Sunday, April 26, 2009

Saint Anthony's Triathlon...

I love this race. It is so well organized & super supported (as in the volunteers, photographers, massage therapists, and crowd are simply amazing). St. Anthony's is like the Ironman of Olympic distance in the way it has nearly 4,000 athletes and some of the best of the best in the short course world. It's also the North American short course season opener so it attracts almost everyone who is ready to shake off the off-season cob webs.

Truthfully the race scares me. It's like swimming with fish, riding with time trial specialists, and running with gazelles. It's just a different breed, a short course speedy breed (well, some of them rock the long stuff too, ANDY POTTS, to name one). The thing I love is that the competition drives you to be your fastest on that course. It's fast from the start and just never lets up till you cross the finish line. Being a long-distance chick I knew I was in for some pain and would easily be swam over, road over, then ran over, if I was in la la land (that can happen on the long stuff).

I started to do this race only because it's near my family and I like to race. Now I like it just because I need to be scared to death if I want to get any better in this sport, and these girls scare me...

The swim saved me! I have been nervous all week (you know me and swimming). Let's just say the swim is not my specialty and it's not that fun getting out of the water like 5 minutes back when swimming with fish. As soon as the race announcer said the swim was canceled for the age groups but not the pros because it was too rough I KNEW right then I would like it. I stood on the beach and smiled from ear to ear! Finally a swim that I might have fun in... and I did! It was so fun getting trampled and flipped and flopping. It was incredible to get out of the water in a pack! YES, I actually got out with some girls, and my swim time was faster this year than last! Something about seeing an ocean that resembles Hawaii made me get a little peace inside...

Out of the swim in 12th place with that little pack of 5 I found in the surf, I mean swim, the only thing on my mind was finding Antonio (my hot bike) and riding as fast as I could! Coach pretty much told me if he looks at the bike splits and it doesn't look like I "rode it" he would make me ride down Kaloko 500 times (he didn't really say that, but he said some stuff that scared me). So I just sat on my bike and pedaled. I found myself nearing the front of the race and just knew (again) that my bike was made for me, that is such a good feeling when you have to hang out with it a lot...

(see above) This is the most hilarious foto EVER! I'm about to jump on my bike, totally fearing coach getting mad about my ride, so I tried to do the "Sara Mclarty" ITU launch... it's supposed to be really fast. I met her in Honolulu's ITU race a few years back and she became one of my favorites (it was like my first season in sport) so I watched this ITU training tips video of her launching on her bike about 500x a day. Today was the first day I tried it... You know I love trying new things on race day...

Off the bike and into my brand new blue K-Swiss bubbles, I was so excited to run... this time I would start mello and build... I promised I would since I blew it at Lavaman Triathlon. The start was totally controlled, in fact I was passed at mile 1 by 2 gals and didn't panic, I would "build" and try to catch them back. Once it was time to build there was no-go. It's like my body is stuck in long distance pace. I felt so good, I was actually READY to run, eager to go hurt, wanted to run hard and chase, but my legs said, "we love the long distance pace you train us at". And that was that. Trying to find one more gear was like asking my legs to do a ballet dance or something, they just wanted to hang out in 6:15 zone (the exact zone I ran my tempo run at, my long run, my run with Luis, and only slightly easier than that 10 mile race). I guess I have them well trained for that. I was kinda bummed, in fact it made me want to actually train for a short course race (coach will never agree on that)... so me and the legs just ran as best as we could and tried to get Dede (she was my rabbit).

Dede and me at the finish line rolling to support the Blazeman!! Yeahoooooo buddy! This one's for you! When all was said and done I was stoked to have finished one place better than last season... 9th to 8th, I'll take it. Seriously, the women in the race had me so inspired! They are phenomenal, so talented, and it totally rejuvenated something in me.

Hanging with Jen at the finish! She will be racing next season! It'll be her first one! GO JEN!
Of course more family time... 14 family members were at the race and it was such a blast to see them all over the course! THANK YOU FLORIDA FAMILY, I love you!!

Kainoa sporting all his favorite companies on the playground...

Mom, me, and my Kainoa... Thanks mom for all the Kainoa-sitting!! I know he is a handful (literally). After the race back to Sarasota we went. 30 pounds of ice in the bath tub, a pool party, dinner, and of course the famous family golf cart ride we take EVERY NIGHT! This sunset we took it to visit the horses and tractors...

