Weekend Update: Golden Nugget Triathlon and Sunset Beach Half-Marathon

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Tiffany and Jen getting ready to embark on their triathlon adventure!

Another great weekend for us here at Team AMEC.

Our Alaska ladies Tiffany and Jennifer did an amazing job at the Golden Nugget Triathlon in Anchorage.  I started working with the ladies late last fall, although I have known Tiffany for about 6 years now.  She was one of my athletes in my very first triathlon training clinic held at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2009.  I was thrilled for the opportunity to start working with her and Jennifer- who had never done a triathlon before yesterday.

Tiffany did great despite swimming a little extra (whoops ;-0). She’s been coming back from an extended running injury and we’ve been working extra diligently to ease her back into running to prevent re-injury. I have been very pleased with her comeback.

Jennifer rocked it out in her very first tri ever!  With challenging winter weather conditions (duh, it’s Alaska) she put in a LOT of miles inside and all of her hard work paid off.  I can’t wait to watch her thrive this summer.

 

 

 

Elizabeth, half-marathon number 2!

Elizabeth, half-marathon number 2!

Elizabeth braved some really hot conditions to run her second half-marathon at The Sunset Beach Half.

As any runner knows, hot temperatures can make for a much harder day but she still did awesome.  I am really proud of everything she continues to do.  Quick recovery for her this week as she will be participating in a mud run this weekend.  I also hear she plans to do yet another half in October.  Stay tunes!

Weekend Update: TOSRV and Clemson Triathlon

Michael, Jennifer, Chris and I starting Day 1 of TOSRV

Michael, Jennifer, Chris and I starting Day 1 of TOSRV

It was another great weekend for Team AMEC.

I got to spend some time in Ohio visiting some of my athletes and seeing Chris’ hometown for the first time.  We completed TOSRV- a 2 day ride of 105 miles each. Day one goes from Columbus to Portsmouth, and on day two you return. Chris and I thought this would be a great last big training block for the Dirty Kanza 200 on May 30th AND participate in something with some athletes I do not get the luxury of seeing very often: Jennifer, Michael, and Amy.

 

 

 

 

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Amy and her husband Chris at the finish.

 

Day one was a bit brutal, with a serious headwind the WHOLE 105 miles (I’m not exaggerating) and 90+ degree heat.  It was Amy’s first century ride, and as you can see she was all smiles at the finish.  All things considered, everyone did GREAT!

Day two was more enjoyable as the winds had died down and the temperatures were a little cooler.  Jen and Amy did the one day option but Michael rode with Chris and I day 2.  Back to back 100+ milers isn’t easy but he had a great ride and I am super proud of him!

Doug- 3rd place AG

Doug- 3rd place AG

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile, in Clemson, SC- Doug continues to rock out the 2015 triathlon season with a 3rd in AG finish at the Clemson triathlon.  He has a busy, busy race schedule so you will be hearing a lot about him this summer.

 

Weekend Update: TryCharleston and USA Cycling Team Time Trial National Championships

What a great weekend for Team AMEC! We had some great results at TryCharleston, and let’s start with the 70.3 distance:

Tracey finishing her first 70.3!

Tracey finishing her first 70.3!

Tracey finished completed her first ever half distance and placed 2nd in her category!  I am SO proud of everything she has accomplished. She has become fierce on the bike- in the last 6 months I have been watching her power increase tremendously. She’s been kicking some serious butt at TotalCyclist and it is paying off! Next up: Ironman 70.3 Racine

Don with his adoring fans!

Don with his adoring fans!

 

Don is coming into his 2015 race season with guns blazing!  He also placed 2nd in his division with an impressive time of 4:43:52! This was a PR for him (yahoo!) and a sign for things to come this year.  We’ve got a few things up our sleeves along the way, but we are REALLY focused on Ironman Chattanooga Can’t wait to keep you updated on all he does this year.

 

 

 

 

What can I say? It's Bree!

What can I say? It’s Bree!

 

And here we have our lovely Bree- who sent me her race report starting,  “It sucked…oh, but I PRed by 20 minutes”  That’s why  I love this girl :) She’s been working SO hard and I am so pleased with her results.  In addition to me coaching her, she has also been attending TotalCyclist classes, and that 20 minute PR came mostly from the bike! We have big plans for 2015, and I can’t wait to report on when she is a 140.6 finisher!

No picture of Toby, but yet again he pulled through some great results.  PR’ing this race AGAIN this year- he is right at the cusp of breaking 5 hours! Oh, and guess what? He also attends TotalCyclist and took over 10 minutes off his bike split from last year.  Coincidence? I think not! His A race this year is IM Chattanooga and I know he is going to crush it.

Doug in transition

Doug in transition

And rounding out my half-distance athletes this year is Doug.  He finished right at his goal time and placed 8th in his AG. We have just started working together and I am looking forward to everything we can accomplish this year and beyond.  He’s got some exciting goals that I’ll be sharing in the future.

 

Now, to my sprint distance finishers:

Pre-race selfie with Melissa and Kelsey!

Pre-race selfie with Melissa and Kelsey!

