Weekend Update: IM Maryland, Hellhole Gravel Grind, IM Chattanooga, Augusta 70.3

Hi! It’s been a while since we have had a big weekend to talk about but we sure did last weekend. And as real life goes, we had some good results and some not so happy times. Here we go….

IM Maryland

The IM Maryland weekend started with the underwear fun run on Friday. These are always a great way to take the edge off your pre-race nerves and everyone enjoyed themselves.

I am so proud to announce that Shannon, Jenn, and Angie all became ironwomen this weekend- each crushing their first Ironman ever! I loved following their progress throughout the day and getting updates of all their smiling faces.

If you asked them, I would expect they would all say they exceeded their own expectations but I knew that they would all do amazing. I have enjoyed the process of preparing them, knowing that they were each soooo ready- even when they were not sure of themselves.

Also a huge shout out to our ladies’ teammates and loved ones- Missy, Ashley, Sandra and honorary Team AMEC member Peggy- for being the best sherpas and cheerleaders ever

Hellhole Gravel Grind

We had a big team showing at the Hellhole Gravel Grind this weekend. With 1, 2, or 3 days of riding we had peeps pushing their limits and doing AWESOME. I’m about to talk about 1 and 2 day but they all started the weekend with the Friday night Prologue- a 7 mile all out effort in the dusk of night. That’s such a fun way to start the weekend!

Dave, Michael, and Steve all crushed the 46 miler on Saturday.

Brian, Jenn, Joelle, Josh, Sarah, and Tracey rocked the 1-day 73 miler on Saturday- and other than Brian this was each of their longest gravel rides to date.

Sandy (and yours truly) were both plagued with a mechanical issue that prevented us from finishing the 2-day 73 milers. Bummer, but that’s life.

Melissa and Robin get a huge shout out. Melissa finished the 2-day 73 miler which meant 153 miles of gravel over three days. AND, after finishing her longest gravel ride ever of 73 miles on Saturday, Robin CAME BACK and supported Melissa by riding the first 27 miles of Sunday with her. I am so proud of both of them and I would dare to say they are each very proud of themselves.

Also, a HUGE thank you to our favorite HHGG volunteers Mike and Kimberly. They worked the aid stations like champions. And, Kimberly has signed on as Volunteer Coordinator for our future events. If you ever want to join in the fun we would love to have you!

IM Chattanooga and Augusta 70.3

Sadly, the rest of our weekend didn’t end as planned. We have all experienced the disappointment of a race setback- it’s part of life. But, they are part of the process and ultimately make you a stronger racer. The heat got to both Darrell and James. Darrell suffered from severe dehydration and had to withdraw from Chatty around mile 18 of the run. I know he is disappointed but recognizes he made the right decision. James also suffered from heat-related cramping during Augusta 70.3 He finished, but not with the time we were hoping for. Both guys put in all the work and were completely ready- but Mother Nature sometimes has a cruel way of reminding us who is boss. I am still very proud of them.

Weekend Update: Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series #5

It’s hard to believe that the unofficial close of the summer is here- the last of the Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series has come and gone. It’s been a great season and we had some good results today to wrap it up!

PRs

Missy- 33 seconds

Steve- 1 minute 25 seconds

PODIUMS

Emily- 3rd in AG

Jen- 2nd in AG

Ken- 2nd in AG

Missy- 1st in AG

SERIES WIN

Jen- series winner for her AG

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Sandra- her fastest swim split of the season.

Scotty- 4th in AG, missing the podium by less than 30 seconds.

Even though the sprint series is over our year is just getting going! Stay tuned for more results from our awesome team.

Weekend Update: Charleston Sprint Triathlon #4

Best Team Ever!

The Charleston Sprint Series keeps rolling on! This week’s 4th race of the season brought a lot of GREAT results for our team. Everyone has been training hard all season and it’s clearly paying off.

Podiums

Darrell- 2nd in AG

Jenn- 1st in AG

Missy- 2nd in AG

Sandy- Overall female winner

PRs

Darrell

Heather – 6 MINUTES!

Jenn

Missy

Shannon

Other Exciting Stuff

Angie- fastest bike split in her AG

Ashley- conquered swimming in the dog pond

Joelle- fastest swim split in her AG

Missy- first time breaking 1:20

Sandy- first time breaking 30 min on the bike and the fastest bike split

Shannon- goals of breaking 1:20 and going sub-24 in the 5k accomplished

And FINALLY….

Sarah, Joelle and Missy having a pre-race laugh

A HUGE thank you to team members Dawn and her minis Hadley and Madison for being the best cheerleaders ever and capturing photos that embody exactly what this team is about 🙂

Weekend Update: Charleston Sprint Series #3

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The Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series is now 3 races deep and our team is still making it’s mark. It was a great morning for racing and everyone did awesome!! Let’s jump right in and talk about results!

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PODIUMS

Jen: 1st in AG

Joelle: 3rd in AG

Ken: 2nd in AG

Missy: 2nd in AG

Sam: 3rd in AG

Shannon: 1st in AG

PRS

Heather: 12 seconds

Missy: 31 seconds

Shannon: 2 minutes

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Joelle: 4 minutes faster than her first race of the series

Sandra: 3 minutes faster than her first race of the series

Fantastic work, everyone! CSTS 4 is just a few weeks away!

Weekend Update: Charleston Sprint Triathlon #2

It was another great weekend for the team at the 2nd race of the Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series!

Everyone did GREAT but let’s start with a few highlights

Podiums

Darrell: 1st in AG (even though the dummy forgot his cycling shoes and rode in his running shoes with his feet resting on the clip pedals. He still managed a 22.6 mph pace)

Jen: 1st in AG

Ken: 2nd in AG

Missy: 2nd in AG (also should mention she won her AG Thursday night in the Race the Landing 5k)

Shannon: 2nd in AG

Other Cool Stuff

Angie also barely missed a podium – placing 4th in her AG all while training for a 70.3 in a few weeks.

Heather did awesome in her first ever CSTS race.

Josh placed 4th in his AG- his highest placement ever for the series.

Sandra rocked it placing 6th in her AG after podiuming (yes, that’s a word) in a 5k on Thursday night.

Sarah placed 6th in the Open/Elite Female division- using this as a training race for her 70.3 in a few weeks.

Yay team! Way to train hard and reap the rewards. Until next time….