Saturday, July 31, 2010

Sweet, Sweet Weekend...

It's been one of "those weekends". The ones where you have some training, but not much. The kind where you just sort of wake up and begin after breakfast...after cartoons...after your training partners are done...after you play Hot Wheels just a little. At first I felt bad about it, maybe even like a bit of a "slacker", except I still did it all, just not first thing.
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In the recent issue of Surf Girl magazine there was the most beautiful photo of a giant wave being ridden into a sunset, the caption said, "Perform Beautifully". It's been my motto for the week...just live, train, and do the things I do as beautifully as I can (ignore the clumsy me, like losing a bike shoe mid ride today). All week I've been working on how to do that and this morning over a bowl of cereal with Kainoa it came to me. It's when we do things out of SHEER JOY and without pressure. So for the weekend I gave myself permission to take off the pressure of waking up and tackling the miles before the sun pops up. In return, somewhere during the wind spanking me on my ride, I was lost in love on my bike. It was like I was riding for the first time again, as if I found triathlon all over again. Fresh motivation, second wind? Whatever it was I liked it.
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It was really weird starting a bike ride at 9:30 in the morning, I'm usually done or at almost half-way point of a ride by that hour, but today it was like taking a big breath of fresh air rather than that anxious feeling to get my training done right away. Of course it meant Kainoa and I made it to the Saturday beach date with blankets in the sand a lot later than normal, but we still made it. Really, I don't think I like training this way, I prefer "wake up and tackle it", but for the weekend it's "so-far-so-refreshing".
Kainoa has been a big part of this weeks training too. As he gets older he is learning more about what the people in his life do all day. He wants to see it all and be part of it all. He loves filling water bottles for me, putting air in the bike tires, (he usually does a better job of deflating them), he grabs my run shoes & socks while grabbing his, its awesome. The pool has become his favorite though. He has officially began "laps". It makes me smile... "My love, my little one, I will go before you and make the crooked places straight" (IS. 45:2) ♥

Back to the motto for the week, performing beautifully.... I think Kainoa has it down perfectly! This is swim practice at it's finest, for a 4 year old.
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One more day of easy, breezy, training weekend, then I'm ready to tackle it again-first thing. Good night from Kona, well, that hasn't changed...still early to bed on my easy weekend.
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Bree

Thursday, July 29, 2010

What Color Is Kentucky?

Today the trip to Ironman Kentucky was put into action, the highlight was booking flights for 2! My sidekick is going on vacation to the land of horses with me. Let's just say he will get a "Summer Vacation" with a week off school while enjoying the green grass state. It's fair to say he will be a fish out of water, however the island boy is ready. In fact, he brought home this painting from school today. It's a Kentucky horse. He asked me what color Kentucky is, well, if he calls Hawaii blue then green is a safe bet for Kentucky, I think.
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I'm thrilled to return to Kentucky. I've got awesome memories of the grocery store there. Not for the food, but the entertainment. I also loved the bike loops, they were beautiful rollers surrounded by fields of green, barns, and horses. I remember the crowds all asking if I was still alive and if I needed a beer. I remember the run-hot. Oh, and for the start of that run I had one of the lead bikers who guided us along the course, when I began losing my stomach and he turned around to check on me, he hit a curb and launched over his handle bars, that was pretty memorable too. The swim was warm...warm, um...warm...I think I'll leave it at that. Getting to swim in the giant aquarium that is home to me I better just appreciate the warm water and be thankful for no wetsuit, for racing it might be a good thing that the view wasn't as lovely. The crowds were amazing and worth returning to, the volunteers & race directors kept things going smooth for all of us...it's a place I want to return to, not to mention it's close to my Florida family so they will be there too!! When the choice came to IM Canada or IM KY it took just a few days and my mind was made up and I'm happy with the choice all the way around.

Training lately has me totally focused on Kentucky, I even got lucky enough to ride into a nice herd of cows. MOOOOOOOOOOO. I'm crazy about the Iron distance, its a race I want to figure out despite the fact it keeps humbling me. Being as I don't have my slot into Kona yet it's not like I have anything to lose by making the trip to Kentucky, because you can't lose what you don't have. So here I go, with Kainoa by my side, on another adventure...
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Happy Training :)
Bree

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Ka Hoku Kai....

