Weekend Update: Charleston Sprint Triathlon #2

It was another great weekend for the team at the 2nd race of the Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series!

Everyone did GREAT but let’s start with a few highlights

Podiums

Darrell: 1st in AG (even though the dummy forgot his cycling shoes and rode in his running shoes with his feet resting on the clip pedals. He still managed a 22.6 mph pace)

Jen: 1st in AG

Ken: 2nd in AG

Missy: 2nd in AG (also should mention she won her AG Thursday night in the Race the Landing 5k)

Shannon: 2nd in AG

Other Cool Stuff

Angie also barely missed a podium – placing 4th in her AG all while training for a 70.3 in a few weeks.

Heather did awesome in her first ever CSTS race.

Josh placed 4th in his AG- his highest placement ever for the series.

Sandra rocked it placing 6th in her AG after podiuming (yes, that’s a word) in a 5k on Thursday night.

Sarah placed 6th in the Open/Elite Female division- using this as a training race for her 70.3 in a few weeks.

Yay team! Way to train hard and reap the rewards. Until next time….

Weekend Update: Lowcountry Splash, Dirty Kanza, WNC Flyer

We had teammates swimming and riding together this wonderful weekend. Saturday found us in Charleston and the Lowcountry Splash Open water swim and in Emporia, Kansas for the Dirty Kanza gravel grinder.

We had swimmers participating in both the 6 and 2.4 mile swims. Joelle took 1st in her AG in the 6 miler, coming in at just over 2 hours. That’s a long time to swim in the harbor- great work Joelle.

We had lots of athletes in the 2.4 mile swim: Alexis, Angie , Heather ​, Melissa​, Robin, Sam​, Sandra​, and Sarah. While they all did awesome I want to give a special shout out to Alexis, Sam and Sarah for surviving their first ever Splash!

Lane was lucky enough to participate in the most famous gravel grinder of all time- Dirty Kanza. He raced the 100 miler and finish in 7:50. That’s a great time, this is a tough race. Great work, Lane!

And finally, we had a big contingent of riders at the WNC Flyer in Brevard on Sunday!

We had riders in both the metric century (62 miles) and the century (100 miles).

Ashley, Darrell, Joelle, Melissa, Missty, Robin and Sandy rocked the 62 miler. While I am proud of each and every one of them I would like to give a special shout out to Joelle , who signed up at the literal last minute for the 30 miler BUT then ended up joining her teammates in the metric. This was her LONGEST RIDE EVER and if you read above this was also the day after she won her AG for the 6 mile splash. Joelle, I am sorry you got stung by a bee.

Brian , Shannon​, and Tracey all took on the challenge of the 100 miler. This was Tracey and Shannon’s first ever century and they rocked it. They enjoyed taking advantage of all the picnics along the way. Great job, guys and girls.

That’s it for this week- stay tuned for more awesomeness from our team!

Weekend Update: IM Chattanooga 70.3 and Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series #1

We had a huge showing at 2 big races on Sunday. Ashley, Darrell, Emily,  Missy , Sandra, Shannon, and Tracey represented us at IM Chattanooga 70.3 and Jennifer, Joelle, Ken, Melissa, Robin, Scotty, and Steve kicked off the Charleston Sprint Triathlon series with Race #1.

IM Chattanooga 70.3

Let’s head to Chattanooga first… It’s always awesome to have a lot of racers at one event- it makes it more fun and less stressful to have teammates/friends supporting one another. Plus, that means we have multiple Sherpas with the opportunity for more pictures!

SMILES!

RACE FACES!

MORE SMILES!

Chatty has a hard run course and it was HOT but the team still had all the smiles!

When it was all said and done, everyone did GREAT!!!!

Darrell crush his previous time at Chatty by over 30 minutes. Calculating in the difference of the slightly shorter swim this year it would have still been at least a 20 minute PR. It was also his first ever sub-2 hour run for a 70.3, finishing that leg in 1:54. I am so proud of him.

Missy and Shannon both blew their previous 70.3 PRs out of the water- Missy by 57 minutes and Shannon by 1 hour and 16 minutes! I am so stoked for them!

Tracey cut 30 minutes off her time from her last hilly 70.3 which is an awesome accomplishment.

