It’s that time of year again for every weekend racing! This weekend marks the beginning and it was a great one for everyone.
Peyton’s Wild and Wacky 10 x 5k
This race is a very, very special one. It was started by Noah Moore in honor of his precious son Peyton who passed away in 2013. Peyton (pictured left) was a local runner, track and field star and all around great kid who was beloved by all. There were so many people from the local running community out there that I can’t mention them all, but here are the results from my coached athletes.
It brings me so much joy to say that Burt and his son Marshall were the overall 10x5k 2-man relay winners. Marshall was one of Peyton’s best friends and it was really important to him to do well. I am so excited that they WON!!! Here’s what Burt had to say: “Going into stage 9 of our division, 3 teams were all within 45 seconds of each other. Marshall ripped off a great run in stage 9 which gave us a bigger lead and I didn’t break down in stage 10 Those 5k intervals I’ve been doing certainly helped. We both stayed within 30 seconds on all of our 5k splits. We are very close with Noah and Jen so it was really special to have them present the award to us. ”
This was Sheri’s first time at such an event and she did GREAT in her 2 person female team with Diana. All 5 of her 5ks were very close in time, indicating that she has mastered the art of endurance pacing and is very well-trained. This is her second year in endurance sport and I am so excited to watch her improve during triathlon season.
Joelle (in gray, right) pushed through an IT band issue in order to not disappoint her teammate Ed. I’m not necessarily condoning such behavior as her coach, but I certainly didn’t discourage her from doing what she felt like she really needed/wanted to do. So, now we give her body a little break to recover and move on to tri season.
The Azalea triathlon, held in Wilmington, NC was the first Setup Events NCTS race of the year. Naturally, after the warmest February on record it was freezing cold this year. Although it wasn’t a PR, Patty did really well considering the conditions. It’s hard when a race doesn’t go exactly as planned but we all know it happens. She’ll be racing again in 2 weeks and I expect great results!
Race to LiveWell Duathlon
A very special athlete raced the Race to LiveWell Duathlon in Greenville, SC this weekend. Elizabeth is my BFF, having gone to high school together in Charleston and then racing bikes competitively together for the last 7 years. This was her first multi-sport race ever and my first privilege to coach her and she did GREAT. The race was held at the Donaldson Center in Greenville. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, it’s a great hilly course that’s been used for bike racing for years. She came in 8th in her division (a top-ten finish- yay!), she had a great time, and I had a weak moment and committed to doing one with her in November.
East Cooper Land Trust 5k
The East Cooper Land Trust is such an important organization in our rapidly growing community as their mission is to conserve green space in our area for all to enjoy. Their annual Race&Roast is a fun event with a trail run 5k. Sarah went out and crushed it- her first trail race ever- and finished 2nd Overall Female!
That’s her on the left>>>>
She has had a hell of a year and I am expecting HUGE things from her this tri season, especially now with her fancy new bike and wheels 😉
Parting notes…. I have mentioned this before and I am shamelessly plugging myself again. Don’t forget to follow my adventures this summer as I do Race Across America. Our Bike Law/Cycle for Survival facebook page will keep you in the know of all the good, bad, and the ugly that transpires from now until the minute we cross the finish line.
ALSO…. I have a couple openings for coaching. Here are some things you should know: It’s not too late to get started. I am not just for elite athletes- I have great people of all abilities. I would love to have you, as would all my great Team AMEC athletes. Contact me: email@example.com and let’s chat.
Have a great week, check back next Monday for another great weekend of results.