Saturday, August 30, 2008

High-Fives all around!

Feeling GREAT! I am not sure I have ever felt this good on the "day before". Maybe my little chat with Coach Lance fired me up! Or maybe having a second chance in one week is just too much fun, or perhaps having all my Florida family here. OR maybe meeting so so so many cool people has me just "enjoying" prerace rather than the usual prerace nerves.

I stole this photo from Coach Dan... it says it all! Forgive me if you are a coffee lover...

And I finally swam! Coach Paul let me skip the first swim day and hit the pool, but today he made me jump in... it looks BEAUTIFUL when you look out over the bridge, in fact it is awesome to have an opportunity to swim in the Ohio River! That might be my favorite thing about triathlon, getting to travel and race in such unique places.

Nice!? It wasn't nearly as bad as all the jokes and rumors. If you jump over the "stuff" you get some clean water. It is SO SO SO warm, bath water! For sure no wet suits (phewwwww)! But you can't see the bottom or any feet in front. Thankfully I have clear goggles so if I end up solo I can see where I am going! It smelt like fish in there... Hawaii spoiled me for sure!

And that's it... tomorrow is race day! BEST to everyone racing. Have some fun & enjoy the day! No stopping on the run (there are loads of tempting places to stop on the 26.2 mile run). I noticed a couple great chicken places, 3 "Adult" shops, a handful of coffee places, a couple haunted houses, Indiana, and 4 retirement centers... Time to get lucky!


Sarah McMillan said...

GO BREE!!! We are cheering for you!

Brad said...

Sipping on a crappucino right now reading your post...
ahhhhh... caffeine....
hope you git r done in the land of git r done
Sending seriously caffeinated vibes your way...

D said...

I am also having my crappuccino right now. If it wasn't for those, I just might not do life hehe.
I can't wait to sit around all day tomorrow tracking you. Rock it! :D

Damie said...

Sammy and I swam this morning and said...we just know Bree is going to do great! I would stay away from the crappuccinos until post race, though.

Team Nottage said...

All the best to you; it is so obvious you are in a great place; relaxed and ready to have matter what we are proud of you and so happy to know you!!

Whooosshhhhhh.......there she goes....Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.....

Team Nottage

Anonymous said...

Alrighty then - wow Bree, you sound so ready for tomorrow! Looking forward to following your race from here in Kona and just know you will grab that brass ring!

Dolphin Boy said...


Beth said...

Time to lucky indeed Bree!! We're cheering for you!!

Maggs said...

good luck tomorrow!! Bodies of water like that are made to make you swim as fast as you possibly can so you can get out of it as fast as you possibly can.

Samantha said...

GOOD LUCK BREE!!! I wish I could be there to watch, but I'll follow online (in between a swim and a 3 hour bike). Don't forget to have fun while you go dominate!!!


rr said...

LOL - no stopping in Indiana!!!!

Have so much fun, Wee.. smile all day long and you'll get your success.

Jen said...

I have just recently started following your blog and I LOVE it! I LOVE your spirit, girl! You are so inspiring! You will rock it tomorrow! I can't wait to hear all about it! GOOD LUCK!
I live in Tampa, and will be there to cheer you on in Clearwater!!!

Anonymous said...

best of luck and kudos for finding a way (even halfway across the country) to try again!

The Young Family said...

Best race wishes to you!!


Anonymous said...

Run Forest Run!!!

Trigirlpink said...

I have one word for you.


greyhound said...

If not now, then when? If not you, then who? Make your day.

Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

Have a good sleep before the race (if that's possible!). Relax and have fun! Can't wait to watch the live coverage.

beth said...

gooooo! gooooo! goooo!(that's me, cheering from mile 15, right next to an adult shop!)

lucky means....3rd times a CHARM!

Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

The first five women ...
Hillary Biscay was out with the lead men -- she has about three minutes on the women chasing behind her. That group includes:
Bree Wee
* Heather Gollnick (#17)
* Lisbeth Kristensen (#24)

* Rebecca Preston (#30) was the fourth woman out of the water, but she's a couple of minutes behind the chase group.

Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

The women's swim times
Currently leading the women is Hillary Biscay (#29). Then we had:
* Heather Gollnick (#17) at 54:59
* EILEEN SWANSON (#27) at 55:00
* BREE WEE (#2513) at 55:04
* LISBETH KRISTENSEN (#24) at 55:10
* REBECCA PRESTON (#30) at 57:01

Bo Bree, Go Eileen!

Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

At 1:32
Kristensen moves to second
While Hillary Biscay (#29) currently leads the women, the fast-riding brand-new mom is making up ground on her Team TBB team mate.
Here are the splits behind Biscay at 10 miles:
* LISBETH KRISTENSEN (#24) at 2:16
* HEATHER GOLLNICK (#17) at 2:57
* Bree Wee (#2513) at 2:58
* REBECCA PRESTON (#30) at 5:30

Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

At 1:56
Kristensen continues to move towards the front
The gap is now less than a minute as Lisbeth Kristensen chases her team mate.
Through 20 miles, it's Hillary Biscay (#29) in front, followed by:
* LISBETH KRISTENSEN (#24) at 59 seconds
* HEATHER GOLLNICK (#17) at 1:54
* Bree Wee (#2513) at 2:04
* REBECCA PRESTON (#30) at 5:46

So far so good. Best for Bree to be a little conservative for now.

Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

At 2:23
Kristensen starts to spread things out
LISBETH KRISTENSEN (#24) has really started to push on the bike. She now has a sizeable lead on Biscay and the rest of the women behind are starting to drop back.
* HILLARY BISCAY (#29) at 30 seconds
* HEATHER GOLLNICK (#7) at 2:02
* Bree Wee (#2513) at 2:07
* REBECCA PRESTON (#30) at 6 minutes

Heather is very consistent, so Bree's in a good spot now.

Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

At 2:44
The women through 33 miles
As far as we can tell, LISBETH KRISTENSEN (#24 remains in front, although she seems to have snuck by our spotters in the crowds in La Grange. If she's in front, these are the aproximate splits for the rest of the women in the top five. It looks like Gollnick has dropped back a bit from Wee.
* HILLARY BISCAY (#29) at 1 minute
* BREE WEE (#2513) at 1:30
* HEATHER GOLLNICK (#17) at 2:07
* REBECCA PRESTON (#30) at 6:07

So Bree has made a move. There is a timing mat at 43.9 miles (11 miles on) and so then we can get accurate splits by tracking the individual athletes. Go Bree!

Steve Stenzel said...

GO BREE!!! I hope that nasty water didn't slow you down too much!!

Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

At 3:21
Women at mile 46
While LISBETH KRISTENSEN (#24) currently leads the women, she's being pursued by:
* HEATHER GOLLNICK (#17) at 1:35
* BREE WEE (#2513) at 2:00
* HILLARY BISCAY (#29) at 2:45
* REBECCA PRESTON (#30) at 7:26

So Heather is back in front, but the main thing is that they keep contact. All of these girls have outstanding Ironman resumes.

Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

At 4:02 (some 20 minutes ago)
Wee gains more time on Kristensen
While LISBETH KRISTENSEN (#24) is still in front through 62 miles of the bike, but it's Hawaii's Bree Wee who now appears to be moving towards the front of the race. Here are the splits behind Kristensen:
* BREE WEE (#2513) at 15 seconds
* HEATHER GOLLNICK (#17) at 36 seconds
* HILLARY BISCAY (#29) at 3:40

I know this is old news (I was just in the kitchen), but it is the kind of news we want to hear. They say the run will be hot (93F), which should help Bree if anyone. So I'm excited to see the next update.

Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

At 4:21 Here it is, folks!
Wee takes the lead
Through 70 miles of the bike we have a new women's leader. Hawaii's BREE WEE (#2513) is now in front of the women's race. Behind her are:
* LISBETH KRISTENSEN (#24) at 17 seconds
* HEATHER GOLLNICK (#17) at 47 seconds
* HILLARY BISCAY (#29) at 3:40

Wow! That's fantastic! Go, Breeeee!

Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

At 5:03
Wee pushes ahead
Women's leader Bree Wee has added a further 30 seconds to her lead over Lisbeth Kristensen. At 82mi, Wee now holds a 1:45 lead.
Behind Wee and Kristensen are:
* HEATHER GOLLNICK (#17) at 2:23
* HILLARY BISCAY (#29) at 5:35

Again great news. Video coverage is apparently about to start - about time, too.

Jamie said...


Danni said...

Go Bree!!!!!

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Flatman said...


Anonymous said...

Patience, Patience, Patience...
All good things come to those who wait....
Bree will do it...

Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

At 6:41
Women at 2 Miles
Currently leading the women is BREE WEE (#2513). Right behind her, however, are:
* LISBETH KRISTENSEN (#24) at 2:20
* HEATHER GOLLNICK (#17) at 4:00

Great work Bree. At least the bike is over. I've yet to see live coverage. The video is about five hours behind.

Anonymous said...

Bruce: The only good thing (re: delayed video) is we can see how much fantastic coverage Bree has gotten earlier on....

Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

Some good video of Bree on the bike being broadcast now (the video is about 5 hours behind, but at least the picture quality is good). Go Bree! Keep it up on the run!

Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

At 7:13
Kristensen makes her move
The women's race is looking just as exciting as the men, with new mother Lisbeth Kristensen taking the challenge to leader Bree Wee. For much of the race today, Wee has lead by over 1:30, however this lead has been cut to around 40 seconds, around 7 miles into the run.

It's getting closer! Go Bree!

Steve Stenzel said...

DON'T LET HER GET YOU!!! Go Bree!!!! I'm going nuts here!!!!

Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

At 7:31 Bree had fallen to 4th place! She must be suffering, and so are all of us! Hope she recovers from whatever it is.
I heard earlier there would be two Kona slots for women at this race.

Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

At 7:47
Top 5 Women at 10 Miles
While LISBETH KRISTENSEN (#24) currently leads the women, she's being pursued by:
* HILLARY BISCAY (#29) at 1:36
* HEATHER GOLLNICK (#17) at 3:20
* REBECCA PRESTON (#30) at 4:50
* BREE WEE (#2513) at 5:40

Bree's struggling, but it's not over yet. Hope she gets new energy. It is possible to be sick in a race and still do well, as Natascha did before.

Steve Stenzel said...

Come on Bree, hang in there!!

*biting my nails in MN!!!*

LeAnn said...

What happened to my friend?

Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

Bree's no longer listed in the top ten women at 13 miles into the run!

Steve Stenzel said...

No Bree!! I hope you're doing OK!!!

Anonymous said...

She's still in it !
She has a high number (late entry)so she's being overlooked (or so I think).
Watch the video. She's on it.

Anonymous said...

She isn't being over looked she is having hydration, heat issues. Just wanted to tell you she is doing some walking/running just trying to get it done.

(Kate Monster's sister)

Flatman said...

Go Bree....sending you major vibes...!

Steve Stenzel said...




NICE JOB!!!!!!!

Steve Stenzel said...

Bree, you got top 10 in the women, right? I think you came in 8th!

You rock so hard!!

Steve Stenzel said...

BTW, your T1 time was twice as fast as mine during the sprint tri I did yesterday. How do you do it?!?

And again, NICE JOB TODAY!! Rest up!!

Randy said...

Yay! Bree just finished. Here's what Ironman says:
Bree Wee gets to the line ...
We were trying to figure out where the woman who led the bike and run for so long ended up ... she just came across the line.

She had a smile on her face as she came across the line - she's obviously happy to have got to the line this time!

Way to hang in there Bree. We are so proud of you.

Anonymous said...

So proud of you Bree! You continue to inspire me by never giving up. Get on that plane and come home. Kona is waiting to embrace you with Aloha.

Kellye Mills said...

I'm really proud of you Bree! You are a true rockstar! :)

Stef said...

YAY Bree!!

Anonymous said...

Amazing effort by you once again!

Remember.... go tomorrow.... slots roll down........

Ange said...

Way to go Bree!!! YOu are the definition of TOUGH. My whole 3 boys and my husband and I are so proud of you.

Bob Almighty said...

What a come back!

sorry I'll tone down, but that was a great effort on the ride, also go to the roll down tomorrow. 10:48 in extreme heat after doing 3/4 of an Ironman the week before is a superhuman effort. Way to go!

Bruce Stewart (施樸樂) (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

After I realized that Bree was in trouble (not clear why) about half way through the run, I kind of felt bad and needed to sleep (already past 3 am where I am). To now discover she finished with all the heat/hydration difficulties in 10:48 reveals a heroic effort on her part. Of course, I'm disappointed, too, and never like to write a not-so-good update, but given the earlier part of the race and the ups and downs over the last few months, clearly Bree has all the makings of a true champion, and that stellar performance is going to come. For now, I hope Bree quickly gets back to being her normal happy and smiling self. She almost won it this time.

Paul said...

Congrats on Bringing it home Bree! Inspirational finish!!

Anonymous said...

You are truly the heart and soul of Kona - thanks for being such a great inspiration and ambassasor of our little speck in the ocean.
We love ya!