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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Today in Training...


First track workout of the season IS IN MY LEGS! It wasn't anything scary, nothing too painful, and certainly not the kind that have stars fluttering in your eyes and barf nearly coming up. It was just the beginning of running in circles again. Here, I'll share the workout. Totally easy for wherever you are at this point in the season. It serves a few purposes, the ones specific to me were of course pacing, getting my legs to turn over (not shuffle), and just getting back to business.
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Warm up: 15 minutes cruise, include some drills and a few pick ups.Main Set: 3 miles nonstop running (12 loops). The curves are cruise, the straights are "pick up the pace, open up, build". It's not race pace yet, its just getting out of the shuffle. As for pacing, each mile of the 3 should get get faster than the next. Example: Our first was 7:25, second was 6:35, and the third was 6:20. So we never hit any records, just built over the 3 miles (on the straights, keep the curves easy, easy, easy). AS the season progresses it's a fun one to see where you are at from starting at the bottom (like today).
Cool down :)
From track to ocean. Pretty much it felt like a track workout in the ocean! The high school swim team is some of my FAVORITE people on Earth and today we got to be eaten alive by the fastest in the state. Don't let the happy photo fool you, as soon as the camera was tucked back in the swim suit it was a full on run-for-your-money back to the beach! I'm talking elbows and jockey for position. I LOVE IT! These kids totally motivate me.
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Some eggs in a burrito. Chill out. Then an EASY little 30 minute jog. That was pretty much my day and every minute of it, (the pleasantly painful and effortlessly enjoyable), I loved...
Of course it didn't end there. Grabbed Kainoa from school and was delighted to see he is a better (much better) student at 4 than I was! Of course I'm stoked he loves the whales as much as me too! Now we are packing for our New Year's trip to the volcano. We plan to see some fire! Then camp on Mauna Loa. It's a whopping HEAT STROKE at the lava and in the 30's at the camp spot, but that's the way we roll: Fire and ice baby!
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MOST Happy New Year's everyone!!
Bree
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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Back To Maui...

Today hurt, good. Feels like day 1 of EVER being an athlete of any kind. Today was the 3rd official, (more like unofficial), start of training again. In almost 6 weeks 12 training sessions and a local race, (just for the smack talk), is all I've done. Well, I've surfed, hiked, snorkeled, free dove, taken walks, and floated in the ocean too. But for the most part, the body took a giant break and today is starting all over again...
The day began here with a swim across the bay. This is one of our most deepest bays, amazing in so many ways, mysterious in a million other ways, and it holds A LOT of secrets and history! The only scary thing about this bay is swimming solo. EVERY TIME we go I do all I can to hold on. It's not like Kailua or anywhere else that I handle solo swimming without fear, this place is deep with dark stories of long ago that creep in my mind and entertain me in the worst ways sometimes. Like the start of most first days of "school" or "practice" I was in the wrong outfit! Half the crew was in speed suits and my bikini was drag suit all the way, the memo that is wasn't an easy swim of 2.5 miles never made it to me. Hanging on was all I could do till I was dropped (thank you lack of speed at the moment and fast crew). Endurance was mighty good and the distance was fine, but it hurt with that bunch of record breakers!
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Matt and Jason waited for me not-so-lovingly. For sure I was thinking they were just nice guys but Jason reminded me I had the biggest @$$ of them all so he made sure to keep me as the shark bait. Love my friends!! It was nice to see where my swim fitness is at. Not totally lost after 5 swims in 6 weeks but man it's not where I like it to be. Till it's where I want it I'll just continue to trust in this giant off season with a purpose.
From there, yes the bottom of the bay, was a bike ride. The only place to go is up when you are at the bottom. The ride reminded me of where I am at this point...the bottom looking up. Time to dig up my fitness. SO we rode the nasty hills of South Loop. AS always, it's my favorite ride in all the state of Hawaii so I was all smiles, despite the fact I had to pull my rear up the hills with Jason's mouthful of jokes about how he can't see around my wide load! I'm not too worried about the off-season jokes either, more fuel for the fire baby! Again... I love my friends! NO KA OI!!!!!!
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Tomorrow is a little run-swim-run action. That outta get my rear in gear! Alright, day one (again) is back in the books. It hurt good in many ways and I'm stoked on knowing it can only get better. As for Maui, I'm returning to the half marathon on that island. It's in less than 4 weeks so it should make for some good entertainment trying to bust out 13.1 miles from slippers to sneakers! To me, a 20 minute flight to go run with a bunch of friends on Maui, with aid stations, is the best way to dig out of the off-season and get in some base miles...
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Night!!
Bree
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Hibernating...