Training today had me feeling & believing like a star fish! While the star fish takes a beating in it's ocean life, often loosing their legs (most have 5 but some have as many as 23 legs), those legs of theirs grow back when knocked off, bitten off, cut off, or wave smashed! When washed up on shore missing legs, most people look at them as ugly or damaged.... but given time they will be as beautiful as new.
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After a few bike & run filled days my legs feel like the damaged starfish looks. Believing in this starfish truth I knew today's hill repeats would only cause my legs to grow back stronger. SO with every burn and tingle that shot through my legs I forced out a half-hearted, half-grunting sort of smile. The hills were the South Loop Special chasing one of the better cyclists of Kona, he was nothing short of "wave smashing, ocean tumbling, sand flushed" hard on my starfish-wanna-be legs. When all was said and done, coach said to get off the bike and run into your "goal IM pace" as soon as you can get into it. When that run was done I saw some stars!

Thankfully Da Poke Shack was ready to serve up Kainoa and I some of it's massive 19 grams of protein per serving shoyu poke! My muscles were burning until we ate a few of these bowls at a time, (of course flushed with rice & nori). I think Kainoa was a little full of fish in this photo :)
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It was a long day. However, something about the simplicity of island life made it all the better. On the way home from swim practice Kainoa looked out at the ocean just as the sun was setting and tells me, "Mom, beautiful means something you want to keep looking at". I was so impressed with how much he appreciates the little, simple things. Now he is asleep and I can hardly stop looking at him all peaceful. Beautiful.

As for famous people, yes there are a handful of pros still swimbikerunning through Kona, however, more exciting was this man, enjoying Shaved Ice! ha ha, thanks to Hypr Nalu Hawaii (our favorite Shaved Ice/Water board shack) in town. That's Steve Corell if you aren't sure....
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Night!!
Bree

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Crazy Good Day....

It seems like when things go crazy it's assumed the day was bad.... so while today was CRAZY for me, it was still a good day, it was my crazy good day. Not just a good day, but a lot of crazy tossed in. To fix it all up before bed we hit the market for fish & pineapple. Did you know pineapple is one of the 10 most "happy foods" in the world? Really... it has tryptophan in it, the feel-good chemical, serotonin, cannot be produced by the body without tryptophan, sooooooooo it helps boost the happy in us. I'm a fan of looking to food to fix the mood, and today I wanted the pineapple for more than it's anti inflammatory goodness. (but I needed that too after a long day of swimbikerun). In the time it takes to cook rice, pineapple stuffed dinner is ready!

