Monday, July 11, 2011

REV3 Portland...

I'll jump straight to the race as I have just a minute before getting on my plane to home. The adventure of the morning was "no wetsuits" for the pros, honestly, it was not that bad of a call. Warm up was not happening for me in the water and left me on the start line shivering, but once the race got underway everything warmed up pretty quick. I'm in the yellow cap, totally ready to get moving. The highlight of the swim was surviving the salt less lake that left my okole way less buoyant than the Hawaiian waters back home. It was a smooth swim, a little slower than I was hoping but also better than other swims. All in all I'm happy with the improvements my swim as made and gladly took 3rd out of the water...
The bike was better than it has been for me in MONTHS. After just 2 weeks of making major adjustments all over I can tell how it will only get better as I ride it more and continue to adjust. Felt super calm on the bike and stayed within myself, perhaps a little on the timid side as the major goal for this race was to stack a solid swimbikerun together without any major rookie mistakes. Slowly Ill learn to find the pace I can ride without it taking out my run legs.
The views on the bike were beautiful (if you don't mind the same scenic look over and over). For someone that is used to riding miles and miles next to lava rocks it was a nice change riding miles and miles next to a river. Mt. Hood was in the far distance, snow capped, and amazing. Despite being relatively flat there was a bit of wind out there and some shaky road surface that kept the mind awake despite the out and back, out and back. The rough part of my ride, thankfully only being one, was a 2 minute stand down for crossing a white line. Nobody wants two minutes added to their time and nobody wants to chill on the side of the road from something that didn't cause harm to anyone or make an advantage to me or anyone. The next person was so far up the road if I was or wasn't on the same side of a white line it would not have helped, but a rule is a rule and I crossed a line. Next time Id need a telescope to look that far up the road and see what side of a line someone is on. I'm pretty sure the bike cop was just taking his authority position a little on the macho side and was not happy to be missing his coffee and doughnut break to watch a bunch of athletes in spandex ride 56 miles. I stayed calm knowing that rushing to make back my time and catch the girls who passed me would only wreck havoc on my run, so I rode patient and landed 4th off the bike...
The run was BEAUTIFUL! We began on some hay, I think it was hay, then through a little trail, up over a little hill, down a little hill, and finally onto the upper road where we road bike. All of me wanted to make top 3, I totally thought it was possible so I ran believing with patience I could get up there and make up that bike sit-down. 13.1 miles was not enough miles. There were so many good things about that run for me, it was perhaps my best run off the bike. I felt strong all half marathon, and finally feel the effects of running patient paying off. A 1:25.o was the result and I'll glad take it with a 4th place too.
Crossing the finish line is always a good feeling, even better when you are slowly finding your way back after a couple seasons of lack luster results and mental demons stronger than the you'd like. It was a good feeling to put a solid swimbikerun together and still know you have more room to improve if you keep the hard work and patience building...

The finish line did not disappoint as it held Kainoa's blue medal and some good friends from Kona. The entire trip was made special by so many good people! The Parasi family for the start and finish line hugs, prerace meal, and of course the rose garden tour! The REV3 crew for truly putting on a good event and making us all feel welcome, Mark for the bike ride, Stacia for the use of Portland Community College, Scott for telling me about Powell's books (it was insane!), The GPS lady who told me where to drive and all the drivers of Portland for not cussing and flicking me off for my obnoxious driving skills in traffic, Sue Hutter for the "tri-momma" support for girls who are far from home, The crowds of Portland for all the cheering as we took over your streets and lake, the awesome volunteers who made it possible, and of course, without a doubt Lou and Louise for taking me in your home for the week! You both were amazing, the BBQ, fresh jam, awesome bed with with a dark blanket hung over the window so this girl could sleep when the sun is still up at 10pm! For all the support and believing good things for me, I am so thankful for you both! Sorry if I missed anyone in Portland...thank you!

Next up is the Philippines 70.3, so very excited to return to that little piece of paradise! Then of course back on the REV3 map to Ohio. Okay, my plane is boarding! Homeward bound! Trakkers, Kswiss, Swift Bikes, Bike Works, Club in Kona, Kona Aquatics & Coach Steve, Splish, Blue Seventy, Mauna Lani, Johnson and Blanton, Coach Jimmy, Kainoa, ohana, training partners, and friends, MAHALO PLENTY for supporting this girl in all things sport, motherhood, and life! SO THANKFUL for you and helping to make my life possible...





Blogger Christy said...

Awesome race!!! Congrats! I think I would have lost it on the penalty but I loved how you stayed patient! I will keep that in the back of my mind next time when something doesn't go right! Hope you had a safe flight back! Welcome home!

July 11, 2011 at 5:41 AM

Blogger tinaparker87 said...

I know you wanted more then 4th, however, you did great, look happy and are amazing! Stay strong.

July 11, 2011 at 5:50 AM

Blogger Beth said...

Great race Bree!!! So happy for you! And wow, awesome run. Wooo-hoooo!!

July 11, 2011 at 6:30 AM

OpenID boston2berkeley said...

Congratulations on a great race! I love reading about your training and races. I also so appreciate your positive attitude even when things don't go perfectly your way. Good luck with training and the next race!

July 11, 2011 at 7:37 AM

Blogger gelmertri said...

Ride for show, run for the dough! Great run split, Bree! You really are starting to belong into the podium mix with the rest of the pros... Happy belated BD wishes to Kainoa!

July 11, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Blogger Kelly said...

Yay for you, Bree! So happy you had a great race. I'll be in Ohio so I will be able to cheer you in person for that!! Happy training!

July 11, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Blogger Lucy Francis said...

Bree you're so consistent, you're either on the podium or so very close to it. It sounds like you tackled this race without stress and even with a penalty you kept your cool. Safe journey back home

July 11, 2011 at 9:25 PM

Blogger midlife_swimmer said...

you had an awesome race! I was at the second turn buoy in a kayak life guarding and watching all of you swim, made it in to watch all the pros come into the bike to run transition and watched you finish. It's the first time I watched a race and next year I am doing it! :)After volunteering I am much less intimidated that I will complete. I sent in my forms and money for the 11 mile bridge swim here today... just keep swimming. and biking and running and playing and momming :)... me too

July 12, 2011 at 7:53 PM

Blogger Jamie said...

Great race Bree! Congrats. I was sending you speedy vibes all day as I was tracking the race. Hopefully you felt some of 'em.

And did I spot a pic of you rocking a bikini top under your tri top (on facebook)? Always a beach girl!

It made me smile.

July 13, 2011 at 3:14 PM


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