Saturday, October 10, 2009

Ironman 09.

Ironman did not go according to my dreams, BUT it was still amazing and NOW my "rookie pro Kona race" is pau. I will be back :) The day started as usual, meet coach in the morning for the final game plan. It was pretty simple, swim like I swim, ride slower than usual, then run like I have been running in training. I had heart rates for the bike and run that we worked up in training. The swim was beautiful, a little choppy and I lost my draft. Ended up pulling a group for a while then decided it was time for a granny breast stroke kick (I know, that is so rude), but someone was playing "This little piggy went to the market" with my toes. Honest. They were litterally grabbing a single toe at a time. I thought it was a friend being
Finally with 800 or so meters to go I hooked on a group and just took a free ride to shore. I was thankful I swim that course so much solo because today was the most solo swim ever...however I did exit the water with my amigo Ezekiel...
On the bike, the aero bottle fell off at mile 2. I was now down to one bottle. I was doing my best all race to stay on my calories ect., but one bottle in Kona is not very cool. I did follow the HR and let everyone go on the bike... it was kind of more boring than usual not trying to ride strong, but we were waiting for the run...
The run I went instantly into the HR I have used in training and I felt so good for 10 miles, it was perfect. I started easy and built into it. Coach said he could tell in my eyes something was wrong, they were all glassed over. When I told him about losing my second bottle on the bike he figured I started my run a little dehydrated and I could not hold it... well...I tried and I had a blast. It was just a beautiful day and I was just so happy to be racing! The streets were lined with the best cheerleaders EVER. There was so much support and I found myself holding back tears of joy at one point because of all the love lavished upon us and being able to race...
I high fived all the children near the finish line, crossed the line, turned back to blow kisses of thanks to everyone, then I decided it was time to celebrate...and laugh...and plan a beach party! The beach party starts tomorrow at 10am!! I can hardly wait!

I feel great. My fitness was it's best ever going into the race, my brain and head and heart were totally prepared, but the day did not unfold the way I was hoping...up next... not really sure but I am already ready!!
Post race "ice bath"... ha ha... nothing like the ocean! AND a HUGE mahalo to my amazing supporters. K-Swiss for the greatest shoes, NO BLISTERS even with my slowest marathon, Argon18 for my favorite bike, Trakkers, Cerasport, Bike Works, Lifesport, Johnson Blanton, Travis, Splish, Blue Seventy, Schott Family, Club in Kona, the best training partners a girl could ever have, Kona Aquatics, and of course Kainoa & my incredible family! This day totally belongs to you too!
Post race with the leaders of my support crew... God I love them! Thanks so much Kate, Pat, Coach, Luis, and Kona town for the help today :)
My amigo Ezekiel I would like to brag about, he had the 3rd fastest male run split and I would like to blame it on the pre-race dinner I made last night! Ha ha, just kidding, congrats!!! Your hard work paid off! AND he also rides Argon18, so I think running off that bike helped him :)
Macel... 4th place! WOOOOOHOOOO! Congrats congrats congrats!
And finally, I got an invitation, sort of... Bruno wants to invite some of the Kona crew he has made friends with here on the island to train with him in Switzerland then race Ironman Switzerland!! WOOOHOOO, coach, can I go! I have had such a blast getting to know him and his beautiful wife and daughter, amazing people! ALL the new friends I met are amazing...
Okay, 2 minutes till midnight (The finish line is just outside my house, I am listening to it and won't sleep till the last person crosses)... CONGRATS to everyone!!
NIGHT from Kona...let the recovery begin!!


Blogger Robert Lejeune said...

Sorry that it didn't go as planned Bree, I followed you all day yesterday hoping to see you finish with a really good time.

Losing one bottle surely screw your nutrition plan for the day, and this is so not the day to screw your nutrition plan.

I am sure you will finish strong at IM Switzerland.

Congratulation for your first pro Kona race.

October 11, 2009 at 1:45 AM

Blogger Greyt Times said...

Yikes! As hot as they kept saying it was, you are right - one bottle at Kona?? NOT COOL! That really sucks! Maybe I need to put a spare aero bottle in my special needs for Coz! Never thought of that before.....

Regardless, you looked so great crossing that finish line! Big smiles - made me tear up! You will be back and you will have the day you hoped for.

Congrats Bree!

October 11, 2009 at 2:06 AM

Blogger Coach Liz said...

Congratulations Bree!

As I said in my last comment, you looked happy and radiant crossing the finish line. As it always turns out, each race is a learning experience. You will probably never loose a bottle again because you will now always check to make sure that your bottle cages and aero bottle are on nice and tight before a race.

Have a great time at your beach party. I wish I could be there, but my excuse is that I have to head out and do a long run this morning.

And Bruno's invitation...the IM Switzerland course is the HARDEST BIKE COURSE I have ever done in my life!!! Part of it is on the 70.3 course. I had such a ghastly bike time but I did well on the run. I was so happy to finish that course that I did not care my time was one of my slowest. And as I recall, you are like me and don't like those downhills. Girl, I was scared poop-less on some of those mountains. 15% grade downhill with a U-Turn at the bottom, I was screaming a lot of bad words on the way down to the bottom. You can do it! You will have a blast and Zurich is beautiful.

