Tuesday, August 26, 2008

It's like base ball...

My rookie season feels a lot like a baseball game! I am up to bat...

Ironman Japan: Strike one! (well, that one we can call a foul ball) I at least finished the race and got my Ironman PR. with a podium finish.

Ironman Canada: Strike two! That one feels like I swung pretty darn hard but it was only a bunt. The ball just barely went anywhere... swim/bike doesn't get me on base. Seriously, being disqualified is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard happening on a run course! I could have made it... I just needed one more minute to get my feet under me...

Ironman Kentucky: The pressure is on... 2 strikes... bases loaded...

This is hilarious if you ask me! I appreciate all the supportive emails reminding me that I have a super family at home, have had a nice season, and to throw in the towel... BUT NO WAY! Who quits a baseball game after only 2 strikes... WE GET 3!!

So... here I am on the way to Kentucky! The biggest mahalo of my short 7 month career in sport goes out to Johnson & Blanton for making this flight happen! (I would be hitchhiking down to Kentucky if not for you!) To Charlie at Trakkers for trying to pull strings to get me in the race and supporting me from the first day I got the pro card! To my amazing coach Paul who keeps my chin up TIME AFTER TIME and has given me some guts!! To my incredible hubby and son who are probably having a blast back in Kona without me! AND last but not least all my family and friends who just laugh with me about it all rather than laugh at me! I just LOVE you guys!!...

Okay... off to Kentucky! On a mission to score! ha ha ha... gettin' lucky in Kentucky!

51 comments:

Team Nottage said...

Well....this is one journey that can and should result in a book....a big bestseller on athlete's memoir's list....though you are racing and in the hunt for a slot in Kona there is a whole other story unfolding here....which speaks to IM really being about life....the struggles, the irony, the human spirit, and so much more...IM is in a league of its own when it comes to a sport with its own identity...very different than HIM, Oly, and sprints....very, very different...and one that shapes our character...your book is an experiential work in progress....and you...what is not to love!! GOd Bless...the Nottage Family

Kylie said...

I LOVED that race last year. It was just amazing... hope your experience is just as good :)

Rebecca DeWire said...

Way to never give up. You rock!!!!

Jamie said...

Wow, you really are doing it. You have some big cojones Bree! I love it.

Oh and no pressure, but qualifying in KY would totally redeem you from the embarrassment of putting "La Vida Loca" on a spinning CD. I'm just saying... :-)

Beth said...

You know what they say -- third time's a charm!! Best of luck Bree. No matter happens in Kentucky you will KNOW that you tried 100% and more!!

Kellye Mills said...

Whoever told you to throw in the towel must not know you very well!! Ironman back to back in a week... only you can pull this off!! :) Go get'em Bree!!

Anonymous said...

TRUST YOUR FITNESS !

L

Trigirlpink said...

good lord..I was starting to get dizzy refreshing this damn page to see what the scoop was.
oh boy oh boy oh boy...

I'll have my popcorn ready and my lapper topper fired up on Sunday.
Varrrrrrrrooooommmmm.

don't forget your lucky coconut hair treatment. lol....

Mama Simmons said...

3rd time's a charm! Go get 'em, Bree! And just think, now you're sp experienced with your aero helmet and wheels... :)

Marathlete said...

So exciting! Your determination is awe-inspiring. I will be thinking of you!!!

jahowie said...

Good luck!! I'm sure that you'll get the big hit in Kentucky!!

Train-This said...

Let me know if you need the swim helmet..... I can overnight it to you. :-)

Funny thing about the Ironman journey, just like life. Where we start and end up are never where we thought it'd be. A week ago you might have imagined you would be back on a plane to Hawaii. Not to.... Kentucky.

10 years ago you might have imagined yourself in a different place in 2008..... and look where you are.

What's more important than the finish time and the medal is the jouney we take along the way.

Do you think Peter Reid learned more from the three times he won Hawaii??? Or the billion times he struggled? If he learned the most from his three victories..... they would have been back to back victories.

Go get 'em slugger. Now..... which suit will you wear????

:-) mary

Anonymous said...

I know you are going to qualify this time. Good Luck, you have no idea what an inspiration you are to many.

Kona Shelley said...

Yayyyyyyy..I am sooo going to keep my eyes peeled for you out on the course...girl!! Go get em!!

Amber Dawn said...

woo hoo! you will love it here, a great city and the perfect place to be at bat, bases loaded (the home of the Louisville Slugger!!)
See you out there, knock it out of the park!!

ShirleyPerly said...

Awesome. Look forward to following you on Sunday. Best of luck!!

rr said...

I predict a grand slam :)

Knock 'em dead, Wee!!!!!!

RawTriGirl said...

Go kick some ASS Bree! I'll be watching and cheering you on all the way! Yahoo!

Sarah McMillan said...

You go girl, you are such an inspiration to many! Enjoyed meeting you face to face in Penticton. I will be rooting for you all the way to a home run next weekend Bree. Cheers, Sarah

Kaitlin "KATO" Saunders said...

Alright Wee.... Go get em girl! We are all here cheering you on! Third time is always a charm!

Maggs said...

Not to mix baseball with horse racing, but think of it as the final leg of your "triple crown" Hope you have a great race!

