Weekend Update: NC 70.3, Great Floridian Full Distance Triathlon, Myrtle Beach Half Marathon, Marine Corps Marathon, TriSumter, Hincapie Gran Fondo

WOW! What a busy and amazing weekend for us.  There is so much to talk about.

North Carolina 70.3

We had a huge showing at Ironman 70.3 NC on Saturday.

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Dave and Emily completed their first half-ironman and both did FANTASTIC. Dave has been plagued with an injury the past few weeks and we were worried that he was not going to be able to complete the run. However, he rallied like a champion and was able to finish in 5:45. Emily was right behind him and, finishing at 6, which included a stop on the bike when her flat repair kit fell.  She’s already told me “Next time….” and I have no doubt that she will be able to reach all her 2018 goals.

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Everything went perfect for Jason today and he was able to PR this course by an incredible 27 minutes. He has also had a slight muscle strain the past few weeks and was unsure of how he would do.  Clearly he has totally prepared and rocked it.

 

 

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I am elated to report that Ashley finished her first 70.3 strong! She was planning to race last year but was hit by a car on her bicycle a few weeks before the race.  She was able to face her fears and come back to kick ass.

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Burt had a fantastic day as well, coming in around 4:40.  According to him the bike was a bit longer than 56 miles, and he had slightly longer than usual transition times, so he feels confident that he would have been close to 4:30 and is very happy with his results.

 

Milo, who always “forgets” to get pictures for me also crushed it, coming in with a 10 minute PR.

Great Floridian Full Distance

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I have to say that Missy wins this weekend’s bad ass award.  While my athletes are all like my children and I love them equally, Missy overcame the most obstacles and finished like a champion.

 

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The bike course had a VERY large hill that she had to ride 3 times.  As a flatlander, she was really challenged by it.  The bike course really put her in a negative head space and as any racer knows that makes the race almost impossible.  HUGE props to Team AMEC Support Crew Leader and #1 Missy fan, Shannon, who kept me in the loop through the entire bike course and relayed all my advice and support to her.  There is NO substitute for having people who love and support you on the course to encourage you when times get really, really hard. By the 2nd loop Missy was no longer able to clip in to her pedals because her cleat had worn down from the hike up the hill.  Shannon called me and handed the phone to Missy.  I said “Do you want to finish?” and she said “YES”. My answer to that was “Your body can do the work but your brain is sabotaging you. Tell yourself you can finish and you will.” And she did.  And I am so beyond proud.

Myrtle Beach Half-Marathon

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Elizabeth added a 6th half-marathon to her list of races.  She battled extremely hot conditions to finish strong. She continues to amaze me with her grit and determination.

 

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Sadly, things do not always go as planned.  Merridee did not have the marathon that she wanted to.  She fell on her knee a few days before the race and it really flared up during the race. While she was hitting the exact pace we wanted for the first half it became too much to overcome.  She finished as a champ but it wasn’t the time she is capable of.  It happens, and she’s already ready for the next one.  By the way, she did qualify for Boston already so we still have big things ahead.

 

TriSumter

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Not one to sit still, Scotty continues to amaze me.  IMG_0111
This weekend he competed in TriSumter and not only won his AG but placed 11th overall.  And if you remember, he is only 13! He continues to push himself and has already put together an epic 2018 race season.  I have no doubt that he’s a name you will be hearing quite a lot about when he gets older.

 

 

 

 

 

Hincapie Gran Fondo

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And last but not least, a group of my Team AMEC ladies headed to Greenville this weekend for the TotalCyclist DivaCamp, which was 4 days of riding and coaching in the mountains with our main event being the Hincapie Gran Fondo.

I am SO impressed with how each of them did.  Many of them had NEVER ridden in the mountains before and were very afraid of what they had gotten themselves into.  The Gran Fondo has some pretty major climbs and my flatlanders were unsure what to expect.  THEY KILLED IT! It was so fun to watch them learn and improve their climbing abilities over the weekend and the excitement they had after finishing the Fondo. My favorite part was watching them ride past other cyclists walking up Callahan Mountain- a total ass-kicker of a climb that was in the last few miles of the ride.  It was  a weekend I will never forget.

