Weekend Update: Southern CX, Historic Brooks Road Race and Parris Island Sprint Triathlon

It’s race season once again which means Weekend Update is back!

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Southern Cx leaving it’s mark on Pearce

Pearce finished his endurance cross double header at Southern Cx this weekend by racing in some very wet, muddy, epic conditions.  It tried to get the best of him but it did not- he finished 8th in his category and rode the last 4 miles looking pretty gnarly after a bit of a tussle with the ground. I think it’s fair to say he is totally hooked on endurance gravel racing so I am looking forward to hearing what he wants to do next.

 

Also in bicycle racing news… Ricky finished his second weekend as a bike racer and joined the unfortunate ranks of us who are in a break the majority of the race only to be caught by the field in the last few miles.  We’ve all been there, but it’s a great learning experience and still a ton of fun. With bike racing the only way you are going to win is if you risk loosing.  Sometimes it works, but not always.

 

 

Doug starting the run at Parris Island

Doug starting the run at Parris Island

 

 

Finally, Doug kicked off the 2015 triathlon season with a 4th place AG at the Parris Island triathlon

Next he will be tackling the TryCharleston half ironman. We’ve just started working together and I am looking forward to helping him have a great season- he has some really big goals!

 

Stay tuned for more updates- the schedule is starting to heat up!

Weekend Update: Charleston Half Marathon / Charleston Marathon

What a fantastic weekend at the Charleston Marathon for Team AMEC. The weather was lovely- and there was an added bonus of a little extra distance on the course! That wasn’t really a welcome bonus BUT everyone did well all the same.

First, here are our results in the half marathon distance:

Sarah celebrating her MAJOR PR!

Sarah celebrating her MAJOR PR!

Sarah tore it up with a 1:41 time- which just so happened to be a 13 minute PR. She worked so hard and this was such an amazing accomplishment.  I am very excited for her and look forward to helping her dominate the triathlon season this summer.

Kelly and Sarah- training partners and Team AMEC athletes.

Kelly and Sarah- training partners and Team AMEC athletes.

 

 

 

Kelly, who joined the triathlon season last year, ran her first half and came in sub-2 hours.  She, too, worked super hard, and I am very proud of her as well!  She and Sarah made excellent training partners and pushed themselves to be the best they could be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jerry after his first half.

Jerry after his first half.

Jerry, after missing his opportunity at the Kiawah Half in December since he decided to put a nail through his foot (he claims only a “little bit”), ran his first half as well and also came in under 2 hours! This follows his first Olympic distance triathlon in September.  I have really enjoyed him being a part of Team AMEC.

Melissa, smiling after her PR.

Melissa, smiling after her PR.

 

 

 

Melissa ALSO PRed, by staying ahead of the 2:15 pace group and not letting them catch her.  This was our strategy and she stuck to it to succeed.  I am really looking forward to transitioning her into triathlon season and watching her PR all over the place!

 

 

 

 

Amy, in the photo she is probably thankful I used :)

Amy, in the photo she is probably thankful I used :)

Amy, who represents Team AMEC from Ohio, decided to race while on a girl’s weekend with my other 2 Ohio ladies. She has been running marathons and half-marathon like a crazy lady this winter, and while she did not PR she DID shave time of the half she did a few weeks ago.  Amy just got a bike and I am looking forward to her trying out some triathlons this year.  She (along with the other Ohios) will also be doing TOSRV this spring- a 100 mile ride down the Scioto River Valley on Saturday, and another 100 miles back up on Sunday.  Since this ends/starts in Chris’ hometown, he and I will be attending as well as training for Dirty Kanza.

Bree! Her first marathon!

Bree! Her first marathon!

Now on to the marathon:

Bree, in her first marathon, persevered after dealing with some GI issues at mile 18.  I am really proud of her for pushing through and I am looking forward to her also tearing up the triathlon season this year.  She will be racing her first ironman in Florida this year as well.  A year of firsts for her!

 

 

Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out for us in races- and most of us have experienced.  I am so super bummed for Kelsey for having to pull out at mile 18 while experiencing severe dehydration issues.  It”s a difficult thing to deal with, especially when your training as been so on-point and you were expecting a major PR.  But, it happens.  And when it does the strong say, “Onward and upward” and move on to the next thing.  Kelsey will be racing her first 70.3 this year in Boulder. I know she will tear it up.

