Ride, Picnic + Youth Tri

Hi all! Quick updates…

If you’d like to help with volunteer activities at the YMCA’s Youth Tri (August 16th), please email: susanstockstill@gmail.com (+ copy jsanders3027@yahoo.com) directly. THANK YOU!!!

If you’re planning to attend the GA Vets Post-Race picnic, please be sure to RSVP by today! Please post to the FB event page with kids vs adults details for your party. If you’re bringing extended family or friends, please contribute $10 per person. If you’re not on Facebook, please email Alison Parker at asparker08@gmail.com.

Since we’re expecting our new baby soon, and since Ironman Chattanooga is fast approaching, we really need volunteers to organize and lead the Tuesday morning ride—which basically means just posting the details to the FB page and website calendar, so folks can join in. And grabbing a headcount…and promising not to drop anyone. Leader can change weekly if need be, and you can certainly adjust the date/time to suit your schedule, but we really would appreciate some help keeping this ride alive. If you have questions about how to do any of this, please contact Jeff Drawdy at jeffreydrawdy@gmail.com.

I can’t say it enough…please hydrate. We have a seasoned member who landed in the hospital for 5 hours of post-race ice and IV-hydration last weekend. It can happen to anyone, even if you’re well practiced at this sport. If you have questions about training and/or racing hydration, please feel free to reach out to any of our club’s resources, especially Brady Irwin at Science of Speed or Jen Bendewish of Herbalife 24.

Thanks, all!!!

Congrats, Angie!!!

Big props to RCTC’s Angie Bruhl! Today was her first tri back after recovering from knee surgery, and this momma placed 2nd overall and 1st in her age group in the Jax Sprint #2 in Fernandina Beach today.

Angie won the FREE race entry from our friends at DRC Sports! Way to represent, Angie!!!!! You make us proud!

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FREE Race + Updates!

And the winner of the DRC Sports Jax #3 FREE Race Entry (August 9th) is…

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ALISON CONKLIN!!!

If Alison cannot race, first alternate is LORI RICHARDSON!

Congrats, ladies!!!!

We still have another FREE Race Entry to give away, and its for DRCSports Crystal River #3.

To be considered, you cannot have already used a free race this season, and you must be willing to race if you win! Please post if you want to be entered to win! And thanks to DRCSports for giving us this awesome 6-pack of free races for 2014!

If you haven’t RSVPed yet for the GA Vets Triathlon Post-Race Picnic, please do so by July 23rd! Alison Parker is trying to get a headcount for food / budget.

And if you haven’t noticed, they’ve added an AquaBike this year, so if running’s not your thing, you can consider this fun new option! Don’t forget to use your discount code for the TRI. It should be in your mound of emails from me.

Congrats to Billy Webb of Bowersville for a great race at the Swamp Rabbit Sprint Tri at Furman University last Saturday. He posted a greatly improved time this season, not to mention blazing-fast transitions. Ask him how he does it at the GA Vets Picnic. He’ll be there!!!

And congrats to the Stewart (Jesse + Christian, 6th + 3rd place!) and Conklin boys (Blease + Callaway, twin 6th places!) on great performances at Sunday’s Splash + Dash in Tally!

If you’re racing, please keep us posted, so we can show our support.

With the winged baby coming shortly and Ironman appearing just 8 weeks later, Clayton’s dance card is filling up fast. We’re asking for an RCTC member (or 2) to please consider stepping up to lead the Tuesday morning rides that leave at 6:15 from the Everett Milton YMCA. It’s a great opportunity to ride with your teammates, and we simply need more help with RCTC as the club and our family continue to grow. Please message us if interested in taking charge! Thanks!!!

Keep up the dedicated training, and stay hydrated out there!

Raffle!

We’re so sorry we had to cancel tonight’s clinic. We do still have a race to raffle off for DRC Sports Jax #3 on August 9th. Yes, it conflicts with GA Vets. If you’d like to be entered to win it, please post here to our FB page, or below…pronto!

Freedom Springs

We hope you all enjoyed a safe and fun 4th of July holiday weekend.

Props to the following Winged Warriors who participated in the Freedom Springs Sprint Triathlon in Marianna over the holiday:
Jennifer Bendewish
Lacey + JT Harrison
Marty Hufstetler
Katina Stewart
Chad Johnson + Brent Moody (relay)

Big congratulations to RCTC’s two BRAND NEW Triathletes: KATINA STEWART and LACEY HARRISON!

Congrats to Marty Hufstetler on a 2nd place AG finish today and to Chad Johnson and Brent Moody for a relay team WIN!

And thanks to Beverly Hamilton for cheering on her teammates and sending the scoop to us back at RCTC headquarters. ;)

REMINDERS:

Our Flat Fixin Clinic is tomorrow night at Bacchus at 6:30 pm, on the back patio. Please RSVP if you have not already done so.
WIN a FREE RACE ENTRY to the DRC Sports Jax Tri #3 (August 9); must be present to win.

