Thursday, October 16, 2008


This has been one of the most AMAZING years of my life! Simply "beautiful" to sum it up... of course not everything went as planned and things happened in my life outside of sport that I never imagined... but the people I met and places I saw have completely left an imprint on my heart and life that will last a lifetime & in some small way made me a better me...

At the end of last season coach had me start a blog. Very against the idea I grumbled through it. But as the year rolled on some people on the other end of a computer in states I have never been became some of the greatest "friends" I have... now I know why people love that online dating!

Then within the Kona bubble a huge support group/family was born and that has been my rock to return to when things outside of Kona crumble... I have never known a better community in my life and am so blessed to be part of it!

Hawaii to Australia... what a wonderful country! The training camp and lessons learned have made me realize that "team" is more than people in the same outfit with the same coach. My first draft legal and professional race, much like your first prom, it will never be forgotten!

Hawaii to Florida... I left Florida for many reasons but always make my way back to the sunshine state to be with my incredible family...

Florida to St. Croix. Put a stamp on me and send me back ANYTIME! St. Croix was absolutely breath taking! The island life suits me just fine and the laid back residents had as much aloha as Hawaii. The "Beast", Patti & John (my homestay) will never be forgotten!

St. Croix to Hawaii to Japan. Perhaps the most alluring, captivating, intriqing place I have ever been. I still have dreams and nightmares about that experience! The lanuguage, the food, all of it was like nothing ever experienced yet something I can't get enough of. The hearts of the Japanese islanders reminded me that less is more and giving all you have returns ten-fold.

Hawaii to Canada. Canada feels a lot like a second home to me. Victoria is so small and everyone knows everyone. I like that. The trails, the biking, the cold lakes, the views from moutain tops, the bacon, and eh have completly become something worth experiencing a couple times a year, and fortunately twice this season.

Canada to Kentucky... not just another of the 50 states (I will leave it at that). Again some of the most incredible people-even the ones in the grocery stores trying to get me to eat fried chicken legs with them!

Felicity Hart- we first met at St. Croix, met up again in Texas after keeping in touch through emails.

Hawaii to Texas. One word- Tacos. Pretty much that is all I think about when I remember Texas. Tacos and Vicki (my homestay host). Of course I experienced more than tacos and a bad race, I learned a lot about growing up in Texas... they say "Everything is bigger in texas" and perhaps I grew up there too.

Hawaii- and of course nothing beats racing at home, I did a lot of that too!

Yes, I went full blast into my first season. 4 countries (Japan, Australia, Canada & of course the US), several different states, a couple islands (Oahu & St. Croix). Maybe I flew too much, raced a whole lot, but one thing is for sure I had more fun then I ever EVER ever imagined possible! And met people from all over the world that have made my world better...


Blogger Dinger said...

Bree, cool recap. We met at Longhorn 70.3 at the top of that big hill (Quadzilla) on your last loop, my first. It was awesome getting that chance to say hi, make introductions and share a few seconds.

Looking forward to running into you somewhere out in the world again next year. All the best, and keep the great posts coming.


October 16, 2008 at 2:45 PM

Blogger Maijaleena said...

Must be something about today making people want to recap the season--I just did the same thing.
Your season was a little more exciting and had a lot more travel than mine. Great post!

October 16, 2008 at 2:53 PM

Blogger Dolphin Boy said...

I so want to say some smart ass comment about this post but I won't!

Hey just look how excited I am to be sitting next to you on the couch. (is this the casting couch?)That says a lot about YOU!!

Can't wait to see your new wardrobe for next race season!! Tighter shorts perhaps?? LOL!

October 16, 2008 at 3:09 PM

Blogger Leah said...

Great recap. SO glad you came around to the blog thing! I always look forward to your posts!

October 16, 2008 at 3:10 PM

Blogger Mel said...

