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WEEKEND UPDATE: Pinehurst Triathlon, Blue Ridge Half Marathon, NDA High School Dance Nationals

WHOOP! It’s been a while since I’ve been able to post any weekend updates and do I have a good one right now! We had racers in North Carolina and Virginia, and dancers in Florida and I’m happy to report on all of it!

Pinehurst Triathlon

Missy and Shannon were able to FINALLY get a race in after so many cancellations and they started the year right with the Pinehurst Olympic Triathlon in NC. They were both so happy to race again, even in cold water and windy, chilly conditions. They both had a great first race and I’m looking forward to seeing what they can do next. Next up is the Blue Ridge 70.3 triathlon and I know they are excited.

Blue Ridge Half Marathon

Merridee did NOT disappoint at the Blue Ridge this weekend! It’s a super tough race with LOTS of steep hills and she still managed to win her AG as a flat-lander! She’s come back from injury and we have been uncertain about her race goals this year but I do believe we are on the right track. Great job to her and I am looking forward to her racing the Myrtle Beach Marathon in 2 weeks (or half if we decide she’s too hurt- but she’s pretty stubborn so I’m thinking the full still).


I can take NO credit for this other than I birthed one of them but my mini and her dance team came home as National Champions in the Large Varsity Pom Division at NDA High School Dance Nationals in Orlando, Florida. To say I am a super proud dance mom is a complete understatement! I am sad the season is over but the girls worked so hard this year and are now going to enjoy a well deserved break. Love these girls!

Weekend Update: Ironman Florida

It was a beautiful weekend in Florida! When Ironman Texas was cancelled earlier this year, athletes were offered a transfer to Ironman Florida. In some ways it was a difficult decision for Sandy and Michele- who wondered if they would put in training to only be disappointed by another deferral. However, when it was given the absolute green light 8 weeks ago these ladies were ready to gear up for the home stretch of their training. And man did it pay off!

Sandy had a spectacular day, going into it optimistic but not stressed by expectations. She CRUSHED it finishing in 10:24:23, winning her AG and coming in 3rd overall AG female. It was a nail biter at times- she was neck and neck with another athlete and finally started to pull away about half way into the run. She’s now achieved her triathlon career goal of securing a Kona slot! Yep, she will be heading to Ironman World Championships. I am so very proud of her.

Michele had an incredible day and became a first time Ironman! She was so steady all day and managed to come in 13:48:36, 12 minutes faster than our goal of 14 hours. I so enjoyed tracking her progress all day, watching her solid swim and bike and then staying so consistent on her run. She did so awesome and I couldn’t be more stoked.

These are the days I am so happy that I get to do what I do. I love when everything comes together and athletes exceed their goals. Great job, ladies! All the love today 🙂

Weekend Update: Delta Epic

It’s been a loooonnnnngggg time since I’ve been able to update you on some badassery by the Team. Last weekend Robin, Tracey, and Melissa ventured to Mississippi with me to participate in the Delta Epic, a 300 mile self-supported gravel race through the Mississippi delta. Initially training as a 4-person relay team, one of their members had to pull out the week of the event. These ladies- all of them having only ridden 100 miles of gravel once- rallied and carried on picking up the additional miles. Starting at midnight on Friday and finishing early Sunday morning, the race was a continuous completely self-supported adventure. Self- supported meaning that they were unable to assist the current rider on the course – the other riders had to wait at the next checkpoint and could only communicate then. Each of them tackled fears of riding at night, navigating the unmarked course, and riding those distances alone… and I am so proud of them. Since I was doing the race also as a solo rider, I was blessed to spend time with each of them over the course of the weekend. I think I speak for all of them that it was a challenge they will never forget!

Weekend Update: CIRREM , Play Tri, Moultri Militia Gravel Raid and Swamp Fox Gravel Fondo

It was a busy weekend with racers all over the country: California, Iowa and South Carolina all saw members of Team AMEC.


A long running 100k gravel race in beautiful Madison County , Iowa is a tough one: punchy hills, unpredictable weather, and some very stiff competition. We had our midwestern representatives Jenn, Brad and Ken out there kickin ass. Jenn had a great race- just missing the podium with a 4th place finish in a field that contained some of the most well-respected badass women of gravel. She had a blast and was super stoked with how it went. Brad suffered an unfortunately mechanical and wasn’t able to finish, HOWEVER, not before putting the smackdown on the lead field. I’d say he was really stoked with how that went. Ken, just after coming back from 12 hours of Sebring, went in with a target power/intensity and hit it no problem. I’m proud of all of them!


Jason was in sunny California at the Play Tri Triathlon. However… the winds we so strong that they had to cancel the swim and convert it to a duathlon. Additionally, we used this race as a jumping back in event as his big race is Hawaii 70.3 None of that stopped him from killing it though- he placed 2nd in his division!

Moultrie Militia Gravel Raid

A new race within the Swamp Fox Gravel Fondo, the Moultrie Milita Gravel Fondo started at 11 PM and consists of an unsupported 177.6 miles of gravel. Bannister and I tackled this beast, finishing in 15 hours. It was a long, cold night and windy next day but we somehow managed to still have a lot of laughs

Swamp Fox Gravel Fondo

And finally, the biggest event of the weekend for us was the Swamp Fox Gravel Fondo. Andreas, Angie, Darrell, Dave, Emily C, Emily K, Joelle, Melissa, Mike, Pearce, Robin, Sandy, Tracey and honorary team member Peggy all joined in the fun.

It was the first gravel fondo for Angie and Peggy, both having a blast in the 27 miler. These ladies have also be instrumental in getting women of the area off-road riding. Dave, Emily and Joelle all raced the 50 miler and crushed it, even with Emily’s mechanical at the beginning of the morning. This was also her first gravel race and longest gravel ride ever.

Sarah and Sandy both landed 2nd place podium spots in their respective races: Sarah the 100 and Sandy the 50. This was the longest gravel ride for both of these ladies, too! In fact, it was Sarah’s longest ride on any surface. Sandy had the privilege of running afterwards since her next big event is Ironman Texas.

Josh and Darrell finished the 100 really solid, as well. This was Josh’s longest ride ever and Darrell finished his 3rd Swamp Fox 1 hour faster than his previous PR. That is also after having races the Barn Burner 100 miler in Bentonia, Ms last weekend.

And finally, the terrific trio of Melissa, Robin, and Tracey surprised themselves (but not me) in finishing their first 100 mile gravel ride. They stuck together and encouraged each other through an amazing day. I loved hearing all their stories when they finished. I am so proud of them!

That’s it for this weekend 🙂 It’s an off week this week but we will be back up and running the following. Stay tuned!