This was a busy weekend for Team AMEC. We had 9 racers representing in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Aruba!
It was a cold start at Ironman NC and it proved to be a VERY windy day. Regardless, we had a fantastic day in both the 70.3 and the full ironman- which was shortened by 56 miles on the bike due to the conditions of the roads and flooding from Hurricane Matthew. A special shout out to Shannon for her amazing sign and support, and also to Bree who took the day to travel up there to be a cheerleader.
Joelle, Milo and Missy both became first time 70.3 finishers, and Rick became a first time 84.6 finisher.
The wind made for some slower than normal times but as anyone knows, there’s nothing you can do about weather conditions. Everyone still gave 100% effort and did great.
Rick finished the “full” distance in 8:44- on track for the time we had expected should the bike course been the full 112 miles. I would expect that another full ironman will be in his future.
Unfortunately not a PR for Melissa – she finished in 6:47- but the wind was never as bad as today.
She crushed it so hard that she got to spend some time with an IV afterwards! She is fine and felt great right after- in fact, probably better than anyone else.
Joelle finished a minute before her, in 6:46 and Missy came in at the 7 hour mark. Milo had a great run split to come in at 5:38, a great first time 70.3/windy conditions time!
Honestly, because of the conditions everyone’s bike times were about 30 minutes off from what we expected so I think everyone’s times reflect 100% effort.
So proud of all of them- HUGE progress was made this year and I can’t wait until 2017.
Myrtle Beach Half Marathon
Before the half on Sunday, Elizabeth was busy running a 5k on Saturday. THEN she proceeded to PR the half marathon by almost 8 minutes. She’s knocking on the door of breaking 3 hours and is become quite the running beast.
I expect a text from her any time now regarding another half marathon soon.
Meridee is in taper week for the Marine Corp Marathon next weekend where she is hoping to PR and qualify for Boston. Needless to say, when she asked me what I thought about racing today I told her she could go “run and have fun.” BUT if she tried to race it I would “stab her.” So, she dressed as a bat, ran with a friend, and had fun. Stay tuned to read about her killing it next week.
Ironman Miami 70.3
Luis finished his triathlon season with a fantastic time of 5:03 in Miami on Sunday. We had hoped to break 5 hours but in this case the swim conditions proved to be difficult. Very strong currents made for slower swim times. Most returning racers said that their swim times were about 10 minutes slower than last year. So, if the conditions had been a little more favorable we would have absolutely made our goal.
Danny had a great day finishing up his 2016 season in Aruba. He was battled hot and windy conditions and still killed it. He finished 3rd in his AG.
Great job everyone! Check in next week for more exciting results.