The morning started really, really good. Woke up early, got to swim practice on time, Kainoa sat like an angel at the end of our lane giving instructions with coach Steve, and swimming felt goooooooood. That's where it all got crazy. Kainoa jumped in fully dressed in school clothes and now was swimming laps with us during cool down. Lovely. Slightly later to school than usual after driving back home for a change of clothes.
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Now ride my bike for a few hours then run, all before getting Kainoa from school in time. Ahhhhhhh, and soon into the ride, plhewwwwwwph. I'm not sure how to make the sound, but I think the heat of Kona, the wheel a bit "ridden", and of course the scorching hot roads of Kona caused a bit of a blow out. AND the bike shop was not open yet....
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Thankfully coach let me trade up the run and bike so I could fit them both in. Run was actually smooth. In fact other than a man on a motorcycle asking to buy me breakfast (crazy) it was awesome. By now the bike shop was long open, they would have it done in 30 minutes. In my "hurry mom" mode I didnt have 30 minutes to stall, I needed to ride now before its time to get Kainoa. SOOOO coach sent me to the book store to get a book. I asked for it and of course coach gave me the wrong title so I am promising up and down left and right in English and Spanish to the lady that I know what I am talking about because my coach told-me-so. Call coach, oh yeah, that's the book, changed a word up. Lovely. I'm now the crazy customer of Boarders. Back to my bike...
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The bike was good, hot, windy. THEN CRAZY as a train of speed zooms by on the other side. I'm not to say names as it's a bit of a private training camp, but I will tell you, 2 of the men have won Ironmans, the World Champs for one of them & the girl will make the women's race more fun for Wellington. Quality pros in my opinion, in fact, I was invited to swim with them...crazy...can I bring fins?
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The final cherry on the top of this crazy good day was pineapple picking with Kainoa, when I finally made it to his school with 2 minutes to 3. If you are a parent you understand, if not you might think I'm totally disgusting, my apologies. Well, Kainoa really, REALLY, really had to go. In fact it was "mom I'm going to pee my pants". So I did what all parents would do, let him out and say, "pee on the tire", you know boys need a place to aim. Back in the truck and a man comes running out to the parking lot waiving a phone and yelling. He goes off about how unsanitary I am and rude and blahblahblahblah, Really? Kainoa was aching and hurting and we would never have made it home. The man grabs the phone, stares at my license plate, and pretty much prepares to take actions and get me busted. Finally he runs back to me and tells me I have to wipe it up. I am trying not to laugh, a little scared. It ends with, "wipe it up or I'm getting the cops". Soooooo, imagine this, me and Kainoa with a shirt wiping his pee off the parking lot. Really. The parking lot, outside. The dirty parking lot with gum, car oil, and dog pee too.
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Driving away I'm thinking how crazy that was, I bet if a cop really came he would understand. I mean all the keiki here run around naked peeing on trees in play grounds! It's not like anyone eats off the parking lot floor. Wish I would have driven away without wiping it up...or at least should have handed him my camera to catch me in pure humiliation wiping pee off the ground-OUTSIDE. It was a crazy day. So much good was wrapped up in the day to make up for all the silly things though.
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Now my son is stuffing a coconut into a water bottle, really it will never fit, but after today I'm thinking he's going to get it in there somehow and it will look crazy. Tomorrow is some long riding, I'm ready, new tire and all...
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Don't forget the pineapple....
Bree

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Running...

Long run days are my favorite training days. They always seem to put you in that zone that for me, only happens in running, long. Hearing my breathing reminded me just how alive I am and even along the morning streets cluttered in runners it was easy to feel as if I was the only one awake. The coast on one side and the sun popping up on the other, it was near perfection.
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My mind was entertained with thoughts of running in a race the way training runs go. That smooth, natural, unforced run that just happens when you run for the sheer joy of being a runner. It was also bouncing between a couple of my favorite surfer boys quotes that hang on my fridge.
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Bruce Irons..."My teacher told me, "You're never going to be able to eat your surfboard. Surfing is not going to feed you." B-tch, now I am eating my surfboard." Yes, Bruce went on to be one of the worlds best surfers and a hero in Hawaii to the youth. The other one is from Julian Wilson..."It's all about creating that comfort zone around you where you can perform at your best and not have to worry about what else is going on."
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Between both those quotes my run felt like it was dancing some sort of fast paced semi-attitude type run (that was Bruce's quote during the faster pace parts), and some sort of "breathe-calm-relax-it's just me here" type of rhythm (that was Julian's quote) during my longer, steady sections. Both of them were good for me to bounce between as I focus more on growing into finding my own spot in sport and racing with a purpose.
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A lot of running for one day has left me smashed. Its the good smashed feeling, where you know you did something you love and feel it in your legs, shooots, maybe even your whole body! On that note, it's bed time!! ALOHA AHIAHI!!
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Bree
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Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Bully & Me...

