Friday, March 27, 2009

Kinda Like Ironman...

Today was a lot like Ironman... A lot. Started with a swim that just kept going, and going, and going. When you think you are done, there is more. Our more was drill work. Again, we think we are done but instead we put on the paddles and pull buoy, then we take off the buoy and keep on going. Literally after that I take off my cap (what more can we possibly do?) and we get warm down, cap back on.

The swim felt like an open water swim where you miss the draft and are all alone... I lead my lane and after drafting Justin the past couple swims it was a challenge... to make it hurt worse Brent was leading next to me and I just wanted to "pretend" to keep up so I was just kicking like a mad woman and pulling till my lats froze, then I got smart and just decided to leave before him, sometimes 5, other times 10 seconds, he still beat me back.

Now it is ride time! Kinda like Ironman a lot of people start out together and things are good being surrounded by others. Our group started as 10. Like Ironman 2 are off the front and outta sight. (that would be Justin and Brent). That left 8 of us girls in a pack...

It's easy to keep focus when you have so many people around. Not to mention it was a beautiful day! Then the day begins to unfold. Things happen, winds come on, heart rates go up and down, calories run low, pacing comes into play, the body starts to do weird things, people spread out, the brain begins to say weird things... it's just like Ironman...

Our group begins to spread out. We are 6. Then 4. Then 3. Then the wind picks up stronger and the sun comes out brighter. Up ahead we see one of the boys yet we just do our own thing knowing the day is LONG and there is A LOT more to go. Our long ride becomes a zone 3 section of the Hawi out-n-back...

Maggs, Lindsay, and I decided to pull till we are blue in the face then swap spots. We would have traded off by swapping positions when your legs couldn't handle anymore, but after yesterdays run that wasn't an option, the legs were already missing-in-action, so we went with the "blue in the face" thing.

Almost to the Hawi turn around we see Brent just coming down the hill... we are SO DARN close! Maggs gets a brilliant idea... "Lets get him!". I bust out laughing and we are off, chasing Brent! Seriously, I went beyond pulling till my face was blue, every part of me was blue! Then we get passed up by some random man who was following us, so Maggs gets another brilliant idea, "Let's get him". She pulls till she is blue, I hit a rock the size of Texas and think nothing of it, now my legs REALLY feel horrible! Then Lindsay pulls till she is blue in the face and at this point I am barely hanging on, my legs feel like crap and my bike feels like it weighs 200 pounds!

To the bottom of the hill and I get a good idea, look at my wheel. NICE! A big flat, glad it wasn't the legs! Lindsay is a genious at changing flats, we let her do it in hopes we can get back riding and catch our stalker...

Lisa Catches us. The bike wheel is one of those kind that pull out reverse, rather than explain it I just say, "girls, don't ask, it's Canadian". They all look and laugh...nice, I am talking to 3 Canadians! Maggs, Lindsay, and Lisa are ALL Canadians! Katya Flys by. 2 CO2's later we are off. The legs feel awesome by the way... JUST like Ironman!

Nearing Waikoloa the day gets even more like an Ironman. My incredible Canadian team turns off... they are done... and I am alone... no worries... in an Ironman you spend a lot of time solo and this would be a good time to finish strong. Really I was missing my team but at the same time I was feeling strong and enjoying being back on the course remembering so many happy moments during Ironman...

With 18 miles to go, the boys long gone, and flying solo I see Katya! At this point I have never been so happy to see another person on that long lonely Queen K after a LONG windy day. Unfortunately, that was her stop. Heather passes during my aid station pit stop and things look bright again... time to catch her, company the final 18 would be good right about now! Up the hill and 3 miles later I catch up, 15 miles later we are DONE! Having company made the final strecth so much easier...and zooming into the parking lot with half the team waiting was like crossing the finish line... completely spent yet so fired up about all that you accomplished, kinda like Ironman...
Oh, and that banana bread, nobody got any! Coach Dan took fotos all day long while coaching and doing aid stations on the side of the road. His best foto, is this, PROOF that Coach Paul stole it!

An Iron distance swim and ride later we are done. In 2 days we have a race, that will be our "easy" day as it is just a race and a 90 minute ride after. Tomorrow is a ride, a run, a swim, and helping with the Keiki Triathlon. The race Sunday is going to be hysterical as we all try to gut out a fast swim-bike-run after this training load. Nobody is worried about the results or how the legs will feel (we already know what to expect). It's next weekend that we are thinking about... most all my team is headed to Oceanside or New Orleans 70.3... my fingers are crossed for them that this load of training is not hanging heavy in their legs on that race day!! Lucky for me my race isn't till May (I am hoping to be recovered by then).

Compression socks on, life is good!



Blogger Ange said...

wow. amazing. I love love reading about this. so cool. Such hard workers. You do such a great job telling the story of the day Bree. I hope tomorrow is a blast. I have a hunch that you'll all rock. Go for it.
And, on a serious note, I am very sorry about teh loss of your Grandma. She must be very proud of you and is surely have fun watchign you from Heaven.

March 28, 2009 at 3:48 AM

Blogger IronBob (swimming upstream at IMAZ 08) said...

Training in the "spot" of the "big show" is certainly going to get you in the right zone come this fall.

I love reading your blog.. it makes my 70 miler tomorrow morning look like childs play. At least I get to do it in USAs second paradise, Florida.

Saw that you are doing St Anthonys. I wasn't going to volunteer this year but now I may have to change my mind.

Remember... take it easy and dont forget to embrace the day.

March 28, 2009 at 7:12 AM

Blogger Chloe said...

Great post!! I kind of felt like I was on my bike riding just reading it!!

Good luck with your race this weekend!

March 28, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Blogger Go Gammie said...

Awesome job this week Bree.
Have a great Lavaman Race!!!

March 28, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Blogger Charisa said...

Such a fun day - awesome!!

March 28, 2009 at 1:43 PM

Blogger Bob Almighty said...

Awesome workout!

March 28, 2009 at 5:40 PM

Blogger Sherry said...

Amazing stuff, Bree!

Good luck tomorrow at Lavaman! Can't wait for your post... :o)

March 28, 2009 at 6:22 PM

Blogger Missy said...

Makes me want to ride today...oh yeah, it's 34 with 20mph winds, I'll skip it!

You have the best pictures, I swear!

I'll get to Kona someday...I'll just still need to be doing this shiz when I'm 80 and the only one in my age group;)

March 29, 2009 at 2:50 AM

Blogger CoachLiz said...

I will admit that training partners do make you push a little harder than you would if you were on your own. I was granted a little leap-frog time for about 7 miles with my fast boys on their Cervelo bikes and I was able to get that "Blue in the Face" feeling. It hurts but it is fun that you can keep up!

March 29, 2009 at 3:14 AM

Blogger Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

Withholding banana bread on a training day like that? A crime.

Way to gut it out Bree!!!

March 29, 2009 at 5:14 AM

Blogger beth said...

i am dizzy just reading that blog! i can't tell you how amazing and fun it sounds to have such a strong motivated team- you guys are unstoppable! great IRONMAN training.

March 29, 2009 at 5:21 PM

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

Great Lavaman performance, although next time I hope your coach will let you and Lisa prepare for it as an "A" so the world can really see what both of you can do!

March 29, 2009 at 10:25 PM

Blogger ADC said...

Looks like a great day. Amazing photos Bree (as always). Hope the race went well :)

March 29, 2009 at 11:02 PM

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