Wednesday, August 29, 2012


“Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.”  Lao Tzu said that.... I wish him and I could go to lunch because he always has me fired up about something.  And right now it's simply that, being concerned with my reaction and attitude about life.
Monday we arrived home to what I'm pretty sure was the best "Finish line airport party" ever!  It was a complete surprise, it moved me beyond tears and brought about such a flood of "What wonderful people I get to know and live on an island with".  It was so special. Wendy organized something like 40 of the greatest people I know to share in the "Welcome home", and now the house smells like a big flower garden from all the lei's!  Being home feels...the exact same. 
Except for one or two small things...
My inbox was literally flooded with emails, texts messages continued to fill my phone for 2 days later, and I even got phone calls!  (That's very excessive for a girl like me).  People called for interviews, I've done 5 already.  A magazine called, a shoe company reached out, and I got flowers (lots of them).  At the moment I can't relate to this, none of it, my life consists more of phone calls to hit the beach, not answer questions.  My texts are all about how late I am to practice because I'm in school traffic dropping off Kainoa.  And my emails, those are mostly all from my mom. Okay, the flowers I'm no stranger too, Masuda and Kainoa pick them often for me...
I was given a spa day, complete with hot tub, oils and salts that landed into a massage.  A local actupunturist reached out to offer free services for recovery too! It all made me feel beyond spoiled, maybe even a little uncomfortable, but I of course appreciated it.  At the end of the day though, it feels so nice to just be home, to be at the ocean with my friends that tease me, to wear the same shorts everyday, and to shop for papayas at 7 for $2 bucks...the simple life. 
The outpouring of kindness has been very beautiful and of course means so much to me.  Part of me says, "It was just an Ironman, there is so much more to life", and the other part of me says, "IT WAS AN IRONMAN, SERIOUSLY HOW AWESOME", and then I pinch myself.  I guess it's a matter of staying grounded, realizing a dream that came true, and then of course...reaching for more. I am a girl who always wants to go for more in this life, in fact taking it easy this week is a challenge, I crave life to the fullest!
Being home also means time to appreciate the wonderful people that help make this life possible.  I've been trying to find ways to creatively thank them.  One person that was new to my life is Susan B Cox.  Do you know of her?  She was recently inducted into the triathlon hall of fame and was my bike escort during the run!  I tried to talk to her out running, she wouldn't talk to me at all (she said she was just following the rules and not wanting to distract her runner).  Well, we got to chat at the midnight finish line and through some emails, she is simply wonderful!  At 75 years young she can still beat (a lot) of people in swimbikerun!  I love that she was MY BIKE LEADER for the entire marathon!  (I usually change, a few times during the run...).
This is my new favorite photo at the moment... it pretty much sums up the finish line.  So happy (me) meshed with (thank God my mom is finally done running, I waited all day) Kainoa.  He holds tight to the medal, clings to the memories we shared in Kentucky, and has already asked where we get to go next?  I can tell you one thing, it will not be Vegas 70.3 as I rolled down my slot.  Oh, I wanted to go and am thrilled to have that option, but family first...and we have some family matters that "matter" very much to me on September 9th and 10th.  Next up will be....(to be continued)...but I'm already wanting to race again.  For now, a hike is planned for tomorrow and that will have to do as my "training, recovery, adventure" for the week...

Alright, that's a wrap, all I have time for so I can make swim practice on time. Yes, I am going.  It will be more of a "float practice" but you know me, an opportunity to see the Kona Aquatics crew is always on my list of enjoyable activities... 

Home sweet home,


Blogger Unknown said...

What an inspiration?! As someone whom works in academics and chasing a medical degree I completely understand seeking validation for hard work and efforts. Staying in positive is an absolute must. This is your moment.



August 29, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Blogger SSB said...

Congrats Bree! I was in Kona last weekend and everyone was so happy for you.

August 29, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Blogger Lucy Francis said...

Enjoy all the attention whilst staying true to yourself. Which I know you do. Don't feel guilty about any of it, you deserve it and in accepting all the offers/attention you're sharing your success with others.
So cool Bree:-)

August 29, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Blogger Nick, Brooke ,Whistler said...

We really are so proud of you! Have a great week getting back into your swing of things... See you September 10th...

August 30, 2012 at 12:45 AM

Blogger Coy Martinez said...

Congrats Bree!! I was the bike escort for TJ (who ended up being 3rd male) and what a great guy! I was lucky that I got to see you out on the course while I was out with him! You looked super strong in that heat! I'm lucky that I get to live in Lexington and have Susan as my swim coach. She is one of those rare people in life that your honored to know. I'm thrilled you guys got to meet each other!

August 30, 2012 at 2:26 AM

Blogger miles99999 said...

Bree, I don't know you at all, aside from a couple blog postings back and forth, but from what I know about you from reading your blog (and Facebook), you are a good person and you deserve all of the good things that are coming to you. Life is full of highs and lows; it seems like you have had a bunch of lows recently, so ride this high as far as it will take you. Enjoy it, embrace it and revel in it. Let that feeling drive you to be successful in your next race...or whatever challenge lies ahead. Congrats again!!!

August 30, 2012 at 4:54 AM

Blogger Tina Marie Parker said...

I am still smiling knowing you won! Wish I was at the finish line with your kid! Enjoy the moment.

August 30, 2012 at 5:30 AM

Blogger Chu said...

Amazing effort! I'm glad that great things are happening for you!

August 30, 2012 at 6:27 AM

Blogger ChrissyStag said...

Hi Bree -

I visit your page often as I L-O-V-E your pictures of Hawaii and the link to IM Kona.

I have followed your struggles and successes over the past few years since you set the age group record in Kona.

You have such talent that you have only begun to tap. To see you push through those doubts and fears and WIN is so beyond awesome!

Know that are touching lives all over the world with your candid perspective of life as a mom and triathlete.

From Colorado, GREAT JOB GIRL! Congrats and enjoy!

August 30, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Blogger Naomi said...

You are a Superwo'mom'!

August 30, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Blogger Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) said...

At some point you should write a book, Bree, something along the lines of how to succeed against all odds. I hope you get more sponsors, not necessarily the big corporations but just a lot of "little" friends. Maybe I/my family could be one of them one day.

August 30, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Blogger ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

You are joking... I know she has a helmet on but that lady is 75? All the more reason for me to keep doing this crazy crap....

One thing is clear to me.... HEAT.. turn up the temp for Bree and watch out! I think TX, KY, HI are your venues..

Hey, get a massage sponsor and pamper yourself every week!

September 1, 2012 at 9:10 AM


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