This post is beautiful Bree...BUT man that picture of us is horrible :)....don't you have red eye remover??? We look like devils..well in my case a red lobster devil:)But that was sooooo much fun and you even have BR in back ground giving the finger classic!!!
It has be a pleasure watching you grow through race and life and I am excited to continue follow you on your are an all around awesome person!!!

Luv Ya!!!

October 16, 2008 at 3:20 PM

Blogger Bruce said...

And being able to follow your blog and communicate with you and some of your friends made what would otherwise have been a boring year for me an absolutely AMAZING year, too. Thanks for helping me become a more motivated and better swimmer.
Bruce in Taiwan

October 16, 2008 at 4:01 PM

Blogger Missy said...

It seems like no matter what-you are always looking on the bright side and that is really inspiring. The updates from Kona were pretty cool too!

October 16, 2008 at 4:25 PM

Blogger LeAnn said...


October 16, 2008 at 5:32 PM

Blogger Bob Almighty said...

Bree Good recap...I'm a little jealous of all the globe trotting. If you're doing Rev3 next year and need a guide through the hills the route goes along most of the routes I use to train on. Defintely bring your climbing legs...enjoy the offseason.

October 16, 2008 at 5:37 PM

Blogger SeaCreature said...

Sounds like some really great people that you have met along the way- and true friends, something that is unique and special and very hard to come by these days!! Sounds beautiful :)

October 16, 2008 at 6:14 PM

Blogger rr said...

Love the year in review.. you accomplished so much, had your hard days and the days where you just breeeeeezed through and rocked it. I'm so proud of you and inspired by all your hard work and your dedication to the sport.

Yea for summertime... :)xoxo

October 16, 2008 at 6:18 PM

Blogger Mama Simmons said...

So what's 2009 to hold? ;)

I've enjoyed following your blog!

October 16, 2008 at 6:41 PM

Blogger Sue said...

Bree, you make the journey that we watch an inspiration to me and my daughter Chloe...Chloe being the runner girl who looks up to you all and me just being the mom looking up to you all..Sooo did you get the gift from your coach that we brought...all the way from Idaho...we will be back next year...

October 16, 2008 at 8:10 PM

Blogger Maggs said...

Bree I just checked out all your posts from last year. What a great year you've had! Thanks for sharing!

October 16, 2008 at 8:34 PM

OpenID seebeautiful said...

Hi Bree - I recently found your blog and I love it! You have an amazing spirit and provide so much positive inspiration! Thanks for sharing and I look forward to following your journey. If you ever make your way back to Japan, give me a shout...and maybe I can head down to cheer you on!

October 16, 2008 at 11:48 PM

Blogger Train-This said...

Beautiful Bree! So beautifully put, it's been awesome to ride along!

October 17, 2008 at 1:29 AM

Blogger Beth said...

Well Bree - I'm really glad your coach made you start a blog so we could all get to know you! :)

What an amazing season!! I know the travel was hard at times for you but what an awesome experience - seeing all the new places and meeting all the new people! Congrats again on such a stellar rookie pro season!! So much to be proud of. Can't wait to see what next year holds...

October 17, 2008 at 1:35 AM

Blogger Dave said...

What an exciting year! Congrats on all your successes.

Oh, and I think it's okay to count Kentucky as another country. :)

October 17, 2008 at 2:18 AM

Blogger beth said...

your year has been incredible. that's for keeping up posted :) on the ups and the downs. keeping it real is what its all about.

can't wait to watch next season!!! what's in store?

October 17, 2008 at 2:24 AM

Blogger Flatman said...

What an amazing have been fun to follow and have become a fun friend! :) Can't wait for next season to see you rip it apart!

October 17, 2008 at 2:38 AM

Blogger Cricket said...

That's what life is all about! Being happy,(making others happy) making "real" friends and becoming a better "you"! I am so happy for all you have experienced and thank God you are who you are! Keep finding Bree- and just "bee" happy. You are blessed honey- Give Kainoa a big squeeze and know that when "Mama's happy- everybody's happy!"
Love You- Loved the post!

October 17, 2008 at 2:56 AM

Blogger ShirleyPerly said...