I must confess, the past (almost 6 weeks), of hibernating have been beautiful. Lots of weekends exploring secluded beaches, playing in Mauna Kea snow, spear fishing and snorkel adventures, slumber parties in a bed too small for me and my favorite 4 year old, lots of outings with friends, days in bikinis, some surf, nights under sunsets, and of course the Marshallese Project. More than ever I feel refreshed, recovered, and ready to tackle the next season of life & sport. In fact, a plan has been set in motion, some races have been entered, and the training plan has been put up...but I got knocked down.
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Sometime between stepping on wana, not sleeping for what feels like weeks, standing in the pouring rain down South, the freezing rain again Christmas Eve at the outside church, then Kainoa barfing on me...I landed in bed for 17 hours! My body just sort of said, "let's chill here". So I did. I'm over the bed though and got back in the ocean today, hung with the doctor too, and plan to get on the bike tomorrow.







This is the day I knew hibernation was coming for me... Kainoa sat on a rock rather than held his fishing pole. Sure enough, I was covered in puke later that night. He's good to go again and I'm hot on his heals to recovery from this holiday roller coaster we got on.
Oh, let me leave you with a holiday recipe (a super easy one). We call them Snow Balls. Get 1 cup of dates (no pits), 1/2 cup of nuts (any kind other than peanut, we mixed pecans and mac nuts). Mix REALLY well in the food processor. Once mixed, add in 3 cap fulls of liquid peppermint, 1/2 cup of shredded coconut & 1/4 cup carob chips (totally optional and if you aren't concerned about fitting into a bikini at this time make them chocolate chips). Roll into balls and then roll in more coconut shreds. It's better than a candy cane :)
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Hope the holidays are all colors BEAUTIFUL. Almost 2011, whooop whoooop!!
Bree
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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Spreading ALOHA to the Marshallese...

I'm highly convinced it's children who keep Christmas feeling "real". The holidays have always been a big deal in my family, mostly because it means we will have another reason to get together. However, the "magic" part sort of loses it's shine and shimmer when you discover Santa is your parents and seeing so many people stress over what to buy and how much they spend. The simplicity of the holidays became real again this season in ways that are challenging me to put into words. I won't even try. All of the support that has been received over the past couple months, the giving, the time, the help finally became real today...
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With a UHAUL full of love from 4 countries, all over the mainland, and 4 of the Hawaiian islands , we made Christmas real (all the sparkle and shine) happen for over 100 children and their families. It was the exciting feeling you get as a child when you "think" you hear Santa on the roof and see Rudolph in the sky! It was so cool! Without much else to say as I'm still sitting here semi-speechless, we took all that was given to us (from you all) and gave it away. In return, we got dozens of hugs and enough smiles to keep Christmas real...



















THANK YOU to all of you that made this possible for each of those children and their families too. Unreal. MOST Happy Holidays & lots of love & aloha,
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Bree
PS: Special thank you to Bike Works for being the drop-off point, the 83 people from other islands, countries, and the mainland that sent us clothes, gifts, shoes, toys, food, and financial help, thank you. To the awesome bakers that took over YWAM kitchen (and your own kitchens), to the local companies on Big Island that reached in your pockets, thank you. To those that helped me wrap (A LOT), to WHT for spreading the word, to Kurtistown Church & the tri clubs that donated massive amounts of shoe boxes, and High Cloud-thank you! To the Big Island community for embracing our neighbors down South, to everyone all over that gave & prayed, THANK YOU! HUGE Mahalo to the team that rolled South today (Wendy, Fredo, Annmarie, Kainoa, Janine & hubby, Deb & hubby, Becky and family, Dana & hubby, Mike, Pat, Matt & Anne, and of course Shirley) to help spread the ALOHA & to the Marshellese for welcoming us!! And to Kainoa... you keep Christmas real for me, Santa is coming for you next! (forgive me if I left anyone out)

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

(Almost) Christmas Eve...

