Another fantastic weekend with lots of Team AMEC athletes doing some amazing stuff. This week we even have an international event to talk about
This is first time I get to talk about a family member.
My aunt Tricia (left) and her sister Chris did the Flowers Sea Swim in Grand Cayman. It was her first open water swim event ever. We had discussed it over Christmas and I assured her that even at 59 years old she was not crazy to consider doing it! She was an accomplished swimmer growing up in Maryland and I knew she would do great. She completed the swim in 42 minutes- placing 489th overall out of 915 finishers. Tricia said the water was beautiful and about 1/4 of a way through the swim a sea turtle swam right under her. She loved it so much that she is considering doing it again next year.
In case you’re wondering, her little sister Chris finished in 36 minutes, placing 306th overall.
Saturday was the NC/SC Regional Time Trial Championships.
Dawn and Don both participated as a training day for future events. Our goal for Dawn was to hold her goal Olympic Triathlon pace for the 40k event. She did exactly that and it was good enough for a 3rd place in the Master’s Women 45+ category. It was her first ever time trial and I am very proud of her results.
With Don, our sights are still on Kona training so we had a goal of holding 95% of his FTP. He nailed it- and then managed to run 6 miles at a 7:13 pace right off the bike. After the race we went back and looked at his results from last year and his average power was 10% higher this year. I am feeling really good about his progress and training.
I don’t really talk about myself here but I thought I would just throw in a picture of my gold medal finish in the Master’s Women 35+ division. Considering I am only 2 weeks “recovered” from DirtyKanza 200 I wasn’t really expecting great things. Even though it was not even close to a PR for me, it was still good enough for the top step so I’m pretty happy with that.
Sunday was the 2nd race of the Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series and we had a huge day.
I made a surprise appearance to cheer everyone on and managed to get a bunch of pictures. Everyone did GREAT as usual and I was so happy that I had the ability to be there. I always start with the women’s results so today I will change it up and talk about the guys.
I saw Pearce immediately after he finished and I’m pretty sure he threatened me to not take this picture. However, I’m the coach and I make the rules so I did it anyway.
He shaved 2 minutes off his time from the first race and placed 1st in his division. He was 2nd in the division a few weeks ago. So he now has to defend his position the rest of the series so he can also be the overall series winner.
Shaun, seen here with fellow Team AMEC peep Cindi, raced his first sprint of the season. He placed 1st in the 40-44 AG. I’m super excited about that, obviously, but even more so because this is NOT an easy AG to be in. These are some seriously fast dudes. We are going to continue to work on the sprint series while we start to transition to IM Florida training.
Milo, seen here with his lovely daughters, had a great day. In fact, it was just as great as his race a few weeks ago- somehow managing to finish in 1:10:07 BOTH times. Today that was good enough for a 7th place in AG- up from 8th a few weeks back. While this is still his PR time by A LOT- we certainly need to chip away at that time next time. Looks like more speed work for us!
I managed to get several of my ladies together at one time for a picture. Here are Cindi, Dawn, Melisa, and Joelle all smiles post-race.
Dawn, coming off of her awesome results the day before, raced her first sprint of the season. She did great, putting out an amazing bike split again today after riding really hard yesterday! She’s kicking butt in all areas but she is REALLY making some awesome strides in her riding. I am really happy for her and how much she loves her bike.
Cindi, who has been with me a month now, had a GREAT day. She won her AG and PR’ed by a few minutes. I can only imagine that as the summer progresses she will continue to get faster and faster. I am really looking forward to watching her season.
Joelle shaved 1 minute, 8 seconds off her time from the first race- which also put her 2nd in her AG this week, up from 3rd in the May race. We are going to keep chipping away at that sprint time while we transition to her half-ironman training in a few weeks.
Melisa is slowly returning from a chronic injury and raced her first race of the year. She finished 4th in her AG after not being able to run for a very, very, very long time. I know she is thrilled to be back at it- and we are all glad to see her out there again!
I managed to catch Melissa with her daughter Emily who also raced today. Melissa did great today- finishing 2nd in her AG. She continues to improve while we are moving towards her fall half-ironman.
Bree had a tough field today- lots of ladies came out in her category. However, she crushed her time from the 1st race and placed 5th. We are going to still do some short races but have now officially transitioned to IM Florida training.
Missy- another one of my new and awesome ladies- had a fantastic PR and placed 5th in her AG. She’ll be doing the rest of the sprint series and then moving on to her very first half-ironman at the North Carolina 70.3 Can’t wait to watch her continue to improve.
On another note, Team AMEC peeps aren’t just great athletes. Hank and Pearce are also masters of home brewing. The founders of Octohops managed to win the People’s Choice Best Homebrewers at the Charleston BrewHaHa. Follow Octohops on facebook to keep up with their beers and anything else they may have on the horizon.
Thanks for making it to the end of this long post and your interest in support of these amazing athletes!