Monday, July 13, 2009

Vancouver Half Ironman...

The highlight of the Vancouver Half Ironman for me was Jill Savege cheering, "Go Bree". Let me give you a quick story... the very first triathlon I saw in real life she won. She was so much fun to watch that I just knew I had to race a triathlon. After she won I begged for an autograph and foto with her. It was her that inspired me to start this whole triathlon thing. When I heard her cheer my name I almost ran to shake her hand rather than keep on course...
I think it's people like her in our sport that make people like me want to do something and become something in this life...
Vancouver Half Ironman is a must-do-race! I just love it, and that says a lot coming from someone who is far from a city person and not a fan of cold water person. This place is beautiful!! I've got a swim to go do so this will be short...

The moment I got in the water I felt happy to be racing yet everything hurt. Maybe the lack of sleep, the two 5 hour delays, who knows. The only thing I did know was that this is the second half of my season and I HAVE to make it better than the first half. I lost the pack I wanted to be with so played that game 20/20 to get myself back in the groove. It was enough to catch me up to one of the pro men who then became my feet-to-follow. Thanks to him I was able to get out of the water first and off on the bike before the other girls.

My lead was so short. Within moments my team mate Magali Tissyre took control and never looked back. She is the woman with the 4:12, the fastest 2009 recorded womans half ironman time. Oh I tried to hunt her down... it was not happening. Thankfully some much needed confidence had returned and my passion for sport was at an all time high. I was able to push on depsite not making any grounds. My legs felt very heavy but I've learned that when you have a strong mind the body stays strong despite the physical pain.

Once into transition it was evident my tires slow leak was now a "faster leak". That actually made me really relieved, perhaps it wasn't so much my legs and that gave me some hope that I would be able to run and hold my $h!t together as coach told me to do. I took off and actually felt zippy! I knew my bike was one of the best bikes in our sport to run off and it proved true, also having a solid nutrition plan helped heaps going into the run.

I just kept feeling better and better as the run went on. Maybe it was because K-Swiss and Splish let me race in a swim suit like I love to rather than bike shorts, maybe the track workout, maybe this or that, all I knew was that I felt like I was running and it made me really happy. I was not making any grounds on Magali but I was holding off the other women. With about 3 (I think) miles to go I asked the cheering Linsey Corbin how much longer, it was then that I felt ready to see a finish line.

The day ended with so many good moments. I finally broke a 4:30 and set my new PR to 4:23, and I finally ran off the bike better than I have all year with a new 1:22 off-the-bike run split, and I managed to take 2nd female overall and a pay day for some fun at the office. It hurt so good being able to hold on and fight to the finish. It felt so good to race and enjoy racing. And it was such an honor to race against such great athletes and amongst such a fun crowd of supporters!

A couple fotos:

My home stay mom and her hero "Jasper Blake". Loving the Blue Seventy! Kinda feels like swimming naked...

A bald Eagle that came to visit! This was spectacular!

Local sea shells...
My bike-still holding Kainoa's hula girl...

Team mates Linsey, Janet, and I holding the champ (Magali)!
One of my local Canada friends, Rick, who made my special recovery cookies and brought them to me!! Way too cool, thanks Rick!!
My room at my home stay. This room belongs to Ben, I steal it every year. This year I added 5 photos to his wall-of-mess... zoom in and you can tell the ones that are mine...

Local Canada friend and supporter...
Fresh from Angela's garden. She was so excited to have our annual carbo-load party that we forgot to make any carbs! It was fresh fish, 5 kinds of salads, and I was scared. 15 minutes later Jeff ran to the store and made us some pasta!

At the awards with some local friends...
Pro podium...
Headed to the fairy with the Regensburgs. Corbin, Poulsen, and I. Linsey taught us how to play suduko...I finally learned!
The beach...
On the podium with the 2nd place male, I think he looks REALLY scared of me... I promise I don't bite...
BIG Mahalo's to my incredible supporters for making my dream job reality! Trakkers, Argon 18, K-Swiss, Bike Works, Lifesport & Coach Paul, Cerasport, Splish, Blue Seventy, Johnson & Blanton, the Schott family, Healing Hands massage, Kona Aquatics, and of course Kainoa, my community, family, friends, and training partners!

Vancouver Race Results


Blogger IAN said...

