Saturday, August 23, 2008

Breathe. Hang on. Hold Tight...

Tomorrow is the big day. Every day before race day I just think about having my little baby (Kainoa pictured above) and whatever task is at hand all of a sudden loses any real fear...

Having Kainoa has given me strength beyond what it takes me to get through a long day of swim-bike-run. That said: I am ready.

The bike is checked, the bags are checked (after I packed and unpacked them 500 times of course!) And my little lunch chat with coach is done too.

Penticton is absolutely beautiful today! Hardly a cloud in the sky, gentle breeze, it has warmed up, and the little town is full of great people ready to race or support. It seems as if everyone is part of the Ironman Canada experience.

ALL the best to everyone racing tomorrow! And to Eileen & Katya & the those racing IM Louisville next weekend... enjoy tomorrow from your couch... your turn is next!!


Blogger D said...

I can't wait to see you out there tomorrow!!! I also can't wait for the ice cream that has been promised to me at the finish line by the Slowtwitch crew haha.
It will be a brilliant day for you.
(your name is hard with all those E's hehe)

August 23, 2008 at 12:19 PM

Blogger Beth said...

Bree!!!! Oscar and I are so excited for you!! I was just figuring out today what time you will be done and making sure I would still be up to see it (because of the big time difference from where we are at) and of course I will!!! We will be cheering for you 100% of the way and of course praying too. Best of luck. Enjoy the day. Have the courage to make your dreams come true.

August 23, 2008 at 12:24 PM

Blogger Train-This said...

When you need strength just look to the sky and listen close, because we are all SCREAMING for you from all over the WORLD!

August 23, 2008 at 1:02 PM

Blogger Eileen Swanson said...

Wee, ALL THE BEST TO YOU FROM ALL OF US! Belle even says "woof woof wee." ;-) We are so proud of you already! Remember as you always tell me, keep your head in it and you will do awesome!! Believe! I know you do. You're awesome! And yes Kat and me will be watching and waiting for our turn next week!

E, R and B

August 23, 2008 at 1:10 PM

Blogger Ange said...

GOOD LUCK!!!! I'll be watching the whole way.

August 23, 2008 at 1:12 PM

Blogger Meredith said...

I'll be cheering you on from IM WI headquarters in Madison.....go Bree go!!!!!!

August 23, 2008 at 1:13 PM

Blogger Kellye Mills said...

GO BREE!! I am so excited for you! Go have the amazing day tomorrow that you've earned! :)

August 23, 2008 at 1:18 PM

Blogger Mel said...

Go have what it takes SPEED and the PASSION....with those two you can not lose....Now that you got the hard part of your job done (the endless training) NOW IT IS TIME FOR THE PARTY....have fun and smile and use your gifted talent that God gave you...VROOOOOOMMMMMM...feel crazy Mel cheering for you:)

P.S. don't get too close to BR or you might get a sore bum again!!!!

August 23, 2008 at 1:21 PM

Anonymous The Nottage Family said...

We are so proud of you and take in our hearts the example you have set have goals and dreams and you have the COURAGE to make the commitment to achieve them.....that makes you a champion already......towing the line is already a victory....and my family learns from your determination and too will your husband, son and countless others' you've touched....thank you so very much.

Love The Nottage Fambily!!

PS.....have fun out there...but the reality is; you already are having fun.....and the time on the course is just a continuation of your journey.......we know that already.

August 23, 2008 at 1:37 PM

Blogger Randy said...

Go Bree! All of Kona is cheering for you. You will do awesome. Enjoy the day.

August 23, 2008 at 1:41 PM

Blogger Dolphin Boy said...

You haven't raced yet? Will you get this over with already!

August 23, 2008 at 2:07 PM

Blogger Wil said...

Kick butt Bree!!!

August 23, 2008 at 2:16 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bree, Sleep great, sending you your dream land ticket! Wake up and go after all you've worked hard for, Enjoy each moment and have a Awesome day! God bless each moment, Love you Mom and Rodger <>< <>< <>< (Are thoughts and prayers are with you! Were looking up at the same sky your looking at...go after your dreams..)

August 23, 2008 at 3:05 PM

Blogger Maggs said...

Good luck tomorrow! I'm sure you'll be done racing before I'm done with my 7 hour workout, but I'll be racing back from the run to see how you did.

August 23, 2008 at 3:08 PM

Blogger Mira Lelovic said...

Good luck, Bree! And thanks for the reminder that Ironman is sort of "minor" compared to giving birth. Will be cheering for you tomorrow, and thinking of you as I go through the same process next Sunday in Louisville myself!

August 23, 2008 at 3:08 PM

Blogger Leah said...

It was only after having Willa that I finally realized how much I was capable of... Good luck tomorrow!! You'll be awesome.

