Weekend Update: Kiawah Marathon and Half Marathon, Challenge Daytona Triathlon

The year may be winding down but our team is still racing full force and getting some great results. We had runners doing both the Kiawah Marathon and Kiawah Half Marathon and the Parker family was in sunny Florida racing the Challenge Daytona Triathlon.

Kiawah Marathon

Sandy and Chuck both ran the full marathon hoping for Boston Qualifying times. While sadly it wasn’t Chuck’s day- although he still pulled out an impressive sub-4 hours, Sandy killed it. She ran a 3:37- 3 minutes faster than her required BQ qualifying time. Additionally, she surprised herself by grabbing a podium, too , bringing in a 3rd in AG! We hope that this 3 minute cushion will be enough for her to secure her Boston spot. After a few weeks of chillin’ we’ll start ramping both Sandy and Chuck back up for IM Texas in the spring.

We had some great results in the half marathon, too. Both Michele and Sheryl had PRs, and Greg and AJ put out some impressive times as well. Michele, Greg and AJ are also part of my crew that will be heading to IM TX in April. Also a big shout out to Meridee, who has had some serious injuries and in the past few months we’ve been able to carefully get her back up and running (pun intended). She ran a 1:47 and placed 7th in her AG! Jenn bounced back from IM Maryland AND IM Florida and used the half marathon as a training race for the Charleston Marathon in January. She’s still running strong and I am looking forward to seeing what she can do the first of the year.

Challenge Daytona

The Parker family headed down to Florida for a weekend of triathloning. Saturday, Scotty started the day by racing the adult sprint triathlon. He placed 9th in the 18-24 yo AG, even though he is only 15. He then decided to take a few hours to recover and race the junior race- winning his real AG!

Littlest team member Emmylou won the 8 yo AG and what made it even better was being able to run in with her big brother. The cutest!!

Dad Steve did his first ever middle distance triathlon on Sunday and crushed it, finishing in just over 6 hours. He’s been putting in all the hard work and it is paying off!

Thanks for checking in. As 2019 wraps up I just want to say that I am thankful for such a great group of athletes and I am so excited for what 2020 will bring. Until next time- happy training!

Weekend Update: Sea Island Half Marathon, Richmond Marathon, Paws in the Park 5k

A cold and nasty Saturday didn’t stop any of Team AMEC from running some fun races and producing great results. Sarah headed to Hilton Head for the Sea Island Half Marathon. She placed 1st in her AG and 7th overall female.

Rick had a great day at the Richmond Marathon- running a PR by 45 seconds. What’s even more remarkable about this is the fact that he has run dozens of marathons and ultras and at age 52 was able to run the fastest ever. In a world where we are expected to lose muscle and slow down as we get older, to think that you could do something in your 50s that you were unable to do in your 20s, 30s, or 40s is quite a feat. Think about that.

Finally, Missy and Shannon bundled up for the Paws in the Park 5k. They were able to run fast enough for Shannon to place 6th overall female and Missy 10th overall female. Great job, ladies!

Weekend Update: NC 70.3, Hincapie Gran Fondo

Pretty sure this is the first time I have written a post in mid-OCTOBER where I had to mention that a tropical storm put a damper on our weekend. No thanks to Nestor, but sadly Chuck’s day ended before it began as they had to cancel the Grand Floridian Triathlon last minute due to the weather. We were able to have good times in Wilmington and Greenville but they were pretty soggy.

North Carolina 70.3

Windy conditions with some rain in the afternoon didn’t slow these ladies down. I’m happy to report that both Sheryl and Sandra PR’ed. Sadly no PR for Ashley today. Based on the photos she sent me I thought she might have made a poor bike choice (haha). However, she had a great time and in the end that’s all that matters! It’s always fun to have teammates go to races together, and I am lucky to have such a great crew who support each other.

Hincapie Gran Fondo

It was a much chillier day in Greenville. The rain rolled in towards the late morning and the temperatures dropped from what was already cold enough- but that just made it that much more epic. Plus, they all rode to the start of the ride, for some adding 10 and the others 15 miles!

This was the 3rd time here for Robin, Sarah and Tracey and Sarah will be happy to report that she had a PR. Darrell, Josh and Missy were all first-timers and they all had a great time. Kimberly, Shannon and I were diligent sherpas and Layla did her best attempt at emotional support dog. I’d like to keep up the tradition of this being a yearly team event with more of our crew on board for 2020.

