Weekend Update: Ironman NC, Myrtle Beach Half Marathon, Ironman Miami 70.3, Aruba Challenge

This was a busy weekend for Team AMEC. We had 9 racers representing in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Aruba!

Ironman NC

10221608041 It was a cold start at Ironman NC img_2334and it proved to be a VERY windy day.  Regardless, we had a fantastic day in both the 70.3 and the full ironman- which was shortened by 56 miles on the bike due to the conditions of the roads and flooding from Hurricane Matthew.  A special shout out to Shannon for her amazing sign and support, and also to Bree who took the day to travel up there to be a cheerleader.







Joelle, Milo and Missy both became first time 70.3 finishers, and Rick became a first time 84.6 finisher.


The wind made for some slower than normal times but as anyone knows,  there’s nothing you can do about weather conditions.  Everyone still gave 100% effort and did great.






Rick finished the “full” distance in 8:44- on track for the time we had expected should the bike course been the full 112 miles.  I would expect that another full ironman will be in his future.



Unfortunately not a PR for Melissa – she finished in 6:47- but the wind was never as bad as today.  14695581_1286007868117689_294281247207792026_n

She crushed it so hard that she got to spend some time with an IV afterwards! She is fine and felt great right after- in fact, probably better than anyone else.



img_2548Joelle finished a minute before her, in 6:46 and Missy came in at the 7 hour mark.  Milo had a great run split to come in at 5:38, a great first time 70.3/windy conditions time!




Honestly, because of the conditions everyone’s bike times were about 30 minutes off from what we expected so I think everyone’s times reflect 100% effort.

So proud of all of them- HUGE progress was made this year and I can’t wait until 2017.







Myrtle Beach Half Marathon




Before the half on Sunday, Elizabeth was busy running a 5k on Saturday.  THEN she proceeded to PR the half marathon by almost 8 minutes. She’s knocking on the door of breaking 3 hours and is become quite the running beast.

I expect a text from her any time now regarding another half marathon soon.











Meridee is in taper week for the Marine Corp Marathon next weekend where she is hoping to PR and qualify for Boston.  Needless to say, when she asked me what I thought about racing today I told her she could go “run and have fun.” BUT if she tried to race it I would “stab her.” So, she dressed as a bat, ran with a friend, and had fun.  Stay tuned to read about her killing it next week.






Ironman Miami 70.3

Luis finished his triathlon season with a fantastic time of  5:03 in Miami on Sunday. We had hoped to break 5 hours but in this case the swim conditions proved to be difficult.  Very strong currents made for slower swim times.  Most returning racers said that their swim times were about 10 minutes slower than last year.  So, if the conditions had been a little more favorable we would have absolutely made our goal.


Challenge Aruba

Danny had a great day finishing up his 2016 season in Aruba. He was battled hot and windy conditions and still killed it. He finished 3rd in his AG.


Great job everyone! Check in next week for more exciting results.



Weekend Update: Columbus Half Marathon, The Dam Tri, Susan G Koman Race for the Cure 5k

I love when the texts from my athletes start coming through on race weekends. This weekend brought nothing but good news from all of them!

Columbus Half Marathon




Michael did amazing at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Half Marathon.  He went in with the hopes of breaking 2 hours and he did, finishing in 1:57:55.   Additionally this CRUSHED his previous best time of 2:10:02- almost 1 min/mile faster splits. He worked so hard and I am so proud of him!







The Dam Tri





Bree and Doug both had great days in Columbia on Saturday.

Bree had a strong performance at the Dam Tri, the last triathlon in the Setup Events SC Triathlon Series. She wrapped up the season with two special accomplishments of the series: the Midlands Region SC Champ and the overall Series Champion.

She has been pushing through a nagging back injury this season and it is great to see her wrap it up with these wins.  Now it’s time for some rest and recovery and we’ll be back at it for next year in no time.





Doug also has a great end of season. He placed 2nd in his AG at the Dam Tri.




He also took home the Upstate Region and Midlands Region SC Champ as well as the overall series win.   I’m very happy for him!