August 23, 2008 at 3:20 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck girl! We will be praying for you all the way! Courtney and Aaron

August 23, 2008 at 3:36 PM

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

Hope you feel fresh and relaxed. On the run, don't worry if you think you are far behind, just run up to the next man, and pick the men off (and the women when you see them) one by one. Slowly surely does it.

August 23, 2008 at 4:10 PM

Blogger Carolyn said...

Go get em Bree ! Have a great race !! ~ Carolyn

August 23, 2008 at 5:14 PM

Blogger MaryMaryMyers said...

Prayers, cheers, bicycle rings will go out to you as we "watch" you online! Me, Lindsay, Michelle and Nick love you and our love follows you everywhere you go!

August 23, 2008 at 5:17 PM

Blogger beth said...

wake up and CRUSH it! and have fun with the aero helmet the RIGHT way!

August 23, 2008 at 5:19 PM

Blogger beth said...

wake up and CRUSH it! and have fun with the aero helmet the RIGHT way!

August 23, 2008 at 5:19 PM

Blogger beth said...

wake up and CRUSH it! and have fun with the aero helmet the RIGHT way!

August 23, 2008 at 5:19 PM

Blogger alison said...

Good Luck!!! I love the Big Island shaped bike course, you are going to do awesome. :-)

August 23, 2008 at 6:25 PM

Blogger Madisonduo said...

Go kick some major BOOTAY!


August 24, 2008 at 5:13 AM

Blogger Lisa G said...

Way to go Bree! I just checked the updates and you are doing AWESOME! Keep it up!!

August 24, 2008 at 6:12 AM

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

Hang in there on the bike! The whole world is watching you now, and rooting for you, too. Stay positive! You can do it!

August 24, 2008 at 6:21 AM

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

Concern! The IMC spotters appear to have "lost" Bree, so I really do not know what is going on. I hope they just did not see her and that she is still maintaining her position. Don't know where to post news (or comments on a lack of it) like this, here or somewhere else.

August 24, 2008 at 9:15 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got a message into Ironman asking about her. If I hear anything, I'll post it.


August 24, 2008 at 9:21 AM

Blogger Train-This said...

They said spotters were having a rough time moving around the course due to traffic. She's okay, she's okay!Keep believing it!

August 24, 2008 at 9:35 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

In an email to me, Ironman does not have word as of yet on her position.


August 24, 2008 at 9:38 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI they won't know anything until she crosses the next timing mat, at T2. If someone drops out of the race it will take some time for that information to be known.

August 24, 2008 at 9:47 AM

Blogger Mel said...

BREE....GO GO GO......This drives me crazy how can she be in fourth place and then she is not even would think they would say SOMETHING......Where is she??????=d

August 24, 2008 at 9:47 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just talked to Ironman and they said that there is still no word.
Most important, there is not word of any accidents ...
I'll keep you all posted.

August 24, 2008 at 9:58 AM

Blogger Dolphin Boy said...

Bree had a flat tire...she's back on the road again...not sure of her time...

August 24, 2008 at 10:05 AM

Blogger Train-This said...

Bree just came into T2 with Sarah Gross..... they just showed her hopping off the bike and picking her wedgie! She'll like that! GO BREE!

August 24, 2008 at 10:10 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

And now the work will begin....
this marathon will teach her a lot of pacing, racing and strategy.

Fingers crossed.

August 24, 2008 at 10:15 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are doing wonderful! We are pulling for you all the way!! I am so nervous and yet excited for you! Can only imagine how you must feel! Courtney and Aaron

August 24, 2008 at 10:28 AM

Blogger Train-This said...


August 24, 2008 at 10:30 AM

Blogger Ange said...

thanks for the updates here....I can't log on to Ironman!
GO BREE!!!!!!!! You're a rock start runner!! Go for it!

August 24, 2008 at 10:35 AM

Blogger Train-This said...

They just said on IM Live that she collapsed at an aid station.....

August 24, 2008 at 10:35 AM

Blogger Dolphin Boy said...

she's stopped at 1st aide station. not sure of her status

August 24, 2008 at 10:36 AM

Blogger Train-This said...

they are interviewing her now on IM live....... she's okay.....

August 24, 2008 at 10:37 AM

Blogger Train-This said...

but I think it is an old interview

August 24, 2008 at 10:38 AM

Blogger Lisa G said...

I can't get on to the ironmanlive website either so am missing all the action! Hopefully she is doing alright!

August 24, 2008 at 10:40 AM

Blogger Mel said...

WHAT....ugggg I can not get on she OK????

August 24, 2008 at 10:42 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ironman will contact me with Bree's condition once they hear something.


August 24, 2008 at 10:43 AM

Blogger MaryMaryMyers said...

Pray, pray.

August 24, 2008 at 10:47 AM

Blogger Train-This said...

