Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Escape From Alcatraz Adventure

Here's a link to follow my mission to the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco.



Tuesday, May 26, 2009

May races

Hi Team,

May has come and almost gone and with it so have several races. Bubba recently completed the White Lake Half in NC, and several teammates made the trip to Clemson to race in the Sprint distance race.

Here's an account from Bubba of his day at White Lake ...

"Well I survived the heat fest. It was HOT. I think it reached 90 while I was on the bike. The venue is a beautiful place. The lake is clear and terrain is flat. I am happy with my swim and okay with my bike. I needed some more time in the saddle prior to the race as the first 28 miles went great and pretty fast (fast for me) the second was windy and I was ready to be done. My run just stunk. I am disappointed because I put in a lot run time. The run was hot with no shade and this caused it to be difficult. I did my share of walking. Cramps in the quads did not help. ( I think that is all the excuses I have for now) I was trying to represent the team well. I did get to talk to a few folks about FCA-E and I did not see any other FCA jerseys.. I vow to to do better at the SC half!! Woohooo! back to training today!!

swim-38 (including a long run to T1)
run-2:33 (is that running?)
25/52 AG"

Teammate Jason Thomas has an interesting account of his day at Clemson over on his blog

And here's the race report sent out by our teammates in the upstate from the race in Clemson

"Greetings everyone across the state of South Carolina!!!

We had an awesome weekend in Clemson, starting off with a great spaghetti dinner served up by the Clemson FCA Adult Huddle during packet pick-up on Friday evening. It was well attended, with folks sticking around to socialize. The Set Up Events staff was able to join us for dinner – and they greatly appreciated it. And thanks to Jeremey Davis at Set Up for advertising us during the pre-race meeting – this led to us helping out 5 novice racers with race information and transition strategy. Many, many thanks to Brock Bailey for organizing the dinner and heading up our volunteer effort all weekend. Thanks go out to Joe Dannelly and Larry Nolan for joining me at packet pick-up. The three of us had the opportunity to further our relationship with the folks at Set Up and other race sponsors as well. (Some of us ate WAY too many of the free PowerBars). Who knew volunteering at packet pick-up could be fun??!!

Saturday morning brought cool temps with a light shower greeting us at the swim start (think of it as extra hydration), but fortunately the rain tapered off as the race came to an end. The good Lord kept everyone safe on the bike course despite slick roads, wet brakes and a VERY steep descent (I chickened out at 42 MPH). As usual, there were plenty of gold FCA-E volunteer shirts before and during the race. And the Boy Scouts manned a flotilla of kayaks during the swim.

We had a great turn-out at the FCA-E tent. It’s amazing how empty chairs attract people!!!! For the first time ever, someone actually came up and asked me “so why do you race?”. Could it be any easier to share our purpose?!!

Race results:

Forgive me, but I was too busy talking during the awards ceremony and I am pretty sure I didn’t catch all of the FCA-E athletes that took a spot on the podium (if I missed you, please let me know).

Jason Thomas – 3rd place, Age Group

Larry Nolan – 3rd place, Clydesdale

Jason Thomas in full stride headed to the finish line (or is he just posing for the photo?)

Brock Bailey (in the yellow FCA-E cap) anxiously waiting for the next finisher. Are those yellow FCA-E shoes? Sweet………

Larry Nolan taking a deep breath after crossing the finish line (come on, that guy’s NOT a Clydesdale)

I heard a message recently that talked about the importance of “one anothering” one another, whether that person is a believer in Christ or not. In essence, this means to love one another, pray for one another, care for one another, etc. FCA Endurance and these race weekends give us the opportunity to “one another” those around us to build relationships, and in doing so, show the love that Jesus has for us and give God the glory for everything. This past weekend was very encouraging and I hope that each of you will commit some of your time and energy to be a part of this ministry God has given to us.

Next up: Festival of Flowers on June 7 in Greenwood. We need 2 more volunteers for Saturday afternoon’s packet pick-up. Let me know if you can be there.

Hope to see you all soon." - Clay

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Lake Murray Triathlon

Teammates were out in force once again for the ever-popular and very competitive Lake Murray Triathlon! There was plenty of yellow among the staggering 420 athletes racing. We received interest in the team from several athletes and families and we were able to administer first aid service to several athletes and spectators who injured themselves, mostly just in need of band aids. Unfortunately after crashing on the bike coming out of t1, the injuries sustained by one teammate, Keith Wilkes, were serious enough to need treatment from paramedics. Keith, we are praying for a quick recovery for you!

