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November 2010 : Issue 21

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

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Nov 2010 : ISSUE 21

CNY Triathlon Club Newsletter

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IN THIS ISSUE

Monthly Board Meeting
Club Events
Member Profile for November
master swim class
QUICK LINKS

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registration
USAT Membership

Save 10%

All CNY Triathlon Club members will receive 50 dollars off of wetsuits and 10% off of all triathlon, swimming, cycling and nutritional products plus discounted bike fits.

Finger Lakes Running & Triathlon Co.
215 E. State St
Ithaca, NY 14850

Offer Expires: N/A

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Off

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112 Dewitt St., Suite 102A

Syracuse, NY 13203

315-708-5850

Call for an appointment today!

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one coupon per person please. Offer expires 09/30/10

Save 10%

Visit National Aquatics

located on Erie Blvd
Syracuse , NY 13208
with current member
ship from CNY
Triathlon Club for
discount

Save 10%

Multisport Physical

Therapy

Save 10%

Present this coupon to either Syracuse Bicycle located on Erie Blvd East, Syracuse or The Bikery in Baldwinsville or the Bike Loft on South Bay Road North Syracuse and receive a 10 discount on items purchased in their stores. A valid CNY Triathlon membership is required.


OUR SPONSORS

Bella Domani

Catering & Banquets,LLC
Syracuse Bicycle
National Aquatics
Multisport Physical Therapy
The Bikery
The Bike Loft
Fleetfeet
YMCA Downtown
Finger Lakes Running &TriathlonCompany
Applesbee’s
Advanced Cyclery
2010 Executive Board

President
Sam Sampere
Vice President
Brad Crosby
Treasurer
Ken Hammond
Secretary
Tom Stern
Director (Odd Year)
Bill Street
Director (Even Year)
Jim Mirra
Director (Even Year)
John Evans
membership
Director Cazenovia Tri
John Austin
Director
Volunteer Coordinator
Rich O’neil
Apparel Coordinator
Ann Austin
Director – Volunteers Jamesville Beach
Kelly Covert
Director – PR coordinator
Kristin Mullally
Director at large
Cheryl Pusztai
Director at large
Andy D’agati
Note: All members of the Executive Officers and Board of Director’s can be reached at executiveboard@cnytriathlon.org

Standing committees
Note:
Due to a new year and election of new executive Officers and Board of Director’s our list of standing committees is being re-evaluated
FEATURED ARTICLE
Bike box loaner program

The CNY Triathlon club has two metal bike boxes for shipping your bike for that distant triathlon you have been wanting to do.
First , you must be a CNY Tri club member.
Second, call to reserve your box and it can be picked up from the following:
Syracuse Bicycles on Erie Blvd at www.syracusebicycle.com
446-6816
or at Multisport Physical Therapy on 1st Street suite B, Liverpool at www.multisportpt.com
451-2270

monthly Board Meeting


Next board meeting will be on the first (T1) Tuesday of the month. Time and place TBA

Club Events

  • Woman Support Group POC Kristin Mullally and Kelly Covert at executiveboard@cnytriathlon.org
  • Masters open swim for CNY Tri members (see information below)
  • Total immersion Swim session starting 7 Nov 2010 downtown YMCA

Happy Thanksgiving!!





Classes for runners and triathletes will start, Tuesday, 21 September 2010. Check website for times.
yoga
Member Profile for November

November 2010 CNY Triathlon Club-Member Profile

Name: Mike Gasparek

Tell us about yourself.

I grew up in Camillus, and upon high school graduation enlisted in the Marines. After four fun filled years there, I decided to go to school – as cool as running around with a steel pot on your head, backpack on your back, and a rifle in your hands may be – it got a little old. I went to SUNY Canton, Clarkson University, and Syracuse University ending up with a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering. I work at SRC; it is a great company to work for and they have fitness friendly policies.

My wife Jodi has been an outstanding supporter through the years. We have two children: 18 year old Jenn (SUNY Geneseo) and 16 year old Matt (J-E high school). Without Jodi’s support I would never have the time to train; this year the IM 70.3 took a BIG chunk of my free time. We reside in the boonies between Jordan and Weedsport.

Last year I have had the pleasure of doing a couple of triathlons with my son, and this year my daughter swam in a relay team for the Syracuse IM 70.3. Being able to go to an event with my kids is a great feeling. My wife likes to work out and run, but swimming isn’t her thing. My daughter likes to swim and bike, but running isn’t her thing. They are considering doing Iron Girl Tri together, so I will help them in any way that I can.