 

My favorite Georgia peach, Kelsey, completed her first ever triathlon and finished 3rd in her AG! This was just a practice race for Boulder 70.3 She has been so great to work with. We started last year when she wanted to ride the Copper Triangle, then she thought maybe a triathlon would be fun, now we are on our way to a half-ironman.  Oh, and she’s a TotalCyclist client, too (see a pattern here?)

 

Melissa, who I started working with this winter, came in 4th in her AG AND PR’ed this race- shaving 5 minutes off her time from last year.  4 of those minutes came from the bike split.  Guess what? She’s a TotalCyclist client, too! I love her dedication and enthusiasm and I can’t wait to see what we can do the rest of the year.

 

Kinsey impresses me with her tenacity and strong will.  She has been battling some injuries but we decided to create a game plan for this race and just go with it.  First out of the water with a time of 9:24, she held her own on the bike and made it through the run.  We’re on our way getting her back to tip-top shape to crush some peeps this summer.

 

And, rounding out my sprint distance athletes is another newbie: Chris.  This was his first triathlon and a practice race for Raleigh 70.3 this summer.  He placed a VERY respectable 4th in his AG and a lightning fast 9 minute flat swim.  He’s taken the fast track to triathlon and I am excited to see how this plays out.

This was a great weekend for everyone. I really love reporting such great news!

Women's 35+ Masters Nationals Team Time Trial Champions

Women’s 35+ Masters Nationals Team Time Trial Champions

In closing, my Boyd Cycling Factory teammates and I took home the silver medal at USA Cycling Team Time Trial National Championships this weekend.  A huge thanks to Boyd Cycling , the most wonderful and generous of sponsors, for supporting us.  If you want some fast wheels handmade in the USA then check them out!

Weekend Update: Columbia Downtown Triathlon, Race for the Inlet 5k, Fouche Gap Road Race

Bree crossing the finish!

Bree crossing the finish!

The Columbia Downtown Triathlon had two Team AMEC representatives this weekend.  The bike course is somewhat of a criterium race setup-  a big rectangle downtown with 4 turns.  Given the conditions were a bit wet and very hilly, it was a tough race.

Bree did awesome! She used it as a training day for TryCharleston half-ironman distance in a few weeks.  She has been training hard this winter getting ready for a big triathlon season.  I am extremely excited to report on all her results this year.   Stay tuned.

Doug also used Columbia as a training day for the half in Charleston.  He continues to post the fastest swim splits and hold his own the rest of the way. He’s another you are going to want to follow this year.

 

Elizabeth then and now.

Elizabeth then and now.

In case you have forgotten how far Elizabeth has come: look to your right :-) She continues on her quest to do every 5k in a 100 mile radius (that’s not really her goal, but she sure does a lot of them), has signed up for TWO more half-marathons, and if I play my cards right I might just be able to get her to do a marathon in 2016.

 

Finally, Ricky had another week of hard bike racing on an extremely hard course in a very hilly area of North Georgia. I’m continuing to enjoy watching him get faster and stronger on the bike.

 

Great job everyone.  Now get back to training!

Weekend Update: Cooper River Bridge Run, Run for the Shelter 5k

Results are in and we had a great weekend!

Team AMEC had quite the day at the Cooper River Bridge Run.  Results are in and here they are:

Go Don, woo-hoo!

Go Don, woo-hoo!

Don tore it up with a time of 40:20- a PR by 3 seconds. Now we are transitioning to triathlon season and I am really excite to help him PR some 70.3s and 140.6s.

Sarah, also tearing up the course.

Sarah, also tearing up the course.

Sarah also had a great day at CRBR, with a time of 47:05, which was a PR for her as well!  She is also transitioning to triathlon season and I suspect great results from her as well.

 

Ken, whom I am bummed I don’t have a picture from because they are always classic, also had an outstanding time of 46:41. That time was good enough for an 11th place finish in in 60-64 AG,and that was out of 816 men!

I have been coaching Ken for almost 4 years and he continues to impress me with his speediness.

 

 

Having fun, Hank and Pearce style.

Having fun, Hank and Pearce style.

Pearce and Hank had a fun day of running and drinking beer apparently. They are a dynamic duo that I have enjoyed coaching for several years now.  Looking forward to a great 2015 with them.

 

 

Go Kelsey go!

Go Kelsey go!

Kelsey raced the bridge, too.  She did great and is continuing to prepare for Boulder 70.3. She’s going to do fantastic at her first half-ironman and I can’t wait to report about it.

 

 

 

 

 

Bits and her dad- so sweet

Bits and her dad- so sweet

 

 

 

And. finally, Bits was able to participate in the bridge run with her dad.  This race has been on his bucket list for 15 years!  She’s about to explode onto the triathlon scene this year so watch out!

Elizabeth, continuing to kick butt.

Elizabeth, continuing to kick butt.

 

In other news…

 

Elizabeth broke 40 minutes for the second time in a 5k.  This particular race was all on gravel and had hills- both new experiences for her.  She did AWESOME as this was clearly the hardest 5k course she has ever run.

 

Katrina looking sharp in her Team AMEC kit,

Katrina looking sharp in her Team AMEC kit,

And, finally,a shout out to Katrina who is now a 70.3 finisher.  She brought Team AMEC with her in spirit with her snazzy gear.  Congratulations to her.