Insanity... doing the same thing over & over and expecting a different result. This week has been my experiment in breaking out of the insanity. It's been a lot of me, myself, and I. A lot of digging deep when there were no distractions to help me "not look or feel". It's been a real workout, for the mind more than body.
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Today however was where "girl who likes to ride her bike" meets "play ground bully". It was another IPOD-less, training partner-less session where I would be faced with whatever the day would bring and have to find a whole bunch of ways to be stronger than the circumstances. Without full details, it was like being picked on all long ride long. They were such little things that would hardly be noticed if I was jamming to my tunes or laughing with the training partners...and that is when I discovered why "race day" and "training day" are so different yet so similar. I just have yet to mesh them together in some sort of harmony, hence why some days, some races, are pure insanity.
Before setting off on this long journey I read a not from a friend, he told me I have to find that "happy place in training and take it to my races". Then I remembered what my brain n' sport coach told me, that I have to get my head to stop thinking by changing my thoughts completely. You know when you say, "dont think on red, dont think red, dont think red" or anything like that, then you cant help but think on it...? SO my re-focus is to think on something 100% different then what I dont want to think on, so I took that plan with me. My other plan of attack was to bring a song, but a more mello one, so I listened to one while putting air in my tires, tucked it in my head for later use. And my final trick was to do it for someone else. Life works better like that, when we let go of the focus on us & do things for others, even something simple like training for them because they can't. (with this I had a personal mission, but it was put in my bag of tricks for the day too).
So Lucky, (that's my new bikes name, it was my horse growing up-Lucky Charms), we set out and of course took a few good punches from the play ground bully. Coach must have known what he was doing giving me the same long day today that he gave me Wednesday, while the workout was basically the same, what happened in my head was so very, very different. Let's just say it was a really good workout mentally & physically. And like the Hawaiian port-o-potties above, it was pretty & stinky all at the same time...
To top off my insanity-break through I did something insane, that could land you in one of those hot Hawaiian port-o-potties if you want... I put 11 oranges in the juicer and drank them all! It was the only thing that felt like it was recovering me from that long, windy, hot, day...
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Tomorrow is a whole lot of running, but I plan on giving my head a break. No, I wont cave & use the IPOD, but I plan to fill the post run with some serious mental relaxation, like a beach cruiser ride to get some poke and look at fish under water.
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Enjoy the weekend & GOOD LUCK to everyone racing IM Placid & IM Switzerland.
Bree

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Whew, Training Days Got Me Good...

I think I'm on the pink bus, is that a real thing? Remember the big bus, the short bus, the field trip bus back in school.... this girl is on a hot pink bus that I'm naming the "Hawaiian training bus". This week has been nothing but swimbikerun, I confess I'm loving it like mad crazy. It really doesn't take much to get me out the door, however this week has smashed me silly that by the time I take my shoes off I'm asleep. That's what the hot pink bus is doing to me. This bus never stops at the beach, no little side trips to cliffs for jumping, not a single detour to check the surf, it just zooms me to swimbikerun. I've even forgotten what my friends look like this week. That's life when Kainoa is at his dads...pink bus life. In fact, I missed a few sunsets.
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Yes, there have been a couple moments of, "holy cow another mile", a flat tire, stuck in the wrong run shorts and now wearing a lovely rash on my hips, chlorinated fun, and a few other "tri related" experiences I'm sure you all endure too. And with each of those, I say, "bring on the opportunity to get mentally tuff" because those are to the mind what training is to the muscles and they are an opportunity to get stronger in the mind. SO I loved my flat tire this week, the head wind, rain, and heat too.
Monday was swim then spend the afternoon with the "man of sports & the mind" over in Hilo. I'm pretty sure it was the most effective afternoon of my trilife, more so than an all day training session on the bike. It would take pages to spill all I learned and am learning onto paper. I'm just thankful to have his help, its like a second coach...my mind coach. Tuesday I trained through what I think was dehydration but who really knows, its always hot. Wednesday was 7 hours of fun, mostly on my new bike, THANK YOU ARGON 18, all IPOD-less too. Today was run-swim-run (those are my favorite days). Just when you think you are maxed out you find the way to go a little more. Like the way the swim in the run sandwich was supposed to be cake yet Coach Steve convinced me to jump in with the fastest high schoolers on the island and I didn't want to get lapped, so I swam...swam...swam. Then of course top it off with Poke from Da Poke Shack, best on the island & my favorite recovery...so I can do it all again tomorrow...
I must confess, I did have some motivation this week. One day had a run off the bike, it was at my "goal pace" and my energy level was pretty low. Soooooooo... I told myself to run to the lifeguard tower, I knew of a cute lifeguard watching the swimmers and if I could just find myself running in that direction it would speed me up to my "goal pace" and if I happened to pass out (of dehydration) I could jump in the ocean for a little CPR rescue. I know, I'm bad, but it was desperate measures and made me run fast and get the job done. Another day was the promise of Jamba Juice after the intervals. Another day was run company with a boy in surf trunks (it was my recovery run) and well, it kept the pace "recovery" and he reminded me that my problem with running with an IPOD is the music, I have to turn it down a notch and "chillax" in my own zone. Another bribe to myself was sitting on my sisters couch all evening talking about nothing and avoiding all chores as a reward for training hard all day. Hey, some people have beer, oreos, ice cream, or pedicures as their bribes... I'll stick with life guards, surf trunks, jamba juice, and not doing my laundry.

