Saturday, August 25, 2012


Tomorrow is the day, a long one that holds so many opportunities.  There is something so special about 104.6 miles.  It is one of the rare times in life that you endure mental and physical pain that result in pleasure and sheer finish line joy (if you want it).  Awaiting us are chances that take courage, moments of weakness that can be overcome by a single change of attitude, and of course an entire day mostly dealing with yourself.  You are your own cheerleader, your very own encourager, and you have the power to shut down, break down, and everything else if you let many ways to take a day all by our attitudes. 

Of course things out of our control happen too, bike issues, people kicking us in the swim, dropping nutrition on the run, you know what can happen and it seems everything does happen at some point.  But so much good happens too.  Volunteers, family/friend support out there, competitors throwing support, and being prepared.  Tomorrow is my 11th Ironman and I am thrilled about it!
The bike is checked in, the bags have been packed, and now the feet are up with a wonderful J-Lo movie on, I love those chick flicks you know.  Perhaps the high-light of going through check-in here in Kentucky is getting your own personal escort to your bike rack and bag drop.  Mine of course was more familiar with horses than bikes, I think.  He asked if this was my first time in Kentucky, I told him my 3rd time racing here.  Then he asked if I've ever done an Ironman, I told him this will be number 11.  His response, "So you have done this before, right?".  By now I am laughing.  He took me to bag drop row #2500-3000.  I was number 29 and told him I think we are in the wrong row, he told me he thinks the run is first so I should put my bags there.  Now I am laughing even more and very sure he is more familiar with tractors, farms, and horses. Gosh I love it here...
 My mom is here too, that's her in the middle of the photo, next to Kainoa.  The woman on the right, I'm not sure who she is.  I saw this action coming out of bike drop and had to smile.  My mothers best advice growing up was, "Make a friend everyday Bree".  And still to this day she makes one (or more) everyday. Back when I was single though, it was worse, she would tell "nice guys" about her nice daughters.  She clearly has moved on...
 ...and this is my favorite moment in Kentucky, so far.  Kainoa.  Every now and then this life gives us the most pure and simple reasons to smile.  They don't take much effort to cause a big happy to happen in our hearts and they often hold more splendor than anything radiant we chase after. I love sharing this journey with Kainoa and my mother, it has been wonderful...
 Kainoa has ridden trolley after trolley (of course making friends with everyone). 
 I endured all the meetings and sporty must-do's that happen before throwing yourself into 140.6 miles. Kainoa endured those too.

 We got to catch up with a lot of friends from near and far.  That is something very unique and special about triathlon, all the people from all over, very different and not so different, that come together all because of swimbikerun.  It creates a pretty cool little family on the roads...

 I also had the pleasure of training with Kainoa, yes we did take over the hotel gym one day.  My legs needed to run, he wanted to be part of it. Field trip?  And his homework, that is all done too, courtesy of grandmas help!  I on the other hand had to tell them to quiet it down at night, the laughter and story telling would have went till midnight if I let it....memories in the making!
...and now for a very cool celebration, they did it!  My little sister, her hubby, and son officially finished their 3 month long bike ride from Seattle to Sarasota!  They rode the final 90 miles today (making an Ironman seem so easy), landed at my older sisters door and nobody was home!  They rode too fast, as my mom is still in Kentucky with me and our dad was at the shop working on a truck (not expecting them till tomorrow)!  What hoot, haha!  Tomorrow is already exciting me and it's not even here yet!  Butterflies are lingering and my belly is already looking forward to gels and sports drinks-all day.  To all something like 3,000 Kentucky racers tomorrow, have a great day!  I'll see you out there.  And thank you to all those that I have been fortunate to meet this trip and have cheered me into this day...!

Lots of aloha,


Blogger mtanner said...

Many more cheers for you my friend!!

August 25, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Blogger Kathy said...

Watching the tracking before I head out on my SBR day - NICE move on the bike there! Commanding lead! keep it up Bree!

August 26, 2012 at 3:11 AM

Blogger Dawn said...

Congrats to your sister and her family, that is amazing! Saw you go through T2! Whoo-hoo!! Looking great Bree, stay strong!!!!!

August 26, 2012 at 7:22 AM

Blogger Lucy Francis said...

and you won! how cool is that? Enjoy it and make sure you party :-)
can't wait to read the race report and see pics

August 26, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Blogger marian said...

you did it! congratulations. i am so happy for you!!!

August 26, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Blogger Kirstie said...

Congrats on an awesome race!! What a well deserved and hard fought win!

August 26, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Blogger Craig said...

That was an awesome Race Today Bree! Way to hang tough and get the win. Can't wait to hear about your day in your next Blog entry!

August 26, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Blogger Galit Einy said...

Woo hoo!! I was tracking the race and rooting for you! Congratulations!!

August 26, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Blogger Trisaratops said...

And tomorrow is the day YOU WIN! :) Congratulations--how special to have your family there! Can't wait for the report!

August 26, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Blogger Aryn said...

I don't think I've ever been so thrilled for someone as I was for you today when I watched you cross the line in first on! Amazing race, and congrats!!!!!!

August 26, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Blogger Jackie said...

You did it!!! Congrats!!!!!! As a long-time reader of your blog, I know just some of the highs and lows you've battled thru to get this result. You brought tears and joy to me today!

August 26, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Blogger Bryan said...

Congrats Bree! Your heart lead the way!
What Pro card?!?! LOL

August 26, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Blogger CoachLiz said...

I cannot wait to read your race report! Congratulations on the win!

August 26, 2012 at 3:59 PM

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August 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Blogger Dawn said...

Congratulations on your win, Bree!!! Watched you finish on SO inspiring! :) Can't wait to read your report. I thought of you on my run today while listening to "IZ"... Happy Rainbows, Bree!!! Time to party like a rock star! :)

August 26, 2012 at 4:40 PM


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