Congratulations to all who raced and completed this challenging sprint distance race. A special shout out Eric Stone who place 1st in the Master Clydesdale division, Randall Parks who placed 4th in the very competitive M 40-44 division with an impressive 1:17:27 finish, new teammate Layton Gwinn's return to triathlon, Nick Brunson for cracking the top 10, and to Bob Wright for settling the score with the lake!

Thank you to all the teammates who selflessly pitched in to volunteer at packet pickup and on race day!

You can see the intensity on Randall's face after a hard fought race including and massive 39:51 bike spit (24+ mph average)

Chris Dillard coming in from a new 5k PR!

Joe finishing up after improving on every discipline from last year and new course PR

Teammates Clay Driggers, Joe Dannelly and the heavily bandaged Keith Wilkes

Bubba encouraging Sue to join the team!

Bob reflecting on his victory over the lake

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Newest Triathlete

The team added another triathlete to our ranks today. Caleb Brunson completed his first triathlon in team colors at the Harbison Kid's Triathlon. He completed the 5-7 year old short course event which included a 50 meter swim, 1 mile bike and .25 mile run. Congratulations Caleb!!

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Langley Pond Triathlon

What a great race we had at Langley Pond! We are soooo appreciative of the support we received from Charles Gee of FCA and all the volunteers from South Aiken High School! Those folks went above and beyond to make this event such a huge success. Congratulations to all the team members who raced in this event. And thank you Erik for your pre-race prayer!

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us… (Hebrews 12:1, ESV)

The team continues to grow with amazing speed – yellow was everywhere (not just because the race shirts were yellow J!), thanks in large part to teammates telling their friends – like Nick White and Bob have been. Are you encouraging your friends to join and support FCA-E??

Special thanks to: Clay, Layton and Bob for a great showing and Novice help at packet p/u Friday; to Bubba, Jennifer & Caleb for welcoming folks to the tent, and to Nick B for coordinating the volunteers! Folks like y’all are making God’s work happen in endurance sports!

Kudos to:

2nd AG or category: Lee, Nick B, Donna

3rd AG or category: Bob

4th AG or category: Carolyn (21 seconds!), Slick

Coming soon: http://www.scride4life.com Please join the Greenville Huddle in support of the South Carolina Ride for Life on June 12-14. If you aren't going to ride it, consider supporting someone who is! Larry Nolan (larrynolan@bellsouth.net) & Brandon Lovell (ablovell@gmail.com) are two of the folks looking for sponsor funds.

More pictures available on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=23065&id=1368664033&saved#/album.php?aid=23065&id=1368664033

Rod happy to be finished the Olympic.

Phil congratulates Rob at the finish.

Bob celebrating being done.

Frankie-the-amazing finishes the Olympic just 5 days after finishing the Boston Marathon!!!

Lindsey slips across the line.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Zebras Do Exists 5k This Weekend

Hey gang,
Just a quick reminder that the Zebra's Do Exist 5k is being held this weekend in Spartanburg. This race is put on by teammate Jason Thomas and Setup Events to support a local family in need of help from the burden of tremendous medical expenses resulting from a rare disease that is affecting 3 of the 4 family members (mom and kids).

All of the information about the charity, as well as race location, maps, details, etc. are located on the website. This is a great opportunity for us to come out in force as FCA-E, as the body of Christ, and to support a great cause. (Oh, and there's $1,000 prize money if anyone would like to go out and place in the top 5...)

The online registration closes at noon on Thursday, April 16th. Race-day registration will close at 8:45. If you are not wanting or able to run or walk, SPONSOR someone and challenge them to run FAST or consider becoming a volunteer or just cheer everyone on and support the cause.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Polar Bear Swim Update

The swim was pretty fun! We had four hardy souls show up (Randy and Janice Thompson, Matt Flemming, and me). The water felt extremely cold when I first waded in but after a few minutes of swimming I wasn't thinking about anything except how fast everyone else was swimming. Trying to keep up warmed me up pretty quick! We're going to do this again soon but it won't be on a weekend day because the park is starting to get pretty crowded. Watch the blog for updates.