Sunday, August 31, 2008

Kona or Bust...

let's just say I busted...

When I could run I ran, when I could walk fast I walked VERY fast, but when I couldn't move... I walked so slow it looked like a bride going down the aisle on her wedding day.

On a more serious note...
The swim was a normal swim, a little action under water, but nothing too nuts. I was super conservative on my swim. I wanted to set myself up for a good ride so I just stayed mellow the whole swim, outta battles, let those that battle and race the swim do their thing... I just enjoyed it. I actually loved it. It was the first long swim of my life where I didn't think 2 or 3 times if I was almost done...

The bike was a good one too. I stayed in my zone the whole ride... just followed my HR and my nutrition. In fact it was the first ride where I got down ALL my calories, all of them... I even built into it. AND when the wind and heat showed up I liked it better & pretended to be at home on the Kona Coast. I was seriously thinking today was going to be a great day because I swam smart and easy, rode in my zones, no nutrition issues on the bike...

BUT then I jumped off the bike and it felt like I just finished Thanksgiving dinner. I was full. I figured if I start out easy it would settle and all would be fine. So I started easy, built into the first couple miles but it never went away. Then it all came up, the turkey dinner wanted out! AND when you are leading an Ironman you get your own bike escort and A TV camera in your face... so they saw all the fun! I asked them to please stop filming it, I would run and puke while running, it was ugly! BUT the most hilarious part was when my bike escort turned back to watch the vomit and he hit a curb and went over his handle bars crashing into the street. I laughed so hard... I knew then the run was going to be drama. It was so funny... he was fine, I was fine, everyone smiled...

So about 1/2 way into the run, after what I thought was all my food, I put in more, lots more, because I wanted to stay fueled... that was when I pretty much busted. My mind was willing but my body was not wanting to cooperate. I had a lot of fun though... I totally appreciate all the cheers and support and love and people that took turns walking with me. I really had to finish...and I did, even though it took ALL DAY! I don't think it was the heat or humidity... I am used to it, I think I need to learn to run with a full gut...

My uncle told me this story today about being a Florida boy that wanted to learn to ski. He went to the snow and loved it so so so much. He fell nearly every time when he started out... but his passion to ski was so big he kept getting back up... and before long he was a skier...

hmm, I thought about that and how my friend Mclain teases me about being a Florida girl who fell of her surf board and landed on a bike. I think getting started in triathlon is similar to my uncle starting skiing... I keep falling but I love it so much and my passion for it is so big I have to keep getting up... I am not bummed about today... not even sad, definitely not disappointed (I finished!).

Not really sure what will be next for me... I have a couple ideas...

Congratulations to everyone that made it through Ironman Kentucky! We did it! And a huge thank you to my family and friends for being out on the course. AND a big thank you to Hillary Biscay for all the support (she knows she is my favorite pro) and she was so willing to keep me moving forward and let this rookie pick her brain...

Cheers everyone... time for BED!


Blogger D said...

You are fantastical!!! I LOVE that the bike escort bailed. At least there was some humor for you in it all :)
Guess who's coming to Kona.... !!! :D

August 31, 2008 at 6:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So proud of you Bree! You continue to inspire me by never giving up. Get on that plane and come home. Kona is waiting to embrace you with Aloha.

August 31, 2008 at 6:01 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It ain't over until the fat lady sings...and she hasn't sung.... just yet!

The slots have not been given so get on down there tomorrow and see who accepts and who doesn't.
You just might be one who does!

And you didn't bust today... you inspired all of us. Today, last week, last month, last year..... and you will continue to do so tomorrow, next week, next month, next year:)


August 31, 2008 at 6:14 PM

Blogger Samantha said...

Bree!!! you're my favorite pro.

August 31, 2008 at 6:14 PM

Blogger rr said...

It wasn't a bust - you finished, you learned, and you enjoyed it when most of us would have been crying because that's just the kind of happy girl you are.

Recover well, have a safe trip home, I know Kainoa will be so excited to see his mama!!

August 31, 2008 at 6:22 PM

Blogger themagicisback said...

ALRIGHT BREE!!! You killed the bike and finished the race! You 2 women were going back and forth. LOVED IT! Way to gut it out, MUCH RESPECT! I was watching on the live broadcast. They were giving you a lot of air time. Missed the Puking part. :0 I wouldn't leave my computer for lunch until you finished! PROUD OF YOU!