If I could speak for them I think they would not only attribute their preparedness for this weekend to my coaching, but also to TotalCyclist.  Each and every one of them is a weekly participant in our training center and it makes the BIGGEST difference in their riding abilities.  If you are reading this and are from the Charleston area I truly encourage you to come try us out.  Your first class is free using the promo code freepass.  Winter is the best time to get a jump start on your training for the next year. More information and signing up for classes can be found here.

I think that’s it for this week! Reach out to me if you want to be part of this amazing group!!

Weekend Update: Isle of Palms Connector Run and Kiawah Island Triathlon

It was an active fall race weekend for Team AMEC, although the temperatures made it feel more like summer.

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Saturday was the Isle of Palms Connector Run and Walk for the Child 5k and 10k.  The hot, humid and windy conditions didn’t allow for any PRs.  Mini-me had a great 5k race placing 2nd in the 13-17 y.o. female age group.  There’s a big difference between a 13 and 17 year old, so I am thrilled that at 13 she is already in the top.  She finished 11th overall female and 39 overall overall.  I am very proud of her! Thank you to Tag Your Pix for all the amazing pictures- click the link to look for yours, too!brian

Brian didn’t have this best day at the 10k but that’s ok.  it was his first 10k race since returning to racing from knee surgeries and coming on board Team AMEC . I am not concerned that he won’t be where he wants to be very soon.

 

Now let’s move on to the Kiawah Island Triathlon.

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Another hot and humid day on Sunday, and a lot of anticipation for those athletes who were wrapping up their seaon. We had some heartache sprinkled in with some great results.

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Here are the podium results:

Burt- 3rd place Overall
Emily- 2nd in AG
Missy- 3rd in AG
Dawn- 3rd in AG

 

 

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While podium spots are always awesome, it’s even more awesome with 75% of our podium placers are in the last stages of training for longer races.  Burt and Emily are racing North Carolina 70.3 in 2 weeks and Missy is wrapping up for Great Floridian full distance.   In fact, Missy also PR’ed by 6 minutes after having a 20 mile run a few days prior.  Crazy!

Dawn’s podium is just as exciting as she came into the season with a running injury and her main goal for the year was to get a top 3.  After several close calls in the sprint series she was able to achieve her goal. I am so very proud of her!

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Although he didn’t podium, Jason was able to snag a PR today- also while training for NC 70.3.

Anne-Patrick made me so proud for putting her fears in the trash can and finishing her first ever Olympic distance.  She did amazing.

One of our newest Team AMEC peeps Josh just missed a PR today- his training has been going extremely well and I look forward to a HUGE 2018.

No PR for Milo but he is also ready to rock NC 70.3.

And a little heartache….

Joelle developed a bad ear infection after Swim Across Charleston last weekend and had to pull out of the race today after the bike leg.  This was her big race this year as we changed focus to work on speed on shorter races.  I am so sad for her but we all know it happens.

Dave went into today ready to rock only to have his hip go out on the run.  We are in slight panic mode as we get down to the wire for NC 70.3, but with some rest the next 2 weeks I have confidence that we can nip this in the bud.

But our biggest disappointment of the day comes from Sarah.  The first text I got was from Joelle telling me that Sarah was first female to cross the finish line. I knew she could do it and I was so proud and excited for her.  Then I got the text when, at the end of the race,  she realized she misinterpreted a signal from an officer on the race course and cut out a small portion of the bike. Although she had the race of her career and would have likely finished first even without the mistake that’s hardly a consolation for not receiving an award and wrapping up your amazing year with the best victory of all.  I take such pride in her for two reasons: her hard work but also her integrity.  Let’s face it, no one saw her take the wrong turn and she could have easily “gotten away with it.”  However, she didn’t hesitate to tell officials of her mistake.  Sadly, there are some out there who would have not done the same thing.

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I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. I am most proud of my team’s commitment to each other.  There is nothing but love and support among them.  It is truly the special to hear from each of them sometimes and it not about themselves but their teammates. I love each and every one of them.