Ashley CRUSHED the bike course (like for real, she rocked it) and held on for a strong finish.

Emily posted up a great time only a couple minutes off her 70.3 PR which was on a pancake flat course. She should be proud of herself- I know I am!

Sandra has worked hard and gotten so much stronger on the bike. She exceeded my expectations and beat her last 70.3 bike split by a mile an hour- and Chattanooga is a hilly, tough course. I am very happy with her results.

Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series #1

The Charleston Sprint series is the signature triathlon event of the area and is always an important part of the team’s season. This weekend it kicked off and we had some great results!

Thanks to Dawn, Hadley, and Madison for being awesome cheerleaders. We got some live action shots, too!

We had 4 podiums today!

Jennifer and Scotty placed 1st in their AGs, Ken finished 2nd in his AG, and Joelle grabbed 3rd in hers! Everyone else did well, too, and I am looking forward to faster times as the series moves on!

Weekend Update: Duathlon World Championships, White Lake International Triathlon, Nashville Half Marathon, Oconee Man Triathlon, Blue Sky Endurance Fest

Wow- it was a BUSY weekend all over the world for Team AMEC. Races on both Saturday and Sunday brought us all the warm fuzzies and great results.

After qualifying for the Duathlon World Championships last spring, Sarah traveled to Pontevedra, Spain to take part in this exciting experience. We were lucky enough to use a computrainer to pre-ride the challenging bike course last week so she was very prepared for the tough climbs. She pulled out an impressive result- 14th in her AG and 3rd American in her AG. I am very excited for her to use this race as a learning experience for her to head to Worlds again next year in the Netherlands.

Sandy brought us all the happy feels as a blind guide for Alexandra at the White Lake International Triathlon. She was tethered to Alexandra during the swim (which she mentioned was quite challenging until they got in their groove) and the run, and they rode a tandem bicycle. Sandy says it was one of the greatest experiences in her life and Alexandra placed 3rd in her AG! An impressive feat considering she was raced in the AG- not a special category- AND she and Sandy had no experience practicing or training together. They just met that morning!

Tracey and Kimberly were in Nashville for the Rock N Roll Half Marathon. Tracey used the half as a training day for Chattanooga 70.3 in a few weeks and we are clearly right on target for that race. Kimberly was able to get back at it in the 5k after overcoming several obstacles and surgery over the winter. I am happy for both of them.

Sunday funday was good to us, too! Charlie competed in the Oconee Man Triathlon up in Seneca, SC- his second tri of the season and his first ever with an open water swim and lots of hills. He crushed it with a 3rd in AG finish. Not too shabby for a flatlander!

Meanwhile, back in Charleston, Sandra and Heather had a fun day at the Blue Sky Endurance Fest- a swim/run event. Both competed in the 1 mile swim/ 1 mile run event. Heather brought in a 2nd in AG finish. Sandra used it as a great training day for Chattanooga 70.3 in a few weeks. Great work, ladies!

Weekend Update: USA Duathlon Nationals and Coastal Cyclist Century

It was a fun weekend in Greenville for Brian, Josh and Sarah. All 3 participated at the USA Duathlon Nationals. Each raced in the Draft-Legal Sprint on Saturday and the Non-drafting Standard on Sunday. The sprint consisted of a 5k run, 18k bike, 2.85k run and the standard was a
8.45k run, 39k bike, 4.5k run. While Sarah raced last year, this was the first time for the guys. All 3 reported back that it was a great experience.

Sarah used the sprint race as a warm-up for Duathlon World Championships in Pontevedra, Spain in 2 weeks. She also brought home a podium spot on Saturday- placing 3rd in her AG and thus qualifying again for the Draft-Legal Sprint World Championships 2020.

She also PR’ed Sunday’s standard distance by 3 minutes. It was a great weekend for her!

AND ALL THREE finished the weekend strong on Sunday qualifying for Worlds for the Standard distance! Looks like Team AMEC will be representing in the Netherlands in 2020!

Meanwhile, back in Charleston, the Coastal Cyclist’s Spring Century brought out many of our athletes to ride. Aimee, Alexis, Melissa, Robin and Sandra took to the streets and did awesome. It was Alexis’ first ever 100 miler and she killed it. Congrats to all!