Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Low Tide...

It's low tide right now, not full on anything just yet. Christmas is around the corner and the triathlon season is also just around the corner. Both on the horizon yet neither taking over fully. It's a weird spot to be for me. I'm such an all or none kind of girl, so I struggle a tiny bit during low tide. Low tide feels like PLAY TIME to me, go out and live it up, jump in, get into innocent trouble, and have some fun. But it's weird because when the tide rises you have to have things somewhat ready. Not sure how to explain this, it's like Christmas will be here and so will triathlon season soon enough, now in the middle of playing "some" work has to be done, but not too much or too little. What a funky little balance.
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I'd do great to just dive into holiday shopping, light hanging, tree decorating, and cookie baking. Or swimbikerun all day everyday. But this low tide thing, where you start some holiday stuff, (like hanging lights last night), but not baking yet. And "some training" but not too far, too hard, or too fast yet, is a little rough for me. It's as if you have to live in the grey. It's not black but not white. I bet I have you so confused...sorry.




I have been getting back into the "work mode" of swimbikerun in some beautiful spots. Places I love most around the island but during high tide I am limited with training time when in full motion. It's been refreshing. When you feel so good, so happy, so re-energized though, (like on this mornings run), it's hard not to help think about the first race of 2012, to want to go blast some miles or something...so I just take in the beauty right now till it's HIGH TIDE baby.


During this lower tide it's been wonderful to catch up with friends, take in longer sunsets, girl chat, play with my son till we are both tired, kiss under stars, and clean parts of my home that I neglect when the roller coaster of life is speeding. Also taking more time to talk to strangers in the shopping lines, hug friends a little longer that I haven't seen in a while, and of course pick up the hitch-hiking children all taking advantage of the holidays...















I love winter time around the island, just taking in the hikes and happenings under the ocean. Today January 22 became the date to slowly begin working towards. It will be the first race of 2012 for me, a run race. Not sure what run, yet, but a run to kick start the season. Either the Maui half marathon or the Hilo t0 Volcano ultra relay. I have ran Maui bunches but never the run up the volcano, on a relay. Hmmm...not sure what one coach will let me do but I will be running on that day and happy to be getting my legs going again. From there into triathlon season, I picked the first swimbikerun of the season. I'll see a start line in February, so excited. I've actually mapped out all of 2012 and will share it sooner than later, till then I'm supposed to be just focusing on physically & mentally recovering from this year while enjoying the holidays...

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Have a good day,

Bree

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Getting My Hike On...

Adventures have been calling my name and I have been answering, all of them. This weekend was a double hike, both worth writing home about, but yesterdays 17 miler is the one worth showing you tonight...

These Hawaiian adventures have totally been off season "keep active". It feels like base-training-at-it's-best!! I don't have much to say that you can't see for yourself in a photo. Waimanu is a hidden gem tucked away between Waipi'o and Pololu. Those are the two main valleys, after yesterday I can now say I have hiked my way through ALL the valleys! Enjoy the views, I sure did...















I have to tell you the best part, well, one of the top 10 best parts. I was swimming in the stream and you would never believe who was in that stream while we were all lounging around...A HAWAIIAN MONK SEAL! He was beautiful...
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Tomorrow back to some more swimbikerun, the adventures will continue through the holidays, and this girl is SOAKING them up! Have fun,
Bree

Friday, November 25, 2011

Turkey Triathlon...

Yesterday was more than Turkey eating (but there was PLENTY of that too)...
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The Kisers put on the annual Big Island Turkey Triathlon and everyone who planned to stuff more than a turkey showed up to swimbikerun, (or one of the 3 in a relay). I love this, it's such a great way to kick the holiday off with a little twist. It feels like the entire town shows up to race, support, volunteer, or cheer. In some small way it keeps the holiday light hearted because you are more concerned with spending time with the people you love than getting the pie crust just right...
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Even the Lieto family showed up, that meant a new course record to the Big Islands beloved Turkey Triathlon.
The entire race for me was "raced", but of course it hurt more than expected, chasing Lieto added to the cranberry sauce I felt like, but man it was so much fun. Not sure if he was pouring gravy on his stuffing or what, but I beat him out of swim-bike transition. From there it was onto the bike where I could "see him" for maybe a mile, then he was going, going, gone. Always wondered what it would be like to see him up close and personal out on the bike during a race, now I know...


I had a mission on the bike, to go as hard as I could for the 16 miles so Lieto wouldn't be finished with the 2 mile run before I even get off the bike! In a race this short with a man that fast on a bike it could happen. Thankfully it didn't. I tried to break the hour mark but was 18 seconds short, I blame having too much fun. It was a holiday after all, this race was filled with smiling, laughing, high-fiving, photos, and fun. But I did go hard. Lieto-speedy pants but the hurt on the field as the only one to break an hour, he did a 53 or 54 and some seconds. So much fun chasing him...

You better believe Kainoa was there for the action! He wanted nothing to do with triathlon though, just the jumping that comes after all sporting events at the pier. Fine by me, we jumped and swam our hearts out with all the friends and family till we had nothing but hunger for a turkey and everything else that lands on a Thanksgiving table...
It was a day full of things to be thankful for. Mostly thankful for the people in my life, thankful for a great day doing what I love and having the good health to be able to do it, and of course home...

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Hope your Thanksgiving was incredible too. Next up, Christmas....

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Bree

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Merry Christmas!!!

