Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I’m almost afraid to attempt “Special thanks” because there are so many folks who contributed immensely! Thanks to Chris for helping with a very busy packet pick-up, to Jennifer for being willing to cover the event with pre-race prayer, to all those who arrived like shadows in the pre-dawn rain to serve in various capacities and to Evan, Andy and Larry who braved the sweat-caked ankles of over 600 athletes to recover their chips at the finish line. I know far more was done by FCA-E teammates and volunteers and surely the God who sees what is done in secret will reward you when you see Him face to face!
Nick – 1st AG
Chris Anderson (FCA-E’s beloved national director) – 2nd to Nick
Donna – 1st AG
Ashley – 3rd AG
Randall – 3rd AG
Carolyn - 3rd Masters
A goal for your next race? We’d love to share this thrill with you, so please consider showing up early to the next Tri you do. Wander around the transition area and help out the Novices as they set up their transition areas. What a great opportunity to actually connect with folks for more than a few quick words!
Hope to see you at Hartsville or some future race!
In His grip –
Here's a note from Chris Anderson about his experience visiting SC and racing in the Greenville Triathlon:
In looking ahead, I just want to encourage you all. You've got some amazing and committed local leaders and fantastic opportunities! All you need to do is commit, show up, and let the Spirit move through you.
Lastly, a special thanks to the Douglasses and Clay for your special hospitality during my time there! And to Nick... congrats, there is no one I would rather come in second to. That said, prepare for the rematch :-)
For His Glory!
Sunday, August 3, 2008
One of the more popular Columbia neighborhood races, The Hot Summer Night 5K, was run this past Saturday evening in the Shandon neighborhood. This is a flat course beginning and ending at Hand Middle School. The race lived up to it's name as temperatures (and humidity) were very high and because there were some hot times. The first male finisher was Eric Ashton in 15:24 and the first female finisher was Kathryn Cavanaugh who finished in 18:57 (24th overall).
Th FCA-Endurance team was represented by Monica Wright who finished second in her age group with a time of 25:33.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
The third race of the Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series saw relatively mild weather (for late July) , a capacity crowd, and some good racing. There were four FCA-E athletes racing among the 323 finishers including Matt Flemming and Bob Wright from Columbia and Michael and Maggye Diaz from Louisville, KY.
The sprint distance race was .3 mile swim, 12.5 mile bike, and 5k run. The first female finisher was Jenny McDonagh in a time of 1:02:37 which was good for eleventh overall. The first male was Ashley Ackerman who finished in 56:48 including a 17:32 5k run split.
The FCA-E team didn't have any podium finishers but everyone agreed it was a great day, a great race, and a whole lot of fun!!!
Bob, Matt, Michael, and Maggye
I never said this was easy
Matt cruising to the finish
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Here's a map to the park here: http://lakemurrayfun.com/swimming.html
We hope to see you there and look forward to working on our open water swimming skills together!
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
If you would like to participate, please post a comment to this blog.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
God's Promise -I do set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between Me and the earth. Genesis 9:13
Monday, June 23, 2008
We had another awesome race at the Tri the Midlands triathlon on Saturday! By our count we had 14 teammates racing and another 4 who participated by volunteering and supporting the team! A big THANK YOU to Jody, Bob, Jennifer, Monica, Randy, Janice, Andy, Harvin, and Paul for your service to the team and endurance community; y’all did a great job with packet pickup and the expo booth! The best part of the day was connecting with teammates from around the state and witnessing many athletes who came to the booth and expressed their interest in joining the team. It’s so exciting to see what the Lord is doing through Team FCA Endurance.
From the Columbia team we had 5 athletes who raced including Tommy, Matt, David, Bob and Nick. Sumter athletes included Andy, Harvin and Paul, while Amy came from over from Aiken, Joe came down from Greenville, Jason came from Spartanburg, Randall from Easley, and Jody from Charleston. There were other teammates racing who I’d like to mention, but I’m unable to recall their names (my apologies). It may be good to have an FCA-E athlete sign-in at the booth with name and city/team for future races.
On the course the temperatures were cool but the competition was HOT! Andy got a first hand taste of the competition as he posted a smoking fast time of 1:03:42 which was good enough for 16th overall but only 4th in the 35-39 age group. In the large and competitive 40-44 age group, David posted a solid 7th place with a time of 1:07:57 just behind Randall who placed 4th with a time of 1:06:23. Jason landed the 3rd place spot in the 25-29 division with a time of 1:08:33, as did Paul in the Clydesdale division with a time of 1:12:51. Nick was able to get away with an age group win in the 30-34 division with a time of 1:01:50, which was good enough for 8th over all.
Congratulations to all who raced and finished this scenic but challenging course, we had a great showing! Thank you team for showing your love for our Savior through your racing. Your dedication to the sport and to the faith is having a HUGE impact on the racing community.
