Monday, September 1, 2008

There's No Place Like Home...

The beauty of being a wife, mom, and triathlete is that at the end of the day I am a hero to a 2 year old. I am the best cook ever, make the most awesome smiley faces, play toys better than anyone, and to him I win everything.

And to my husband, even though he says the food is too healthy and my shoes stink, I know I am his hero too. Tomorrow I get to go to Kona... because that is home and I have my boys waiting for me.

A good friend of mine reminded me that I don't need a special invitation or slot to go to Kona... that is my home and one day when I figure triathlon out a bit more I will be there racing it. Triathlon does not define me and that darn slot I chased all over the world (Japan, Canada, Kentucky) has made me realize that if I am not happy without it I would never be happy with it.

I am ready for a little family time. Some surfing for sure, finish my cook book I started 2 years ago!!!, and definitely play around in all the local races that I miss so much. As for Ironman Hawaii... I will be there, cheering and supporting, and totally enjoying as a spectator... because next year... I am in!

PS: the biggest mahalo to all the incredible people that make sport so much fun, for the cheers, comments, emails, support... I just love you guys! Happy Training... and take it from me... keep family close, you don't have to qualify to be with them and they give you more than 17 hours to finish what you start!


Blogger peterbkk said...

bree..this is your best blog so far..respect and regards p.

September 1, 2008 at 5:10 PM

Blogger Mel said...

OK tears nailed this post Bree, like always POSITIVE ;) I knew you would matter what and NO "POOR ME'S" I just love your ways...when I saw you with your family across the street and yelled BREE WEE..I knew you were fine:) Now get back to your boys and are and always will be a star:)

September 1, 2008 at 5:32 PM

Blogger Dolphin Boy said...

808 baby!!

September 1, 2008 at 5:42 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Turn the page and start a new chapter..... because every new beginning comes from some beginnings end.... the best is yet to come !

You know where I am if and when you ever need me....

and now...

Welcome Home Champ:) We missed you big time!

PS: When can we start Kainoa's swim lessons?!?!?!


September 1, 2008 at 5:43 PM

Blogger LeAnn said...


September 1, 2008 at 5:47 PM

Blogger Shawn and Tracy said...

Your attitude is inspiring. Enjoy some you time with the family.

September 1, 2008 at 6:15 PM

Blogger Meredith said...

great post, Bree....You couldn't have said it any better....sersiously, time for you to CHILL OUT with your boys...ride and run cause you LOVE it....Enjoy your will be more prepared and revved up for next season if you take some down time....great work this are truly remarkable!

September 1, 2008 at 6:18 PM

Blogger The Young Family said...

What a wonderful post. We have learned through life to always be thankful for what we have, I love that you do that!

In a blink of an eye, life can change... so I always try to be thankful for what I have right now.

I think you are right on track!

September 1, 2008 at 6:37 PM

Blogger MaryMaryMyers said...

When you finish the cook book you should write an inspiration book!

September 1, 2008 at 6:45 PM

Blogger Paul said...

Isn't it the truth? :) Hopefully we'll get to meet you in Kona.

September 1, 2008 at 6:55 PM

Anonymous Nottage Family said...

This post says who you are.....someone to champion because of her heart. That says it all.


September 1, 2008 at 6:59 PM

Blogger Jen said...

Great post Bree. Enjoy the family time :)

September 1, 2008 at 8:08 PM

Blogger Randy said...

Can I have your autograph???

September 1, 2008 at 10:45 PM

Blogger Todd Crandell said...

This is exactly the type of stuff I was briefly talking to you about before the race when I said I was feeling guilty about doing another one. Our families are the most important thing out there and I am once again reminded of that by your post.
I also want to say, that I have a ton of respect for your finish. We all have good days and bad days out there but when it is rough and you stick through it those finishes sometimes are better for many reasons.
Congrats on seeing the big picture.

September 2, 2008 at 12:07 AM

Blogger Kellye Mills said...

Wow Bree, this is great! Have a wonderful welcome home and finish that cookbook! I need it!! :)

September 2, 2008 at 1:35 AM

Blogger jahowie said...

Enjoy your time with your family. Let us know when that cook book comes out. :-)

September 2, 2008 at 2:16 AM

Blogger Cy said...

Bree- Your attitude is contagious and certainly worth catching. Thanks for such a great post. Enjoy the precious time with your biggest fans!

PS: My husband also thinks my food is too healthy... He'll be in for another treat when I get the Bree Wee cookbook!

See you in Kona!

September 2, 2008 at 2:20 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love you, bree. How true. thanks for the words of encouragement you may not have even known you were giving!-bron

September 2, 2008 at 2:30 AM

Blogger Mira Lelovic said...

I'm with you, I could NOT wait to get home yesterday. The greeting I got from the kids when I walked in the door was just as great as the one I got at the Ironman finish line, if not better!
I was so excited to see you on the run course, and with a smile on your face. You're attitude and perspective is amazing. I guess that's why you are the champion that you are! Enjoy spectating this year, it might be one of the few times you'll be on that side of the race!