Hopp Bree, Hopp!!!

October 11, 2009 at 2:06 AM

Blogger Yasi said...

Sorry that everything didn't go as planned, but you're still such an inspiration to SO many people. I think you should go to Switzerland, even if you can't race! I hear it's beautiful out there. Congratulations on your Kona finish!

October 11, 2009 at 2:18 AM

Blogger beth said...

darnit that bottle! i can't imagine how that would be...REALLY hard, thats all i know.

congratulations on another amazing accomplishment...

can't wait to see what's next- but take a break first- you earned it!
p.s. saw you cross on the live feed- so pretty!

October 11, 2009 at 3:32 AM

Blogger Libby said...

congrats bree! It was fun following you through your blog and tracking you race day. way to tough it out when things weren't going as planned. you're future in triathlon will certainly be as bright as your infectious good attitude :)
hope you enjoy your recovery!

October 11, 2009 at 3:38 AM

Blogger Missy said...

I'm sorry it did not go as planned. You looked great, as always. Congratulations and enjoy the beach party. I'm sure you need no encouragement there;)

October 11, 2009 at 3:44 AM

Blogger Jamie said...

Sorry everything didn't go as planned, but congrats on a great first race at Kona as a pro! It was a blast following you online all day.

Kainoa should be very proud of his mom. :-)

October 11, 2009 at 3:47 AM

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October 11, 2009 at 4:13 AM

Blogger Jill Costantino said...

Way to go Bree! You looked incredible crossing the finish line! You are such an AMAZING athlete and person and you could see how much you are loved when you crossed and those volunteers had the biggest smiles on their faces!
Have a great beach party. PLAYTIME!!! You soooo deserve it! You ROCK! Congrats again!

October 11, 2009 at 4:13 AM

Blogger Oscarjet said...

AMIGA !!! me acosté muy tarde siguiendote via internet !! creo que te vi salir de boxes con la Argon 18 !!
Excelente estrategia a pesar de todo .Me ha emocionado seguir en vivo tu 1er IM en Kona como pro...CONGRATS AMIGA !!!!!!
Recuperate y como siempre....SONRIE!!! es lo mejor de ver las fotos...tu sonrisa....envia energia a miles de kms.......Besos y abrazos de mi falimia !!!Por cierto , si vas a Suiza....te vamos a ver !!! esta a solo 7h en coche !!!!!

October 11, 2009 at 4:14 AM

Blogger Fred (aka ace) said...

Congrats on your race! I know from your post you may have expected more, but I think the smile on your face speaks volumes. Aside from the lost bottle, it sounds like your body, mind and spirit turned in a fine, concerted effort. You really inspire me to keep in mind, we wouldn't be doing this if it weren't so much fun!

Train and race well!

October 11, 2009 at 4:23 AM

Blogger Regina said...

I'm sorry to hear that your race didn't go as you planned and one bottle on the bike in that heat had to be part of it. However, as far as I am concerned you have nothing to fell badly about. I think you did awesome for your first Kona Ironman!

I tracked you all day and watched you cross the finish and you looked fantastic. While I am sure you will have lots of great photos to prove it, I'll have to send you my geeky ones I took off the computer screen, bet you wont have one of those.

It was awe inspiring to watch this race and such a pleasure to follow along with you. Thanks for the fabulous ride.

Now go and enjoy yourself, you've earned it. I'm sure you son must be so proud of his mom.

October 11, 2009 at 4:24 AM

Blogger miles99999 said...

I followed the race on Ironman. Com and could tell somerting didn't go right. I'm sorry you didn't get the result you expected but you still put in a monumental effort. Crowie said in his post-race speech that it was tough out there. Doing it so dehydrated was near impossible. Congrats on a great effort and I'll be rooting for you at you next race!


October 11, 2009 at 5:32 AM

Blogger sallyaston said...

Bree, I just love your attitude! I had so much fun watching the race online. I'm sorry about the lost bottle and that your race wasnt everything you deserved it to be but it sounds like you still got so much out of the day and have such a great support system that are so proud of you. Well done!

October 11, 2009 at 5:33 AM

Blogger D said...

But... but... but...
How did Pablo do?!?!?!

October 11, 2009 at 5:37 AM

Blogger Christi said...

I am so happy for you!!! Bree you had a great race despite losing your bottle!! The race may not have gone how you wanted but you are still a great inspiration and I look forward to watching you in the future!

October 11, 2009 at 5:49 AM

Blogger MJ said...

I hate those aerobottles - I had one fall off once too...

Regardless, great job! With the heat and down one bottle it had to be tough... you looked so happy crossing the line even though you didn't have your perfect race - I love that!

Enjoy the recovery, some surfing, hiking and fun times on the island! You deserve it.


October 11, 2009 at 6:12 AM

Blogger E.L.F. said...

Bree, I think you looked strong out there. You looked like you were giving it your best, very focused and kept plugging away at the course. It was great to see you in your first pro Kona :) I am sure we will see you out there again!