Team sprint-off between Bob and Jody
Nick coming across the line
Jody and his parents
Nick and David recovering after finishing
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Thanks and I apologize for the change but this is all new and we are working it out as we go along.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
I'm trying to get a feel for any interest the team may have in a group open water swim. I love swimming in the open water but don't like to do it by myself in case my head is mistaken by a jet skier for a buoy they want to run over. Here's a picture of a proposed out and back swim from the public park/beach on the Lexington side of the dam.
Please add a comment to this post if you are interested. If we can get a handful of brave souls we'll put something together.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Happy Father's Day
Bob Wright and his son Jake
Hi all, I raced the first of the CSTS races on Father's Day as a practice race to get ready for Tri the Midlands. The CSTS is in its 17th year and I have participated about 8-10 times over the years. It is a fun local race with some pretty intense rivalries within the Charleston triathlon community. I really needed to complete a swim in good fashion to restore my confidence after my experience at Lake Murray and I was able to complete the 530 meter swim in 11:27 which was my best swim ever in this event. I rode a respectable 21.5 mph bike split but only managed an 8:13 pace on the 5k run so I still have some work left on my comeback. I was fourth in my age group and missed third by about 40 seconds in what seemed to be a slow race. I expected to see a time less than 1:13:00 for third place but instead it was 1:16:17.
I learned later that, David Knight, who is also from Columbia and considering joining FCA-E placed fifth in his age group with a 1:07:26.
Let the swim begin
I am always happy to get on my bike
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Other teammates from Sumpter, Slick and Donna Douglass, will be on the mission field in the country of Ecuador. Let's keep praying for all our teammates in the mission field!
It all started with God doing a bit of painting…
Lindsey cruises effortlessly over the finish line (at the top of a VERY steep hill!)
Rachel, Lindsey, Nick, Jody, Jason and the Douglasses, standing behind Nick’s son who is tempting Chilli Douglass with his half-eaten hamburger.
- The purpose of our team (outreach)
- The purpose of the race ministry with Setup Events (team building)
- The future of the race ministry and our team's part in supporting the race ministry at a few races in our area next year. It was great to find out that one of our members is a swim coach and has a swim team that can possible volunteer and another member is a youth group leader that can potentially tap into his group for volunteers.
- Team training opportunities
- Blog authoring
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Address and Phone:
2312 Sunset Blvd, West Columbia, SC
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Bob's time trial position looks very good.
Slick charges out of the water after a nice 13:54 swim
Donna storms past a male competitor on her way to victory
Jody working hard on the run
Nick with his son, Caleb, after crossing the finish line
We cannot confirm or deny if this is Donna exiting the water after the fastest FCA-E swim split of 12:51
Chili, the team mascot
Monday, May 19, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
First, a special thanks to Jody for packet pick-up help, to Jennifer for manning our booth, to Charles and Ray for coordinating the volunteers and to the youth who volunteered – your enthusiasm was noticed and appreciated! All of y’all’s help was invaluable! Also, we owe a special thanks to God for holding the thunderstorms and downpours off just long enough.
Congrats to Donna (1st AG), Tracy (2nd Open Female), Jody (3rd AG), and Nick (4th in the fastest AG).
Behind the scenes: Several new folks expressed interest in the joining the team, and a family of four who were doing their first triathlon as a family event emailed us to express appreciation for the special care given to them by FCA-E teammates. May God be glorified.
We look forward to seeing y’all at Clemson – come by the booth and give Hammer gels a taste test – or join us for the pre-race pasta feed – or contact us to offer your help (or your family’s help). Volunteers are needed for Clemson; the volunteers at Langley Pond had so much fun they asked us if they could help next year.
Race director pre-race blues!
From Charles Gee, the FCA Area Representative and volunteer coordinator for Langley Pond:
Slick & Donna,
Just wanted to let you guys know how much I enjoyed being a part of the South Carolina Triathlon event at Langley Pond this weekend. It always excites me to find new ways to reach others through the ministry of FCA. Your enthusiasm for our Lord and FCA-Endurance is contagious. I enjoyed our time of fellowship at Olive Oil Friday night and hopefully we can grow the numbers next year. Our volunteers from Lakeside Baptist did an awesome job Saturday and I heard nothing but positive comments. They wereenthusiastic and always had smiles on their faces even in the rain. The participants appreciated their Christ-like attitudes. The highlight for me was for Ray and I to get to carry Jason from the swim portion of the race to his bike. That encouraged and humbled me at the same time. What a great guy!
Thanks for all your efforts and I look forward to working with you again at Hickory Knob later in the season. God Bless.
Teammates in Christ,
Charles Gee, Area Representative, Palmetto FCA
Here are some awesome pictures of Charles, Ray and Jason :