Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
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!!
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?!!
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
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!
Saturday, May 2, 2009
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
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!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Brandon Lovell (email@example.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
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
Thursday, April 2, 2009
On a side note this will be very near to the temperature Bob will face in the water of the San Francisco Bay in May when he competes in the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon so expect him to be the very first one in the water and swim the longest.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Race morning was rather chilly but thankfully by the time the race started at 1:00 PM the temperature had warmed considerably (although the pool was still nippy). Being in the downtown area made it an interesting race course with lots of turns, foot bridges, and even a set of stairs. The finish line was in a nice grassy field where we setup our booth.
While not technically in favor of child labor, the team is not completely opposed to employing kids as booth workers / team ballerinas.
Carolyn getting ready for a warm up ride with some friends:
I think I see Leslie in a sea of bikes:
This teammate wisely chose to warm up in the balmy diving pool aka "the hot tub":
Nick "warming up" with some athletes:
Janice getting ready to race:
Congratulations to Janice on her return to racing and placing 3rd in the Athena division!
Teammates getting started on the bike:
Coming down the finishing chute:
After the race was over we all enjoyed the sunshine with friends and family
It seems we had a slightly strange string of 4th place finishes with Carolyn finishing 4th in the Female 40-44 division, Randy finishing 4th in the Male 45-49 division, Lee finishing 4th in the Male 35-39 division, and Nick finishing 4th overall. So that is four 4th place finishes - weird. Here's to making it to the podium next time!
Congratulations to all who completed the race and a special thanks to all who volunteered in our efforts to serve the race directors and our fellow athletes. And thank you for your boldness in glorifying our Lord and Savior through your racing!
Friday, March 13, 2009
"For one weekend each summer, 2,000 of the world's best triathletes assemble in San Francisco for one of the most infamous and extreme sporting events…the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. In its 29 years as a maximum-security prison, no one ever escaped alive from the menacing shores of Alcatraz. Every year, this popular event draws over 20,000 spectators to see who can accomplish that daunting task.
On Sunday, June 14, the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon will be packed with heart-pounding action featuring a 1.5 mile swim through frigid waters from Alcatraz Island to shore, a grueling 18-mile bike race, and a demanding 8-mile run through the rugged trails of Golden Gate Recreation Area. Set against the natural beauty of San Francisco, this thrilling triathlon is a virtual postcard of the City by the Bay."
Represent us well Bob!!
Monday, March 9, 2009
Sorry for the late notice but we have a group riding at the Fort tomorrow afternoon meeting at Brennan Elementary at 5:00 PM. We hope the be rolling by 5:30 PM. Come join us if you can!! Shoot us an email if you plan to come. We'll also have a brief discussion afterward regarding our role in the upcoming triathlons (Downtown and Langley) which is totally optional.
This ride will also serve as the kick-off of the weekly Tuesday evening rides on Fort Jackson so mark your calendars!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
The triathlon season is almost upon us and I, for one, am totally stoked!!! As most of you may know, Setup Events has launched another local triathlon (Downtown Columbia Triathlon) giving us three here in Columbia. The team will have a booth at the expo spreading the awesome news of the gospel and encouraging our fellow athletes and their families as well as the unique opportunity to interact with the USC college students that are sure to be gawking at all the tri-geeks in spandex :-) We'll also be volunteering at packet pickup / novice table. If anyone (teammates or family) is interested in helping out, please leave a comment or send an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
With the time change and season upon us, we'll be working to post some regular training sessions to the calendar. If you would like some company and fellowship during your regular training sessions, please consider posting them to the calendar. If you would like to post your sessions or events but don't have access, please leave a comment or send an email and we'll get you setup.
So what's everyone's race calendar look like this year? Post a comment with your schedule if you don't mind sharing.