Race season is in full swing as evidenced by the fact that Team AMEC had 14 racers this weekend.
Elizabeth and Meridee took part in a couple of 5ks on Saturday.
Meridee, who is coming back from a stress fracture in her femur, won overall Masters Female at the Run Forest Run 5k. We are slowly ramping her back up in hopes of a good finish at the Chicago Half Marathon in July.
Elizabeth is continuing to make fitness a part of her family’s routine. She and her son ran the Sunset Beach 5k together. They’ll be participating in a mud run together this weekend as well! And then Elizabeth will be racing her first triathlon at the SheTris triathlon in Mount Pleasant!
Sunday, we had a HUGE showing at the first Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series
Of course, helping them improve is the name of the game and today was great day of improvements!
We’ll start with the ladies and I’ll go in alphabetical order
We made some adjustments to Bree’s bike fit and she came back strong after her painful ride at TryCharleston. She scored herself a 3rd place in her division and adds another coffee mug to her kitchen cabinet. Next up for Bree is the SheTris triathlon.
Joelle continues to put out great results and today she placed 3rd in her AG. She’ll be racing the entire CSTS series as training leading up to her first half-ironman, Ironman 70.3 North Carolina in October.
Kelsey came to town to visit from Colorado on Friday. Right before she left for Charleston I texted her that she should do the race for fun and see everyone. She agreed and pulled out a win in her AG. It was her first race all season, plus she’d been on vacation the last 2 weeks. I am super impressed! She’s got a handful of things coming up, but her big race of the year is her first full ironman, Ironman Arizona.
Melissa PR’ed today by 2 minutes, posted her first sub-40 minute bike split, AND placed 2nd in her AG. She is super excited and so am I! Melissa will also be taking part in the entire CSTS and the SheTris triathlon in a few weeks.
Sarah also PR’ed today and won her AG. Just like with Kelsey, Sarah had no plans of racing until a few days before. She came off her 1st place in AG win last weekend in Jekyll Island and texted me Wednesday asking if it would be OK if she raced on Sunday. I replied “Yes, but you have to win.” Looks like it worked.
Now, let’s talk about the boys…
Milo is a brand new Team AMEC peep and has missed the memo on needing to send me a post-race picture. He’s a real dude, though, and hopefully I’ll get him to comply next race. Anyways, he managed to PR by a whopping 12 minutes! He placed 8th in his AG- a very competitive one- and we are looking to spend this year moving him up to the top.
Pearce has been around for a while so he didn’t disappoint in the photo department. And look! He is also holding a mug. He placed 2nd in his division. Not bad considering it was the first time he swam all year and he picked up his tri bike from my house on Friday- where it had been for a while. He had a GREAT day and is now super motivated to put all this job business behind him and start training again! We’ll be doing some fun stuff this year so stay tuned.
Jerry also placed 1st in his AG! He’s been coming to totalcyclist classes since day 1 and we’ve worked together for a while. He is so dedicated and deserves all of his success. He’ll be heading to San Fransisco next week for the Alcatraz swim. He’s an impressive guy!
And FINALLY, my secret little weapon. You may remember a few years ago when Scotty decided to ride his bike across the state of South Carolina for clean water at the age of 10. Scotty’s Ride for Water was such a pleasure to be a part of. This kid is amazing. Now at the ripe old age of 12 he’s run a half marathon and today finished his first triathlon. He placed 2nd in his AG (which was under 19) and is hooked. He’ll be racing more of the series, doing another half marathon, and something SUPER spectacular and huge that I am not at liberty to mention just yet. But soon, so stay tuned. This will definitely be something to follow.
Also on Sunday was the Mountains to Main Street half distance triathlon. It was a windy day on an already tough (but fun) course. This is the first time I have a half where only a few men -and no women – broke 5 hours. Nevertheless we had a great day here, too.
Don had a great ending to Phase 1 of his Kona training by placing 2nd Master’s Male and 12th overall. He will be enjoying the next 8 days of R&R because we will be ramping up Phase 2 in preparation to have a great World Championship result.
Tracey was all smiles and happy to survive the grueling conditions of the day, placing 13th in her AG. She said “It was the toughest race to date.” Personally, I always think those are the best. Now I should be able to convince her to do all sorts of things 😉
Finally, Doug- who is always late with a picture and thus it may or may not be here when you read this- pulled out a 4th in his AG. He continues to amaze me with his volume of racing. He’ll be taking no time off as he has another race next weekend which I bet he’ll podium at.