Another super impressive weekend for my athletes.
Starting with Saturday, I had several triathlete prodigies representing at the Summerville YMCA Youth Triathlon.
Sisters Hadley and Madison, daughters of Team AMEC athlete Dawn, made us all proud by racing super hard and having a great time doing it!
Being in the same age group and racing each other this year resulted in all smiles. Hadley placed 4th and Madison – who moved up to the 9-10 girls this year pulled out a 2nd place and is happy to show off her hardware. Madison’s future goals? To follow in Uncle Don’s footsteps and qualify for Kona.
Scotty placed 2nd in his AG and also the 3rd overall boy finisher. Scotty is continuing to push the boundaries of what kids can do when they put their minds to it. Next summer he will embark on an amazing journey- riding his bike across the country to raise money and awareness for Water Missions. You will hear me talk more about this over the next months, but go to Scotty’s Ride for Water to read more about it. He’s a remarkable young man. In the upcoming months we are training for 2 days of riding 60+ miles in Asheville, the Cystic Fibrosis 100 mile Cycle for Life and the Jerry Zucker Ride for Hope.
Did I mention he’s 12?
3 was the lucky number for Doug this weekend as he continued his race marathon. He took 3rd in his AG at the Lake Lure Sprint Triathlon on Saturday, then packed up and headed over to the Greenville Triathlon on Sunday where he also took 3rd in his AG. Both of these races were part of the SetUp Events SC Triathlon Series and he added more points to strengthen his hold on 1st place in his AG for the series. Currently 500 points ahead of 2nd place- I am feeling pretty good about this one!
Now let’s talk about the Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series. This was the last race of the summer, number 5, and we are all sad to see it go. Everyone today was racing for race podiums and series podiums. It was great to see almost everyone meet up before the race and snap this amazing picture together. Missy- next time, I hope!
The friendly Women’s 30-34 AG rivalry between Cindi and Sarah continued today. Cindi had a great day today- feeling super fresh and strong. Her results show it, too, as she shaved another minute of her best time for basically the 4th PR of the series. Yes, she basically improved every race this season. Her goal today was to break into the 1:12s and she came in at 1:12:19. Next year she should be breaking 1:10!
Cindi’s performance today put her on the top step as 1st place in AG for the 4th race in a row, and solidified her 1st place in AG for the series as well. Very happy for her.
Sarah also had a really good day today- even though her face in that picture above right doesn’t show it. She thought she was going slow- when actually she was only 20 seconds behind her PR. She also placed 2nd in her AG for the race. I am sure she will be the first to tell you that she learned today about keeping her head in the game- and to listen when your coach is yelling at you from the sidelines. BTW, Sarah, if you are reading this, your swim split today was your fastest yet- even though you told me right after the race that it was terrible. So, that’s your SECOND “dum-dum” award of the DAY.
Joelle has had a tough week this week as she has been suffering from some back pain. However, she came out and gave it her all as a training day for Ironman 70.3 North Carolina. I have all the confidence in the world that we are getting to the bottom of it and we’ll be right back on track to wrap up the last 10 weeks of training for her first half!
As you may remember, Melisa has also had an injury but she is coming back and getting stronger by the race. She placed 3rd in her AG today!
Missy had a FANTASTIC day, wrapping up the series with another PR today! Your fastest time ever is great way to close up the sprint races. She always has a smile on her face and looks like she is having a great time! Unfortunately she probably would have been a millisecond faster if I hadn’t yelled “Hold on!” so I could get that picture of her running. Fortunately I came to my senses immediately and told her “What am I saying?!? Don’t hold on. Run!” Now it’s time to focus on her first half ironman with Joelle!
Since we are on the topic of PRs, Melissa brought home a fastest CSTS race time today, too! Shaving a minute off her previous best, this was good enough for her to bring home a 2nd place in her AG for the race. She’ll be wrapping up the year in October when she races Ironman 70.3 North Carolina with Joelle and Missy!
Dawn has also been a member of the unfortunate injury club- nursing a bit of a hamstring/glute issue.
Our goal today was to go out and have fun and feel good. She not only did this but crushed the bike- having the 3rd fastest bike split in her AG and being able to run the whole run! I am really happy that she had a good day and we will continue to work on getting her glute strength up to heal her up quick.
Well, this is a bummer and I am not sure how it happened but I somehow missed getting a picture of Bree solo. Sorry, lady! But she had a really good race today and had a great 2nd fastest swim in her division. I am really happy about that! She had a little brake rubbing snafu on the bike for a few minutes but took care of it and rode like a rock star- loving her new bike!
On the men’s side we had more good results and a mishap. Don decided to just pop in and race after a REALLY HARD day of training yesterday (all week actually) and still managed to pull out a 1st place in his AG.
Don is going to enjoy a recovery week this week as we are counting down the weeks til Kona!
He also has a friendly AG rivalry with another one of my athletes, Danny, who had a good race himself today. He placed 2nd in the AG and also managed to put up the fastest bike split for the AG. I hope that he is rubbing that one in to Don pretty well.
Ken had a much better race today than CSTS #4, shaving 4 minutes off from a few weeks ago. He placed 4th in his AG and is looking forward to wrapping up triathlon season with the Kiawah Triathlon before shifting over to running season.
Pearce made a slight tactical error today losing the top spot in his category by an unfortunate 7 seconds. He caught the 1st place guy at the end of the run, sat on him for a bit, and then took off- but just a little too soon. The 1st place dude was bluffing a bit and ramped it up to take it in the end. Great try, Pearce. Like I told him at the line: Sometimes you have to risk losing to win. Today it didn’t work out, but next time it may!
And finally, Milo pulled the oldest trick in the book today. Feeling mounting pressure from his coach to break 1:10 in the 5th and final race of the series, he avoided it all together by having a bike mechanical. In all seriousness, though, it’s a bummer because I know he was ready to rock it out today and it’s always unfortunate when your bike gets the best of you.
It’s a sad day because I really love watching everyone do this great local series.
Great work to everyone- you all had a great series of races. Sometime my racers complain about not looking their best in my photos, so here’s a special treat to celebrate the finale: Me looking like a complete goober. Only in facial expression, though, because I look amazing in my Cervo Rosso kit. (Shameless sponsor plug)
Now let’s focus on the fall!