Thursday, October 9, 2008

Wednesday...

Lisa & Dutch Iron friend at the swim clinic...

Yesterday in Kona was "just what the doctor" ordered! Some quality time with quality people!! The morning started off with a Lifesport swim clinic. After a few dozen people wished me "good luck" on Saturday I started to just go along with it... my response was, "I'm going for top American". Thought that was a good goal, last year I was third American, this year I would be first... seriously, after saying you are not in the race 24 times it becomes time to make some jokes, that's what I did.

Learning some climbing moves...

Then we hung out in the Lifesport lounge...
And this is where a little more "reality" hit. Ironman is just a race (a really fun one), but just a race in the long run. To put it in perspective was Sean Swarmer. At 13 he got cancer, survived. Then he stumbled into more health battles that effected his breathing... so what's he do? CLIMB! Yeah, as in elevation=hard to breathe! He is a great person (click his name & check his story). or stop by the Lifesport lounge and meet him yourself!

After that I went a on a ride with Heather Gollnick. At first I was quite intimidated, a little nervous (what do we talk about?!). But it ended up being one of the most fun windy, hot, long rides ever! She is totally easy to talk to, very passionate about the sport, and completely willing to share her advice and experience. She let me pick her brain on all sorts of matters from managing kids and sport, to dealing with missing your "A" race. I told her I want her to come for a training camp in Kona with me next season!

Then we ran in the Energy Lab and that was also worth the sunburn! My only regret is that I have no photos with her, but we got video! Our entire afternoon ride/run was filmed for a future Trakkers video of the IM course.

I do have one cool pro spoting photo of the day though... Macca motor pacing on the Queen K, he was only going 45mph when we drove past him... the other men have nothing to worry about...

Then off for Wednesday swim. Coach Steve made me go last, told me it is the "off season" and we are going to work on my stroke to get it faster for next year. So, I swam slowly through masters. And it was GREAT to have the pool back. With all the Ironmaners tapering it was just the locals once again! I take that back... Kerrie joined us! But she is like a local, totally down to Earth & she is here every year!

Now it is Thursday, time to put on the undies and get down to the underwear run...

Happy Thursday everyone!

10 comments:

Flatman said...

FIRST!!

This is going to be the best week ever. I can't believe I am missing all the fun... :(

Renee said...

You sound so happy! I am glad you are out there and having a blast! You have the best spirit! Enjoy the rest of the week!

Trigirlpink said...

Thanks for keeping us posted Mz. Wee!
It's awesome with pix and all. :-)

Steve Stenzel said...

Underwear run?!? SIGN ME UP!!

;)

BriGaal said...

You look like you're having so much fun! Keep us updated, it's great to live vicariously through you :)

Bruce said...

A couple of years back (the earthquake year) I attended the Iron Prayer led by Heather at the old "M." church. She is quite amazing. Year in, year out. Racing is clearly her calling, which she combines remarkably well with hubby and kids, etc.
This year's race should be interesting to watch. I hope the British girls do well again, and there are probably several men who each have a really good chance of winning. So we'll see. Will you be doing any commentating?

kerrie said...

that was such a great swim with a nice bunch of people! thank you for letting me join in - just what i needed!!!
see you later!

Jen said...

Bree, So glad you are having fun! Life is so short...

Speed Racer said...

Kind of ironic that as everything ramps up and everyone's minds turn to one place, I've been thinking of YOU most of all: the only person in Kona NOT racing. On Saturday, whether you're drinking martinis on the beach laughing at all those suckers sweating it out, or if you decide to motivate people by running after them dressed as Borat, I hope you're the BEST American out there doing... whatever you're doing.

And it looks like one good thing might have come out of all this. If you were focused on race prep this week, maybe you be too busy to take advantage of the DEPTH of experience and knlowledge around you (like Heather Golnick for example)? Maybe.

CoachLiz said...

Wow, a ride with Heather Golnick! What a mega cool experience. Macca motor pacing at 45 mph!!! That is nuts!

Sounds like you are having a blast.