9/11 Climb: SPECIAL RCTC DATE & TIME

RCTC is all about team spirit. So show your patriotic pride & RCTC team spirit all at once!

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Our Winged Warriors would like to participate in Tville’s upcoming September 11 Climb to Remember. But due to our hectic training and racing schedules, 9.11 doesn’t quite work for us as a team.

So… we have arranged an alternate time for RCTC to show our support. Join us Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 5:30 am at TCCHS Stadium. Sign up under RCTC and wear any piece(s) of RCTC gear you like!

Registration cost is a $15 donation. Please see flyer and details below.

And please RSVP to the FB event page if you’re able, so we know who will be participating.

Thanks to Melissa and Lance for working out this alternate time with Kim Smith at the YMCA!

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Climb to Remember

 

Congrats, Kiddos (& MARTY)!

A big (slightly delayed) shout out to our Winged Kids on a spectacular race day at the YMCA Kids Tri on August 16th. Big thanks to all RCTC families and volunteers and to Kristi Wilhelm for sharing these photos.

 

Congrats to Marty Hufstetler on the completion of his second Ironman this past Sunday in Louisville. Marty finished 14th in his age group with a time just over 13 hours. Very impressive! We’re proud of you, Marty!

Clayton was there to keep him company and posted terrific swim and bike times before the famed 100-degree Louisville heat knocked him out of the race halfway through the marathon.

Big thanks to John Thompson for supporting and tireless paparazzi-style stalking of these guys to cheer them during the event.

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GA Vets Weekend Recap

CONGRATULATIONS to the following RCTC’ers who competed at the Georgia Veterans Triathlon in Cordele last weekend. (If I’ve overlooked someone, please let me know, so I can update our list!)

Marty Hufstetler
Joe Porter
Taylor Shiver
Brad Hinson (1st timer!)
Tony Sheffield
Clayton Moss
Rick Moss
Deann Garcia (1st timer!)
Morgan Garcia
Lance Parker
Allison Parker
Joy Knop
Nancy Hiers
JT Harrison
Shane Herrin (1st timer!)
Billy Webb
John Bennett
Susan Bennett (1st timer!)
Jeff Drawdy
Tony Sheffield
Bill Wilhelm
Kristi Wilhelm
Conley Wilhelm
Melissa Thompson
Katina Stewart

Big props to our new triathletes: Brad, Shane, Deann and Susan! We are so proud of you all!

And congrats to our award winners, including:
Melissa Thompson (2nd overall female)
Kristi Wilhelm (Female Masters champ)
Clayton Moss (1st place AG / 8th overall)
Conley Wilhelm (1st place AG)
Alison Parker (3rd place AquaBike)
Marty Hufstetler (2nd place AG)
JT Harrison (2nd place AG)
Morgan Garcia (1st place AG, 11th overall)

Again, if I’ve overlooked you, please let me know… I’ve only just now stopped the meds! hahaha

HUGE thanks to the Parkers for planning the Post-Race Picnic, to ooShirts.com for the tees, and to Jen Bendewish and Stacey Herrin for taking so many great photos of everyone! Scroll down for photos please…

While about 70 members, family members, friends and fans were gathered in Cordele, Alison Conklin and Angie Bruhl snuck off to Jacksonville to participate in the DRCSports Sprint and Olympic Triathlons (respectively) #3. It was Alison’s first triathlon since giving birth to her fourth child (welcome back, Alison!), and Angie snagged a 2nd place overall award / 1st place age group. Congrats to both of these impressive lady athletes!

Please welcome new members, John Wheeler and Chris White! They bring our 2014 membership roster to 69 athletes as of today. We’re excited to have them both! Please give them a warm welcome.–
REMINDERS:

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 ASAP. If your kids are racing, please let me know so I can cheer them on properly!

Revolutions: Triathlon Coaching, LLC has invited us to attend their upcoming Open Water Swim Clinic, with Club Seminole Head Coach Tori Richmond & RevTri Coach Annie Bowman!

Sunday, August 17, 2014
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Morcom Aquatics Center
***Check your inbox for complete details.***

If you have any questions, please contact Tori Richmond at club.seminole@gmail.com or 772-486-2460 (cell) OR Annie Bowman at annie@revtricoaching.com

 

Race Weekend Preview + Updates!

Good luck to all our winged ones participating in events this weekend! We have Alison Conklin racing the DRC Sports Jax Sprint #3, Angie Bruhl racing the Jax Olympic, and a sizable group of winged ones racing Georgia Multisports GA Vets Tri in Cordele, including:

Marty Hufstetler
Clayton Moss
Rick Moss
Deann Garcia
Morgan Garcia
Lance Parker
Allison Parker
Joy Knop
Nancy Hiers
JT Harrison
Shane Herrin
Billy Webb
Rose Webb
John Bennett
Susan Bennett
Jeff Drawdy
Bill Wilhelm
Kristi Wilhelm
Conley Wilhelm
Melissa Thompson
Katina Stewart
and possibly Tiffany Nunnally!

Who else is racing this weekend?

Shout out to Clayton Moss (7th), Rose Webb (7th), Taylor Shiver (8th), and Mike Rome (11th) who are all celebrating race-weekend birthdays!

The Post-Race Picnic will take place after race awards. A few reminders:
1. The picnic will be at Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park, the same venue as the race. We have picnic pavilion 2 rented for our use the entire day.
2. State park regulations prohibit alcoholic beverages in visible/obvious containers. Bring your solo cups! RCTC will not provide grown-up beverages.
3. Members + immediate family members will eat free, other guests are welcome at $10 for each adult.
4. If you RSVP’ed prior to the original cut-off date your event t-shirt will be ready for you that day!

5. Feel free to bring flotation devices and lawn chairs.


REMINDER
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 by MONDAY, August 11.


SWIM CLINIC
Revolutions: Triathlon Coaching, LLC has invited us to attend their upcoming Open Water Swim Clinic, with Club Seminole Head Coach Tori Richmond & RevTri Coach Annie Bowman!

Sunday, August 17, 2014
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Morcom Aquatics Center

Register + pay before Monday, August 11th – $50.00*
Members of Rose City Tri Club receive 20% off registration cost, if payment is received prior to 8/11

Check your inbox for complete details.
If you have any questions, please contact Tori Richmond at club.seminole@gmail.com or 772-486-2460 (cell) OR Annie Bowman at annie@revtricoaching.com.

Thanks!

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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