A HUGE hug and mahalo to my family, Ironbob & Ramon "Ramser" Serrano for the fotos, the entire crew at St. Anthony's, my coach for scaring me (I mean coaching me), to Jen and all the great cheer leaders out there, to the awesome competition who helped me race my best, my training partners, and of course Travis Blanton, The Schott family, Argon 18 bikes, K-Swiss, Trakkers, Bike Works, Blue Seventy, Healing Hands Massage, Splish, Kona Aquatics, and Lifesport!

I better sleep, I got another day to live-it-up tomorrow!!



Blogger Sherry said...

Way to go, Bree! Congrats on an awesome race and a more than spectacular training session! You are going to kick some butt in St. Croix!

Rest up well... :o)

April 26, 2009 at 5:07 PM

Blogger D said...

That pic of you and Dede rolling the finish line is priceless. LOVE IT!

April 26, 2009 at 5:13 PM

Blogger Dolphin Boy said...

Good job Bree!!! Thanks for the race story! Thinking of you and your St Croix race!

Your buddy

April 26, 2009 at 5:14 PM

Blogger Lisa G said...

Awesome job on the race and it sounds like you had fun out there! I love your pictures and race report!

April 26, 2009 at 5:23 PM

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

Great job, Bree! Now the serious preparation starts for next week's race, which hopefully I will be able to watch live like last year's. I hope you can get an airline to be your sponsor!

April 26, 2009 at 6:03 PM

Blogger Go Gammie said...

Way to go Bree!! I think you are a great swimmer, I like it when you love the rough ocean the way you do, cuz it scares most of us so much. Have a great week resting and getting ready for St Croix :)

April 26, 2009 at 6:46 PM

Blogger Chris said...

Nice race Bree!

Glad the bike launched worked, otherwise the follow-up picture would've been even more hilarious!

April 26, 2009 at 7:06 PM

Blogger rr said...

Great race, Bree!! Looks like a ton of fun.

April 26, 2009 at 7:45 PM

Blogger Oscarjet said...

Un gran post ! Felicidades por tu carrera y por mejorar tu puesto respecto al año pasado !
Me gustan mucho tus fotos y tu Argon18 !!!
Descansa y animo para el 70.3!!!
Te seguire!
Have fun!!

April 26, 2009 at 10:06 PM

Blogger ADC said...

Yay, well done Bree. Can't wait to see you rocking at St. Croix :)

April 26, 2009 at 10:42 PM

Blogger Missy said...

Great race report - glad to hear the water was to YOUR liking, like a washing machine! ;)

Love the pic of you and Dede, priceless, gets me all teary eyed.

April 27, 2009 at 12:56 AM

Blogger Beth said...

Congrats on a great race Bree!! I knew you would be enjoying that swim... :) Hope you have a great time with your family and good luck in St. Croix!

April 27, 2009 at 1:38 AM

Blogger ShirleyPerly said...

CONGRATS on your race!!! Love that you did better on the swim when it was rough. Enjoy your time in FL with family.

April 27, 2009 at 1:48 AM

Blogger Train-This said...

Bree..... this growth we have all seen throughout this season, the growing of you into your own skin..... is so evident. It's been brought over to the race course as well. Well done! A great placing in a great field, proving to YOU that you do belong in these ranks.

Now go get em at St. Croix. remember the run last year, you wanted to make that reach at the end there...... well now you have all the tools to go ahead and freaking DO IT!

:-) mary

April 27, 2009 at 2:04 AM

Blogger Damon Steele said...

Great job Bree! You held your own against some serious short course pros! Not bad for a "training day". Good luck in St. Croix

April 27, 2009 at 2:23 AM

Blogger Amanda said...

Great race! And yes, you rode that bike hella fast...nice!
Congrats on the finish. You're such an inspiration :)

April 27, 2009 at 2:38 AM

Blogger IronBob said...

Glad you had fun. On another note, if you could go to my link (email) I have a question for you concerning endorsements and sponsorships.

April 27, 2009 at 2:45 AM

Blogger Linsey Corbin said...

Nice work, Bree Wee! You did great. Can't wait to see what next weekend brings for you. Enjoy the trip!!

April 27, 2009 at 3:32 AM

Blogger Mel said...