August 31, 2008 at 6:47 PM

Blogger MaryMaryMyers said...

As always, you're an inspiration! Thank you for showing us how to be a positive example to others. You're a champ!

August 31, 2008 at 6:54 PM

Blogger Jessi said...

Wow, Bree, you continue to amaze me with how positive you are! You set such a great example for us all. Love it!

August 31, 2008 at 6:55 PM

Blogger kerrie said...

bree, you have such a great attitude and gutted out a very tough run....if the roll down doesn't work out tomorrow, you know that you'll always have someone to hang out with in kona on race day!!! i'll be the one with the camel bak full of red bull and vodka ;)

August 31, 2008 at 6:59 PM

Blogger Train-This said...

i am proud of you sister. really proud. sometimes you eat the bear andsometimes the bear eats you. i'd say.... you still ate the bear!!!

August 31, 2008 at 7:03 PM

Blogger Kiet said...

Bree, can empathize with the vomit thing, was doing my own show at Ironman CDA a couple of years ago. When it happened, I immediately recalled how I saw Natascha Badmann puking her guts out on NBC during Kona and then she immediately took off running and went on to win the race. I tried to do the same but ended up in the ambulance at mile 17. The spectators loved it though. Go easy on yourself, you're paying the dues and my gut instinct [oops, no pun intended] is saying your time will come. Until then, all this stuff makes for great blog entries.

August 31, 2008 at 7:06 PM

Blogger Amy Beth Kloner said...

The nutrition thing is so tricky. I'm glad you had a great swim and bike and did whatever you had to do to get yourself across that finish line. THAT was a strong effort in light of what you were experiencing. The awesome support of your family out there must've been incredibly uplifting, and they undoubtedly were so proud of you. You have all the talent and the right attitude, and that is what will keep you moving forward. It's all just beginning! ~amy

August 31, 2008 at 7:51 PM

Blogger Bruce said...

I am still a bit disappointed (that your run did not go smoothly), but I have also had to move on (still a bit of a hangover from the very late night and a lot of halluncinations in the night, wondering if I was somehow actually caught up in all the mess). I think you have the speed, etc. to be up with the best of them, but training and understanding your stomach is probably something you need to work on. Those people who consistently put in good performances must have found a secret there. I think you may have had the fastest female bike split. Anyway, I hope you go to the awards ceremony. It will be interesting to learn about your next planned race in due course.

August 31, 2008 at 7:51 PM

Anonymous Naughty said...

We are DITTO on "L" and "Magic" and I talked to both of them today.....Tad and I took turns on the computer.....watching for you....I ran w/Hodel and we were running 16 when you were running (and I got GI issues and it SUCKED...but I finished w/him..I learned stuff today, made classic mistakes and still love running)...and will do it again next sunday yep!!)...and on and on w/the phone w/Linda and Wendy in have touched and inspired all of us. Thank You and you are loved....TB sent me a book..."Crazy Love" and I am reading it...I discovered this morning "Crazy Love" and prayer works (eh' I finished!)Magic was there the last 4 tenths...and all we spoke of was how inspired we are by you AND proud and happy you're in our lives...

Can't wait to see you in Masters!


August 31, 2008 at 8:30 PM

Blogger Randy said...

Way to hang in there and gut it out to the finish Bree. Like the rest have said, you are an inspiration to all of us, and a true Ironman, er, Ironwoman, er, Ironman-woman.

August 31, 2008 at 8:32 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reid and I were watching you this morning (in HI) while you were biking/running. We told Reid, "look, it's Kainoa's Mom". He was so excited. And we watched until you crossed the line. He cheered for Kainoa's Mom at the finish line, it was great. Good job, and that Scott bike looked sweet out on the course.
Signed, The guy with the other Scott Bike in Kona.

PS: It's PC to call it the Ironperson race these days.

August 31, 2008 at 8:58 PM

Blogger Brad said...

You are truly an inspiration.... It is all about the process and the big picture...

