It’s hard to believe that is has been one year since I started working with Elizabeth- and what an amazing year it’s been. Today she raced the same race that she first attempted last year: 96 pounds lighter and almost an hour faster. I am so proud of all that she has accomplished and feel so blessed to be a part of her journey. Here’s a little more about her, in her own words:
December 7, 2013 marks my one year of beginning my complete life change journey. On December 8, 2012, I completed my first 5K. I thought I was going to die! Weighing 312 pounds, I walked 3.1 miles in 1 hour and 24 minutes. Many thanks to Heather Brown and my husband for pushing me and making me complete this hurdle. I talked with Anne and told her a little about myself but was so ashamed to tell her my weight.
Elizabeth, then and now
I waited a few weeks before I told her (guess I was hoping that number was going to change). I decided that I had to be honest with her and with myself so I began to open up a little with Anne. Anne has pushed me this year to do things I thought I would never do. Workouts that made me say, O-M-G she has lost her mind! But she always had faith in me and told me to at least try! I have reported back to her several times saying “I can’t do this”. Her response always is, “YES YOU CAN!!!!!!!!!!” SO I would try again next time and the next time.
Just a little background about myself, I am thirty-four years old, a wife and a mother. Thirteen years ago I was diagnosed with Type-2 Diabetes.
Before my life change, I was taking 8 insulin shots a day along with oral meds. In April 2011 I had to have my thyroid removed due to thyroid cancer. I was hospitalized for one week. During my hospital stay, my body cramped so bad from low calcium. My body did not make its own calcium, so I had to start taking supplements. I was so depressed, I totally wanted to give up. In October 2011 I started radiation for the thyroid cancer and had to be away from my 2 year old for one week. I became even more depressed.
In December 2012 I started my life change with Anne. Today, I am on no insulin, I have lost ninety-six pounds and I have cut my 5k time in half. I have completed several 5ks during 2013, and I am planning to complete several more in 2014. This change has become part of my daily routine. I am so thankful that I took this step, not only for me, but also for my son. Thanks Anne and Heather for pushing me and for believing in me. I could not have done this without you!!!! Also, thanks to Travis and Kenlee for helping me make this part of my daily life!! Our workouts on Saturdays are the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I look forward to another fun year with Anne. Hoping this time next year I am at my goal weight!!!
Well, this weekend was definitely a test of the elements.
Heather and Melissa after Beach2Battleship half ironman.
On Saturday, Heather and Melissa braved freezing morning temperatures in Wilmington at the Beach2Battleship half ironman triathlon. This was the first triathlon of this distance for both ladies and they both did great! The ladies, both from Myrtle Beach, have been working with me since the spring and have been so dedicated to their training. I am so proud of them for finishing this race; it is such an accomplishment. One of the things I love most about working with athletes is learning their stories and getting to know them. If you have been following this site for a while, you’ll know that I profiled Melissa some time ago, as she has fought against some pretty crazy odds to get here. If you missed it, you can read it here. After she takes a break, I hope she’ll come back to train for something else epic! Heather is already thinking about her 2014 goals. She rocked the bike leg of her tri this weekend and has really taken to the bike. She’s thinking about doing some mountain bike races and xterras next year. Can’t wait!!
Meanwhile, down in Florida… Sunday proved to be hard conditions in the opposite sense. Extremely windy and very hot temperatures met Pearce, Eboni, and Jason at the Miami 70.3. They all battled the crowded fields in the ocean, essentially 56 miles of head and cross winds on the bike, and 13.1 miles of major heat and no ice at the aid stations during the run. Jason also witnessed a pretty heinous bike crash that rattled him quite a bit. However, all that said, they did amazingly well and proved that triathlon racing isn’t always as straight-forward as you think it is going to be. A special shout-out to Eboni as this was her first 70.3! The guys handled adversities as the pros that they are and put out some impressive times.
Jason, Eboni, and Pearce after Miami 70.3.
I am so proud of all of them! Everyone is going to enjoy a much-needed break now. However, Pearce and Jason don’t get to break for long- we’ve got marathons to run and then Ironman Brasil in May.
Eric, after his first ever half marathon.
Elizabeth and I having a good time after the Shake and Bake.
Team Bobkat, all smiles, after the Shake and Bake.
Wow! That’s a big title up there. Lot’s of racing going on all over the place. Team Anne was getting busy this weekend- and good results came with it.
Let’s start with Eric, who finished his first ever half marathon at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Half. When I started working with Eric in June he had never run more than 3 miles and his goal was simply to complete the half. Then a few months later his goal changed to finishing in 2:30. Well, today he completed the half in 2:22:20. He has worked hard and did an awesome job! I’m looking forward to hearing what he wants to do next .