And this is just the beginning! I remember when you were starting out this blog and I too was a bit surprised you did, actually (you seemed so busy!). But you really shine in your blog posts. And though I'm in Hawaii several times a year, I've enjoyed getting to know you better through it than in person since you're often jetting around the world and going so much faster than me anyway. Thanks for a look back at your year!

October 17, 2008 at 3:05 AM

Blogger Shawn and Tracy said...

Great recap! Just think of all the fun next year will bring. It's only going to get better.

October 17, 2008 at 7:38 AM

Blogger Sarah said...

Oh, Bree!!! What a fantastic post!!! WOW! You really had such an incredible year and it has been such a pleasure to come along for the ride with you.

Thanks for taking the time to share your world, your struggles, your emotions, your highs, your joys, your frustrations and your thoughts with all of us. You are a very talented woman who has so many more adventures and exciting races ahead - looking forward to the next part of your journey!!

You never fail to inspire - thanks. :)

October 17, 2008 at 8:40 AM

Blogger Eileen Swanson said...

AWWWW, love this post and the pics are awesome! We are so thinking alike today, I was just about to send you an email with more pics that Jenny F just sent me and one of them is actually on here ;-) I am so happy we got to hang out tons in Oz together, it had been soooo long since I last saw you ;-) HAHAHA! Get it?


October 17, 2008 at 9:36 AM

OpenID forgingahead said...

awesome summary and fab photos! Thanks for sharing a peek into your year - it's been a busy one from the looks of things!

October 17, 2008 at 11:49 AM

Blogger Kim said...

Wow! What a season. I love the pictures and thinking back on where we have come from and how it shapes who we are is just wonderful. You had such amazing highs, and some lows too, but all in all, you came out a very strong, more experienced athlete and I am so proud of you! I'm also bummed that we didn't get to meet when I was in Hawaii. I had a party the night before the underware run so I stayed up cleaning up so I slept in! I did want to go though! Next time! Take care.

October 17, 2008 at 3:31 PM

Blogger CoachLiz said...

What a great season recap! You have had a very special year and it is an experience that many will never have to opportunity to embrace. The travel alone to all of your racing destinations is a thing that many only dream of doing one day. To have families open up their home and their hearts to you and make your "home stay" above and beyond what you ever expected is very special.

If there was a way that I could send you a taco without it getting all gross, I would do it in a heart beat and throw in some chips, queso, and salsa.

Congratulations for getting your first pro year under your (racing) belt!

October 18, 2008 at 12:27 PM

Blogger swimfin said...

Thanks for all the fun posts. I see that you have a picture of my favorite place in the world, Noosa. Hope you had a great time there. Loved all the pictures you posted of Ironman!

October 18, 2008 at 1:58 PM

Blogger Rory said...

You are awesome and an inspiration. Just goes to show that it isn't the destination, but the journey!

October 18, 2008 at 4:58 PM

Blogger kerrie said...

what a great year! i'm tired just thinking about it!!! i hope that you are enjoying a bit of the off season now and resting up for when we race kona next year...i know that missing the race this year will have you so fired up for next year ;)

October 18, 2008 at 8:01 PM

Blogger Speed Racer said...

...And without the blog, what would you have done with all those great (and not-so-great) photos?! I'm so glad you've taken the time to do this! It your thoughts have been a valuable resource for me, as I'm sure they have been for many. As in other things, you're a natural.

Congratulations on getting through such a tough year with such panache! You really are a class act, Bree.

October 19, 2008 at 2:11 AM

Blogger Jen said...

No doubt about it, friendships are a beautiful thing! I am so glad that you started your blog, Bree! You are my hero! :)

October 21, 2008 at 12:39 AM

Blogger Sarah McMillan said...

What a stellar year! Thank you for sharing. Have really enjoyed reading your stories on your blog.
Damn Rhodsey flipping the bird in your St. Croix picture-That is SO Rhodsey.

October 24, 2008 at 1:08 PM


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