Congrats Bree. Great race! Glad to see things picking up. Keep it up.

That guy on the podium is hilarious! What did you do to him?

July 13, 2009 at 6:44 AM

Blogger Elements of Erin 337 said...


It was great to race with you yesterday. Well...actually we didn't race "together" was great to see you when you lapped me on my 3rd/your 4th leg of the bike and me heading out on my first lap of the run while you had 3km to go.

Thanks for coming to Vancouver and making this event memorable for us below average groupers!

See you again next year.

July 13, 2009 at 6:45 AM

Blogger Big Daddy Diesel said...

Nice race, congrats. That guy is probably just jealous.

July 13, 2009 at 6:51 AM

Blogger ADC said...

Hey Bree great result. I laughed so much when I saw that you raced with the hula girl :)))

July 13, 2009 at 6:54 AM

Blogger Teresa said...

Congrats on a fantastic race.

July 13, 2009 at 6:55 AM

Blogger Beth said...

Congrats Bree - for all kinds of new PRs!!! Hope your camp is great now - it's certainly off to a wonderful start! :)

July 13, 2009 at 7:08 AM

Blogger Molly said...

Congratulations Bree!!! Way to gut it out for a great race!

July 13, 2009 at 7:17 AM

Blogger Sarah Giacomarra Schrader said...

So happy all your hard work came through for you in a race! Here's to the second half of the season...go get'm!

July 13, 2009 at 7:31 AM

Blogger ShirleyPerly said...

Bree, I've got goosebumps reading your report!

CONGRATS on an awesome race, your new half iron PR and that smokin' 1:22 run off the bike. Better check to make sure you still have some rubber left on your shoes :-)

So proud of YOU!!!!

July 13, 2009 at 7:32 AM

Blogger NJ said...

Congrats on getting a good race and PR! HA...he looks like he's trying not to touch arms! LOL

July 13, 2009 at 7:36 AM

Blogger Trisaratops said...

That is awesome! Congrats on a fantastic race!!

July 13, 2009 at 8:11 AM

Blogger IronBob said...

Now that's the girl we all know. Amazing what can happen without equipment, health and jet lag issues.
Did you goose the guy before the shot?

July 13, 2009 at 8:35 AM

Blogger Nibbles said...

Many congratulations!

July 13, 2009 at 9:04 AM

Blogger rr said...

Holy crap 1:22 is fast woman!! You're awesome.. sounds like so much fun and the pic of your 2nd place podium friend has me rolling. He does look scared of you. Travel home safe!

July 13, 2009 at 9:15 AM

Blogger Marni said...

Congrats!! so glad you Pr'd and had a fast fast race! love the pics :)
Enjoy your time there!

July 13, 2009 at 9:33 AM

Blogger Coach Liz said...

Congratulations again and have a great time at camp. I zoomed in on the photo wall and the only photo that I thought could have been from you was the surfer girl but I cannot figure out the others.

July 13, 2009 at 9:37 AM

Blogger Missy said...

Congratulations, that rocks! You have to be thrilled to be back into the sing and getting your groove on. That guy on the podium looks terrified! Did you take a bite out of him or what?!

July 13, 2009 at 9:46 AM

Blogger Renee said...

What a freaking aweseome job!! I think it was the hula girl that made the difference don't you???

July 13, 2009 at 10:05 AM

Blogger Wes said...

So glad I came by! This is awesome, Bree! Congrats!!

July 13, 2009 at 10:35 AM

Blogger triitagain said...

So glad to hear that things went your way in Canada! Here's to a great rest of season.

July 13, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Blogger D said...

OMG! I don't look like hell in that pic... amazing! Of course, I'm not really looking up either. What the heck was I doing?
Great to see you and especially great to watch you through a fantastic race. I'm a good luck charm... see ;)

July 13, 2009 at 11:27 AM

Blogger t-odd said...

Rumor has it you are stinky after a race. I am starting that rumor based on the look on that guy's face. Congrats on a great race! Way to fight back and kick some mainland, canuck butt! It a good way to kick-off the second half of the season.

July 13, 2009 at 11:38 AM

Blogger Cricket said...

So happy for you- you look adorable...that's why the 2nd place guy looks like he does...Intimidation!!!
Love you-

July 13, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Blogger Jill Costantino said...