 

And, on another note, I was thrilled to see my 3 Ohio ladies this weekend.  During their girls weekend I took them for a ride to tour the Charleston area and give them some cycling tips.  Amy and Jen M have just started riding and I hope they will love their bikes as much as Jen A and I do!

Anne + Ohio

Anne + Ohio

Weekend Update: Kiawah Half- Marathon and Monday Night Brewing 10k

Great weekend of racing for Team AMEC!

At the Kiawah Half-Marathon we had a podium and a PR.

Ken- 2nd place AG at Kiawah

Ken- 2nd place AG at Kiawah

Ken rocked it out, coming in under 1:45 and placing 2nd in his AG.    He’s had issues with injury (calf strains, hamstring pulls, etc) for the last few years.  Hasn’t had a single one in the last 6 months – incidentally coinciding with his switch to gluten-free.  Coincidence?  Not sure, but I am really happy with his performance.

PR for the man!

PR for the man

 

 

 

 

ALSO, super proud of my man Hank! We went into this race feeling good, feeling confident, and a PR ensued. Very excited for him to have shaved 7 minutes off his previous best. That was a great 13.1 effort.

 

 

 

In unfortunate news, Jerry decided to put a nail through his foot last week instead of running Kiawah.   And Tracey thought it would be fun to lock up her IT band to the point of barely being able to walk. We were ALL totally ready to crush and PR this race, so both going to recover that foot and try again at the Charleston Half- Marathon in a few weeks.  See, it happens to all of us from time to time.  So we pick up, brush off, carry on.

Andy looking speedy

Andy looking speedy

 

Finally, Andy had himself a great weekend, too.  He crushed the Monday Night Brewing 10k on Saturday.  (The brewery is called Monday Night- see how that could be confusing? ;-) )  He ran a speedy 41, which was good to place 1st in his AG and 12th overall!  Looking forward to an exciting 2015 season for him.

 

As always, love reporting on everyone on Team AMEC.  You really should consider jumping on board for 2015.  We’re a fun bunch.

Weekend Update: Reindeer Runs!

Elizabeth, now and then!

Elizabeth, now and then!

While reindeer runs are usually all about holiday fun, Team AMEC had a few significant ones to note…

Elizabeth continues to amaze me with her progress.  It was our 2 year anniversary this weekend.  The 2012 Conway Reindeer Run was her first EVER race.  It was a struggle for her, but she completed it in just under an hour and a half.  Fast forward 2 years, she las lost 118 pounds (and still going) and ran the race in HALF the time!  Guess what’s next? She is running the Myrtle Beach Half Marathon in February.  So proud of where she has come from and where she is going!

 

 

Sarah (left) after a 5k PR!

Sarah (left) after a 5k PR!

 

 

In other news, one of my newest Team AMEC peeps Sarah, went out and crushed the Charleston Reindeer Run.  She’s currently training for the Charleston Half Marathon and decided to go out and try to PR her 5k time this weekend. AND… she did! Can’t wait to see her kick some ass at her half.

Stay tuned for results from Team AMEC members next week after the Kiawah Half Marathon.

Weekend Update: Turkey Trots, IM Cozumel

Elizabeth last year and this year.  A race PR by 5 minutes!

Elizabeth last year and this year. A race PR by 5 minutes!

Lots of turkey trotting this week! Elizabeth, Ken, Kelly, Sarah, Jennifer, Eric, and Bree all headed out to run pre-dinner feast.

Special mention goes to Elizabeth at the Surfside Turkey Trot for running 5 minutes faster this year than last.

Ken and Grandson, post trot.

Ken and Grandson, post trot.

Also to Ken, who even after accidentally running off course for 0.25 miles, STILL won his AG and came in 9th overall in a Maryland trot.

Most everyone else just went out to have fun and dodge strollers and drink beer, and all those other things that make Thanksgiving great.

 

 

Pearce and Robert

Pearce and Robert

Finally, a HUGE congrats to Pearce and Robert for braving some seriously windy conditions at IM Cozumel .  SO bad that some athletes were actually blown off their bikes.

Both guys really held their own on the bike- trying very hard to tackle the wind without blowing out their legs for the run.  The run was about survival, and both did great! Robert is now an IRONMAN and Pearce is a 3x IRONMAN. I am super proud of both of them!