Who knew that Kentucky would mean Kenchucky????

kentucky.... hmmm.... I'm thinking it is more all about KenBreebethemostawesomewomanmomwifeI'vehad thepleasureofmeetingwithsososososososomuchmoregoodtimesinthefuturetobeseentucky!!!!!!!!!!!

Recovery time.... Can't wait to see you at Mon Bella the next time you are in Vancouver!!!!!!!

August 31, 2008 at 9:08 PM

Blogger Danni said...

You are an inspiration.
Way to keep moving forward! What a rookie year you had! This is just the beginning. Much more good stuff to come.

September 1, 2008 at 12:02 AM

Anonymous Jen C said...

You are really an inspiration. I watched you come over the finish line yesterday online and I was so proud of you! I couldn't "leave you" until you came in, because I knew you I waited. And before long, here you came and you finished! You rock, girl! You are awesome!!!

September 1, 2008 at 12:29 AM

Blogger Beth said...

Bree!!! You will get the nutrition/how to run with a full belly all figured out and when you do WATCH will be unstoppable!! Yesterday was another huge step towards figuring it all out. All those pros in the top slots have had years and multiple IMs to figure you are on your way!! So happy for you to have finished and with your chin still up. You gave it your all and for that, everyone is very inspired! Hang in there - hope your trip back home is safe and sound!!

September 1, 2008 at 12:57 AM

Blogger Katie Weaver-Jongerius said...

You finished Bree! Remember all the things we talked about while we were walking the are still my hero! Thanks for letting me share part of your day.

September 1, 2008 at 1:16 AM

Blogger Arland said...

Great job and what a comeback from Canada. We were rooting for you the whole way, a friend of mine met you at the practice swim and my wife has been reading your blog forever. Congrats on a great finish!!

September 1, 2008 at 1:17 AM

Blogger Jamie said...

Congrats Bree! You had an awesome race and your positive attitude is amazing.

I found this really nice picture of you on the run. You look a little tired, but at least there is no puke dripping from your lip. :-) Here

Now go spend some quality time with Kainoa.

September 1, 2008 at 1:33 AM

Blogger Speed Racer said...

Congratulations, Bree! When I read about Canada I wanted to say something about how sorry I was that they yanked you. About how badass I thought it was that you collapsed and wanted to keep running. About how we were all with you. Blah, blah, blah. But I couldn't figure out just what to say and I was pretty sure that other people would say it much better.

You are such a class act! The way you just soldier on with a smile when the going gets tough and the gels come back up is such an inspiration! When was the last race you DIDN'T throw up? Whatever your next step is, whether it's showing the big guns what you have in Kona as an age grouper (even if you don't get any money out of the deal), or if it's something completely different, I'll be over here cheering you on.

Keep picking yourself up. Hey, it could be worse, you could be a skier in Florida.

September 1, 2008 at 1:50 AM

Blogger Jennifer Harrison said...

Bree! You are a tough cookie and good for you for finishing KY today - it was not easy and you did it. I watched you all day hoping for the best and watching the others: Mira, KWJ, Todd C, Eileen all hoping you racers would have a great day! Each race we learn something new and it makes us a better athlete next time! :) The positive attitude is awesome. Onward & Upward, I always say! Jen H. :)

September 1, 2008 at 2:01 AM

Blogger Kellye Mills said...

I think you are amazing! To finish top 10 on your second Ironman in one week and struggle on the run like that is truly incredible! I like your ski story and definitely believe it! Remember that this is just the beginning, and what an excellent start you've made! We're all so proud and inspired by you! :)

September 1, 2008 at 2:20 AM

Blogger ojs said...


Congratulations on simply competing as hard as you can. I was saying to Beth when the race was still in the swim that just going to the start line of an Ironman two weekends in a row is amazing!

That was very inspiring to finish the race in spite of the whole Thanksgiving dinner thing. Keep up the fight and good luck with the upcoming races.

September 1, 2008 at 3:05 AM

Blogger Andrea said...

Wow. Simply "WOW".



September 1, 2008 at 3:20 AM

Blogger Eric said...

Great job Bree. I was so excited for you when you took the lead on the bike. Even more fantastic is the lessons learned, humor and support you encountered during the run.

You are a fantastic competitor and I will be thinking of you when I'm at IM MOO next week.

September 1, 2008 at 3:21 AM

Blogger Kim said...