October 11, 2009 at 7:12 AM

Blogger Stephanie Corker Irwin said...

You are amazing!! Way to go Bree. It might not have been the race of your dreams, but you've never, ever, looked happier. Nothing beats HAPPY! xo.

October 11, 2009 at 7:19 AM

Blogger Beth said...

Even on a day that wasn't your best you were still top 20 in the WORLD!!! Pretty darn awesome. Congrats Bree. I've really enjoyed following your journey!

October 11, 2009 at 7:26 AM

Blogger Jennifer Cunnane said...

Your attitude and perseverance is really admirable. The day sounded really tough and you were racing PRO and against the best in the world - you did incredible!

October 11, 2009 at 9:30 AM

Blogger Josie said...

Bree- we saw you in the AM and tracked you all day! Your smile and positive attitude are what truly make you such an inspiration to K-town. You make us all proud! Go get 'em in the next race!!!

October 11, 2009 at 10:12 AM

Blogger Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

Bree - a beach party is JUST the thing! Soak it up girlfriend. You deserve it!!

October 11, 2009 at 11:09 AM

Blogger Adrienne said...

Wow- not as planned- but still in the top 1% of the world! You rock Bree!

October 11, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Blogger Lora said...

Bree, big big congrats on your Kona finish! Wow! Sorry to hear about losing that one bottle on the bike. That is a serious thing and you managed to push through still strong, when it could have really dampered you.

Great job. It's been great reading about your journey.

I'm due for a new pair of running shoes and I'm looking heavily at the KSwiss - with different colored laces!

October 11, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Blogger Nibbles said...

Bree, I loved tracking you all day. Sorry it didn't go as planned, but now you have made another big deposit in your bank o' race day wisdom, and you still finished top 20 in the world despite being so dehydrated! Wow!

October 11, 2009 at 1:10 PM

Blogger ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

Put it in the bank, is my saying. I would guess your coaches would say that being a first year pro is all about the lessons.

On another note, besides the nice Triathlete article you did make the broadcast of St Croix on Versus here in Tampa. Way to go Rock Star!!

October 11, 2009 at 1:16 PM

Blogger Ange said...

I saw you and screamed as you were heading in for the final few miles. You looked strong and TOUGH! you gaveme inspiration as I headed out to the Energy lab. thanks for sharing your positive energy!!!

October 11, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Blogger Ange said...

I saw you and screamed as you were heading in for the final few miles. You looked strong and TOUGH! you gaveme inspiration as I headed out to the Energy lab. thanks for sharing your positive energy!!!

October 11, 2009 at 4:31 PM

Blogger gatormcw said...

Bree,you are my HERO!!! It amazed me how joyous you looked as you crossed the finish, if was me I would not have been able to pull my lips over my teeth as dehydrated as you were. lol I am going to toss my Sacony and buy some KSWISS...maybe I will chug along faster at my next half marathon. :-D Buy the way, I teach with your sis in North Port.

October 11, 2009 at 11:59 PM

Blogger Kim said...

What a journey.. You did your very best.. followed your plan. That's something to be proud of and you have come so far!! We were all rooting for you from all over the world on Saturday. So cool to think of you out there using your gifts and just smiling away. Thanks for bringing us all along for the ride! You're amazing..way to go Bree. Enjoy the beach!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 12, 2009 at 4:24 AM

Blogger Saphi said...

Congrats! You are amazing. I love your attitude and reading all about your adventures. Thanks so much for sharing. Enjoy your down time!

October 12, 2009 at 4:46 AM

Blogger Trishie said...

Sorry the race didn't go as planned, but you are still an amazing athlete ! enjoy your beach party !!

October 12, 2009 at 5:39 AM

Blogger Julia said...

Bree, I am so motivated/inspired/wowed by your journey! I absolutely admire your attitude; losing that bottle may have been tough, but it sounds like you had one memorable race! I loved reading that you high-fived all the little kids :)
A European training trip sounds amazing...!

October 12, 2009 at 10:05 AM

Blogger Sherry said...

Congratulations, Bree!!! Hubby and I had so much fun stalking you on Saturday... and that BIG smile of yours when you crossed the finish line! You just light up everything around you! Time to chillax for a while now, chica! You deserve it! Again, HUGE congrats to you!!!! It's been an awesome ride following your journey.... :o)

October 12, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Blogger Bob Almighty said...

Awsome race Bree, Aslo if you go to Switzerland my friend did the half there and the spectators are CRAZY!!! on the Climbs on the bike the run up along side you TDF style. Once again awesome race!

October 12, 2009 at 1:20 PM

Blogger Jennifer Yake Neuschwander said...

Great Job! It has been so fun following your journey. Thanks for sharing your ups and downs. You inspire people like me to play a little harder.

October 12, 2009 at 7:11 PM

Blogger Speed Racer said...

I was checking in on you all day... 11th place pro swim??? Your swim really HAS come a long way! Congratulations! Judging by your face when you finished, I couldn't tell you had a bad race.

Congrats again.

October 13, 2009 at 10:43 AM


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