadian Curse!

PLEASE come to Kentucky!!!!!!! That would be great! I would LOVE to meet you out there! Now I am starting to get excited about the race!

August 25, 2008 at 2:21 AM

 
Blogger Trigirlpink said...

It's a fresh new day!
Show us your ticket to the land of horse racing and mint julips....

Like Kate said...3's a charm baby...
Time to get your game back on.

August 25, 2008 at 2:43 AM

 
Blogger Mira Lelovic said...

Very glad you're ok, and by your ability to type up that blog post, looks like you're doing just fine.
Are you really coming to Louisville? I'm SO excited to race "with" you, and hopefully meet you! I know I will swim fearless having your good vibes (and Mel's) that close by. It's all going to go right for you next weekend!

August 25, 2008 at 3:03 AM

 
Blogger Go Mom Go said...

Lurker here...

You will rock Kentucky. Each day is just another lesson and you are so tough!

Rock on!

August 25, 2008 at 3:04 AM

 
Blogger Mel said...

Bree, I just love you..you are awesome!!! I really can say: I don't think I have meet someone so positive as you....you don't come up with excuses...you don't quit, you are just completely full of positive energy, you probably don't even know how many people you are affecting with your positive influences and I am not just talking about the world of triathlons....I am meaning in life struggles in general...just the non-anger of a bad situation....I like how you never do "POOR ME" but rather OK "WHAT'S NEXT" You are a true winner no matter the outcome...Be proud of the person you are, as many are learning from your ways:)

August 25, 2008 at 3:07 AM

 
Blogger Monica Kvas said...

Bree! If you look at all the greatest success stories they have all overcome major adversity. I think that's what makes success so sweet. When so much has been overcome and you can truly appreciate what you have achieved! You are already so successful and such a superstar! In hindsight this will become a tiny obstacle along your journey. Thanks for the update!

August 25, 2008 at 3:20 AM

 
Blogger Cy said...

Bree- Already in your short pro career you have accomplished so much... Just the sheer volume of responses to this post is an indication of what you mean to the tri community. People were asking about you on Slowtwich.."What happened to Bree"...everyone is rooting for you girl-You'll get there...Stay positive and strong!

August 25, 2008 at 3:30 AM

 
Blogger Kellye Mills said...

That is one heck of a day! Adam and I watched you all day long, and it was so exciting to follow along and then we were so worried! Though I know it stinks that your day didn't turn out the way you'd hoped, you have the most amazing attitude, and I'm glad you had someone there stopping you when you needed to be stopped because there is just no stopping you! And because of that though, you are only getting started so have no worries! You have an absolutely amazing career to look forward to!

August 25, 2008 at 3:40 AM

 
Blogger DF said...

Thanks for inspiring me today! I really hope you come to the girls get-together/camp in your hometown of Sarasota, fl next Feb!!!

August 25, 2008 at 3:49 AM

 
Blogger jahowie said...

That is one really rough day. I'm just glad that you are OK. You were so determined that you just kept pushing yourself. I need some of that determination. Good luck in Kentucky.

August 25, 2008 at 3:54 AM

 
Blogger Kim said...

Well Miss Rockstar, that was quite the day you had! Anyone who knows anything about overcoming adversity knows what an amazing thing it was that you pulled off - until they pulled YOU off the course! You're ability to keep picking yourself back up is so awesome!! You're an inspiration to me and others all over the globe!! Thank you!! I'm sooo proud of you!!

August 25, 2008 at 4:06 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Bree - another lurker who's just amazed by you! I'm an age group wannabe but learn a lot about what it REALLY takes from you and that's HEART. Your perspective of ability and the distance and speed is soooo unbelieveable. There's a reason why you are there, why you "tackled" the poor volunteer, etc. who knows..but you'll get there...your heart is too huge not to! So awesome and I can't wait to read about the next race and may you recover asap : )
You probably DO realize it, but you are incredibly inspiring.
Erin Wichtoski

August 25, 2008 at 4:21 AM

 
Blogger Cricket said...

We Love You Bree- Always an inspiration to read your blog!
The Richau's

August 25, 2008 at 4:24 AM

 
Blogger Mark said...

Bree = one tough chick.

Oh, and she'll be really easy to find at IMKY. Just look for the hawt chick with a rather large posse/fan club hanging around ;) At least that's how it appeared at St. Anthony's.

How can you NOT like Bree?

August 25, 2008 at 6:06 AM

 
Blogger Madisonduo said...

