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Big Island’s Bree Wee Finishes 4th in Ironman Cozumel

Professional Tri-Athlete, Mother and Big Island’s own Bree Wee who just last month won her first Ironman was in Mexico this past weekend to compete in the Ironman 70.3 Cozumel race.

Before the race Bree wrote:

…Round #3 here in Cozumel.  And yet, this place feels different with a twist of the same.  Funny how islands have that effect on us, same place but forever new.  My first trip I was in the North part of town, last trip I was in the smack middle of town, this trip I am further South from town.  I like it here, but it’s way more quiet, as if the triathlon is not even here this Sunday.  I’ve yet to figure out if that’s a good thing or a bad thing for a girl like me. I’m going to just make it a positive thing….

The flight was you know, long.  It got longer when the plane broke and we sat on the runway for 3hrs.  Extra taper?  Extra rest, I fell asleep.  By the time we landed on the little island of Cozumel it was too late for check-in. In fact it was about dinner time!  My legs were so eager to run, my lungs were craving fresh air, and my heart was having a little wanderlust, so I ran…

Well the race was yesterday and I’m happy to report that Bree took a respectable 4th place.

Bree Wee crosses the finish line at Ironman Cozumel

Here are the splits and final times of her race:

Today Bree wrote:

The morning was usual butterflies meshed with excitement.  I’m over worrying about how my body feels race week and race day, after a year of feeling good only to race bad or feel bad only to race good, I’ve learned that through 70.3 miles or 140.6 miles our body will do for us what we push it to do.  Well, I could use some speed work to help with that, but you get what I’m saying. 

Prerace in the transition area was pretty scary for me.  I’m still like a rookie at the whole “pro in transition” thing. If I look too close at any girl and where she came from in the land of results it humbles me to the point of forgetting to focus on what I can do on the day.  With the likes of most the women’s 70.3 World Champs in the line up, my eyes fixed their gaze on what was within my control…

You can read more about Bree’s adventures as an athlete, mom and Big Island resident at her excellent blog “Bree Wee: Mom & Triathlete“.

Big Island’s Bree Wee Wins Ironman Louisville

Bree Wee wins Ironman Louisville!  She first burst onto the Ironman scene at home here on the Big Island when she set a new age group record at the Ironman World Championship. That was a year after she became a mom.

Bree Wee crosses the finish line in first place

Since she’s turned pro she’s had some top finishes, but never been able to get an Ironman win. Today she she gets the win!

A joyous moment

Here are the top five pro women’s times today:
1 09:36:27 29 Wee, Bree Kailua-Kona HI USA WPRO
2 09:38:14 00:01:48 33 Arendt, Jackie Middleton WI USA WPRO
3 09:53:27 00:17:01 32 Castro, Terra Arlington VA USA WPRO
4 09:55:25 00:18:58 35 Gollnick, Heather Port St. Lucie FL USA WPRO
5 10:09:45 00:33:19 31 Gellatly, April Sugar Hill GA USA WPRO

It was close… but Bree pulled it out!

Just five seconds separated Bree Wee and Jackie Arendt after the swim – it was the three minute difference on the bike that won the race today for the Hawaiian. (Arendt ran the marathon two minutes faster, but it wasn’t quite enough.)
Last night Bree wrote the following:
Tomorrow is the day, a long one that holds so many opportunities.  There is something so special about 104.6 miles.  It is one of the rare times in life that you endure mental and physical pain that result in pleasure and sheer finish line joy (if you want it).  Awaiting us are chances that take courage, moments of weakness that can be overcome by a single change of attitude, and of course an entire day mostly dealing with yourself.  You are your own cheerleader, your very own encourager, and you have the power to shut down, break down, and everything else if you let yourself…so many ways to take a day all by our attitudes…
You can read more here: Tomorrow…

Big Island Mother Places Sixth in Florida Ironman

Big Island mother and professional Triathlete Bree Wee placed 6th today in the 2011 Florida Ironman.

She lead the race after the swim section and the biking section but then fell back during the run.

Bree takes on the Bike at the Florida Ironman

Bree posted on her website the other day the following comments about the pending race:

I have no clue on how my 140.6 will unfold tomorrow. Of course I have dreams of how I want it to unfold. My heart has been poured into training for the day that awaits me, the miles, the sweat, the tears, the hours and hours of passion put into play-it’s been done. The opportunity given to me has been close to heart too, full on knowing those that have made this possible for me, and I mean possible as so many things have flown out the window like a crazy breeze sweeping through, great people have helped me stand strong in the breezes…thank you…

Bree posted the following on Facebook after today’s race showing she’s still got a great sense of humor after such a long race:

I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me…Phil 1:3. THAT was one crazy Ironman, left me with some pretty intense hickeys too!

I’d like to personally say congrats to Bree!  She continues to amaze me each and every time she races!