Melissa said...

Bree, you are awesome! Go get 'em! Some of the best baseball games are won on bases loaded, strike two... Thanks for being such an inspiration, and a kick-a@@ first-year-pro!

Paul said...

It's nice to have a solid support crew. Go get em!

Ange said...

Your spirit is phenomenal. I love it. GO BREE!!!! You give us all such a boost. I am cheering for you girl.

Steve Stenzel said...

YEAH!! Good luck in KY (jelly)

Jen said...

Wholly frequent flier miles! You should have enough racked up to take J and K on vaycay once all this IM stuff is over for the season :)

Best of luck out there in Kentucky...don't let Iron Kate Monster draft off of you to much!

Flatman said...

Hell yeah, Bree. I will scream even louder at my laptop this Sunday!!! Go get 'em, champ... :)

D said...

Who are the jokers telling you to throw in the towel? NO WAY is right! Knock em dead out there Wee. It was meant to be because this time I'll get to watch! :D

Stef said...

Oh YEAH!

Danielle said...

YEA!!!!! I am SOOOOO excited that you are racing in Kentucky! I used to actually own the "getting lucky in Kentucky" shirt! I put a pic up of it on my blog! I will be looking for in Louisville!

Anonymous said...

YAY BREE! I will be cheering you all the way on Sunday. I LOVE YOUR BLOG! You are a true inspiration. You deserve that Kona spot and I hope it becomes yours. Wishing you a fantastic race! Have fun!

Kim said...

Seriously, when you get this.. we are having one big ol celebration when I get to Kona to congratulate you!! You also love that line "about gettin lucky in Kentucky!" Just like me! I use one liners to death but I always get them wrong! Some of my classics are "few and far between-there's more than one way to skin a monkey & it's raining harder than a cow peeing on a flat rock" I might have gotten that last one right! Who knows! GO GET EM BREE!!!!

Wes said...

Come back with your shield (Kona slot) or on it!! SPAAAARTA!

Oh {sheepish grin} so sorry ;-)

Mel said...

See YOU this weekend...WE blogger girls will HAVE to hook up!! I promise I won;t force you to do ANYTHING crazy :) Get ready to get LUCKY!!!!

Jessi said...

YES! I just knew you'd be able to get into that race!! Hang in there, race HARD this weekend (as if you'd do anything else), get your slot and then it's back home to the fam! And Friday dinners at McD's! :)

Rural Girl said...

I can't wait to follow your race. Good luck and go get what you want!

Renee said...

Good luck! This is going to be your race!!

Paulo Sousa said...

You will so get lucky in Kentucky and we will be pulling for ya.
Tracy

Shawn and Tracy said...

Opps sorry I was signed in as my coach :-) Above is from me Bree.

Go get em!!!
Tracy

Bruce said...

Glad you have another chance to compete for a slot. Get well rested and follow your coach's strategy. It won't be a walkover but I am confident that if you execute the race well, you will get the slot you are after. So I will be getting up in the middle of the night this week, too (to follow the race). All the best. I'm excited for you.

Randy said...

Well Bree, in keeping with the baseball theme, Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson is famous for his clutch hitting and winning the game. He also holds the record for strike outs - go figure. So keep swinging girl. It's your turn. Jackson is also known as "Mr. October." Fitting since Ironman Hawaii is in October, yay?

So go grab your Louisville Slugger and hit your home run Bree.

Bob Almighty said...

Mental note to myself, I now have two pros and an age grouper to track this weekend...

Good luck, race fast, and kick some butt!

TriGirl Kate O said...

You want that Kona slot so bad, I'd hate to be the person in front of you. You'll track them all down and BLOW THEM AWAY!!! Good luck, travel safe, and enjoy the race. I can't wait to follow along online.

KA said...

Bree, I was referred to your blog by my mom, Bobbi, who you must see around town back in Kona. I'm going to enjoy reading it. Good luck in Louisville Sunday; I'll be there racing as well, and although you won't know me, if I see you, I'll introduce myself! ~Kailin

Mer! said...

Go get 'em Bree!! Way to rock!!

Anonymous said...

Bree, Ezekiel Bread and Almond Butter are packed for you, Can't wait to see you, Kentucky here we come, So proud of you....Love Mom and Rodger <>< <>< <>< See you soon....

Tat said...

Good Luck!!! I will be cheering you on from the sidelines!!!!!
Tatyana

Karen said...

Can't believe someone told you to throw in the towel and come home! I'm excited for you that you get another opportunity to get a Kona slot. I sooooooo want to see you race here on your home turf.
I know you'll do great.
I'm bummed that I have to work Sunday so I can't follow the race on my computer but maybe Randy will text me a lot to let me know what's going on.
You'll be in my prayers the whole time. Good luck!
Karen

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

I noted that one of the clients of J&B who are sponsoring your flight to Kentucky is "Stewart Enterprises". Well, I guess I'll need to invent a different logo for myself. I am glad your mother is going to the race venue as are other friends of yours. It should be a great race for you.

Michele said...

as a fellow Lifesporter, I'll be rooting for you in Kentucky. Canada is a tough course, and you did fabulous. See you on the start line of Kona..... from my internet! lol.... god bless

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