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Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011...

It's been said that we learn the most when we struggle, fall, trip up, and don't win. We learn when we suffer, sacrifice, and give with all our hearts. In all things life, love, and sport, 2011 has been a season of scars from the past healing, hurts un-hurting, and little beams of hope shining through on dreams set off in such a far, far distance.
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This was a season of no DNF's in sport, quitting was not an option this year in anything. This was my season of some friendships fading away and those that I held most dear to me glowing bigger than ever thought possible. The year my son went from child to boy, (remind me to not race with his name on my okole next season, he is just too big for that). The year one of my sisters had her first baby, another sister graduated college, a brother had his first daughter, and with everything new, losses to the family as well.
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After handfulls of mission trips throughout the world in my youth, this was the season I needed someone to rescue me. Bob Marley played throughout my head and heart all year long, "Everything's gonna be alright....". Beyond humbling, this season has been beautiful in that bitter sweet way, in all things life, love, and sport.
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2011 I stood on top of podiums (and the bottom), stood on mountain tops, snow covered volcano tops, and climbed to places never imagined existed in this world. I swam to ocean floors, floated with fish, and lolly gagged with dolphins. I held hands, fell in love, and made wishes on stars in hopes of making life even better in 2012. My bank account saw a negative balance, somedays it saw more than I needed, and most days found enough to share with those more in need of me. My legs ached, arms got sore, the body got tired, but it was a year of never ending strength to keep on going, in all things life, love, and sport...
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The only way to take on 2012 is with my heart as wide open as my eyes, embracing the challenges, welcoming the new starts, and clinging to what is already good and possible. To those that have held my hand, grabbed hold of so many days with me, and reminded me of whats important, thank you. To REV3, Swift, KSwiss, Kona Aquatics, Coconut Girls, Bike Works, Splish, Travis Blanton, Coach Jimmy, Coach Steve, and the great people I've been fortunate to train and race with, thank you for making me better at sport and love what I am blessed to do. To my family, Brooke especially, Wendy, Kainoa, Mike, Thursday Night Bible Study Girls, Kawika, and Lane 1, my days have been beautiful, (even the horrible, cloudy, rainey, tear filled, thunderstorms), because of you all... 2011, phew, survived it.
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Happy 2012, hope nothing breaks your stride on the way to where you dream to go in all things life, love, and sport! Now that my run is done, time to set up some camping on a beach, under stars, with the people I love most in the world...
Bree
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Bowl of Carrots...

Guarenteed this might sound a little gross for the non-carrot-loving person, however, carrot lovers WILL love this! I'm not really sure if it was the bike ride or having to jump in a freezing pool, but somewhere between my ride and swim today I fell in love with a bowl of carrots!!


  • Carrot juice, about a cup.

  • 2 frozen bananas

  • 1 papaya

  • Ginger juice (I juiced a big chunk with my carrots, add as little or much as you want).

  • Blend all the above, not too long, you want it to stay thick

  • Pour into a bowl, top with fresh granola, fruit, and honey. No kidding, this tastes so much better than it looks...





Other than discovering carrot bowl smoothies, I found a setting on my camera that turns our faces into balloons, that running in the sand feels just like mile 25.2 of a marathon, a new sea cucumber, and how to catch a fish without a fishing pole, (don't ask).

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Hope the holidays are bringing you some new discoveries too, big and small kind!

Bree
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Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas...

Christmas covered the island from sea level to mountain top. Perhaps one of the most beautiful holidays I have ever, ever seen. Along the coast the sun was always shining, tropical days in bikinis and sun drenched runs, swims, and bikes. Up above the clouds was nothing but white, pure as snow, snow white. To the eyes, beautiful...

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My heart was a little heavy from time to time as I missed Kainoa dearly while he was with his dad this holiday and of course last years big Marshallese holiday had me longing to take focus off my wants and needs to get caught up in giving to others who may be more in want and need. I say "may" loosely as it seems I'm learning sometimes having less really is more and often times just to be alive is enough for some...

This Christmas I got adopted by Mike and his boys. They welcomed me (and my bike) into their home with open arms. For the 2 weeks Kainoa was/is away their home became mine and it sure helped keep my Christmas spirit less Grinch like. After a warm ocean swim we landed on top of Mauna Kea for some snow games. The laughter sure caused me to let go of all the little things that are not intended to clutter Christmas...











Back on the beach for Christmas Eve the friends and I gathered for sunset and some hilarious gift giving. It sounds so cliche to say, but really over the years my friends are always the best gifts every single Christmas.

Christmas would not be complete without some sister, brother n' law, and nephew loving! So we did the big Christmas dinner and filled the room with laughter like always. Thankfully they did all the cooking as the morning was a long run followed by a Christmas hike, so much activity that by the time we landed at their home my stomach was growling for the goodness they were serving up.


Hiking so happy. This is most likely my last hike for a while as it's time to get the legs more focused on the 2012 triathlon season and less on the "off season/recovery" adventures. Living in such a beautiful spot on Earth it's really difficult to not get caught up in the surroundings...











It's now Monday, back to the grind, a grind I am above and beyond thankful to still hold gently as my job. My day was 4hours on the bike and 2 hours with the Kealakehe squad. It feels very much like falling back into the rhythm of training, travel, racing will be smooth as I'm pretty refreshed after a Winter of hikes and simple sunsets.

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Hope your Christmas was a good one...

