Weekend Update: Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series #3

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It was another great weekend at the Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series!

Today was the 3rd of the 5 races in the series and we brought home a few more PRs and podium spots.

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PRs

Josh: 27 seconds
Emily: 36 seconds
Robin: 1 minute, 49 seconds

 

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Podiums

Ken: 1st in AG
Emily: 2nd in AG

 

Other Awesomeness

It’s not just about PRs and Podiums in racing….csts4

Our official Team Cheerleader Shannon, aka “Baby Client”,  became an official Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series participant! After the She Tris in June she signed up for the rest of the series. Oh, and she also signed up for a half ironman in AUGUST!! She fits right in with our crazy crew.

Missy just missed a PR even with a bike shoe mishap.  Without that she would have nailed it for sure.

Tracey, Sarah and Jane made their 2018 sprint debuts- no PRs this time but they are on their way to getting their speed mojo back.

Dawn and Dave and just steps away from their break through race.

Joelle took a break from racing and became the official Team Cheerleader.

Jerry also came out to show his support.  We wish him the absolute best, are looking forward to him getting well and getting back to racing.  We love you, Jerry!!!

 

Weekend Update: Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series #2 and Charleston Running Club Open Masters Classic

csts4 It’s June which means the temperatures are starting to climb.  We had team members at both the Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series and the Charleston Running Club Open Masters Classic track meet.

The CSTS #2 brought us a few PRs, a few podiums, plenty of good times and a few tears- but that’s racing for you.  As much as I would love to say “everyone PR’ed and placed this week!” we all know that doesn’t happen.  All we can do is pick ourselves up and move on.  But here is the good news:

 

PRs
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Josh: 2 minutes
Missy: 30 seconds (if you remember her previous PR was a few weeks back at race 1)

 

 

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Podiums:

Missy: 3rd in AG
Dawn: 3rd in AG

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We have a few weeks until race #3 and we will be working super hard to get some kick ass results!

A different race that was tons of fun for the participants was the Charleston Running Club Open Masters Classic track meet.

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Brian (number 8, pictured left) participated in multiple events, did fantastic and had a great time. Here are his results

1600m: 5:18, 5th overall
800m: 2:24, 2nd overall
And the 4x100m, 4x400m, and 4x800m relays!

If this sounds fun to you, be on the look out for the next one. Like the Charleston Running Club on facebook, it will keep you loop for fun running events all year long.

Weekend Update: Lowcountry Splash

A Memorial Day weekend endurance event tradition, the 2018 Lowcountry Splash went off without a hitch, although the seas were really choppy.  We had team members participating in both the 2.4 mile and 5 mile open water swims.
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2.4 miles

Melisa and Robin rocked the 2.4 mile swim- both finishing in under 51 minutes. After working 3 12-hour shifts in a row, Melisa powered through and finished in the top 10. Robin crushed it in her first EVER long open water swim, coming in right behind Melisa. I am so proud of her for accomplishing this goal, and I am thrilled these ladies finished 40 seconds apart so they could celebrate together.

 

 

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5 miles

I am so proud of Joelle, Missy and Jane in completing the 5 miler.  And, as usual, Official Team Cheerleader Shannon was at the finish to share in the experience.  She’s such an important part of our team and is participating in her first triathlon in a few weeks. Stayed tuned on more about that!

 

 

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Joelle is now a veteran longer distance swimmer and she rocked it.  Finishing in 1:41 she brought home a 3rd place in her AG.  Woo-hoo!  Her next swim event will be Swim Around Charleston- a 12 miler- solo.  Bad ass!

 

 

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Missy kicked all her fears asses by doing the long distance swim.   She finished in 1:44 and I believe there are more of these to come in her athletic career.

 

 

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And although I have no pictures of our Jane, she finished a few minutes later in her first 5 miler.  After what she herself would call, “A comedy of errors,” she persevered and finished strong.

 

We’ll be taking next week off but coming back strong the following for the Charleston Sprint Triatlon series #2.

Weekend Update: Mountains to Main Street and Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series #1

It was a FANTASTIC weekend of racing for our crew. We had a mini-team in Greenville and a larger group in Charleston. Let’s start with Saturday…
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Mountains to Main Street

Jane, Sarah, and Josh raced the Mountains to Main Street 70.3 (actually, it’s officially longer) and all had a great time.  The weather was questionable up until the start of the race and the bike course is tough.  However, it didn’t stop them from crushing it.IMG_6589

This was Sarah and Josh’s first half iron distance and Sarah placed 1st in AG! They both are looking forward to racing this distance again on a flatter course.

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Jane came back from the disappointment of this race being cancelled due to weather last year and took the 3rd in AG spot! Really proud of her coming back like that.

 

 

 

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Team AMEC athlete Tracey showed her support of the crew by meeting them at the finish line.  We have a really tight knit group and that makes me so happy to watch everyone be supportive of each other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series, Race #1

Woo-hoo we had a good today today.  First race in the series and we had a bunch of PRs already.

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I don’t ever seem to be in town for the May race so I was SO HAPPY to be able to cheer everyone on.  We have the most amazing group and I love when we can all get these group shots.

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Everyone has a friendly competitive spirit- most of my ladies are clustered in 2 different AGs and while they always have race face during, they are all smiles together after.

 

 

 

 

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Let’s start with the PR crew, these lovely ladies and the time they’ve shaved off.

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Dawn: 5.5 minutes
Melissa: 2 minutes
Missy: 2 minutes
Robin: 1 minute
Steve: 12 minutes!!
Scotty: 4 minutes

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Honorable mentions: Dave, by 2 minutes from last year and :08 away from his 2018 goal already. And Emily, who is breathing down the neck of her PR (:30

away).

 

 

 

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And how about those podium spots?!?

Scotty: 1st in AG
Ken: 2nd in AG
Melissa: 3rd in AG
Missy: 3rd in AG

 

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Finally, I have to mention Joelle and Darrell.  They both have the wonderful attitudes and are such great team members.  Joelle has had a few setbacks this winter but is only 1 minute off last year’s times so I have no doubt we will be there soon. Darrell is technically in coaching purgatory right now- having a “fun” year after a super busy 2017 race season. I am still patiently waiting for him to be ready to stop having fun and getting back to work.

 

Next weekend: Lowcountry Splash. Go Team AMEC!

Weekend Update: Clemson Triathlon, The North Face Endurance Challenge 50k Trail Run, and Ironman Texas

The season is now in full swing and we had a GREAT weekend racing all over the south.
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Clemson Triathlon

Scotty faced some fierce competition in Clemson on Saturday- the first and second place 15 and Under boys’ times placed 2nd and 5th OVERALL.  He had a great race and I am very happy with his 3rd in AG podium spot. He’s heading to Richmond, Va next weekend to race the USAT Youth/Junior Elite Cup in hopes of qualifying

for Youth Elite Nationals in August.

 

IMG9549551The North Face Endurance Challenge 50k Trail Run

Rick took it to the trails in Washington, DC this weekend.  Finishing in 5:45, his time was awesome enough for a 5th place finish in his AG and in the top 25% overall. He’s going to rest up a bit and then ramp it up for Raleigh 70.3 in June.

 

 

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Ironman Texas

And last but not least… Ashley went back to Ironman Texas with 2 goals: to best her time from last year and to break 14 hours.  She did both, shaving almost 30 minutes off and coming in at 13:59. I am so proud of how hard she has worked.  She says she’s retiring again- just like she said last year- but I don’t believe it!