September 2, 2008 at 2:34 AM

Blogger Bruce said...

If you finish your cookbook, can you include some easy-to-make recipes which don't require about a hundred different ingredients and hours of preparation? Let me know when the book launch/ signing ceremony is to take place.
When you said you would do some of the local races, does that mean you signed up for Ultraman - surely that would be quite easy for you?
Not sure when I will make it to Kona - perhaps by then you will already be off around the world qualifying for Kona 2009. If you see Harry, please give him my best wishes for October.

September 2, 2008 at 2:40 AM

Blogger Keith said...

Bree you are a great person & good things in life will come to you and your family. I sat with you and Danielle at the awards lunch. Kona will be yours one day.:)

September 2, 2008 at 2:53 AM

Anonymous Dana Chance said...

Bree, your post gives me a lump in my throat. After missing a Kona slot by about 4 minutes at Canada, I felt the sting for a little bit. But the best therapy is coming home to my husband and 3 great kids. They put everything in perspective.
You definitely have that part figured out!

September 2, 2008 at 3:29 AM

Blogger Go Mom Go said...

Thanks Bree!

I was so sad when I withdrew from IM Lou this spend time and to support my family. I missed the training, everything about it. I have let myself go and hate what I have become. BUT your post - reminded me why I made that decision back in Feb. Thank you.

Have a great time at home with your boys.


September 2, 2008 at 4:32 AM

Blogger Damie said...

Great! Because I really want a copy of that cook book. :) xxxxx and ooooo! You are awesome!!!!!!!

September 2, 2008 at 4:58 AM

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September 2, 2008 at 4:58 AM

Blogger GoBigGreen said...

Think of all the small victories you have had in the last few races. Especially becoming ONE with the disc wheel and the spermfast hat!
Enjoy the fall in Hawaii...the midwest is starting to see signs of fall. Boo:( bc snow is next!

September 2, 2008 at 5:16 AM

Blogger Trigirlpink said...

I wanna see some SURFIN' pictures plez!

September 2, 2008 at 5:24 AM

Blogger ShirleyPerly said...

Totally agree!! No race or race outcome is as important as family. Enjoy the waves and all the other wonderful things home has to offer!

September 2, 2008 at 5:40 AM

Blogger TriGirl Kate O said...

You are so right! Travel safe.

September 2, 2008 at 5:54 AM

Blogger Pedergraham said...

Yes, I'm with TGP--lots of family surfing pictures. BTW, all the pictures with Kainoa in the water make me even more determined to "cure" my child of her fear of the water so he is our little hero and motivator around here!
Safe travels.

September 2, 2008 at 6:22 AM

OpenID rodrigotri said...

Absolutely beautiful shot, BTW, I´m becoming more and more addicted to your blog, thank you!

September 2, 2008 at 6:27 AM

Blogger Beth said...

Ahh...some well deserved R&R with your boys - just what the doctor ordered! :) Hope you enjoy every second which I know you will. And like someone else said, enjoy spectating this year at Kona because it's probably the last year you'll ever get to "just" watch!!

September 2, 2008 at 6:47 AM

Blogger PJ said...

You are awesome, Bree. Have a safe trip home and enjoy your well deserved down time.

September 2, 2008 at 8:08 AM

Blogger Eric said...

Ironman...or as you said "triathlon"...does not define you, it is a part of who you are!

You are fortunate to also be an Ironmom.

September 2, 2008 at 8:56 AM

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September 2, 2008 at 8:56 AM

Blogger Mama Simmons said...

Thanks for that post, Bree. Sometimes I struggle with wondering how much my life will change when I have my baby (9 more weeks?) and will I ever be able to find the time/energy to train, etc. But your post today reminded me that no matter how training or a race goes or doesn't go, I'll have my awesome husband and little one to come home to. ;)

September 2, 2008 at 9:43 AM

Blogger Jen said...

I wish there were more people like you in this world. You are simply amazing and I am so impressed with your attitude and outlook on life. You inspire me everytime I read your blog. Yesterday morning (Labor Day)I was off work, but set my alarm for the usual 400am to go lift at the gym. When the alarm went off, I wanted so bad to go back to sleep, but I read your blog about the KY experience and I said to myself, "if Bree can run and puke at the same time, I can go to the gym and get it done!"
Thank you, Bree.

September 2, 2008 at 10:24 AM

Blogger CJ said...

It was so amazing to finally get to meet you in person at the swim start.. I really was thinking this "Bree Wee" character was a figment of alot of peoples imagination!! Katie kept saying she went swimming with you, talked to you at the expo, all this crazy stuff and I was like ya right! I really thought Dolphin Boy had made you up or something!!

It was so fun to cheer for you out there on the course when you and Katie were run/walking together.. I sure hope you didnt think we were some crazy family stalking you or something.. Just proud to be involved with your journey at IML... Safe travels and may your welcome home party make you realize your family does not care about the time on the clock!! My kids were so happy to see there Mom last night it was like she just won the whole freakin race.. You just got to love kids!!

