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.

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