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

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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!

 

 

Weekend Update: USA Duathlon National Championships, Cooper River Bridge Run

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USA Duathlon National Championships

It was a BIG weekend for Sarah at USA Duathlon Nationals, racing both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s race was the Draft-Legal Sprint and she killed it, placing 3rd in her AG and qualifying for 2019 Duathlon Worlds in Pontevedra, Spain!

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She was greeted at the finish line by the race emcee- none other than The Chad Andrews, owner of TotalCyclist where Sarah does much of her training.

Sunday she raced the international distance, in which she also did great! At 14th in her AG she grabbed a slot at Worlds for this distance as well.

This was a great training day for Mountains to Main Street half-distance triathlon in a few weeks. I am excited for her finishing her first half!

 

Cooper River Bridge Run

The biggest running event in Charleston also took place this weekend, with Brian and Ken representing Team AMEC. After an AMAZING 2017 season, Brian has been recovering from a minor injury. This was his first race back and while he did not hit quite where he wanted, he still finished with an impressive 45:39.  I expect him to bounce back 100% and have a great 2018 season.

Ken fared well with a 50 min flat, placing 12th in the 60-64 AG.  Really proud of him!

Weekend Update: Kiawah Island Kids Triathlon

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Saturday was a great time for my youth Team AMEC athletes! They participated in the Kiawah Island Kids Triathlon.

As I predicted, Scotty was an overall contender. He placed 2nd overall and only 25 seconds behind 1st.  Scotty is starting his triathlon season strong and gearing up to his big race in a few weeks: the Richmond Youth Elite Triathlon.   His goal is to qualify for youth USAT Nationals in Ohio this summer.

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Madison wins the “toughest girl out there award.” This is my award, not an official one, but it should be.  After getting a flat tire at the beginning of the bike course, she was told she could run the remaining of the course (including the rest of the bike leg) or quitting.  Obviously, quitting is not a word we use at Team AMEC, and this little dynamite chose to run. I am super proud of her grit and determination. I expect big things to come out of this little one!

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And finally, a special mention to the rest of the Parker clan who are following in Scotty’s footsteps.  Sisters Lily and Emmylou showed their athletic potential by racing strong, with littlest lady placing 3rd in her AG.

 

These are kids to watch in the future!

 

Weekend Update: Laurel Hill Off-Road Duathlon

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Whoot! What a great time we had at the Laurel Hill Off-Road Duathlon.  6 months ago I woke up in the middle of the night with a random idea for a race, and it was so great to see my dream become a reality today. Thanks so much to Charleston County Parks and Recreation for partnering with me and making this one awesome event.

 

As usual, my team did not disappoint in terms of racing or volunteering.  As everyone knows, I am so impressed with all my athlete’s love for each other and desire to cheer on their friends. This was a new type of event for everyone- some of them had never done anything off-road before, and I think they are all hooked!

 

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Scotty started his season with an impressive 16th overall and ready to tackle big triathlon goals this year.  It was also great to have his dad, Steve, out there racing with him.

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Sarah killed it with a 4th overall female placement.  She was on a borrowed mountain bike as she has never really ridden off-road before, and I am pretty sure a new bike is now in her future.  She’ll be headed to Duathlon Nationals in April and I know she will do great.

 

 

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I was super stoked for out of town Team AMECers  Jen and Michael travel down from Ohio, and Darrell to make the trip from Marietta to join us for the race.  They all had a great race.

I don’t have a single damn picture of Michael Bannister’s award-winning race attire, but it worked as he had the 2nd fastest bike split and finished 7th.  Maybe we can get him to run more and then he will win…

 

 

 

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Also props to Jane for having the fastest female bike split, Tracey for racing on a borrowed bike, Robin and Missy for trusting me that they would do great and have fun,  Melissa for racing with a maybe slightly still broken elbow, Bree for jumping back in to racing, Jerry for coming out in the cold, and Joelle and Dawn and mini-team AMECers Madison and Hadley for being the best course marshals/cheerleaders out there.

You guys are all the best.  And the race was such an overall success- we will be back next year!