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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Ironman Canada, T-2 Weeks...


Here we are, 2 weeks away.  This is the window I most enjoy during each build up to an Ironman.  Just the right amount of time to maintain my focus but not yet into the week of butterflies.  Once again, this Ironman has been unique. It feels as if I have done a little less volume, or maybe the load just feels easier because it's round #4 this season.  As always, I've stuck to routine (because I am a firm believer in sticking to what works) but I have also been sure to add some variety (because I am a firm believer in living life to the fullest and enjoy my adventures).

I've really fallen in love with this little trail a couple miles from our house.  It's my beautiful escape from the heat, the traffic, and people (even though I love people).  I find it easy to get lost in my dreams and goals when it's just me out there, and I love getting wrapped up in everything that causes my heart to feel alive-like dreams and goals.  My dog joined me yesterday and did not keep up.  Rather than just call the dog lazy, I'll chalk it up to "I'm in Ironman shape", that's my positive thinking taking over...


Swim:  I am not truly feeling where I hope to be in 2 weeks.  A couple more good workouts with the Kona Aquatics masters and I am sure it will happen.  Some days I'm surprising myself like a little dolphin and other days I feel like a beached whale. Race confidence has a lot to do with our heads, for me I like to have a handful of swims out to the Ironman buoy to feel confident. Wednesday I had a great escort with my friend Wendy paddling next to me, pretty sure I can sweet talk her into another couple and then...mermaid status will be reached and I will be ready to toe the start line.

As for the wetsuit?  Still working on the "love/dislike" relationship I have with it. AND hoping everyday till race day that the Canadian water is warm enough to use the Zoot sleeveless...please.


Side track, as with my ever so explorative life, I love to take detours you know...my garden.  The garden has been seriously dishing up and serving some of the most beautiful "better than the grocery store" produce!  I'm talking, beautiful.  My little picket fence dream has never included a big house, but it definitely includes a nice size lanai so I can have a bed on it and A GIANT GARDEN.  I am talking, BIG.  Well, at the moment our gardens (we have 2 of them) are the size of a twin bed, but they are amazing and perhaps it's good practice with a little one before we get the big one, one day...


Back to the bike, back on track.  I am taking my easy, recover rides very easy.  They are just held as "enjoyable moments on 2 wheels".  I try to stop off to neat little views, invite a friend, or just keep it in the little ring so my legs truly get flushed out.  As for the bigger rides, they are happening and I admit to doing one of them without an IPOD!  It was hard.  It was long.  It was lonely.  But I made it.  

Yesterday was my biggest day of the block.  It wasn't as challenging as other big days have been, again I'm trusting that it's because I'm more fit or maybe I just don't need something so exhausting because this is round #4 and we are avoiding injury or burnout.


Side track again, but I like this part, Kainoa turned 8!  Wow.  He's looking as forward to Canada as I am, it will be our second international Ironman together and the 5th Ironman finish line we share.  Happy Birthday son, you are more wonderful than I ever dreamed.


As for life, you know, it's something I am very passionate about so I have been back in a canoe since Ironman Texas.  Cross training?  Training partners?  It just makes me happy, you know.  And our boat is still doing absolutely amazing.  Mike has been truly patient, enduring, and genuine in this part of my world.  He daily, sometimes moment by moment, keeps my focus on triathlon and reels me in when I start to get overly excited about our boat winning States, paddling between islands, and a bucket list goal of paddling Molokai solo.  One day.   He is perfect.  Just perfect for me with this, to realize my biggest dreams and never undermine my other hearts desires...


Oh, cooking.  Take this EASY recipe and recreate it to refuel your big days, it's my egg special.

Take 6 eggs, beat them well, add in any ingredients you want.  I put bacon (cooked), spinach or kale, other veggies, and some spices or cheese.  Bake in a greased pan for 30 minutes on *350.  THAT EASY!  It does not have a crust, I suck at making crusts so I just put mine into tortillas or on top of rice.  Prep time is roughly 10 minutes.  See, even busy mornings have time to refuel.  It was mine after today's long run...

And...one more thing....Thank you Masuda again and again for believing in me (not that he ever reads these blogs of mine), but thank you.  He has been the one following the KPR point race and helping me understand it, he knows most all the pro women by name now too, then gives me their race results He reminds me to keep doing my thing as best as I can...and so I do.  MUAH!

Good night, I'll try not to be such a blog slacker...but no promises.
Bree



5 Comments:

Blogger Kathy said...

nothing in the WORLD like having your man on board and watching your back. can't believe your baby is already 8! didn't he JUST start Kindie? :)

Go get Canada!

July 14, 2014 at 10:57 AM

 
Blogger Heather said...

Fight for every minute, every second out there in Whistler. You deserve to be racing Kona as much as anyone else. Stoked to watch a great race in 2 weeks!! Best to include some bear awareness in your taper training though ;)http://daveandjackierun.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/whistler-ironman.jpg

July 15, 2014 at 11:41 AM

 
Blogger Lucy Francis said...

Enjoy your 2 weeks before IM Canada. You just reminded me that this is race week for me...oh the butterflies :-(
Thanks for the tip: I shall try adding kale to my frittata in the future

July 15, 2014 at 9:32 PM

 
Blogger Adrian said...

Knock them dead in Whistler!

July 22, 2014 at 4:58 PM

 
Blogger Bryan said...

Congrats Bree!!! It was truly awesome to see you celebrating down the chute! You truly deserve this big win. Bring on Kona!!

July 27, 2014 at 2:11 PM

 

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