Athlete Spotlight: Don Oswalt

This week’s Team AMEC athlete is Don, my first Kona qualifier. Enjoy!

IMG_0098City I represent: Charleston, SC

Occupation: King of Sales at Nelson Printing

Coached by Anne since: Off and on for about 5 years but, my first full season was 2015.

Biggest Accomplishment: Qualified for the 2016 Ironman World Champions in Kona Hawaii with a fourth place finish in Chattanooga last year!

Goal(s) for 2016: Increase overall power on the bike,  do more open water swim, and place top 5 at KONA.

Don says: I love Anne’s approach to coaching and would highly recommend her if you are looking for a coach. Every time I got freaked out about my training or my nagging injuries she would always tell me not to worry we have plenty of time and it is going to be fine. Also, it is great having her plan my training each week. All I have to do is execute the plan.

Anne says: I’m not going to say Don freaks out a lot ;-), but he did worry many times that he wasn’t doing enough.  Somehow I was able to convince him to trust me and look how everything turned out!  In all seriousness though, Don is one of the nicest people you will ever meet and I really love working with him.  When he came to me with the goal of qualifying for Kona I knew he had the discipline and drive to get the work done.  This victory couldn’t have happened to a better person!  Also, big props to his wife Kathleen, who had to plan their wedding while he was training for Chattanooga.

Athlete Spotlight: Sarah Hays

Here’s the story of another one of my spectacular athletes, Sarah, proving once again that Team AMEC is as diverse as it is wonderful.

10931276_10153003877695449_8012594798617054502_nCity I represent: Mount Pleasant, SC

Occupation: Mom and Mentor & Board Member for Tri It For Life Charleston

Coached by Anne since:  Sept 2014

Biggest Accomplishment: PR in 2015 Charleston Half Marathon by over 10 minutes, and beating my goal at my first olympic triathlon at Kiawah 2015

Goal(s) for 2016:  First ever 15K race (and hope to place in AG), a new olympic tri, and hopefully a PR in one of the Charleston Sprint Series triathlons.

Fun fact: I actually like speed work :) I used to think coaches were only for pros. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to work with Anne and to train in this Charleston community of triathletes, runners, and cyclists. I’m in better shape now than I ever was before kids and I love that seeing “mom” workout/run is something my kids will grow up and expect from me and, hopefully,  themselves.

Anne says: Love this girl, she is so committed.  One of my athletes I can count on to never skip speed work (ha!) We haven’t had a disappointing race thus far, mostly due to her hard work.  See her 15k goal above? Yep, she did place in her AG that day.  In addition to her being an awesome athlete, she is a great person who donates a lot of her time to charitable organizations and good deeds.

Weekend Update: Charlie Post Classic

It was a beautiful Saturday on Sullivan’s Island- a perfect day to run the Charlie Post Classic put on by the Charleston Running Club. While I did not participate as a runner I did act as the lead out bicycle for the 5k race, so it was nice to see everyone before and after the race.

FullSizeRenderWe had 4 representing Team AMEC: Presley and Dawn in the 5k, and Sarah and Melissa in the 15k.  Everyone did awesome:

IMG_5605I have to start with my littlest peeps and mini-me, Presley.  She started her running career in September after 7 years of competitive gymnastics.  She ran XC for Mount Pleasant Track Club this fall, and this was her first “offical” 5k race.  At only 11 she was lumped into the 17 and under AG and still squeeked out a 4th place.  I am very excited for her and can’t wait to watch her grow and get faster.

Dawn and I started working together less than a month ago and we used this race to get a baseline 5k time for use to create pace goals for her training and 2016 races. She did great and I was in the right place at the right time to see her come across that finish line.  She is going to have a great year as part of our crew.

Both Sarah and Melissa crushed the 15k and I am so happy for them.

sarahSarah put up a time of 1:09:22 which landed her with 3rd in her AG.  We are now going to transition her into her second year of triathlon and I expect great results from her.

melissafMelissa PR’ed by over 2 minutes with a sub-1:30 time of 1:29:52.  We went in with a goal of 9:45 min/mile pace and she tore is up coming in at a 9:35 average.  Now it’s time for triathlon season for her, too!


Nothing coming up next week but stay tuned because things are about to heat up in 2016.

Athlete Spotlight: Marshall Brown

I don’t just coach triathletes, road cyclists, and runners, and Marshall represents one of my mountain bikers. Here’s a little about him…


City I represent: Myrtle Beach, SC

Occupation: Sous Chef

Coached by Anne since: 2011-2012, took a break, back in 2015

Biggest accomplishment: 2015 was my first year of podiums. Also did more back-to-back endurance races.

Goal(s) for 2016: Enter all CCORS races, some of the Southern Classic, 6 hours of Warrior Creek, ORAMM, Night Train 12 hour, Hellhole GravelGrind Stage Race, Brunswick Brawl 6 hour, Dirt Diggler Gravel Race.

Fun fact: Raced Hellhole Gravel Grind 3 day stage race on my 29+ pound 1978 Schwinn Traveler and finished 5th place.

Anne says: Marshall is a great guy and LOVES to race his bike.  Coaching him is always an adventure because I repeatedly get emails that start “So, I want to add the following races….”.  We have added strength training and more unconventional training methods and his endurance and speed have improved dramatically.  In addition to being a badass cyclist he often does VERY well in regional professional dessert competitions.

Athlete Spotlight: Pearce Fleming

Today’s special athlete is Pearce- a great guy who I am very happy to coach.

IMG_4178City I represent: Daniel Island, SC

Occupation: Health care consulting executive

Coached by Anne since: 2013

Biggest accomplishment: 3x IRONMAN finisher

Goal(s) for 2016: Get healthy from an injury and PR in a 70.3

Fun fact: Pearce is a master craft beer home brewer and has placed second in a home brew competition.

Anne says: You may be wondering why I chose this picture to represent Pearce.  This was taken from Southern Cx when he first got into endurance gravel racing.  This shows the complete determination and drive that he has.  When he starts something, he finishes it.  I have been so lucky to share LOTS of adventures with him in the last 3 years and watch him grow as an athlete. And every beer he has brewed that I’ve tasted is delish.