Craig (Mr. Kate Monster)

September 2, 2008 at 10:53 AM

Blogger Leah said...

Family makes everything worthwhile. Enjoy your homecoming and the time that follows. And thanks for sharing your adventures.

September 2, 2008 at 11:23 AM

Blogger Danielle said...

It was great meeting you in Louisville Bree! Safe travels home to Kona and best wishs for the rest of this season and your incredible future in triathlon!

September 2, 2008 at 11:29 AM

Blogger themagicisback said...

SO TRUE! Lucky we live Hawaii! See you on the rock. Here's a quote for you;

"Top results are reached only through pain. But eventually you like this pain. You'll find the more difficulties you have on the way, the more you will enjoy your success."
- Juha "the Curel Vaatainen

September 2, 2008 at 12:09 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow just look at that cutie! Isn't he sweet. Just waiting for his mamma to come home! He's ready for all the fun to more dreamland tickets! He has the REAL deal. Great job Bree! Glad we briefly got to meet you. Courtney

September 2, 2008 at 1:01 PM

Blogger Kelly said...

This is golden:
"has made me realize that if I am not happy without it I would never be happy with it."
Way to learn from the experiences, good and bad. If you keep triathlon from ever truely 'defining' you, then I think you'll have a loong career ahead of you and a rewarding one too, b/c you'll draw so much more from it than just times and places...incredible 'rookie' year! Now much deserved R&R.

September 2, 2008 at 1:49 PM

Blogger Maggs said...

What a great attitude you always have! I want a copy of your cookbook when it's done, the raw balls recipe you gave me is awesome!

September 2, 2008 at 9:52 PM

Blogger Cricket said...

So glad we got to see you! I miss you already! Give all the family in Kona a big hug-
You are so special!

September 3, 2008 at 12:41 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, isn't it true? At the end of the day, does it all really matter? Not really - all that matters is our loved ones and especially our kids...welcome back home! :) Jen H.

September 3, 2008 at 1:54 AM

Blogger Wes said...

if I am not happy without it I would never be happy with it.

Mahalo, Bree. and safe travels...

September 3, 2008 at 2:54 AM

Blogger Sarah said...

I love this! Welcome home, enjoy!!

September 3, 2008 at 5:28 AM

Blogger Shan said...

Ohh Bree,

Since I've been on vacation for the last 2 weeks (without email or internet), I've just spent a little bit of time reading your entries from IMC and IMKY...and I just wanted to give you the BIGGEST virtual hug possible!!!

First, let me just say that you blow me away with your ability to keep pushing through - your drive and positive attitude make you SHINE through all of these darker moments. I just want to thank you for inspiring me continuously - not only are you a fabulous role model to so many people, but your are an amazing mom and wife. You work so hard doing what you do, and it makes me want to work that hard to achieve my dreams as well.

So even if Kona isn't in the cards for 2008, your other successes make you shine like a star in my mind. I hope that your time off allows you to get that rest and rejuvenation that you need for whatever life holds in store for you (even if that means taking a break from blogging too!). Maybe I should just take you to Burning Man with me next year :)...

So many hugs and smiles being sent your way...

September 3, 2008 at 1:12 PM

Blogger Rural Girl said...

"if I am not happy without it, I would never be happy with it." Definitely, words to live by. Thanks.

September 3, 2008 at 2:17 PM

Blogger Wil said...

I was going to quote the same thing as Rural Girl, but fortunately you wrote a bunch of awesome stuff:

"Keep family close, you don't have to qualify to be with them and they give you more than 17 hours to finish what you start."

THAT is incredible stuff. Enjoy it all!!

September 4, 2008 at 12:14 AM

Blogger acm said...

Hi Bree,

Thanks for the comment on my blog. Sorry to hear about IM KY. You're right though...we will both come back stronger than ever next year. You always have such a positive attitude! Take care.

September 4, 2008 at 3:00 AM

Blogger Tat said...

Hey, Bree!
We saw you from the side lines @ Louisville. You looked awesome!You pushed through a tough time on that run with a smile on your face! I am totally fired up about IM and doing my first one next year!

September 4, 2008 at 10:03 AM

Blogger Dolphin Boy said...

this is boring...come one man write us a new adventure!!
Like you eating all the food in teh grocery store before you checked out!!!!! or leaving Kainoa in the buggy while you went off to the bathroom!!! Poor kid!!!1

September 4, 2008 at 10:52 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bree, What a time we had! Always is a gift to be around our daughters. Your Positive attitude is wonderful and embrace your boys and enjoy each moment. Get ready for another journey around the corner. Proud of you always, what a beautiful women and daughter, a gift from God. Love Mom and Rodger

September 4, 2008 at 1:56 PM

Blogger rebecca said...

Pippa's Song

The year's at the spring,

And day's at the morn;

Morning's at seven;

The hillside's dew-pearled;

the lark's on the wing;

The snail's on the thorn;

God's in his heaven

All's right with the world!

~~~by runescape money

September 13, 2008 at 7:27 PM


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