This summer the highlight of my work week was the Wednesday night Jamesville series. Being a new member, I didn’t know anyone and volunteered to help work the first few events of the year. It was a great time and I met many of the members. Unless work got in the way, I was there early to help set-up and at the end to tear-down for the entire season.

How long have you been involved in Triathlon and what made you take it up?

I started Triathlon two years ago, kind of a mid-life crisis. It was originally going to be a one-and-done bucket list thing to do. A bunch of like-minded members from the Skaneateles Community Center (now a YMCA) formed a team (shout out to Tri-Fecta!), hired a trainer (shout out to Roman!) and we trained together. After I did my first triathlon, I was hooked.

Who is your Hero?

I really don’t have a single hero. All the wonderful people that I have met along the way have really been an inspiration to me as I learn the sport. I will not name them, but I know people who have overcome health issues, struggle with balancing work and family and triathlon, overcome self confidence issues, and a raft of other things. These people, like me, may never see the podium at an event but they go to each race putting in their best effort.

What is your athletic background?

I never played high school sports, but being in the Marines is the ultimate team sport. I am not fast but I have always loved to run and ride bikes.

What are your Triathlon strengths and weaknesses?

I am one of the middle of the pack types, so I am equally good/bad at all events. I have taken a lot of ribbing from friends on how long I take in the transitions. I really need get better at that.

What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most?

In 2009, I did the mini-Musselman in Geneva. Everyone hears about not trying out a new thing on race day, but I ignored that advice. It was my first open-water swim, and the first time that I had my brand-new wet suit on in the water. The wetsuit restricted my arm motion so much that I could barely swim and I nearly lost my goggles from a few kicks to the head. After I completed it, I went home and signed up and did Caz and the Skinnyman – hooked completely. I also traded the full-sleeve suit for one without sleeves.

What is your favorite race and why? What was your worst race and why?

I have no favorite race, and no worst race. Each has good points and bad points and I try to learn from every event. So far I have always completed everything I have started so it is all good. Ask me this again after Placid in 2011.

What are this year’s goals?

I went from a sprint tri in year one to an IM 70.3 in year two. So the logical conclusion would be a full IM 140.6 in year three, right? I didn’t volunteer at Placid last year but saw the emails about the Ironman Foundation from the club. So – what the heck – I signed up that way. Placid is going to be a challenge for sure! As long as I finish in 16 hrs 59 minutes and 59 seconds or less, I will be standing on the podium with gold around my neck.

In five years you hope to … :

Keep on going, and with luck improving at all three sports.

Something most people don’t know about you:

In preparation for Placid, I just completed my first (very slow) marathon -kind of apropos – the Marine Corps Marathon in DC. Ignoring my own hard learned lesson from the mini-Musselman, I tried something new on race day – the PowerAde that was handed out at the water stops. I trained all summer with Hammer Perpetuem (shout out to Rich!) and that worked great. I just was caught up in the moment and it seemed like a good idea at the time…… I will NEVER EVER drink anything red again!

Master swim Class

Hi All,

I will be commencing a Masters Swim Program – specific to Triathletes
at the Granby Pool on Monday evenings from 7:15-8:15pm. It will be a
10 week session commencing Nov 1st – Cost $80

Who is this for? Triathletes who are looking to participate in a
weekly structured swim training program. Sessions will comprise of
technique work, drills and swim sets.

To Register: Email Karen at therightfit@windstream.net or Call
315-592-7950

Please Note: This is not a learn to swim program and swimmers must be
able to swim a minimum of 200 yards.

Conducted by Karen Allen-Turner – Level 2 USAT Triathlon Coach

Thanks, Karen

In closing, the CNY Triathlon Club is a volunteer organization operated and led by members of the club and supported by its members and sponsors.
CNY Triathlon Club was formed to bring together people in the Central New York area to strengthen and advance the sport of triathlon; promote the educational pursuit of the triathlon and general physical fitness; represent the sport of triathlon within the community and publish and disseminate information related to the sport of triathlon.

Our mission is to reach beyond ourselves and encourage others by sharing our experiences.

