RCTC Athlete Spotlight: Tiffany Nunnally at IRONMAN 70.3 Gulf Coast

“My racing accomplishments will never define who I AM, but simply something I can DO.  If I lost my legs tomorrow or could never race again my worth would not decrease and my identity would not be shaken because my worth comes from God alone. The character traits of perseverance, consistency, endurance, patience, hopefulness, and diligence are now rooted deep inside me because of the process of training and racing.  Courage and boldness have replaced fear and intimidation. I’m so thankful that I can draw from these experiences and apply these lessons to every area of my life.”

-Tiffany Nunnally

I have had the honor and privilege to train with Tiffany over the past several years. We have shared stories and laughter, joy and tears through many miles swam, biked, and run. We have stood side by side at several race starts and hugged through tears at race finishes. I am honored that she was willing to take the time to share her recent and perhaps last long race experience for little while.

In Tiff’s words….

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RCTC Athlete Spotlight: Donica Douglas Williams at IRONMAN 70.3 Florida

“You don’t play triathlon. You play soccer; it’s fun. You play baseball. Triathlon is work that you can leave you crumpled in a heap, puking on the roadside. It’s the physical brutality of climbing Mount Everest without the great view from the top of the world. What kind of person keeps coming back for more of that?” – Chris McCormack

One of the beautiful aspects of the sport of triathlon is learning about the WHY. WHY someone wants to take on that challenge, what it means to them, and what their race experience is like. Donica Douglas Williams took on her first IRONMAN 70.3 Florida in Haines City last weekend and was kind enough to share her race experience and a snapshot of her journey to IRONMAN.

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Congrats, Finishers!

Our athletes have been very busy.

CONGRATULATIONS to the following Winged Warriors who completed Ironman Augusta 70.3 on September 27:

(1st Time Finisher)

(1st Time Finisher)

(1st Time Finisher)

(1st Time Finisher)

(4-Time Finisher)

(4-Time Finisher)

(6-Time Finisher)

And CONGRATULATIONS to the following Winged Warriors who completed Ironman Louisville 140.6 on October 11:

(1st Time Finisher)

(2nd Time Finisher)

(8-Time Finisher)

Shout out to SAM Parker, LOLA Parker and CHARLEE Moss for completing the IRONKIDS race in Kentucky!

Congrats to our coaching partner, TriAttic‘s SANDY Johnson on the completion of her Ironman World Championships event in Kona on October 10. What an amazing milestone! It was Sandy’s 13th Ironman 140.6 finish.

Shout out to TIFFANY Nunnally for her 1st place AG win at the Brookwood Warrior Dash, also on Saturday.

Shout out to JOY Knop and SUSAN Bennett, who competed in the Santa Rosa Island Triathlon!

Congrats to our athletes who competed at Tri The Rez! Tiffany, Stacey and Bill all brought home AG awards!

We’re collecting SPONSORSHIPS for 2016 already, and we’re ecstatic to welcome back so many of our previous sponsors. Stay tuned for an announcement of who’s returning, who’s new and who plans to be our anchor!

If you’re sponsoring RCTC we thank you for your support, which enables us to give away so many FREE races and to treat our teammates to fun giveaways, events and clinics throughout the year. THANK YOU! Sponsorship monies for 2016 can be mailed to The Mosses or delivered to Joy Knop at DASH in Downtown Thomasville.

Athletes, if you have an event coming up, please let us know! We want to cheer you, before during and after your event!!! If I missed you or reported in error, let me know, and I will revise. Now check out the gallery!!!





October News

I’m starting this recap with the scoop on our impressive final weekend of September…

Tiffany Nunnally (a first-timer!), Marty Hufstetler (a 3rd-timer!) and Clayton Moss (a 7-timer!) completed the longest Ironman race in existence, at Ironman Chattanooga… and Lance Parker completed his first Ironman 70.3 race at Augusta. Everyone posted impressive race times, with Clayton posting a 48 minute swim, Marty posting a sub-6 hour bike, Tiffany beating both Marty and Clayton in the Marathon, and Lance meeting all of his goals for his most daunting raceday to date. We’re so proud of these athletes, and so grateful for all the RCTC SUPERFANS who tracked, cheered and helped these guys prepare!