That was freakin awesome.. and I mean that. You toughed it out so much and and I am soooo proud of you! I think nutrition is the fourth triathlon sport and it is so tough. I don't know anyone who always gets it right. It's becoming less of a mystery to me, but still is not even close to clear. I think you did the right things, and you learns so much. Think about how much the other pros have learned over the years.. it's been HUGE! You're at the very beginning and you will look back on these experiences and smile when you say, "yeah, that was a crazy year, but I got through it and now I'm the better for it!" Way to go!! You are amazing!!

September 1, 2008 at 3:24 AM

Blogger Flatman said...

I just have one thing to say.

You are my hero.


September 1, 2008 at 4:30 AM

Blogger Jennifer Cunnane said...

I think we all just live vicariously through you and secretly wish you would win everything you try - seeing someone as talented as you struggle, even just a little, helps us when we get out and face problems on race day. I hope you race IM FL this year, you deserve that Kona slot so go get it early for next year!

September 1, 2008 at 4:37 AM

OpenID endurancegirl said...

Bree...whatever your time or place, your attitude is more inspirational than all those things. I know every single person commenting says we must mean what we say! I am sure you are anxious to get back to your family by now, safe travels and can't wait to hear your next race's sure to be inspiring and entertaining all over again!

September 1, 2008 at 4:45 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome job Bree!! I am new to triathlon and after spending 9 months in Kona last year, you are my inspiration!! I spent all day watching the live race coverage online from my home in Canada and was cheering for you the whole time:) You finished, girl!! Safe travels back to paradise:)

September 1, 2008 at 5:16 AM

Blogger Bob Mitera said...

Bree -

The only "bust" in this is "not qualifying as a pro" which is your measurement. Very high standards which is what got you where you are.

My measurement - even pros - is their GUTS to FIGHT all the way, FINISH no matter what and chase victory. You did that in the face of a very tough mental battle at the end of the race.

BE PROUD of what you have done. I wouldn't want to be in your division next season.

See you in October! Mahalo nui loa for your SOLID first season as a pro.


September 1, 2008 at 6:28 AM

Blogger Dave said...


Thanks for the inspiring effort you showed at the race, and congratulations on the finish. My wife Meredith and I are a couple of ELF's athletes who were down from Ohio to spectate and cheer for you and others. Then, who happened to sit down right next to us out in La Grange, but Team Wee! We had a great time chatting and getting to know your family, who were all super nice.

Team Wee, thanks for letting us share in your day. We really enjoyed meeting all of you!

Dave and Meredith Gordon

September 1, 2008 at 9:14 AM

Blogger Leah said...

Congrats on an incredible race! What a superhuman effort and so inspirational.

September 1, 2008 at 9:25 AM

Blogger Steve Stenzel said...

Bree, what a race! "Thanksgiving dinner" is not something good to mention during a race report. That stinks that the run was so bad. But nice job out there! WAY TO GO!!

September 1, 2008 at 10:33 AM

Blogger Lisa G said...

Bree you are amazing!! That is awesome that you got the job done and finished, even though your stomach was not agreeing with you on the run. Can't wait to hear what's up next for you.

September 1, 2008 at 10:41 AM

Blogger Cy said...

Bree- You are such a Champ for sticking it out on such a brutal day. There's not much you can do when the stomach woes start...

Everything good is worth waiting for!

Here's to Speedy recovery and safe travels :-)

September 1, 2008 at 11:11 AM

Blogger Meredith said...


Dave and I were so honored to watch you race and meet your amazing family. They embraced us throughout the day and made us feel welcome. We were humbled by your race experience.

We got some great pictures and will be putting them up on my blog within the next day.

Keep going girl and reach for your goals. You've done fabulously in your first year as a pro and will have a great future ahead of you as a triathlete.