I have the connection...... they are saying nothing right now..... post when you know.....

August 24, 2008 at 10:47 AM

Blogger Karen said...

ironman live said they are working on website and will get it up and running asap

August 24, 2008 at 10:48 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The site is up and running but the updates are slow.
The video is better then the updates.
I've been emailing with my contact at ironman re: bree. He'll let me know once he hears something.


August 24, 2008 at 10:50 AM

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

I got this one:
BELINDA GRANGER (#67) went through the first mile well ahead.
* ALISON FITCH (#68) at 10:58
* HEATHER WURTELE (#66) at 18:31
Bree finished the bike in 6th place overall on the Athlete Tracker and was about 12 minutes behind Heather starting the run. So we will have to see how Bree runs. I had the video earlier but it has been hard to connect with it. She must be around mile 4 now.

August 24, 2008 at 11:01 AM

Blogger Ange said...

did she collapse or is she still in it? I'm holding my breath! Hope she's ok!!!

August 24, 2008 at 11:05 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is when we really need Trakkers up and running!

August 24, 2008 at 11:08 AM

Blogger Ange said...

no kidding!!! Ironmanlive hasn't updated for a while. Is there any news?

August 24, 2008 at 11:13 AM

Blogger Train-This said...

I am watching and I have NOTHING!


August 24, 2008 at 11:16 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any news from Ironman on Bree?

August 24, 2008 at 11:40 AM

Blogger Dolphin Boy said...

I think she's in 8th place approaching 13.1 mile on run course...

August 24, 2008 at 12:13 PM

Blogger Dolphin Boy said...

but i don't trust ironmanlive so don't take my word for it...

August 24, 2008 at 12:19 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The top 10 women through 13.1 miles
2 7:45:27 10:52 68 FITCH, ALISON PARAP DARW NT AUS
4 8:00:56 26:21 50 BENTLEY, LISA CALEDON ON CAN
5 8:02:02 27:27 53 FICKER, DESIREE AUSTIN TX USA
6 8:04:53 30:18 51 GROSS, SARA PENTICTON BC CAN

August 24, 2008 at 12:21 PM

Blogger Dolphin Boy said...

Yep I was wrong....sorry

August 24, 2008 at 12:22 PM

Blogger Karen said...

I hope you're ok Bree. I'm praying for you. Ironman Canada has terrible coverage so nobody knows what's going on.

August 24, 2008 at 12:25 PM

Blogger Dolphin Boy said...

i just read where she's in 15th place....

August 24, 2008 at 12:34 PM

Blogger Dolphin Boy said...

Update from Bree's coach...

She's ok.
"Broken derailler, bee sting, flat, still a 5.25 bike split
But was upset and messed up her nutrition so pulled from run course after falling down
Pretty upset but ok..."

sounds like she's out of race.

August 24, 2008 at 12:37 PM

Blogger Bob Almighty said...

Oh that sucks! But at least she's alright. it's just sort of a bummer because she was so stoked for this race.

August 24, 2008 at 12:47 PM

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

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August 24, 2008 at 1:26 PM

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

It was not Bree's day, and I am sorry about that. However, I think she can take a well-deserved rest and not have to feel the pressure of Kona in only a few weeks. Bree will bounce back to her normal self soon and there will be many exciting races and times with her friends coming up for her. We are all proud of her.

August 24, 2008 at 1:27 PM

Blogger Flatman said...

I am so proud of you Bree. I have been holding my breath all day. Just glad you are okay!!!

August 24, 2008 at 1:33 PM

Blogger Mark said...

Hang tough Bree - you rock!

August 24, 2008 at 2:30 PM

Blogger Jamie said...

Hard day Bree, but keep the chin up. We are still proud of you!

August 24, 2008 at 2:43 PM

Blogger Mominator said...

We were with you today in Canada...I'm so sorry this was not the day you were hoping, but your title says it all.."Breathe, Hang On, Hold Tight".

You are a winner, Bree Wee! You inspire all of us! Be proud! Stand tall! Remember, we love you in Iowa!

August 24, 2008 at 2:44 PM

Blogger Bob Almighty said...

A bee sting, flat tire and broken deraileur and a bike split still under 5:25.. most people would have quit after the first thing that went wrong, but it showed true guts to finish the bike leg despite all the things that went wrong. Sorry things didn't go all that well today, but hold your head high because you have done things some of us have only been able to dream about.

August 24, 2008 at 3:00 PM

Blogger Dave said...

Really sorry it was such a rough outing have all the well wishes we can send from Meredith and I in Ohio.

August 24, 2008 at 3:19 PM

Blogger Steve Stenzel said...

WOW! Catching up here! I hope you're OK! I logged on to Ironman, and I didn't see run times, and I got worried!

I'm wishing you the best!!

August 24, 2008 at 3:22 PM


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