You are simply amazing, trying to gut it out, and making the best of everything! And you are still smiling...

I love how you tried to convince people to 'walk' the remaining 24 miles with you. Damn you have some determination! I Love it!

It will soon be your day! The day that is all about BREE! :)

August 25, 2008 at 6:18 AM

 
Blogger Laura said...

YESSSSSSS!! Another person to keep track of in Kentucky! Now I really wish I was going to watch...

(uh huh, another lurker...)

August 25, 2008 at 6:49 AM

 
Blogger Paul said...

Wow, that is pretty crazy!! At least you are OK now, with no major damage. I totally figured you would go for IM KFC if you were healthy.

Good luck!

August 25, 2008 at 6:57 AM

 
Anonymous Alicia Parr said...

You're one tough cookie. Keep it up!

August 25, 2008 at 7:51 AM

 
Blogger Jenny Garrison said...

You will do it when it is meant to be! Elizabeth is right on. You are truely a stud! I know what it is like to sacrifice time away from the family to put it all on the line. You still are a winner in your son's eyes no matter what you come home with. Remember that!
Jenny G.

August 25, 2008 at 8:15 AM

 
Blogger ariel said...

hey bree, way to keep going - and for giving it all you got. congrats on your PR in the bike. It's nice to see how much you love this sport - i wish you the best in Kentucky - or where ever your great back up plan may take you

-Ariel -

August 25, 2008 at 8:49 AM

 
Blogger ariel said...

hey bree, way to keep going - and for giving it all you got. congrats on your PR in the bike. It's nice to see how much you love this sport - i wish you the best in Kentucky - or where ever your great back up plan may take you

-Ariel -

August 25, 2008 at 8:49 AM

 
Blogger Maggs said...

Hi Bree,

I was bummed to see you were out of the race. But of course your great attitude keeps going! Think of how easy IMKY AND Kona will be now that you've dealt with that. And I'm sure one day you'll be back to show IMC who you really are!

August 25, 2008 at 9:18 AM

 
Blogger The Hard Road To Kona said...

Bree,
I follow your blog regularly. I'm not one to give advice or make recommendations, but maybe you should take some time off and recover. This maybe the case where the spirit is willing but the body isn't. Coaches are great in helping you reach your goals, but they also can dig you in a hole so deep, you'll want to quit the sport all together. This nearly happened to me. You're tough and smart; you'll do the best thing for yourself.

August 25, 2008 at 9:24 AM

 
Blogger comer said...

Bree, I am with Danni..usually just reading your blog for your humor, your great stories of Kona and your incredible triathlon experiences..I've never left a comment but I had to write today..you are truly an inspiration!

Pulling for you all the way from Little Rhody!!

Tara

August 25, 2008 at 9:27 AM

 
Blogger Mer! said...

Bree! Just wanted to add to the other 63 messsages here =0. Clearly you are loved and rightfully so!!

Even though it wasn't the day you planned out, you still rocked the swim and bike...and you say you can't swim??

We're all wishing you a safe flight home to Kona and rest before IMKY!!

Hugs from San Diego!

August 25, 2008 at 10:53 AM

 
Anonymous L said...

You should call Patrick Ray ;-)
He's from around Kentucky, isn't he?
Anyway.... there's someone who would make you pee your pants!

August 25, 2008 at 10:59 AM

 
Blogger Wes said...

Aye! One of these days its all going to come together for ya, girlie :-) That's my best pirate voice! LOL... Then you will have your day for sure..

August 25, 2008 at 11:13 AM

 
Blogger Sarah said...

Bree, so bummed for you! I was thinking of you yesterday and sending you all my good thoughts. I'm really sorry it wasn't your day, but we all have the bad ones.

You are one crazy cookie to want to persevere in the face of that kind of sick, but it's what makes you YOU and it's why you are where you are. Your day is coming, and it will be that much sweeter when it does. :)

I'm really proud of you and as always, wonderfully inspired. Keep smilin' and keep pushin' on. You go girl!!

August 25, 2008 at 11:28 AM

 
Blogger Shawn and Tracy said...