Jen M is already back at it after her marathon last month and ran a local (well, local to her) 5k run in Portsmouth, Ohio for breast cancer awareness. This race was actually started by her husband in remembrance of his mother, so it is very important to her. She was able to honor her mother-in-law’s spirit and actually PRed as well. Very proud of Ms. M and everything she accomplishes!
Elizabeth is continuing to tear up the 5k scene in the Grand Strand! Yesterday she participated in the Eukanuba Coastal 5k in Myrtle Beach. She did awesome- finishing in 46 minutes and beating over 150 women (not that we’re counting or anything). But to come from coming in dead last in her very first race less than a year ago (and taking 2 hours to complete it), this is an amazing fete! Oh, and she’s lost almost 100 pounds. Because she is freaking awesome!!!
Calley took a trip down to Florida and WON HER AG at the Treasure Coast Challenge Olympic Tri. It’s been a goal of hers to podium- and she did it by coming in first! Awesome work, Dr. Calley!!!
And finally, while everyone else was tearing it up, Team Zoom and Team Bobkat were having fun at the 29th Annual Shake and Bake Classic. We got to ride our mountain bikes for 6 hours and raise money for the Lowcountry Fat Tire Freaks to support local trail building.
So, that’s where we stand. Another great weekend. And guess what? Next weekend is going to be AMAZING as I have 4 people representing Team Anne at Miami 70.3 and Beach 2 Battleship half-ironman.
Jen M, racing a very special breast cancer awareness 5k AND PRing it as well.
Calley, taking 1st in her AG at her olympic tri!
Elizabeth, after yet another impressive 5k run!
October is still being good to Anne Moore Endurance Coaching’s athletes. This weekend was a busy one, with athletes representing in Georgetown, Hilton Head, and Anderson.
Melissa ran the Georgetown Bridge 2 Bridge half marathon to support the beautiful seaport town AND finalize her preparations for her Beach2Battleship half ironman in two weeks. With her sub-2 hour performance this weekend and all her hard work over the summer and fall, she is more than ready for her first 70.3 Go Melissa!
Jason finished up the South Carolina Triathlon Series by winning his division Saturday in the Go Tri Sports Hilton Head Triathlon and then taking the points title for the entire series. That ends his sprint race season but it’s just the beginning as he races Miami 70.3 in 2 weeks and then has more in store in 2014.
And finally, Ken finished his triathlon series for 2013 by placing 2nd in his AG at the Anderson REV3 Olympic triathlon on Sunday. He will now shift his focus to running races all winter, so stayed tuned because he is running faster now than he was 10 years ago.
Another great weekend and another reason I am so thankful for all my great people. Thanks for trusting your fitness with me!
Melissa all smiles after Georgetown
Jason looking suave after taking home a win at Hilton Head and the South Carolina Triathlon Series title.
Ken being Ken after his 2nd place AG finish at Anderson REV3.
Dan the Man riding the gravel like no one can!
Two words to describe the Hellhole Gravel grind? Zoom Zoom.
Another HUGE weekend for racing by my peeps. The Hellhole Gravel Grind Stage Race was a huge success and I was so proud of everyone who did it- that was NOT easy! Heather F used the day as training for Beach 2 Battleship half-ironman. Heather B used it as a way to get back into racing, because who doesn’t just jump into a 32 mile gravel race for their first race back???? Super proud of both the ladies- they did great. Dan rocked it out, too! He also is just getting back into riding after a rather serious neck injury. Glad to have him on the team.
The lovely Mrs. Brown rocking her first race of 2013.
The fabulous Heather F doing a little gravel grinding to spend time in the saddle before her 70.3
The next race report to brings is to The Dam Tri in Lexington, SC. Jason clinched a 2nd place in his division finish to hold his first place in the series going into the Go Tri Sports Hilton Head Triathlon in a few weeks. He and teammate and partner-in-crime Pearce will be representing at Miami 70.3. Pearce had a good day at The Dam as well, and I am looking forward to seeing what he can do come October 27th!
New addition to our team Catherine rocked it out and won her AG in her second triathlon ever! Nice job, girl!!!
Finally, we had Don, Andy and Michael at Augusta 70.3. Michael used the race as a training day, gearing up for Ironman Arizona. He had a solid day and I am getting very excited for his 140.6. Andy, who has been plagued with a running/heel injury most of the year had an amazing race- breaking 5 hours and running a 1:48 half-marathon. Not bad at all for someone who hasn’t been running at all for the last year. We’re going to spend the off season rehabbing that heel and rocking the hell out of 2014. Don raced Augusta as a training day for Ironman Florida, finished in 4:44:27 and came in 14th in his AG- out of 273! Not a bad day!
Thanks again to all of my athletes who trust me to help them achieve their goals. More to come in the next few weeks- stay tuned!
Don after crushing Augusta.
Michael and his little ladies are all smiles in Augusta.
Double Trouble: Jason and Pearce at the Dam
Winner winner chicken dinner, Catherine!