Last night was sunset in the snow! There is never a shortage of adventures on the island and the best part is they only cost gas money and are worth every penny. Every winter I crave a trip to the snow, it's unbelievable being able to swim in the ocean and ride bike under the sun during the day, then land in the snow in the evening-freezing. Maybe it's easy to enjoy because you know you can escape the winter in an hour drive.
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It has been a great couple days, the kind of days that you have to work hard to enjoy. At the same moment so many beautiful things are happening there still float around above me some ugly grey clouds. BUT... it's in the choice of choosing to find the good stuff that the grey stuff sort of seems less to stress about. Anyways... I wanted a snow filled sunset to fill the night and that's just what I got.
The entire drive up Mauna Kea Mike kept telling me to take out his camera. To borrow his. (Remember mine is at the bottom of the ocean and I've been too broke to even think about buying a new one). The entire drive I was doing the usual "Bree Wee ooooo and aaaaaaa" at all the beauty my eyes were seeing and he kept telling me to JUST USE HIS. I refused to turn around because I get super car sick and couldn't imagine looking in a bag for a camera.
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We get to the top of the mountain and Mike says, "This was in the bag, it's your camera". It was a BRAND NEW WATERPROOF, SNOW PROOF, DROP & SHOCK PROOF camera! Just for me! Merry Christmas, thank you Santa in advance, thank you Mike! I was jumping up and down like a little girl who just got her first Barbie under the Christmas tree. Okay, so it may have been just a camera to you, but to me it was so much more. It was something I use EVERYDAY, the way I treasure my moments and share my life. It was Mike thinking of me. It's so hard not to believe in holiday cheer and happiness when the season is just filled with moments like this!
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I didn't need the mistle toe in a moment like this, I could just kiss him anyway!
It felt like Christmas just keeps on getting more AWESOME. Today I woke up to an ocean swim where the company was on fire and I hung on, then I rode happy, landed my first 8 mile run since tearing my calf and IT DIDN'T HURT ONCE! Then I lifted weights. It was a full day training, getting sweaty, working hard, dream chasing, goal seeking, and I AM BACK! I wanted back so bad, I love sport SO VERY much and days without being able to do it are hard for me. Do not worry, I am not full blasted swimbikerunning in what some call the "off season", I am harmonizing with the holidays, trust me.

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Of course some grey clouds kept floating and I wanted my mom here to make them go away, but life goes on and the holidays make them all less grey ('cause that is where I choose to look).
Sunset in the snow, winter wonderland in paradise!! Last thing, remember I'm a girl. Just when I thought a good day was ready to call "good", it got hilarious. Mike took a song and made it for me. Don't know about you, but I've always daydreamed about having a song for me. Tonight I got it. That song, "She looks wonderful tonight", sing that but change all the words around to fit my life. He sung it something like this, "Its getting late now, 6:30, she has to go home now, shes running at the butt crack of dawn in the morning". "Her hair is always a mess, she doesn't brush it...", "We go to a BBQ, everyone is staring but she's here with me, and I say, yes, you look wonderful tonight". You have to know the song, it was a favorite of mine back in the day and NOW I love it even more. His words were so worth hearing. I am so blessed...
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Okay, now to bed, I really am getting up at the butt crack of dawn.
Merry Christmas!
Bree

Sunday, November 20, 2011

A Best Weekend...



Every so often a moment in motherhood totally captures your heart and makes all that you do, sacrifice, and feel for your child melt away any moments of doubt in your parenting skills. Because of course those days happen, the ones where you wonder if you spent enough time playing, truly listened to the story about the bug for the 100th time, and of course if you are making their lives truly worth living.

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Tonight after kissing Kainoa good night and turning out the light, he calls me back into the room, "Mom, this was the best weekend of my whole life". It meant the entire world to hear that, a simple reminder that despite a child not coming with a book of directions, you are indeed raising them in such a way they are enjoying being your child. Believe me, his life is not filled with toys, gifts, and such to the plenty. My prayer has always been for him to appreciate a simple life, the life I grew to value during my time in Costa Rica, a life where you find happy just to be alive and have moments with good people. He discovered that more in depth this weekend, it made me smile...


Our Saturday began bright and early. There was no bike ride for mom, no swim, and no run to tackle. My leg is fully healed and I'm back to business, however, this weekend was all about "family" as the holidays are looming. 7 of us made a drive to the most Southern point in the USA. There we found caves to swim through, cliffs to jump, and green sands to explore. It was beautiful in so many ways.

Of course I enjoyed all of it equally as much as the children on the trip...

But the weekend belonged to Kainoa. He wanted to do all the big kid things, taste life to the fullest. Of course there was no way in the world I'd let him jump from the 40fters even if he has my sense of adventure running deep in his blood. He cried about it so I promised when he gets just a little bigger he can jump bigger. He agreed and found plenty of fun on a "mini big jump".

The list of laughing, jokes amongst everyone, and new memories made will forever be etched in a moment worth remembering. Perhaps the best part for me was seeing Kainoa grow up before my very eyes. He really never looked for my hand on this trip. He had that sense of confidence you hope to instill in a child, that look of wonder and amazement that every parent can only hope to encourage, it was him being a big kid right before my eyes...
It may have helped that the weekend was spent with 3 older boys...



From a distance I watched and smiled, trusting that each step he took was a safe one, a brave one, and one where the path he chose would lead to a place of appreciation for all he was seeing and experiencing. It was inspiring and reminded me to continue to follow my heart...




From cliffs, big ocean swims, sands of all colors, trails touched only by foot, papaya pancakes, church Sunday morning, birthday party Sunday afternoon, and hard laughter Sunday evening as the sun was fading into the ocean, Kainoa had one of the best weekends of his life...

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As he is fast asleep now, my job has been packing his lunch and washing his karate clothes for tomorrow. Our swim clothes are set out for 6am practice, and a new week awaits us. Confidently this momma will hold her head high, beyond thankful for the beautiful life her son is knowing...

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Aloha ahiahi,

Bree