Tomorrow looks a little easier on paper. Saturday I will be out of my house more than in it, and Sunday I hope I'm still walking. BUT Monday...Kainoa will rescue me with that smile, I'll recover a little, and sunset will be waiting...till then, more hot pink bus moments for this girl!!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Run and Bay........

Growing up momma always said, "run and play now". Yeah story of my life, get outside and play. This weekend is similar.... run and bay. Saturday was a run, then a bay. Sunday was a really long run, then a bay. It was work then play (in the bay). Or work n' recover in my case. We hit up the bay that requires a 2 mile walk, hidden under palms, tucked between lava rock walls, and sprinkled with black sand and only our little crew...
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I'm a very big fan of secluded beaches shared with coconuts and sea shells, even if it requires a 2 mile hike to find such a sweet spot. Thankfully Kainoa can manage himself, in slippers or bare feet by the way, what an island boy :)

While Kainoa played with the honu & collected opihi my eyes caught up on the latest surf mag, just can't resist the juicy waves, surf trunks, and locations that these wave riders venture too. Of course my head was filled with running thoughts and the next triathlon, but for now-a little balance was in order and a little bay time with a 4 year old.


Sunday's run was a lot more focus filled then Saturday. It was super long and super important to me. No training partners, no IPOD, nothing but the run shoes and my brain. It was a day to practice keeping the focus throughout the highs and lows that accompany a long run. There were only 2 times my brain wanted to space and I was missing my tunes. It was then that I had to seek out a plan of action to regroup, so I tried to figure out what works for me........it was looking around. Really. I found that when I let go of how I am feeling and what my legs are doing and just let the places I'm running near entertain me I can fade out the "ouch, ugh, blah, tired" emotions. Long time ago I was told that what you focus on grows, so if I didn't focus on my legs I forgot about them... it was at this point I discovered I was cruising along strong with just the sights I was seeing. Hope this continues to work because today it did.
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After the long run breakfast it was back to another bay, a way more crowded one, yet the same lovely ocean that I called my salt bath. What a good run and bay weekend, still phone-less made it even better I must confess. Tomorrow mornings wake-up call will be swim practice then a road trip to Hilo where I get to work with one of the greatest sports psychologists at our university. I'm loving all this "mental side of sport" I'm working on & implementing in training, can hardly wait to play with it in racing....
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Happy Sunday and WOW to Chrissie on that amazing record at Roth, truly...dreams can happen! What a stud...
Bree

Friday, July 16, 2010

LONG Training Day, LONG Sunset...

Today was my IRONMAN. My very own day of training-Bree Wee specific. It included wind, heat, hills, long miles, sunshine. It did not include anyone to train with, no IPOD, no phone. It pretty much looked like this all day (see above). Long roads, empty, minimal distractions. It was the perfect day to be alone with my goals, focusing on each moment a single moment at a time. I'll be honest, 8 minutes into the ride I was already thinking "wow, this is going to be so long". In fact I was already looking around for something to see or someone to talk to. No wonder it was my very own IRONMAN specific training day, I needed to push through all the "solo" moments alone, finding ways to keep focused for a long, long day.
During my 4 interval sections coach said to try them on hills. Lucky for me I know all the side loops off Queen K and beyond and I happened to find this beauty on the way home from Mahukona. I figured I'd kick my own @$$ racing up this little gem. Wonderful... totally cruising once the intervals were done, it was back to "trying to focus and not day dream". Another confession, at hour 4 I got an idea!
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I was thinking of Belinda Granger and her big Roth Challenge tomorrow. She really helped me a lot when she was here, it was like she was the woman with all the experience and I was the girl in a bikini that needed some wings. Truthfully it's not very often women in our sport go out of their way to give tips, tricks, and suggestions to their competition, however, Belinda was the opposite. All I could offer her was the best shops on the island to buy BoomBoom bikinis. I know, what a big help I am. She fell in love with the suits, bought too many, and I landed a lot of encouragement. Back to hour 4 of my ride, this brilliant idea happened... all of us girls put on our BoomBooms for Belinda and write "Go Belinda" across our bums, then tell her to "smack some @$$" in her race. I was trying SO HARD not to forget my idea before I got home...a few hours later.
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Off the bike I had a run (you know, long day, Ironman style). It was awesome, I forgotten what training partners and an IPOD was by that point! Instantly my Ironman "goal pace" happened under my feet, breathing was brilliant, and my head was totally consumed with my goals. It was awesome. Of course I forgot about the BoomBoom Belinda idea because food took over my brain by that point. However, the moment I put on my suit to swim the idea came back...