The sleigh bells are ringing!! Actually, the UHAUL is packed! Tomorrow is the day about 20 of us head down South to spread the aloha to the little Marshallese village. What started as a simple project of adopting a family for Christmas turned into gift boxes for each child in the village. Somewhere along the hope to help and the miracles that always seem so real at Christmas time a bunch of hands and hearts got in on this project and it became BIG.
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This morning was the last "pick-up" . Off to Waimea to receive 26 wrapped shoe boxes collected from the Kurtistown Church over on Hilo side. It ended up being a wonderful meeting of a local woman name Nani who met me half way and blessed me all the way. Christmas always finds a way to bring people together like that. Then the UHAUL packing. The job was seriously done within record time! What I was thinking would be an hour, maybe more took 20 minutes! The crew was flying up and down our stairs, just pulling the load for each other. It's been like that all along, everyone pulling together to make this all happen.
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From there another check, another box at the Post Office, 4 more gifts at Bike Works, a giant box of shoes from Big Island Running, and LOTS more baked goods were collected from Kona friends. Just before swim practice I was "considering" to skip. It was late and I was overly tired. Exhausted to the point I finally understand why we leave cookies for Santa, he needs them to make it all day & night long! However, I already skipped my ride to make the Waimea trip so I landed at the pool. THANKFULLY I landed there! The swim team happened to have at least 200 more cookies, 4 more boxes, bedding for 2 beds, towels, 6 bags of clothes, and a couple boxes of who-knows-what! It was "the last load".
The gifts from Kurtis Town Church-MAHALO to all of you on the other side of the island :)
Wendy, she has been such a blessing in all of this! From the day I mentioned the idea she was the first to say, "Ill go with you and Kainoa". THANKS WENDY!
The UHAUL is now fully loaded with over 250 wrapped gift boxes (at least one for each person in the village), over 400 pairs of shoes, 3 bikes, a scooter, boxes of children's books & school supplies, 2 boxes of tooth brushes & all sorts of shampoos and soaps (at least one set for each person), 22 boxes of clothes, 6 bags of clothes, LOTS of toys, over $2,000 dollars, and of course the pinata and food!!
Kainoa loading the load tonight after practice! He is so excited, its 9:30 pm as we are finally finishing the last minute packing and details that he can't sleep, me either! THANK you all (again) for every shoe, every dollar, every cookie, every gift and each piece of clothing. For the toys, the time you invested in helping make this all happen, and of course those that waited in those LONG lines at the post office to send us stuff from all over the world. Good night to you all, lots and lots of ALOHA!
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Bree
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Night Before The UHAUL...

Today was the sweet part, enough sugar to feed 250 people! In fact, there was more than enough sweet stuff going on in the kitchen! We baked till the oven about cooked us, we mixed, stirred, poured, and sprinkled till we ran out of butter. Then we called it good. A handful of us tackled the job in record time and now we can rest easy knowing a party for 250 is ready to roll. As for the bitter sweet part...the UHAUL.



Tomorrow is the "loading day". Everything that has taken over in Kainoa's room, the lanai, and everywhere else has to find it's way into the giant truck. As Wendy and I wrapped 73 boxes yesterday, and 35 more are starring at me tonight, it got almost bitter sweet. The end is in site! This project became bigger than I ever imagined and tonight I got very overwhelmed trying to tie up the loose ends. Its been some of the best days working with friends to make it all happen, not to mention all the new people I've met, and of course the support from all over. It really feels like Christmas around here. However, I AM READY FOR THURSDAY to be here already!
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Tomorrow the ocean is a must to unwind from the hustle and bustle. From there it's gather the last of the boxes and baked goods from Bike Works, Waimea to meet up with Hilo support (yes we got more boxes from the other side of the island). Then coach said to ride my bike so Ill do that, maybe ride it to get the UHAUL then drive the UHAUL home with my bike in it :) LET THE FUN BEGIN...load the UHAUL. Highly considering to pay the neighborhood boys 20 bucks each to do the job. I'm supposed to do a recovery jog too... like 30 minutes. By the time that happens it might be dark out, it was dark by the time I finally got to run tonight. By then I'm sure to just pass out as the Marshallese Christmas Eve will be here! Thursday morning-pick up Kainoa from his dads house, meet up with the 20 volunteers that are going to "spread the aloha" with us, then roll down South!
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Okay, no more procrastinating, time to wrap! As the final hours are coming to an end, THANK YOU to those that have been supporting this project since the idea became a dream turned reality. It has been amazing...
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Bring on the wrapping paper,
Bree
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PS: Thank you so much to those that have sent us funding to make the feast for 250 people possible! WOW... we took over Costco thanks to you!
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