I also wanted to give a quick shout out to Missy for her bad-ass accomplishment at the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure 5k in Charleston.  She had a personal best 5k time of 26:12.  That’s a 8:27 min/mil pace-over 30 seconds per mile faster than her previous best.  She also placed 6th in her AG- in a field of over 150 runners.  So excited for her and can not wait to see how she does next weekend at her first half ironman!

Weekend Update: Swim Around Charleston, Augusta 70.3, Cystic Fibrosis Ride, Hellhole Gravel Grind

It was another great- but HOT- weekend for Team AMEC athletes. We were doing a little bit of everything: swimming, triathlon, road riding, and gravel grinding.

Swim Around Charleston



3 Team AMEC athletes swam and 1 Team AMEC athlete and Team AMEC fans acted as boat support for the 12 mile Swim Around Charleston.





Madison braved the waters for the entire 12 miles, swimming in the solo category and finishing in 5 hours, 19 minutes. She wanted to finish in 6 hours so obviously all the long hours and and meters swam in training paid off.



Kelsey traveled back to Charleston to visit her friends and teammates and swam in a duo category with Joelle. They placed 2nd in their category.  This was GREAT training and a nice change of pace for both ladies.  Kelsey is training for IM Arizona and Joelle is weeks away from IM NC 70.3.







Even though none of them were likely paying attention to the scenery, it appears to have been a beautiful day.

Perhaps Missy and Shannon were able to enjoy it while being the  supporting boat crew for Kelsey and Joelle.  Team member and proud dad Jerry acted as support for Madison.








And as usual, the entire team managed to get a picture together. I’ve said it before but one of the things that makes me most proud of my team is how supportive they are of each other.


Augusta 70.3img_3552

Anyone who had a friend or loved one racing Augusta 70.3 this weekend knows that the heat was BRUTAL and proved too much for many of the racers.

Tracey managed to muddle through, really feeling the temperatures on the run.  Her time was not what she wanted it to be but given the conditions she should be proud of herself for simply finishing.

Bree wasn’t as lucky, unfortunately. Having been plagued with lower back issues for the last few months, her bike leg proved to be very painful.  By the time she got to the run the pain and the heat were just too much to bear.  As any athlete knows, some days just aren’t in our control.  The only thing you can do is get over it and move on.  She’s a tough lady and I know she’ll carry on.




Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life


Mother and Son Team AMEC athletes Pam and Scotty rode for a cure on Saturday.  Pam rode the 30 mile ride and Scotty did the 100.  For those that remember a few years back, Scotty created the Scotty’s Ride for Water raising money and awareness for Water Mission International.  He rode across the state of SC.  Well, next summer he will be taking it a few steps further and riding across the country! He has been training so hard and AMAZINGLY was one of the first finishers of the 100 miler.  And he’s 12. I’d say he has a future :-)






Hellhole Gravel Grind


And finally… While I never post my own results here, I wanted to today because I am so happy.  It was a brutal weekend in the Hellhole Swamp at the Hellhole Gravel Grind,a 3 day stage race on the gravel roads of the Francis Marion Forest. This is the 4th year of the event and I have been after the top stop on the podium since it’s inception.  Going into the 3rd day I was sitting in second and prepared to miss it once again.  However, no matter how things appear if you stay focused and shop up ready to go – you never know what might happen.  I FINALLY did it, winning the 3rd day stage and then once the 3 days of times were combined won the entire race.

And thanks to Brian Fancher of Brian Fancher Photography for the great pictures that captured all the moments of the weekend.

Never give up.

Weekend Update: BFF 5k and Kiawah Island Triathlon

Another great weekend but a slightly sad one for me as it marks the end of the racing season for several of my athletes. We went out strong so let’s get to that.



Elizabeth put together a great picture that captures our 4 years of progress together.  At the BFF 5k she continued to shave time- this year PR’ing by 1:10. You can clearly see how each year she gets stronger and faster. I am SO proud of all her hard work and determination and how she continues to be such an inspiration to her friends and family- and especially her son! Her fall racing season is just getting started so expect to see more PRs in the near future.