LOTS of Aloha,

Bree
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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas List...

Today I made a very important list, no not the Christmas wish list, my 2012 race list. It's been written, redone, and finally today I think it is "the one". On my run I ran it through my mind over and over, I love it, I'm ready to pack some bags and my bike and get back into the groove. Of course nothing is ever as simple as just making a list and watching it all fall into your hands.
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Much like those Christmas lists of our youth, we don't always get everything we want and sometimes we only get what we need and absolutely nothing we wanted. But it always seems to work out in the end. My entire run I had to keep reminding myself, "its going to work, it will work, there is a way, the list will happen, ect...". My list feels like being 10 and asking Santa to bring me my own pet dolphin or something!! It's a bit risky to hope the jolly old man will make it happen, but it never hurts to write it down and BELIEVE. That's the beauty of Christmas miracles if you ask me!!
Not sure what you were asking for 20 years ago but my list was AWESOME! A new bike, a trip to Sea World to visit the dolphins, and of course new CD's, the Cool Runnings and La Bamba soundtracks to be exact. Nice. Santa did in fact come through. Now a days the bike comes lovingly from Swift Carbon, ITunes fills my IPOD, and well, my reality is ocean swims with dolphins just about any day I want. No, I never ever take the dolphins for granted. Today I basked in their beauty for most the late morning and felt as awe inspired as I did on my first Sea World trip!!
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Life is not that simple as you grown ups all know. Today If Santa was in fact going to grant my Christmas list it would be things like all my bills paid on time, a trip to visit my birth dad with Kainoa so he could meet his grandpa, and much like a young girl, to live happily ever after with the man of her dreams. Hey, big girls still dream. Anyways, today I let all my big kid wishes linger on as I soaked up actually living a childhood desire come true, the dolphins so close they let me reach out and touch them...







3 more nights till Santa arrives, sure hope you get all the things you want on your list. If you have yet to make one, I dare you to believe again...

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Bree
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Dear Santa...

I've been running so happy, running on sandy white beaches, trails along the waters edge, up volcanoes, and when I'm naughty-the treadmill. But Santa, mostly running in nice spots...


Keeping my island bikini on is no problem, but I've been naughty, caught in the snow wearing too little and almost catching a cold....Sorry Santa, can't explain that one.


December has not been all Joy & Peace on Earth, but when the "not so nice and naughty" happens, rainbows always pop up to remind me nice is on the way...


This was a nice day...


Of course Santa, I only play after the work and chores are pau...


Very nice, I always eat my green veggies...please Santa be good to me this Christmas!


It's all her fault Santa, really....


Nice and naughty....


Alright Santa, I'll save you the trip over the Pacific, with friends like mine there is no way to stay out of trouble...


My most favorite time of year, all the smiles, all the happy moments with friends and family, it is so much more than what's under the tree and this season especially, has taught that to me...


Santa, if you make the trip I'll save hula girls for you and the reindeer...


4 more days till Christmas, it can happen...


And Santa, Kainoa is with his dad this season, so please visit him for me, he's been REALLY good this year!! As for me, I understand...


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Bree
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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Holiday's with a side order of sport...


The holidays bring so much to do, so many people to see, and a million reasons to sleep in, stay up late, skip a swimbikerun, and every other excuse you can imagine. But I have found holiday balance like no other season before!


  1. When everyone decides to plan a beach day, run to the beach! Have them drive out your change of clothes, bikini, some refueling snacks, and of course your surf board.

  2. Ride your bike to the picnic.

  3. Count a 14 mile hike as your easy run so you can be part of the Mauna Loa trip!

  4. Eat the holiday cookies you bake instead of the gels and sports drinks.

Day 2 of running to the beach. A half marathon one day and 8 miles the next. Both days landed me in the ocean with a nice Winter swell, my training was not missed and the holiday fun was enjoyed with my friends...Not only did they drive out my surf board and everything for the day at the beach post run, I had water pit-stops!


The late nighters, I know, those are hard ones for some of us triathletes that go to bed early (insert nerdy me). BUT you can make them happen this Holiday Season.



  1. Nap before you go.

  2. Let yourself sleep in a little the next day if possible, (then you don't feel junk the upcoming days).

DO NOT keep checking your watch! Such a bad idea, just enjoy, our friends/family put up with us crazy triathletes all year needing our rest, give them THIS TIME this time of year.

During the holidays let OTHER sporty things count as training. Thursday we hiked up Mauna Loa. It is nothing short of breathless, literally. 13,760 ft had me gasping for air, freezing, and the 14 miles up uphill in the dark all for a sunrise felt like an Ironman, (it took nearly 10hrs).

I wanted to hold a sunrise this season, found one...
It has been a great 31 years, 32 is going to be EVEN BETTER!

Stop and smell the snow! Actually, this is the perfect time of year to truly reflect on all the good things that have happened. Reaching goals, overcoming hard times, the people in our lives, and of course setting out some new mountains to climb. Going into the next year it's a good time to see where you are coming from...



In a week it's Christmas, my focus from now till then is to truly let the good times roll. Make way for all the holiday happy, each and every invitation from friends and family will be enjoyed, with of course swimbikerun sprinkled in...

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Hope you are enjoying the Holidays and spending time with the people you usually ditch on Sundays for long runs, the friends you ignore on week nights because you have swim practice in the morning, and the invitations for adventures because your legs are tired from a long day on the bike....go enjoy.

Bree
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