Just a reminder, for anyone participating or volunteering in any official IRONMAN event… Our club can earn points for every member who participates under our name. When you sign up for these events, please indicate that you’re a member of club 2838/Rose City Tri Club. When you arrive on race weekend, please check in at the club tent to confirm that you were added to their list properly. They’ve had some confusion with record keeping, and some of our folks are getting missed.

Since that exciting Ironman weekend, we added new members, Christian (13) + Jesse Stewart (8).

Team Eastman tackled 6-Gap.

John + Susan Bennett and Jim Simpson participated in the Dixie Cream Donut Dash.

Jim Simpson welcomed a grandson.

Bobby Miller, Melody Gunter (1st Place Masters), Chad Johnson (1st Place AG) and Joe Gunter (1st Place Masters) had a great showing at the inaugural Brookwood Warrior Run.

Steve Powell represented at the Hahira Honeybee Festival 5K.

This morning is Tri The Rez, and we have a handful of Winged Warriors on the course, including:
Lacey + JT Harrison
Bill + Conley Wilhelm
Joy Knop
Alison Conklin
Leisa, Max + Wade Eastman

If I’m correct, JT and Conley are both racing the Olympic, and this is Conley’s first Olympic distance tri.

The Jack O’Lantern Jog is coming up quickly…next Saturday the 18th. Please support Thomas County Elementary Schools and come on out!!! To register, click HERE.

On October 20th, our young-and-mighty RCTC’er Rose Webb leaves for Basic Training for the Georgia National Guard / Military Police. Please wish her luck, everyone!

Joe Porter, Tony Sheffield and Jim Simpson have a big race coming up at IRONMAN Florida in November. And Mike Rome has his big show coming up in Miami, so please keep up the great SUPERFAN cheering!

If any beginner-speed RCTC’ers are looking to improve their bike skills, Renee is heading out for super-easy post-partum bike rides on Saturday mornings. If you’ve been intimidated to ride with a more experienced cyclist—or simply too busy to train—now is the chance to hop on while the pace is cruising at a non-threatening 16 mph. Hone your shifting skills, practice drinking and eating while in motion, not falling down when clipped in… and come prepared to change a tube if one should flat. This is a great way to learn and get faster. Let me know if you want to ride!

Looking ahead to 2015 (yes, already!)…

If you’re interested in SPONSORING RCTC for 2015, we’ll be reserving space on our teamwear soon. Money will be due in December. Be on the lookout for the teamwear Advertising Flyer, soon to be released.

If you’d like to ORDER teamwear for 2015, we’ll be placing our order in December, before the holidays again. We’ll also do our best to arrange for you to check out the fit kits again before orders are collected.

If you’re planning to RENEW your RCTC membership, fees will be due in January. If you joined after September 1, 2014, you will not owe new fees for 2015.

We’re looking to early/mid-December for our end-of-season party, too. So please stay tuned!

Stay tuned for exact dates; we’ll share when we get the details ironed out.

If there’s anything you would like to see happen in 2015 that we are not doing now, this is the time to tell us, so we can plan ahead. So please post/email/text.

September News

Hi there, Winged Warriors! I’ve fallen a little behind in my website posts, so please forgive me. It’s easier to keep up on Facebook, but I like to keep my non-Facebookers in the know, too. And life is twice as busy with TWO wee ones and TWO IM races on Clayton’s schedule this year! There are so many racers to congratulate, including:

Angie Bruhl—for her performance at “The Clock is Ticking” distance swim. Which she completed with her toddler on her back. Again!

Joe Porter and Tony Sheffield—for completing their first HALF IRONMAN at the Hutchinson Island Half!

Billy and Rose Webb—Father/Daughter team—for the 2nd place relay finish at Tri the Ridge!

Shane + Stacey Herrin and Kellie Rome—for the Color Run in Tally!

The following folks competed at Beach Blast as one giant super-awesome team:
Melissa Thompson—1st AG / 2nd female overall
Kristi Wilhem—1st Female Masters
Bill Wilhem—4th AG
Lance Parker—5th AG
Morgan Garcia—2nd AG
Leisa Eastman—3rd AG
JT Harrison—1st Clydesdale

John Thompson—4th AG
Susan Bennett—2nd AG
John Bennett—5th AG
Joy Knop—4th AG
Wade Eastman—1st AG
Max Eastman—1st AG

Congrats to Jeff Drawdy and Jenn Bendewish for completing the Albany Nut Roll—a 104-mile ride!