If any club member would like to contribute to our newsletter or help in arranging it each month it would be greatly appreciated. I can be contacted at Newsletter@cnytriathlon.org
Connect, Communicate, and Share

Sincerely,

James Mirra, Pubisher/Editor
CNY Triathlon Club, Inc

Box 434
Dewitt, New York 12314

Mike Gasparek

Monday, November 1st, 2010

November 2010 CNY Triathlon Club-Member Profile

Name: Mike Gasparek

 

Tell us about yourself.

I grew up in Camillus, and upon high school graduation enlisted in the Marines. After four fun filled years there, I decided to go to school – as cool as running around with a steel pot on your head, backpack on your back, and a rifle in your hands may be – it got a little old. I went to SUNY Canton, Clarkson University, and Syracuse University ending up with a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering. I work at SRC; it is a great company to work for and they have fitness friendly policies.

My wife Jodi has been an outstanding supporter through the years. We have two children: 18 year old Jenn (SUNY Geneseo) and 16 year old Matt (J-E high school). Without Jodi’s support I would never have the time to train; this year the IM 70.3 took a BIG chunk of my free time. We reside in the boonies between Jordan and Weedsport.

Last year I have had the pleasure of doing a couple of triathlons with my son, and this year my daughter swam in a relay team for the Syracuse IM 70.3. Being able to go to an event with my kids is a great feeling. My wife likes to work out and run, but swimming isn’t her thing. My daughter likes to swim and bike, but running isn’t her thing. They are considering doing Iron Girl Tri together, so I will help them in any way that I can.

This summer the highlight of my work week was the Wednesday night Jamesville series. Being a new member, I didn’t know anyone and volunteered to help work the first few events of the year. It was a great time and I met many of the members. Unless work got in the way, I was there early to help set-up and at the end to tear-down for the entire season.

 

How long have you been involved in Triathlon and what made you take it up?

I started Triathlon two years ago, kind of a mid-life crisis. It was originally going to be a one-and-done bucket list thing to do. A bunch of like-minded members from the Skaneateles Community Center (now a YMCA) formed a team (shout out to Tri-Fecta!), hired a trainer (shout out to Roman!) and we trained together. After I did my first triathlon, I was hooked.

 

Who is your Hero?

I really don’t have a single hero. All the wonderful people that I have met along the way have really been an inspiration to me as I learn the sport. I will not name them, but I know people who have overcome health issues, struggle with balancing work and family and triathlon, overcome self confidence issues, and a raft of other things. These people, like me, may never see the podium at an event but they go to each race putting in their best effort.

 

What is your athletic background?

I never played high school sports, but being in the Marines is the ultimate team sport. I am not fast but I have always loved to run and ride bikes.

 

What are your Triathlon strengths and weaknesses?

I am one of the middle of the pack types, so I am equally good/bad at all events. I have taken a lot of ribbing from friends on how long I take in the transitions. I really need get better at that.

 

What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most?

In 2009, I did the mini-Musselman in Geneva. Everyone hears about not trying out a new thing on race day, but I ignored that advice. It was my first open-water swim, and the first time that I had my brand-new wet suit on in the water. The wetsuit restricted my arm motion so much that I could barely swim and I nearly lost my goggles from a few kicks to the head. After I completed it, I went home and signed up and did Caz and the Skinnyman – hooked completely. I also traded the full-sleeve suit for one without sleeves.

 

What is your favorite race and why? What was your worst race and why?

I have no favorite race, and no worst race. Each has good points and bad points and I try to learn from every event. So far I have always completed everything I have started so it is all good. Ask me this again after Placid in 2011.

 

What are this year’s goals?

I went from a sprint tri in year one to an IM 70.3 in year two. So the logical conclusion would be a full IM 140.6 in year three, right? I didn’t volunteer at Placid last year but saw the emails about the Ironman Foundation from the club. So – what the heck – I signed up that way. Placid is going to be a challenge for sure! As long as I finish in 16 hrs 59 minutes and 59 seconds or less, I will be standing on the podium with gold around my neck.

 

In five years you hope to … :

Keep on going, and with luck improving at all three sports.

 

Something most people don’t know about you:

In preparation for Placid, I just completed my first (very slow) marathon -kind of apropos – the Marine Corps Marathon in DC. Ignoring my own hard learned lesson from the mini-Musselman, I tried something new on race day – the PowerAde that was handed out at the water stops. I trained all summer with Hammer Perpetuem (shout out to Rich!) and that worked great. I just was caught up in the moment and it seemed like a good idea at the time…… I will NEVER EVER drink anything red again!