AND here it is.... "GO BELINDA, SMACK SOME @$$". ha ha, what a fun day of training topped off with an awesome night! Oh, the other thing that I needed to do, totally "work related" as it is for one of my sponsors "KSWISS", is snap a photo of me flashing my "shield". As in the KSwiss shield. A couple of the girls already did theirs, soon enough you will be able to witness the entire KSwiss team flashing their shields... here is mine:
Of course I couldn't stop laughing, but there ya have it. Tonight ended up being a long sunset. We all relaxed in the sand, in the ocean, and just let the day fade away with a sky of orange, pink, purple, and blue. A beautiful sky shared with beautiful friends and Kainoa...



Today, I'm more thankful for my life than I was yesterday...
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Bree

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Easy Today, Hard Tomorrow...

Today was such an easy training day. Open water swim (well, the second half was supposed to hurt, that's not easy). Then another run with the speedy pole vaulting friend whom also specializes in "sprinting" back at the University of Clemson. At the end of the run she says, "Okay race back". Let's just say IT IS AWESOME to have training company like that...
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With the swim and run complete it was a good thing my phone is on a plane to the mainland because I took full advantage of living in a beautiful place where it's a million times more beautiful away from TV, computer, and video games. I planned to train-eat-sleep till the next Ironman and coach told me no, keep my balance, its good for me mentally, but of course keep balance not too much GOgoGogo. With the little break after training before getting Kainoa from school we played in the ocean.
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Tomorrow will be no playing in the ocean. It's my full Ironman training day. Usually these happen on the weekend but with Kainoa with me this weekend I will do it all tomorrow while he's at school. Swim-ride long-run. That will be my ALOHA Friday and I'm truly looking forward to a full day out there in heat, sun, wind, all by myself...just trying to work on the "long Ironman day focus" that needs my attention.



After dinner Kainoa begged for sunset at the beach. There is no possible way I could tell him "no". I love that he enjoys being outside more than anything and I love that he appreciates the beach, sunset, the ocean, simple things. His request was to take his inner tube out in the line up where the boys were surfing. His dad takes him surfing, his mom takes him wiping out in the waves...and that we did laughing all the way back into shore in the inner tube!

Of course leave it to me to eat the reef. Kainoa just ate sand. He's so fearless in the ocean, I love that! I'm almost certain all the ocean swims and surfs he took in my belly while pregnant paid off...

Tonight was a another beautiful sunset and I'm more than thankful Kainoa asked to go watch it. Tomorrow after a full day of swimbikerun I hope he asks for another sunset....but if he happens to ask for a game of tag or building his camp tent up I'm sure I'll find energy for that too. Have a fun ALOHA Friday tomorrow!
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Bree

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Island Training....at it's BEST!