We have a week off next week but will be back in two for another BIG weekend! Stay tuned…

Weekend Update: Dam Tri, Greensboro Cannonball Half Marathon, Kiawah Island Triathlon

Another weekend of thrills (and spills) for Team AMEC. We had racers headed all over the place and I am happy to report that we had a great times and great results everywhere we went. Let’s start with Saturday…

Dam Tri

Greg and AJ headed up to Lake Murray for a local’s favorite, the Dam Tri. This was the last tri of their 2019 season before we ramp up for their first full distance races at IM Texas in April. Sadly, Greg took a bit of a spill hitting some gravel on a descent. Happily, he escaped with just TONS of road rash and not a serious injury that would put a definite kink in his training. AJ raced like a rockstar. They’ll both be at the Kiawah Half Marathon next.

Greensboro Cannonball Half Marathon

It was a family affair in Greensboro when Andreas, Emily and Melissa all ran the Greensboro half. This was the longest run Emily had ever done and I am super stoked for all of them. Excitingly this was a training day for Melissa who will be at the NYC Marathon in just a few short weeks!

Kiawah Island Triathlon

After another year of a hurricane delay for the Kiawah tri, Sunday was finally race day and it was good for all involved. And other than a pretty rough and tumble swim everyone enjoyed themselves.

I’m really excited to report that Sandy won overall female and placed 6th overall overall! We were a little concerned that with the delay in the race that we missed her peak window, but obviously not! She crushed it- hitting all the target numbers we went in with. Next up for her is Kiawah Marathon and then IM Texas!!

But wait! We also had lots of other podium spots!

  • Emily- 1st in AG
  • James- 2nd in AG
  • Ken- 2nd in AG
  • Scotty- 2nd in AG
  • Angie- part of the 1st place female relay team
  • Ashley and Missy- part of the 2nd place female relay team

And not to overlook our other badasses… Heather was part of the 4th place female relay team, Sandra rocked it out as a training race for NC 70.3 next week and Steve continues to get faster and faster! GREAT WORK EVERYONE!! We have a lot coming up so please stay tuned! AND….. we still have room on our team for my athletes. If you are thinking about a coach and want to join our family, contact me!

Weekend Update: IM Maryland, Hellhole Gravel Grind, IM Chattanooga, Augusta 70.3

Hi! It’s been a while since we have had a big weekend to talk about but we sure did last weekend. And as real life goes, we had some good results and some not so happy times. Here we go….

IM Maryland

The IM Maryland weekend started with the underwear fun run on Friday. These are always a great way to take the edge off your pre-race nerves and everyone enjoyed themselves.

I am so proud to announce that Shannon, Jenn, and Angie all became ironwomen this weekend- each crushing their first Ironman ever! I loved following their progress throughout the day and getting updates of all their smiling faces.

If you asked them, I would expect they would all say they exceeded their own expectations but I knew that they would all do amazing. I have enjoyed the process of preparing them, knowing that they were each soooo ready- even when they were not sure of themselves.

Also a huge shout out to our ladies’ teammates and loved ones- Missy, Ashley, Sandra and honorary Team AMEC member Peggy- for being the best sherpas and cheerleaders ever

Hellhole Gravel Grind

We had a big team showing at the Hellhole Gravel Grind this weekend. With 1, 2, or 3 days of riding we had peeps pushing their limits and doing AWESOME. I’m about to talk about 1 and 2 day but they all started the weekend with the Friday night Prologue- a 7 mile all out effort in the dusk of night. That’s such a fun way to start the weekend!

Dave, Michael, and Steve all crushed the 46 miler on Saturday.

Brian, Jenn, Joelle, Josh, Sarah, and Tracey rocked the 1-day 73 miler on Saturday- and other than Brian this was each of their longest gravel rides to date.

Sandy (and yours truly) were both plagued with a mechanical issue that prevented us from finishing the 2-day 73 milers. Bummer, but that’s life.

Melissa and Robin get a huge shout out. Melissa finished the 2-day 73 miler which meant 153 miles of gravel over three days. AND, after finishing her longest gravel ride ever of 73 miles on Saturday, Robin CAME BACK and supported Melissa by riding the first 27 miles of Sunday with her. I am so proud of both of them and I would dare to say they are each very proud of themselves.

Also, a HUGE thank you to our favorite HHGG volunteers Mike and Kimberly. They worked the aid stations like champions. And, Kimberly has signed on as Volunteer Coordinator for our future events. If you ever want to join in the fun we would love to have you!

IM Chattanooga and Augusta 70.3

Sadly, the rest of our weekend didn’t end as planned. We have all experienced the disappointment of a race setback- it’s part of life. But, they are part of the process and ultimately make you a stronger racer. The heat got to both Darrell and James. Darrell suffered from severe dehydration and had to withdraw from Chatty around mile 18 of the run. I know he is disappointed but recognizes he made the right decision. James also suffered from heat-related cramping during Augusta 70.3 He finished, but not with the time we were hoping for. Both guys put in all the work and were completely ready- but Mother Nature sometimes has a cruel way of reminding us who is boss. I am still very proud of them.