Archive for August, 2010
August 2010 CNY Triathlon Club-Member Profile
Name: Brad Crosby
Tell us about yourself. Well where to start. Will start in early twenties I joined the Army as a watercraft operator I was trained in the military to lifeguard and teach rescue swimming to the members of the watercraft field, and was the assigned rescue swimmer on any of the several watercraft I was assigned to. I was in a unit that utilized 176 ft landing craft ships. I spent most of my military career in Central America, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, was also in Cuba, and Porto Rico.
After the military I bought a tavern and grill in a small town just north of Williamsburg Va. I operated the tavern for just over two years before I decided to move back home to good old upstate NY. Once home I acquired a job with the North Area YMCA as the aquatics director and began to work on my education in personal and fitness training, after a short stint with the YMCA I moved to Gold’s Gym. I have two certifications with the National Academy of Sports medicine CPT (certified personal trainer) and PES (performance enhancement specialist). These allowed me to work with many members of the community to enhance their fitness. While working for Gold’s I met Paul at Syracuse bicycle due to a triathlon training program that I had established at Gold’s. Paul sparked my true interest in cycling and coaxed me to come work for Syracuse bicycle. While working for him and Dan I decided to utilize my GI bill and have just completed a Bachelors of Science degree in sports management. My goal is to utilize this degree to continue training people and look into working for a cycling manufacturer.
As for racing I have been racing for several years and racked up several wins and top ten finishes. Some of the most memorable wins would be the twilight crit in Rochester while racing category five, and a win in the Hollenbeck road race at category three. I have also qualified and raced with the central region team for the empire state games for three years, and look forward to that being back this year.
As for triathlons, my one big event was the green lakes tri which I finished 25th and won the first place award for first timers. I will have to expand on the triathlon events!How long have you been involved in Triathlon and what made you take it up? I was asked by several clients while working as a trainer at Gold’s Gym to train them for a triathlon; this was about six years ago. I took on the challenge and ended up with a group of about twenty five people who trained together twice a week. This group insisted if I was going to train them that I needed to compete with them. And so it went, the conversion from muscle head to endurance person. This is where I found my true joy for cycling and realized my natural ability to time trial.
Who is your hero? Who is everyone’s hero!! Who else but Lance Armstrong, that’s what you’re supposed to say right?
What is your athletic background? I think I covered most of this above.
What are your Triathlon strengths and weaknesses? I hate running (I can run, I just go out of my mind). I’m pretty sure I still hold the cycling club TT course record so I guess I would say that is my strength.
What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most? Green Lakes, I remember thinking I was a pretty strong swimmer, so I decided to start at the front of the first wave. I quickly realized that I was the only one not wearing a wet suit and learned that the buoyancy of those suits really helps as I was run over by about twenty guys.
What is your favorite race and why? The Daytona 500! Haha, sorry don’t really have a tri favorite race due to competing in mostly cycling events.
What was your worst race and why? Same no answer really.
What are this year’s goals? Lose some weight that I gained most of last year due to broken collar bone. And compete in some triathlon somewhere, I promise!
In five years you hope to… Win a sprint somewhere.
Tell us something most people don’t know about you. I have two English bulldogs and they are a riot! Sorry guess a lot of people know that.