The Kiawah Island olympic distance triathlon is always a great time and I usually have a lot of athletes participating. This year was no exception as I had TWELVE racers today.  For some of them this race marks the end of the triathlon season, and for others it’s a fine-tuning race for longer distance races in the fall.  We had a mix of both this year, and in both scenarios we did FANTASTIC! I am so proud of everyone and I hope they are all stoked with their performances.


Before I go into any specifics, here are our results in a nutshell:1






First Time Olympic Distance Finishers:img_2434

  • Missy
  • Tucker

Personal Records (PRs):

  • Don (by 8 minutes)
  • Jason (by 5 minutes)
  • Luis (by 14 minutes)
  • Sarah (by 2 minutes)


  • Danny, 1st in AG
  • Don, 1st Grand Master Male
  • Ken, 1st in AG
  • Luis, 3rd in AG
  • Melissa, 1st in AG
  • Sarah, 3rd in AG
  • Shaun, 3rd in AG





This was the end of the 2016 triathlon season for Jason, Ken and Sarah so I know they are thrilled to have ended on a high note.   3


I will be expecting all three of them to dominate this winter as they transition to running races. (Sarah, you are transitioning to running races, right?)







Joelle, Melissa, and Missy all used today as a pre-race prep for Ironman 70.3 North Carolina.

Melissa will be looking for a PR and Joelle and Missy will become first time half-ironman finishers.







Danny and Luis also have half-iron distance races in their immediate future: Danny will be in Aruba for the Challenge Aruba in a few weeks and Luis will be at Ironman 70.3 Miami.

Don is less than a month  away from the Ironman World Championships in Kona. Not only did he PR and win Grand Masters today but he raced on an old road bike with clip on aero bars as his tri bike is already on route to Hawaii.  I think this race was total confirmation to him (and me) that we have done everything right and are ready to crush it!






Shaun and Bill are gearing up for Ironman Florida in November.  Shaun kicked some serious butt today coming in 3rd in his AG with no taper at all. In fact, he did a 16 mile run on Tuesday.  I seriously doubt the first and second place finishers did that.


14317540_3304536017558_6940987370970654760_nAlso, a big shout out to the Blue Sky Endurance Triathlon Training Team finishers! Matt, William and Valerie are now olympic distance finishers.  Great work, guys. I have enjoyed riding with you over the last 4 months.







20160918_114429Stay tuned, we have lots more to talk about this year!

Weekend Update: White Lake Triathlon, 106 West High Triathlon and Misc. 5ks

img_4046Another weekend of racing is over and we had more great results.

Cindi and Dawn finished their seasons at the White Lake International distance triathlon.



Cindi  had a great race and placed 2nd in her AG.  She had an amazing season- PR’ing multiple times at the Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series and winning her AG every race as well as in the overall series. She is going to spend the winter cross-training and recovering before we ramp up in the spring for another good season.








Dawn continues to show her toughness by pushing through with an injury.  She had a great swim and bike and continued to run even though it was extremely painful.  Our plan for the winter is strength training to work on her hip imbalance and get her in tip-top shape for 2017.




Brian completed the White Lake Half distance as a training day for IM Cozumel. We have a good idea of where he is with his fitness and we are ready to spend the last few months ramping him up to get it done.




Kelsey and Lauren competed in the highest altitude triathlon in the world: the 106 West Tri.  The half iron distance’s conditions were brutal: really cold water and very windy bike course, which any athlete knows leads to one thing: a really long run.  But these ladies finished like champions.  This was a perfect training day for Ironman Arizona– that should feel like a piece of cake!





Patty had a GREAT 5k- PR’ing by over 30 seconds and winning her AG.  We are both very excited about her progress in the short amount of time we have been working together.  She has a 10k on the short horizon and then we will get her ready for the 2017 tri season.





Elizabeth ran her 5k with her son.  He is loving getting fit with his mom and did great.  He placed 4th in his AG. It’s so great to see them having fun together.  Elizabeth will be running a 5k on her own next weekend and then will focus on some longer running races.