Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Hard Part...

I confess, this is a DREAM job and one I love and adore! In 4 minutes it is BLAST off to the airport, then Canada. Canada feels a lot like a second home as I simply love Ang and her crew that have been my "Canadian family" for the last 3 years. I arrive at midnight, will be to her home about 2am, and her only request was to "make myself at home". A 2am wake up call by the girl from Hawaii still has her happy to have me!

Friday will be a little run and meeting up with my team. Then the dinner and all that jazz. From there the weekend will bloom into the Vancouver 1/2 Ironman. Part of me is deeply excited to race again! This is "round 2". The first round started off uglier than hoped for so just finishing with a respectable day will be a giant step in the right direction and much needed to get the fire lit under my bum again!

After the race it is a camp, not the fun ones with tents and marshmello roasting, it is training with the Lifesport gang. I am so thrilled to have a handful of training partners to help me put some pieces of my tri-life back in order and whoop me in shape. Like I said, this is an absolute dream job that I am so greatful to have been given this opportunity!

BUT there is the hard part... leaving my Kainoa. I miss him already. Took him to school with a little note in his pocket. Wiped the tears and told myself "It's ONLY 10 days".

I love you son!


Blogger Ange said...

so so so hard for me too....HATE leaving my boys. Find once I'm actually gone I do better. HOpe it's a GREAT trip for you!!!!

July 9, 2009 at 11:36 AM

Blogger Jill Costantino said...

I can't even imagine what that feels like. But you are not only doing your job for yourself but it is for him too. He will see his Mommy doing her best and doing what she loves with her life, what better thing could you teach your child.
Have a great race day and I so wish I was there to cheer you on but I will cheer you on from Osoyoos!

July 9, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Blogger Big Daddy Diesel said...

Its always hard being away from family. One truely understands it anytime they are apart from them.

Good luck at you race.

You will be home before you know it.

July 9, 2009 at 12:22 PM

Blogger Nottage Family said...

Sam Brown told me while riding the other day that he heard a saying, "we can raise 'good' kids or 'happy' kids" and this says it all. When a child sincerely knows they are loved then they are happy. That is the key. Kainoa is loved dearly by both his parents' and his extended family. He is one loved and lucky child. You can know this and be free for 10 days that will pass all too quick in Canada. I wish motherhood wasn't a worry fest......but it is and it is all for want. The mother's who are relentless in their worry are likely the one's who are loving the most. Best in Canada.....Naughty

July 9, 2009 at 1:36 PM

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

Our kids are about to leave us for their studies, and I will probably need to circle the globe to visit them. Still, at their ages, they can't just keep staying with us. Build a good relationship with your son as he grows us, as that will be very important later on.

July 9, 2009 at 1:48 PM

Blogger Jamie said...

Don't sell your self short and just aim for "respectable!"

You are a rock star Bree. Go out there and kill it.

You will be back on the beach sipping smoothies with Kainoa before you know it. Chin up girl!

July 9, 2009 at 2:42 PM

Blogger Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

Ah Bree, you're breaking my heart! That note is so sweet. Just think about the joy in your heart when you're back together again.

July 9, 2009 at 3:35 PM

Blogger Regina said...

Oh shoot. There you go and make me get all weepy. I feel bad leaving my little guy just to go do laps. I get it.

Good luck this weekend. I'll be eating those recovery balls after my brick and thinking about you! Kick some ass!

July 9, 2009 at 3:52 PM

Blogger Samantha said...

no worries. I have the route arrows (shantel had them overnighted to Scott's apt. in WA because they weren't going to make it over the border in time for sunday) so you (and me too but I won't be in the front like you) will know where to go. lol. see ya soon!

July 9, 2009 at 3:53 PM

Blogger CoachLiz said...

Best of luck this weekend at your race and hopefully you won't have an unscheduled dismount like I had at Buffalo Springs 70.3 two weeks ago.

It is hard leaving the kid, but as they get older it gets a little easier. What is nice now that my son is old enough, he helps out at the volunteer tent while mom is racing. He is kept busy until I finish doing my thing and he loves having "a job".

July 9, 2009 at 5:29 PM

Blogger Train-This said...

I agree with Nottage...... Kaiona is one lucky little guy, to have so much love from both his parents and all of Kona.....

Best of luck at the race girl!

July 9, 2009 at 11:47 PM

Blogger Nibbles said...

What a great mom you are! Take no prisoners in Vancouver ... I know you'll do great!

July 10, 2009 at 1:36 AM

Blogger IronBob said...

It is not the quantity of time you spend with your children, it is the quality. Based on what I have seen, your feelings/reactions are that of a truly great mother. Trust me, where I live, I have the other sad side, the parents that leave for extended periods of time, and dont bat an eyelash.

Now, GREAT MOM, go kick some arse in Canada!!!

July 10, 2009 at 3:00 AM

Blogger Yasi said...

That is the sweetest note ever, I'm sure he'll miss you to pieces as well..good luck in the 1/2 and at camp! Kick butt!

July 10, 2009 at 4:08 AM

Blogger Kim said...

That was so nice and I am sure he knows how much you love him. You are a superstar Mom and you'll be back before you know it! Have a great trip and have fun in Canada at the race and training camp! Thinking of you! Just go out there and be kick butt Bree! You can do it!

July 10, 2009 at 5:54 AM

Blogger Charisa said...

Have a great time in Canada - you know how to race hard, you've done all the work! And you are a great mom!!

July 10, 2009 at 5:56 AM

Blogger Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

That is such a sweet note! You'll do GREAT in Canada - ENJOY the racing. Like Charisa said - You've done ALL the hard work...time to kick back and let that racer-instinct take over. YEA! Good luck at camp. I'm sure if you want marshmellows and stuff, you might get them... hee hee hee!

July 10, 2009 at 8:18 AM

Blogger Jennifer Harrison said...

BREE! GOOD luck this weekend. Leaving the kids home is always hard, but he will spend some quality time with daddy and it makes you appreciate him even more - I know that is how I feel. ENJOY and be safe!

July 10, 2009 at 9:52 AM

Blogger tinaparker87 said...

Go Bree! Kinoa loves you too!

It will always be a struggle. It does not get easier being a parent.

July 10, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Blogger rr said...

Travel safe and have a great trip, Wee. He knows you'll be back to him soon.. :)

July 10, 2009 at 10:53 AM


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