Awesome Bree....always remember "YOU ARE ONE OF THOSE FAST GIRLS" and I am SURE you scare them too...YOU are where you belong:)
You have a beautiful/loving family enjoy!!!

April 27, 2009 at 4:01 AM

Blogger Maijaleena said...

Great race! It was great to meet you. Sorry for the name confusion...I confuse lots of people.

April 27, 2009 at 6:16 AM

Blogger Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

Fantastic job Bree! Love the Blazeman roll that you and Dede did...wonderful! :) Congrats on your race and HAVE A GREAT TIME this week and then next at St. Croix. I like Mary's comment - couldn't agree more! Go get 'em!!!

April 27, 2009 at 6:23 AM

Blogger Charisa said...

I LOVE your bike launch photo! And you know what I love the most about all your racing - you never talk about suffering and how awful it is. You talk about how much you love it. And that is how I really think it should be! :)

April 27, 2009 at 6:52 AM

Blogger Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

I totally agree with Charisa...the joy and fun you find in these events is totally inspiring!

April 27, 2009 at 7:11 AM

Blogger BriGaal said...

Hi Bree
I really wanted to introduce myself to you, and saw you with Kainoa near the finish line. I turned around and then you were gone! Congratulations on a tough race and good luck in St. Croix.

April 27, 2009 at 8:41 AM

Blogger Bob Mitera said...

I was supposed to race! I deferred to next year...see you then!

Good luck in StX. I love that race.

April 27, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Blogger IAN said...

Nice Work!! That result on the "long pace legs" is dam inpressive. I have considered the bike launch before, but as a guy I worry about, uh-hmm... well, lets just say I am too scared. Good luck next weekend. CRUSH IT!!!

April 27, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Blogger Jen said...

Yay Bree!! It was so great to see you!! You are a huge inspiration and I loved your family. Kainoa is too cute! :)
Thanks for all the support you have given me.

April 27, 2009 at 10:35 AM

Blogger CoachLiz said...

Great Race Bree!!!

I love that St. Anthony's course. FAST FAST FAST!!! I love the residents of the neighborhood that the run course goes through. They look like they are having so much fun cheering for the athletes.

And yes, you are one of the "SCAREY FAST CHICKS" and you do live up to the title.

April 27, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Blogger Phoebe said...

Bree you are my hero. heroine. not heroin;) you are like a speeding bullet of exquisite beauty.


April 27, 2009 at 11:57 AM

Blogger allyson said...

Awesome Race, Looks like you had a ton of fun too (most important!).

April 27, 2009 at 2:11 PM

Blogger Keith said...

Hey Bree great race and it looks as if you had fun:-)

This video made me think of the beautiful spirit you have inside of you.

April 27, 2009 at 2:46 PM

Blogger Jamie said...

I love that pic of you doing the flying mount out of T2. You look like super (wo)man.

Congrats on a great race! I can't wait to see you tear up the long courses this year.

April 27, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Blogger Bob Almighty said...

Bree, Good race...although I would have been ticked to do the race this year ( the swim is my strength.) Also nice job doing the log roll. I did it at Eagleman and Providence last year and cut my knee on the timing mat...battle scars in the War on ALS. Good luck in St. Croix.

April 27, 2009 at 5:04 PM

Blogger Angi Axmann said...

You should try cyclocross in the fall. It is great for learning jump ons and once you do cyclocross you realize how easy the jump ons are...and then you start wondering why almost noone in triathlon does it??? It is really super easy and fun and saves a lot of time. Practicing on grass always helps:-) Great race!!!

April 27, 2009 at 5:28 PM

Blogger Ordinarylife said...

congrats! And what amazing photos. I love the way you launched into your ride!

April 28, 2009 at 2:02 AM

Blogger Runner Leana said...

Awesome race Bree! Looks like such a fun event. Love the photo of you and Ded rolling across the finish line.

April 28, 2009 at 7:17 AM

Blogger beth said...

YEAH bree! to be an iron distance lady and STILL smoke it like that and come in 8th on short course- amazing! and i can tell you had fun AND raced hard at the same time.

April 28, 2009 at 7:18 AM

Blogger Jill Costantino said...

Way to go Bree!!! Woohoo! Love the roll at the end:)

April 28, 2009 at 10:45 AM

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