Weekend Update: Toughman 70.3, Swim Around Charleston

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This was the inaugural year of Toughman South Carolina half-distance triathlon in Greenwood.  Melissa participated and reported back that is was a beautiful race. As a flat-lander, Melissa enjoyed the hilly course. She did great- placing 5th in her AG.  She says she will definitely be back next year- hopefully with some AMEC teammates.

 

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We also had a big crew of Team AMEC members at Swim Across Charleston,  a 12 mile open water swim through the Charleston harbor and waterways.  Joelle and Missy joined Jerry and his daughter, Megan, as a 4-person team and Kelsey and Lauren completed it as a 2-person team.  It was a very windy, choppy Sunday morning but they all had a great time and came out unscathed!

 

 

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Taking turns swimming in shifts, the non-swimming teammates would rest in their accompanying boat.

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It goes without saying that the crew members had a very important job in making this a success.  Shannon is our honorary Team AMEC support crew leader, and Julie also joined in the fun.  I’ve been a crew member before and sometimes dealing with grouchy racers can be a challenge! This is a very well run event and I hope we can recruit more Team AMEC peeps next year.

 

 

 

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Lastly…. Team AMEC apparel is currently available to order for a limited time. If you are interested in donning our cycling, triathlon or running gear, click here to purchase.  But hurry, all orders must be in by October 8th.

Weekend Update: Columbus Duathlon, Bar Harbor Half Marathon, BFF Pink Ribbon Double Bling, Hellhole Gravel Grind

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It was an exciting weekend for Team AMEC! Jennifer completed her first ever multi-sport even at the Columbus Duathlon. She did awesome and I am sure she is hooked.  Her next plan is to find a late fall half marathon.

 

 

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Speaking of half marathons… The Voyles ladies (from left to right: Lauren, Kim, and Kelsey) raced the Bar Harbor Half Marathon in Maine.  They love to race together and all did well.  The sisters are planning to Swim across Charleston in a few weeks and finish up the season at Austin 70.3.

 

 

 

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Also, Elizabeth had a great Saturday by racing a 5k and then a 10k an hour after at the BFF Pink Ribbon Double Bling.  She’s also prepping for a half marathon in a few weeks in Myrtle Beach.

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I was super excited that Melissa registered for the Hellhole Gravel Grind after the Kiawah Triathlon was postponed.  She did the 45 mile distance this year and I think she had a blast! Next year she is up for the 75.  I already put that on her calendar.

As always, great work ladies!

Weekend Update: Charleston Sprint Series Championship

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Man, it is so hard to believe that the sprint series has come to an end. Race #5 always proves to be a tough one: the competition is steep and it’s usually hotter than hell. However, Team AMEC had another awesome day out there.IMG_7927

I was able to make it in time to cheer everyone on during the run, which is always great fun for me.

 

 

 

 

 

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Podiums

Darrell- 3rd in AG (even after a 80 mi ride Wednesday and a 16 mi run Thursday since he’s in IM training.)
Dave- 1st in Category
Kinsey- 3rd in AG
Sarah- 1st in AG (and 6 seconds off her PR, dang it!)IMG_7931

All- time PRs

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2017 Series PRs

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2017 Series Championship Standings

Anne-Patrick- 12th in AG
Bree- 2nd in Category
Burt- 11th in Category
Darrell- 2nd in AG
Dave- Overall Category Winner
Dawn- 6th in AG
Emily- 10th in AG
Joelle- 3rd in AG
Ken- Overall AG Winner
Melisa- 3rd in AG
Melissa- 9th in AG
Milo- 6th in AG
Missy- 11th in AG
Pearce- 4th in AG
Sarah- Overall AG Winner
Sheri- 6th in AG

 

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While the summer draws to a close yet again, that doesn’t mean we are done.  Most of the team has just begun for the late summer/early fall season.  Stay tuned!

Weekend Update: Lake Logan, Copper Triangle, Pan Mass Challenge

kelseylaurenWe had 4 of our amazing ladies do some epic shit this weekend.

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Tracey took to the Lake Logan 70.3 this weekend, pictured here with another Team AMEC badass, Missy, who played cheerleader today.  This was Tracey’s second mountainous half iron distance race and she did great: shaving 48 minutes off her overall time- 37 of those minutes on her bike split.

 

Lauren and Kelsey tackled the Copper Triangle for the 3rd year in a row.   This is a 78 mile ride of 6000 feet of climbing that crosses 3 of the major mountain passes of Colorado. They finished in just under 6 hours.  These ladies are now gearing up for Austin 70.3  and I would say they have the bike leg covered now.

 

 

 

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And finally, Melissa crushed the Pan Mass Challenge: 2 days of riding where she covered 110 miles on Saturday and 80 on Sunday.  The most amazing part of this is that she didn’t even own a bike 8 months ago!  She has worked so hard and I am very happy for her.  I hope she’ll come up with something else epic soon.  Her husband, Rick, is also a Team AMEC peep and is preparing for IM Louisville in October.

 

 

Weekend Update: Charleston Sprint Triathlon #4

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It’s hard to believe the summer is almost over.   The second to last sprint triathlon of the season was today and everyone is continuing to improve.  And folks, I expect BIG things at the championship race in 2 weeks.

Let’s break it down into Podiums and PRs and having their best time of the season.

 

Podiums

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Darrell- 3rd in AG
Dave- 1st in Category
Ken – 1st in AG
Sarah- 2nd in AG

 

 

 

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All-time PRs

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Dawn

2017 series PRs

Anne-Patrick       Dave
Dawn                 Emily
Joelle                 Milo
Pearce

 

Two more weeks ’til the big dance. And then we move on to all our big fall races.  Great job, everyone.