Bree,

My heart sank for you on Sunday :-( Not only are you wicked tough you are such a talent. It will all come together, were rooting for ya!
Tracy

August 25, 2008 at 11:40 AM

 
Blogger triguyjt said...

sorry things went south..but you kept battling and thats why i respect you so much..

may you rip through kentucky and give it your best shot..
i truly believe you'll race hard
and grab a kona slot..

thats it for the ryhmes
good luck bree...pulling for ya

August 25, 2008 at 1:36 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your blog and am inspired by your strength and grace. You are the kind of person who will undoubtedly achieve your goals...even if the road to get there is full of challenges.
As far as the mishaps with the bike, seems a little odd that shortly after all that canoodling with Tobey Maguires bike, you have a bunch of bike probs. Next time, keep your girl away from those Hollywood types!!

August 25, 2008 at 2:50 PM

 
Blogger Jessi said...

Bree, We already chatted down at the expo so you know my thoughts: IMLou is meant to be. You had a little speed work this weekend, didn't trash your legs on the marathon, and you will be ready to rock next weekend. (They'd be fools not to make room for you! :)

August 25, 2008 at 2:50 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like a lot of people are cheering for you BREE! Sorry the day did not go so well for you - but there is another plan for you - good luck in KY and I was watching you online and even called Jerome once and asked how you were doing when I was away from the computer! Onward and upward! Jen H.

August 25, 2008 at 2:58 PM

 
Blogger Rural Girl said...

Truly bummed to hear about your day. I was rooting for you. There will be another day and you will come out on top!

August 25, 2008 at 3:17 PM

 
Blogger Joy said...

Oh I'm so sorry about your race. You made me laugh with the "I laid down in the street for a minute.." I've actually done that in an IM too! Good luck in KY this weekend, hopefully it'll be nice and hot for you, and feel like home. You have the most amazing spirit!

August 25, 2008 at 3:43 PM

 
OpenID endurancegirl said...

Bree,
Thanks so much for your good luck message...

Your attitude is truly inspirational. I had a similar situation yesterday with 3 flats (had to ride the last 10 miles on my rim because I was out of CO2!). It was mentally defeating, but I was able to change my attitude and finish my first ironman. Thanks for the reminder of always looking for the positive side! Also, I laughed when reading your blog, because as I was fixing my flat, I took time out to pee too. :)Kill two birds with one stone, right?
I hope things turn out for you if KY happens!
Laura

August 25, 2008 at 3:59 PM

 
Blogger IronMatron said...

WE will be routing for you in Kentucky! I'm so sorry it didn't go well... You have the most amazing attitude. With your guts, stamina, courage, hard work and optimism you will be like Granger before you know it.

August 25, 2008 at 4:21 PM

 
Blogger beth said...

holy moly.! you are so tough and resilient.
give katya a hug for me...i'll be tracking you both....GET LUCKY!!! (although we know its not luck....its all YOU!)

August 25, 2008 at 5:44 PM

 
Blogger Brad said...

Hey Bree!!!!
Great seeing you race on the weekend...
you will rock Canada eventually...
until then, you can always defer to the logic that South Park gives us:

All: Blame Canada!
Blame Canada!
Sheila: With all their hockey hullabaloo
Liane: And that bitch, Anne Murray, too.

All: [slowing] Blame Canada!
Shame on Canada!


You will rock it... you and all of us know it....
Brad

August 25, 2008 at 10:25 PM

 
Blogger Jen in Budapest said...

Way to keep pushing! Keep going. You're an inspiration to many like that girl who said, "I read your blog."

August 26, 2008 at 1:20 AM

 
Blogger Dave said...

Here's hoping Louisville turns out great! You'll have at least a couple spectators who read your blog cheering you on there, too. :)

August 26, 2008 at 4:28 AM

 
Blogger jesslover said...

Oh my goodness, I was wondering what happened to you! I'm glad that you are okay.

I will be tracking you for sure in Louisville! You're one of my favorites, lady!

-jess

August 28, 2008 at 12:29 PM

 
OpenID endurancegirl said...

Penticton IS an awesome course, you're right, I miss it already too! I WISH I was going to Kona this summer. Hopefully next, preferably racing, but if not, at least spectating!

August 29, 2008 at 5:12 AM

 
Blogger rebecca said...

This Is Just to Say

I have eaten

the plums

that were in

the icebox

 

and which

you were probably

saving

for breakfast

 

Forgive me

they were delicious

so sweet

and so cold

-----------bymaple story account

 

September 13, 2008 at 7:26 PM

 
Blogger scott b said...

After almost a year, I finally put a face/name to this photo I took at IMC 2008.It's photo number 48. Watching you lay down and the time it took for medical to arrive seemed like an eternity.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=4107061&l=492e849293&id=670775225

May 16, 2009 at 3:00 AM

 

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