September 1, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Blogger Trigirlpink said...

oh boy.. I haven't even read what others have said above because i don't want it to influence my own thoughts..
I had very high hopes for you. I knew you were gangbusters going into this but with the travel and the racing so close together, being away from your family... no doubt this was going to be a tough one even if the conditions were perfect but I thought, she is gonna pull this one out of a hat and this is it.
It didn't go that way. You are human. You will re-group. The really really good races you did have this season are now to be reflected on. No to mention the break throughs you've have in your training this year alone.
No one out there whether it be a team-in-training person or someone of your caliber can have a fantastic, PR, no injuries, perfect season year after year. If you did, what would you learn? How would you become a more seasoned professional?
You worked really really hard this season and it WAS a success. Maybe not completely in the way you wanted it but it was HUGE! I know it doesn't make it any easier to swallow, nor should it.
Sorry.. no.. I'm soooo sorry Bree from TGP. You will gain TONS from this, you'll see!!!!!

I happened to jump on line and check the live video feed JUST when you were going thru and aid station and grabbing oranges. Not lookin' so chipper but thats ok!! were SPEED WALKIN' sista!!! LOL, if it were me, I'd been throwing the sucked out orange peels at the camera guy and telling him to go &luck himself...
see.. thatz why Bree's the professional!

September 1, 2008 at 11:55 AM

Blogger Trigirlpink said... sorry for the diarrhea of the

September 1, 2008 at 11:56 AM

Blogger Maggs said...

Hi Bree,

Sorry to hear your race didn't go as planned. But as you know, the stuff you learn from bad races will only help in the future! You'll be unstoppable when you get the nutrition figured out!

September 1, 2008 at 12:20 PM

Blogger Gould said...

I'm truly amazed that after IMC, you were able to turn it around and get focused for IMKY. You are really tough to stick it out when the going gets rough . . .and I'm sorry that you did have a rough day! I am truly impressed by your attitude though and I know that when you have that race when it all comes together (and I know it will), you're going to rock it!

Happy recovering . . .

September 1, 2008 at 12:24 PM

Blogger Sarah McMillan said...

Bree, you are awesome! Seriously. You make us laugh and you inspire so many of us to believe in ourselves and go even harder after our dreams. Such a great gift you have. You will figure out your nutrition. That is the fourth sport of Ironman as you know. What did you do for nutrition when you raced Kona and Japan? Did you make changes from those races?

September 1, 2008 at 5:11 PM

Blogger ShirleyPerly said...

Congrats on your finish! Glad you could find some humorous moments and have fun during the run. I have to say that I'm not sure I'll ever look at a Thanksgiving meal the same again :-)

September 2, 2008 at 5:53 AM

Blogger triguyjt said...

bree...I was checking on you..on line and didn't know all the particulars about the thurkey dinner etc....LOL..laughing now, but it had to be so tough to go through...

through it all you inspired...

all the best

September 2, 2008 at 12:41 PM

Blogger Lana said...

Congratulations, Bree. You rock, girl! Sorry about the Thanksgiving Dinner...haha...but what an inspiration you are to us all to gut it and cross the finish line under those circumstances!

September 4, 2008 at 5:21 PM

Blogger rebecca said...

The Bight

At low tide like this how sheer the water is.

White, crumbling ribs of marl protrude and glare

and the boats are dry, the pilings dry as matches,

Absorbing, rather than being absorbed,

the water in the bight doesn't wet anything,

the color of the gas flame turned as low as possible.

One can smell it turning to gas; if one were Baudelaire

one could probably hear it turning to marimba music.

The little ocher dredge at work off the end of the dock

already plays the dry perfectly off-beat claves.

The birds are outsize. Pelicans crash

into this peculiar gas unnecessarily hard.

it seems to me, like pickaxes,

rarely coming up with anything to show for it,

and going off with humorous elbowings,

Black-and-white man-of-war birds soar

on impalpable drafts

and open their tails like scissors on the curves

or tense them like wishbones, till they tremble.

The frowsy sponge boats keep coming in

with the obliging air of retrievers,

bristling with jackstraw gaffs and hooks

and decorated with bobbles of sponges.

There is a fence of chicken wire along the dock

where, glinting like little plowshares,

the blue-gray shark tails are hung up to dry

for the Chinese-restaurant trade.

Some of the little white boats are still piled up

against each other, or lie on their sides, stove in,

and not yet salvaged, if they ever will be, from the last bad storm.

like torn-open, unanswered letters.

the bight is littered with old correspondences.

Click. Click. Goes the dredge,

and brings up a dripping jawful of marl.

All the untidy activity continues,

awful but cheerful.

----- by cheap runescape gold

September 13, 2008 at 7:27 PM


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