Today was so much fun in my swimbikerunning life! It began with oatmeal sharing with Kainoa while seeing the sun pop up over Hualalai from our lanai. So simple... From there it was just me and run #1 of my day. It was one of those runs where you start out and just feel like running. Not the kind where your mind is cluttery and life is moving too fast, it was a calm start to a steady run at my Ironman "goal pace". Of course it's almost eye rolling annoying that I run this pace SO MUCH yet have just not let it happen race day, yet again though I strolled through my Ironman "goal pace" and just let my mind soak it up and imagine doing it in a race.
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From the run to the bike. Me and my bike. No training partners, no IPOD, it was "focus" on being in the moment, all the moments, each moment I was on the bike. Not tuning out a single moment with singing a song or drifting off to lala land with some music, and not filling my ride with chatter and talk with the training partners. Not that either of those are bad, in my opinion they both are AWESOME, however, this is part of my "get in tune with me" practice so I did it all and actually can recall each moment of that ride believe it or not.
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Then the best part. Run #2 with Amy. She's my speedy pants pole vaulting friend who could out jump (and maybe out run) most the island. This run was in the middle of the sun, hottest hour of the day, and it was a more relaxed pace run. That means we did what any girl running the beach would do... we ran in swim suits. It's totally normal, guys were out on the sandy loop in surf trunks and another chick was out in her yellow bikini. Every surfer and their son was out surfing, its a beach! The run was awesome having company and just enjoying training on a favorite loop with my KSWISS tubes on (those are the perfect sandy trail running shoe in case you want to know what I think those shoes are made best for).
After that is was off to Waimea Surf Classics. Our friends are opening their surf shop tomorrow and we wanted to check in on them and see all the new stuff before the grand opening, oh it's FANTASTIC! From there it was cliff jumping and you would never believe this... I DID NOT GO. Really. I honestly wanted to let the hard days training soak up and not fill each breath of my day with GOgoGOgoGo. Instead I got Kainoa a little early from school and we recovered with Jamba Juice :)
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My temper was then tested with a broken phone. Trying to remain calm under pressure I let it go when the phone people said a new one will arrive Saturday, Monday at the latest. They don't have a "loaner" phone I can use, I guess all the island is borrowing those as everyone seems to have broken phones these days, whatever. Driving home Kainoa could sense my almost frustration, truthfully I was stoked to have no phone, it's like Costa Rica living all over again and I know the island survives on coconut wireless...it was all the potential dates that might roll in and I'd miss! haha totally joking, my only fear of no phone instantly reminded me of the time Kainoa & his dad had that little surf accident and Kainoa landed in the hospital having his face stitched back together, it bothers me not having my phone when I'm on long rides in case his school calls or his dad calls. I'm pretty sure that's every parents concern not having instant contact with some trouble matters when it involves their child. But other than that, no phone NO PROBLEM :)
Now that I'm phone-less I might end up rambling more on the computer, I'll try to wrap this up... swimming adventure #982, I was once again behind a pod of dolphins when they decided to poop....training on an island, dolphin poop, totally worth it!
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Happy Training.
Bree

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

An Ironman on The Horizon...

After thinking, thinking, thinking, sitting on rocks and thinking, swimbikerunning and thinking, we thought it out and got a plan. Put an Ironman on my horizon and we are off and training with a purpose again! Love life with a purpose, goal, something out there to reach for, and after all, this is what I do, so another race is on my plate with a few local events sprinkled in here and there until the main course is ready for my eating pleasure. All the little races are train-through events where I get to continue to work on my "mental skills" that I'm working on.
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You know, it's insane how much time we dedicate to the physical side of sport, and the extras like good sleep & eating habits, recovery, and reflection. But the part between our ears often (in my case anyways), gets the back seat, and well, that often times delivers lack luster or less than our best performances.
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Swimming has been going super as its been mostly ocean comotion, including a swim with a shark yesterday, dolphins today, and rays last week. Not to mention my noodle arms are starting to hold more water and I can feel it, that or having Hillary Biscay in town is adding more speed to the water. Riding has been "okay". Most of it has been on my road bike while patiently awaiting my new tri-frame to get here since travel busted up the other one. I'm just motivated to rock n' roll on my bike, it's like my buddy (as is with most triathletes since we spend so much time with our bikes). Running is super, back on my beach trails, along the ocean, under the sun, or like today-a tready run.
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Then of course there is the recovery, with Kainoa. Sometimes I struggle to sit still as a mom. After training all day it would be awesome to put the feet up, but they usually end up running around some more after my favorite 4 year old. If we aren't running we are building something, or I'm cleaning up another thing. Of course I wouldn't trade this for the world...I just have to be creative when I need to truly chill out. Tonight was one of those nights. So of course, the sunset with a few friends we went. Those nights are so simple...just quiet moments in the sand, no distractions between the sun dropping into the ocean and floating in salt water with my son.



And with that, another bed time story is waiting and tomorrow more moments working towards a goal in hopes it all comes down to better than lack luster...sparkling would be nice.
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Night!
Bree