Weekend Update: Charleston Sprint Series Championship

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Man, it is so hard to believe that the sprint series has come to an end. Race #5 always proves to be a tough one: the competition is steep and it’s usually hotter than hell. However, Team AMEC had another awesome day out there.IMG_7927

I was able to make it in time to cheer everyone on during the run, which is always great fun for me.

 

 

 

 

 

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Podiums

Darrell- 3rd in AG (even after a 80 mi ride Wednesday and a 16 mi run Thursday since he’s in IM training.)
Dave- 1st in Category
Kinsey- 3rd in AG
Sarah- 1st in AG (and 6 seconds off her PR, dang it!)IMG_7931

All- time PRs

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2017 Series PRs

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2017 Series Championship Standings

Anne-Patrick- 12th in AG
Bree- 2nd in Category
Burt- 11th in Category
Darrell- 2nd in AG
Dave- Overall Category Winner
Dawn- 6th in AG
Emily- 10th in AG
Joelle- 3rd in AG
Ken- Overall AG Winner
Melisa- 3rd in AG
Melissa- 9th in AG
Milo- 6th in AG
Missy- 11th in AG
Pearce- 4th in AG
Sarah- Overall AG Winner
Sheri- 6th in AG

 

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While the summer draws to a close yet again, that doesn’t mean we are done.  Most of the team has just begun for the late summer/early fall season.  Stay tuned!

Weekend Update: Lake Logan, Copper Triangle, Pan Mass Challenge

kelseylaurenWe had 4 of our amazing ladies do some epic shit this weekend.

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Tracey took to the Lake Logan 70.3 this weekend, pictured here with another Team AMEC badass, Missy, who played cheerleader today.  This was Tracey’s second mountainous half iron distance race and she did great: shaving 48 minutes off her overall time- 37 of those minutes on her bike split.

 

Lauren and Kelsey tackled the Copper Triangle for the 3rd year in a row.   This is a 78 mile ride of 6000 feet of climbing that crosses 3 of the major mountain passes of Colorado. They finished in just under 6 hours.  These ladies are now gearing up for Austin 70.3  and I would say they have the bike leg covered now.

 

 

 

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And finally, Melissa crushed the Pan Mass Challenge: 2 days of riding where she covered 110 miles on Saturday and 80 on Sunday.  The most amazing part of this is that she didn’t even own a bike 8 months ago!  She has worked so hard and I am very happy for her.  I hope she’ll come up with something else epic soon.  Her husband, Rick, is also a Team AMEC peep and is preparing for IM Louisville in October.

 

 

Weekend Update: Charleston Sprint Triathlon #4

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It’s hard to believe the summer is almost over.   The second to last sprint triathlon of the season was today and everyone is continuing to improve.  And folks, I expect BIG things at the championship race in 2 weeks.

Let’s break it down into Podiums and PRs and having their best time of the season.

 

Podiums

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Darrell- 3rd in AG
Dave- 1st in Category
Ken – 1st in AG
Sarah- 2nd in AG

 

 

 

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All-time PRs

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2017 series PRs

Anne-Patrick       Dave
Dawn                 Emily
Joelle                 Milo
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Two more weeks ’til the big dance. And then we move on to all our big fall races.  Great job, everyone.

 

 

Weekend Update: Williamsburg Rev3, Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series #3

We had a busy weekend of racing!
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While most of our crew was at the Charleston Sprint, Darrell was crushing the Williamsburg REV3TRI half distance.  He shaved 16 minutes off his previous 70.3 PR and placed 7th in his AG!

We are just a few months out from his first full ironman at IM Chattanooga and I am getting very excited for him. He is having a great year and I expect great things.

 

 

 

 

 

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We had quite a lot of accomplishments today at the Charleston Sprint Series.  We had podiums, almost-podiums, PRs, and almost-PRs.

We always start with the ladies so let’s talk about the men.

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Newest Team AMEC member Dave placed 1st in his category! He’ll be competing in his first 70.3 this fall.

 

 

 

 

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Oldest Team AMEC member Ken placed 1st in his AG- next stop for him is USAT Olympic Distance Nationals in 5 weeks.

 

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Jason came as close as ever to the podium and ALMOST PR-ed.  He missed it by a bummer of 4 seconds.  He had a bit of a slip- but not a fall- in some gravel on the bike which surely cost him more than 4 seconds.  So I expect a podium and new PR is right around the corner.

 

Burt had this best ever bike split- 29:45- and is knocking on the door of breaking an hour overall.

Pearce has jumped back into the race season after a long hiatus and is only a few minutes off from his best time.

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Sarah placed 2nd in AG, missing the top spot by only 8 seconds.  I am anticipating a win next time.

 

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After YEARS of battling a glute/hip injury, Melisa is back and she placed 3rd in her AG! I am so, so, so excited for her.

 

 

 

 

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Missy PR’ed and had a really, really great swim!  We’re gearing up for her first full ironman distance race this fall.

 

Dawn, who has also been battling a running injury for some time now was only 2 minutes off her PR, which was a few years ago. This is the best race she’s had since her injury and I am thinking we’ve turned the corner!

Melissa was only a handful of seconds off her PR- she’ll get it by the end of the season.

 

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Joelle had a great bike split and is knocking on the door of the podium, I can feel it.

Other newest Team AMEC member Emily is also steps away from a podium and I plan to help her get there. She’ll be competing in her first 70.3 this fall.

And finally, Sheri did great- her fastest bike split and only a little more than a minute off her PR, which was the first race of the year.  She will PR again before this season is up.

 

Weekend Update: Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series #1

The Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series is underway and we had a GREAT race 1!

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It’s hard to believe that the series is here as it is a huge part of my coaching career.  I have enjoyed watching athletes race and improve in these races for the last 9 years! I love these Sunday mornings when I check my phone for the first text of the day: a picture of all my peeps gathered together pre-race.  I love helping each of them improve but I love the fact that they are so supportive of each other even more!

 

Today we had podiums, PRs,  and honorable mentions.

 

 

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Podiums:

Bree 3rd in division

Darrell 1st in AG

Ken 1st in AG

PRs:

Darrell over 5 minutes

Missy over 3 minutes

Melissa over 1 minute

Sheri over 3 minutes

 

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Badass Honorable Mentions Awards:

Joelle raced after having fever and chills the day before

Dawn raced after waking up with a sore throat

Milo beat someone significant, and I’m going to leave it at that 😉

 

 

I can’t wait to continue to report on all of these athlete’s improvements, plus the results of all the others who could not be there today. It’s going to be a great summer- stay tuned!