And our Georgia Veterans Triathlon Post-Race Picnic is coming up on August 9th. Deadline to RSVP is July 23, but if you want to score a FREE event tee, you must RSVP with member sizes by today!

Next event coming up is the DRCSports Jax Sprint + Olympic Triathlon in Fernandina Beach, FL. Angie Bruhl is representing RCTC and racing for FREE with Joy’s slot, so everyone please wish her luck. Is anyone joining her? Please let us know.

Happy Training, everyone, and please hydrate!

 

RCTC Pride

This morning I awoke exhausted. I wondered if it was this quickly-growing son in my belly that’s wearing me out. Or the intense heat in which you’re all training with such dedication and enthusiasm. It feels like I’m walking on a solar flare just strolling to the mailbox.

But no, I’m wiped for another reason. And a great one. Our winged teammates.

I’m completely worn out from the waiting and watching and suspense of it all…

This weekend, we saw three racers head off to Crystal River for the DRCSports Sprint #2 on Saturday, and they all snagged some time on the podium. Congrats to Jeff Drawdy for a first place Clydesdale win, and to Alison and Lance Parker for their 2nd and 5th place age group awards, respectively!

Sunday morning, we saw Tiffany Nunnally compete in the famed Chattanooga Waterfront Olympic Triathlon in downtown Chattanooga, with her sherpa/sidekick, Lori Richardson, cheering her on. It’s a scenic, well-organized and challenging race, especially when you log 60+ miles the prior day in the name of Ironman prep. Way to go, Tiff!

And speaking of Ironman… like many of you, I was completely entranced into the wee hours yesterday by the compulsive tracking of our IRONMAN competitors, Melissa Thompson (12:48:19), Morgan Garcia (14:43:36, plus a super-fast swim time of 1:07:27), and John Thompson (15:31:50). Congrats to all three of you (and your support teams, too) for achieving this grand milestone at Ironman Coeur D’Alene in Idaho. And a shout out to your coaches and training buddies who took the journey alongside you all.

It’s a lot of work running a club like this. But these are precisely the moments that make it all worthwhile. It was so good to see everyone enjoying their experiences, smiling, posing for lots of photos and generally representing RCTC the way we’d dreamed it. Not to mention the many teammates who quietly stayed up to support their winged friends, refreshing their browsers, chewing their nails and doing a bit of praying along the way.

Thanks to all of you for making us so proud!

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Thomasville YMCA Kids/Family Triathlon

Hey Winged Ones! Please mark your calendars for this event…

The Thomasville YMCA Family Triathlon is August 16th, and that means we’ll need lots of volunteers to help out Friday and Saturday, the 15th and 16th. Plus, you’ll want to get those kiddos prepared for raceday!

I’ll share more details when I have them, so please stay tuned. Thanks!

 

RSVP Early + Win!

What?!?! I want free stuff. What do I get?

Good question. You get a swanky limited-edition FREE RCTC picnic tee.

Oh-EM-GEE! I need that. HOW do I get one?

To qualify, RSVP to the Facebook POST-RACE PICNIC event page by JULY 7th. On the page, make a post specifying the number of adults + kids in your party and tee sizes for each RCTC member. It’s just a basic men’s tee. We’re on a budget, after all!

No Fair, I’m not on Facebook!

Then post to this article below with the same deets. Renee will add you to the FB event page so you’ll be counted. No texts or emails. Just posts, please.

Now, hurry, hurry!!!!

Post-Race Picnic!

It’s time to register for the Georgia Veterans Triathlon in Cordele, GA, which takes place on August 9th. (Use your discount code + save!)

RCTC members and families: Please join us for a post-race picnic on August 9th, right there at the race site—in Pavillion #2! Start time TBD.

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Near the Pavillion, there is a beach for swimming, as well as a playground and a fishing area!

HUGE thanks to Alison + Lance Parker for spearheading this event, as Clayton + I will be otherwise preoccupied. We had an outstanding showing last year, plus great food and fellowship. So please don’t miss this opportunity to gather with your teammates and celebrate RCTC! Please stay tuned for details as we plan.

***** PLEASE RSVP as soon as possible to the Facebook event page, so Alison can better plan. When you RSVP, please specify number of adults + kids in your party. If you’re over 12, you’re an adult, food-wise. If you’re not on Facebook, please message us or post below! *****

YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST RSVP by Wednesday, JULY 23rd. No exceptions.

Want to see a map of the Pavillion location? Here ya go!

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FREE RACE WINNER…

DRUMROLL PLEASE!!!!

…and the winner of the Jax #2 Olympic/Sprint (JULY 19th) FREE RACE ENTRY from DRC Sports is…

JOY KNOP!

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If Joy is unable to compete, first alternate is ANGIE BRUHL!

Congrats, Joy! Let me know ASAP if you’ll be racing, and I will provide you with the code you need to register!