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!

Weekend Update: Charleston Marathon, The Whole Enchilada, Commonhouse Aleworks Opening

It was the first race of 2018 and we had some great results at the Charleston Marathon‘s half marathon and 5k.

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Missy was the official Team AMEC support squad leader today, braving the cold to cheer on her friends.

In the 5k:

Joelle, even after being sick all week, still managed to pull out a 2nd in AG award.
Dawn had an INCREDIBLE day with a 5k PR and 4th place in her AG.  She has worked so hard and we are over the moon with her results today!
Jerry crushed his competition and won his AG by almost a minute from 2nd place.

 

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Melissa had a very impressive day finishing only 4 minutes behind her half-marathon PR. Why is this so amazing? Well, she broke her elbow the week before Christmas and only starting running again this week. Before her injury she was super prepared to PR and I feel 100% sure that she would have had that not happened.

Brian started 2018 with another PR, finishing in 1:37:57.  This comes a month after PR’ing at the Kiawah Half-marathon.  I am really, really proud of him!

Rick tied his PR with a time 1:34:44, placing top 5 in his AG. Next up for him is a 50k trail race in April.

The Whole Enchilada

Chris traveled to the Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC for a 35 mile mountain bike race, The Whole Enchilada. It had rained all week and the course was really tough.  He did great, however, and is poised to kill it at The Cape Epic in Cape Town, South Africa, in March.  As his coach (and wife, duh) I am looking forward to traveling with his as his support.

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Finally today, I would like to give props to Team AMEC athlete Pearce, and legacy team member Hank, for all their hard work and determination in following their dreams in opening Commonhouse Aleworks this weekend.  Their Grand Opening was a huge success.  Go check them out!

Weekend Update: Kiawah Half-Marathon and Jingle Bell 5k

2017 has been such a great year and we are wrapping it up with more fantastic results.  I couldn’t be any prouder of this team!

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Sarah finished the year amazing results and tons of PRs with one more: a finish time of 1:36 which is a 3 minute half-marathon PR and was good enough to place her 5th in her AG. I am so incredibly proud to have been with her on this journey from a newbie triathlete to a fierce competitor. She is going to kick some serious ass in 2018.

 

Needless to say, I was beyond excited when she FINALLY brought her husband Josh onto the team and I was able to get my hands on a diamond in the rough.  He completed his first half-marathon with a very impressive time of 1:43. He has made huge gains already in the few months that I have coached him so I can’t wait to get him into the 2018 race season.

And last but not least, Brian also KILLED it with a 25 minute half-marathon PR.  When we started together early 2017 he wasn’t even sure if the half distance would be possible after his multiple knee surgeries, but if he could compete his goal was “under 2 hours, but close to 1:45 would be ideal”.  We worked very hard but also very smart and got him to the finish line feeling great in 1:38!!!! He’s another one that I know will do nothing but get faster in 2018.

 

Jingle Bell 5k

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The Jingle Bell 5k also brought us some great results.  Missy, taking a break from racing since her Florida ironman, came out as the Team AMEC cheerleader and brought Joelle and Jerry to victory.  Both placed 1st in their AG today and I am super excited for both of them! Joelle and I switched our focus this year to speed over distance and it is paying off well.

 

I can’t believe it but this is it for the year.I am so honored to work with each of my athletes and can’t wait for all the big things to come in 2018.  I still have room for a few more athletes if you are interested in coaching this year.  We would love to have you and you would love to have them- they are the best group of people you could ever race with! Contact me.