Congrats to these guys for their day at the Stars and Stripes Patriot 6K:
Lori Richardson—1st place AG / 2nd place overall female
Beverly Hamilton—1st place AG / 3rd place overall female
Melody Gunter—2nd place AG
Chad Johnson— 2nd place AG / 4th overall

Congrats to Beverly Hamilton (1st overall female) and Chad Johnson (1st AG / 2nd overall!) for grabbing hardware at Race of the South 5K!

Congrats to Blease + Callaway Conklin, Ben + Kristopher Wilhelm and Jay Harrison for their performance at the last event in the Tally Youth Tri Series! (+ Katina’s Stewart’s boys, too, who might be joining RCTC!)

If I’ve missed anyone, please post or email/text me. We’re so proud of everyone!!!

It’s a really big race weekend coming up…

Good luck to MARTY HUFSTETLER, TIFFANY NUNNALLY and CLAYTON MOSS as these three take on IRONMAN Chattanooga on Sunday.
This is Tiff’s 1st IRONMAN 140.6 (+4) event! Her bib is #1006.
This is Marty’s 3rd IRONMAN 140.6 event. His bib is #686.
And this is Clayton’s 8th IRONMAN 140.6 (he’s finished 6 thus far) event. His bib is #206.
(Except they all get to bike an extra 4 miles in the Chattanooga heat. Oops!)

AND good luck to LANCE PARKER this Sunday as he takes on his FIRST HALF IRONMAN at Augusta! His bib is #2931.

You can track all of our athletes using the IM website and the IronTrac app.

If you’re in Tville and looking for a 5K, the Quail Trail is tomorrow at Pebble Creek. Check-in is at 6:30, and the race starts at 8 am.

And lastly—if you haven’t already—please welcome Jay Harrison and the entire Eastman family to RCTC!

Enjoy the weekend, everyone!!! And (say it with me), STAY HYDRATED!

PS: I have a small batch of red tech tees if anyone needs/wants a spare.

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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Congratulations to Clayton Moss on an outstanding Ironman finish #6 in Panama City Beach last weekend. He posted a personal best of 12:00:14! Thanks to RCTC and friends for all the well wishes, prayers, support and enthusiasm. I’m adding a few photos you may have missed if you’re not a Facebook’er. Thanks to Tony Sheffield and Jim Simpson for volunteering/support at the event, and to John Thompson and Marty Hufstetler for helping the Moss clan cheer on our guy… and for being at the Finish to hug our salty, exhausted athlete!

Congrats to Damien Salazar for winning the ‘with dogster’ division at the Run for Rover last weekend… Congrats to Chad Johnson for snagging a first place age group award and to Dee Dee Snow for participating. Anyone else run, place or spectate? I hear Bendewish was there…

Kits are en route and should deliver on time, so that means our Kit Fittings for 11.7 (Ladies) and 11.11 (Men) are confirmed as well. Please be sure to RSVP either by posting here or to the Facebook event page if you’re on FB. Please invite potential members to join us. This may be the only order that is submitted for the 2014 season, so we want to be sure everyone has an opportunity to try on and order the gear.

We’ve had some members volunteer to help run RCTC next year, and they are as follows…

1. Clinic Organizer – Jeff Drawdy (+ Clayton)

2. Social Chairs – Alison Parker + Alison Conklin

3. Apparel Team – Chad Johnson, Melody Gunter + Jenn Bendewish (+Renee)

4. Advertising Sales + Treasury – Lance Parker (+Renee)

5. Race Results Reporter – Still NEEDED! This person (or 2-3) will help collect weekend race results and photos (and post!), gather relevant series results for tallying, and send recaps to the newspaper. You do not have to attend all the events; you just need to collect the details.

We’ll take a vote at our Dec. 2 SHINDIG, so if you’re interested in helping out, please let us know STAT! Thx, all!

And if you haven’t RSVP’ed for the End-of-Year SHINDIG yet, it’s fast approaching, so please hop on FB and reply. Or post here if you’re not on FB. Thanks!

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