I am pleased to announce that I have the availability to take on a few new athletes for the next season- and it’s never to early to start.  If you would like to come on as a member of our amazing team, contact me.  Additionally, I offer athlete strength and conditioning classes on Mondays at 5:30 PM at Fuel in Motion for $5 as well as lots of other things over the winter.  If you don’t already like my Anne Moore Endurance Coaching facebook page, head over there to stay in the loop on everything we’ll be doing to get ready for next year.

Weekend Update: Toughman 70.3, Swim Around Charleston

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This was the inaugural year of Toughman South Carolina half-distance triathlon in Greenwood.  Melissa participated and reported back that is was a beautiful race. As a flat-lander, Melissa enjoyed the hilly course. She did great- placing 5th in her AG.  She says she will definitely be back next year- hopefully with some AMEC teammates.

 

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We also had a big crew of Team AMEC members at Swim Across Charleston,  a 12 mile open water swim through the Charleston harbor and waterways.  Joelle and Missy joined Jerry and his daughter, Megan, as a 4-person team and Kelsey and Lauren completed it as a 2-person team.  It was a very windy, choppy Sunday morning but they all had a great time and came out unscathed!

 

 

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Taking turns swimming in shifts, the non-swimming teammates would rest in their accompanying boat.

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It goes without saying that the crew members had a very important job in making this a success.  Shannon is our honorary Team AMEC support crew leader, and Julie also joined in the fun.  I’ve been a crew member before and sometimes dealing with grouchy racers can be a challenge! This is a very well run event and I hope we can recruit more Team AMEC peeps next year.

 

 

 

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Lastly…. Team AMEC apparel is currently available to order for a limited time. If you are interested in donning our cycling, triathlon or running gear, click here to purchase.  But hurry, all orders must be in by October 8th.

Weekend Update: Columbus Duathlon, Bar Harbor Half Marathon, BFF Pink Ribbon Double Bling, Hellhole Gravel Grind

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It was an exciting weekend for Team AMEC! Jennifer completed her first ever multi-sport even at the Columbus Duathlon. She did awesome and I am sure she is hooked.  Her next plan is to find a late fall half marathon.

 

 

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Speaking of half marathons… The Voyles ladies (from left to right: Lauren, Kim, and Kelsey) raced the Bar Harbor Half Marathon in Maine.  They love to race together and all did well.  The sisters are planning to Swim across Charleston in a few weeks and finish up the season at Austin 70.3.

 

 

 

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Also, Elizabeth had a great Saturday by racing a 5k and then a 10k an hour after at the BFF Pink Ribbon Double Bling.  She’s also prepping for a half marathon in a few weeks in Myrtle Beach.

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I was super excited that Melissa registered for the Hellhole Gravel Grind after the Kiawah Triathlon was postponed.  She did the 45 mile distance this year and I think she had a blast! Next year she is up for the 75.  I already put that on her calendar.

As always, great work ladies!

Weekend Update: Charleston Sprint Series Championship

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Man, it is so hard to believe that the sprint series has come to an end. Race #5 always proves to be a tough one: the competition is steep and it’s usually hotter than hell. However, Team AMEC had another awesome day out there.IMG_7927

I was able to make it in time to cheer everyone on during the run, which is always great fun for me.

 

 

 

 

 

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Podiums

Darrell- 3rd in AG (even after a 80 mi ride Wednesday and a 16 mi run Thursday since he’s in IM training.)
Dave- 1st in Category
Kinsey- 3rd in AG
Sarah- 1st in AG (and 6 seconds off her PR, dang it!)IMG_7931

All- time PRs

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2017 Series PRs

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2017 Series Championship Standings

Anne-Patrick- 12th in AG
Bree- 2nd in Category
Burt- 11th in Category
Darrell- 2nd in AG
Dave- Overall Category Winner
Dawn- 6th in AG
Emily- 10th in AG
Joelle- 3rd in AG
Ken- Overall AG Winner
Melisa- 3rd in AG
Melissa- 9th in AG
Milo- 6th in AG
Missy- 11th in AG
Pearce- 4th in AG
Sarah- Overall AG Winner
Sheri- 6th in AG

 

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While the summer draws to a close yet again, that doesn’t mean we are done.  Most of the team has just begun for the late summer/early fall season.  Stay tuned!