AWESOME Day for YOU!!! Woohoo!!! I was thinking about your race yesterday and hoping you had a great day and this report is sooooo fantastic to read!
That guy does look afraid of you....wth??
HUGE CONGRATS TO YOU!!! Have a great training camp:)

July 13, 2009 at 11:59 AM

Blogger Mel said...

Your back and lovin it!!! congrats....awesome!!

um that guy is so into you and can not believe he is standing next to Bree Wee..I bet he reads your blog too ;)

July 13, 2009 at 12:14 PM

Blogger Terrish B said...

Bald Eagle experience is really neat and thanks for sharing the funny photo of the day of your 2nd place photo with the "scared guy"


July 13, 2009 at 12:38 PM

Blogger Caroline said...

Great to hear that the short mid-season break paid off. Great race, and Awesome run! Wowsers!
I'm about to take my own mid-season break after vineman to mental prepare for the kona training. might be looking for advice on non-bike run activities ;) One guarantee: if I try to surf, I definitely won't look as kick ass as you!
Congrats on an awesome race! Keep smiling!

July 13, 2009 at 1:06 PM

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

I'm glad it went so well for you. Congratulations. Enjoy the rest of your time in Canada. I look forward to following your preparation for the Philippines. I think Macca will be there, too.

July 13, 2009 at 2:38 PM

Blogger Regina said...

why am I so excited?! I didn't race. You rocked it! I'm so impressed I'm intimidated. Which is weird since I am not even in your class.

I LOVE that you kept the hula girl on your bike, that's confidense. . And that guy, he looks like he's thinking, "don't touch me, don't touch me, don't touch me." a riot!

For real, props, that's awesome. Congrats on the PR!

July 13, 2009 at 2:55 PM

Blogger Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

Totally awesome Bree! So so happy for you to find your pace rock! Big hugs.

July 13, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Blogger Running~Jordan said...

I don't think he looks scared... but I do think someone farted!

WAY TO GO BREE! love the race report and your renewed passion :)

July 13, 2009 at 4:01 PM

Blogger Chloe said...

Congrats on the amazing race!! The key was no doubt the hula girl - she gave you the extra push :) But what an outstanding time - and a PR!

I bet that guy stalks you on facebook!! Ha!!

July 13, 2009 at 4:33 PM

Blogger Lisa G said...

Congrats on the awesome race, Bree! Glad to hear you had so much fun out there!

July 13, 2009 at 4:55 PM

Blogger Runner Leana said...

Congratulations on a great race Bree!!!

July 13, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Blogger TriGirl Kate O said...

Way to go Bree! Congratulations.

July 14, 2009 at 4:41 AM

Blogger skindoc said...

Nice work, Kona Girl, we are proud of you back home! You rock the house! Gammie nice legs and cookies!

July 14, 2009 at 5:49 AM

Blogger Dennis'much to do about nothing blog said...

Bree Wee - congrats on your Personal Best - I was your bike escort for the run and enjoyed leading you around the two laps of the course - as for that little spill at the bottom of the hill - I landed in a soft mound of flowers and grass unlike my last spill which was on a hard packed loging road I only had a couple of scrapes on the arm and as you know I was back on the bike and leading you on to the finish in no time.
We were told to go slow going down and that hill but I stopped for water at the aid station and the next thing I see you closing fast so I had to speed up to keep ahead.

I did look for you after the race but couldn't find you and didn't wait around for the final awards presentation.

Hope to see you again next year and I have bookmarked your blog which Dewain so kindly emailed me.



July 14, 2009 at 7:15 AM

Blogger Charisa said...

Congrats!!! So happy you had a race that ended with a good run :) And that guy on the podium is awesome!

July 14, 2009 at 8:40 AM

Blogger beth said...

WAHHHHOOOOOOOO! this post just made me so very very happy! 4:23!!!! 1:22! holy moly- and you got to race with friends and amazing competitors.

you earned it. live it up!

July 15, 2009 at 1:22 PM

Blogger Jamie said...

Awesome race Bree! Congrats on a great finish.

I think you are my version of Jill Savege. I was cheering for a whole bunch of pros at Rev3 and you are the only one to cheer back! That is the epitome of what I love about this sport. Never change. :-)

July 23, 2009 at 2:11 PM


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