Archive for December, 2010
Hope everyone is enjoying the weather in one way or another & still getting in decent workouts!
December 2010 – Amie Thomas
Tell us about yourself:
I grew up in Eastern NY, outside of Saratoga in the small town of Schuylerville, just outside of Saratoga. I was raised on a poultry farm which my parents still own and operate today. I attended Cornell University to study business and then moved to Syracuse after college to start working for Dairy Marketing Services (DMS). At DMS, I work with farmer cooperatives to sell their milk to processing plants across the Northeastern U.S. In addition to my job at DMS and participating in triathlons, this fall I started grad school part-time.
When I’m not working, doing school work, or training; I enjoy hiking, skiing, kayaking, and just spending time outdoors in general. Additionally, spending time with my family and friends is very important to me.
How long have you been involved in Triathlon and what made you take it up?
My first triathlon was the Iron Girl in Syracuse during 2009. My friend Amanda convinced me to enter the triathlon with her, which was an excellent plan until her company moved her to Indiana… so I ended up training and completing the race without her, but met many other women and made a few good friends along the way!
Who is your Hero?
My parents – they are the ones who taught me how to work hard and enjoy life. While I did not always appreciate it growing up, my determination and work ethic was instilled in me at an early age. Growing up on a family farm provides many life lessons at a young age.
What is your athletic background?
I played field hockey, ran indoor track and played softball in high school. In college I played field hockey for Cornell’s club team, and after college I started running 5Ks and other road races.
What are your Triathlon strengths and weaknesses?
I feel like I have lots of room for improvement in all three segments, but swimming is definitely my greatest challenge!
What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most?
My first triathlon was the Iron Girl in Syracuse. I just remember being very nervous before the swim, but then I surprised myself and finished my swim about 5 minutes faster than I had finished an 800m prior to race day! The rest of the race went very smoothly and I was hooked by the time I crossed the finish line.
What is your favorite race and why?
My favorite race was the Fronhofer Tool Triathlon in Cambridge, NY. It was a really well run race, with a great community feel. The bike course was beautiful and it was a fun race to compete in! The fact that I managed to place in my age group didn’t hurt either…
What was your worst race and why?
My worst race was the North Country Triathlon in Lake George, NY. The day started well, but by the time we entered the water the wind had picked up and we had to battle some pretty significant waves. After the challenging swim I jumped on my bike only to have another athlete cut me off on my bike which left me skidding across the pavement. I did finish the race (complete with blood running down my leg), but I was fairly discouraged at the time. However, I think that I learned the most from this race and I would love to go back next year to compete!
What are this year’s goals?
I hope to compete in 1 or 2 triathlons this year, although I am still trying to figure out which ones I can fit into my schedule!
In five years you hope to…
Finish grad school, then I would like to compete in a 70.3!
Something most people don’t know about you:
I am the brand new editor of the CNY Triathlon Club newsletter! I look forward to serving the club in this manner and I am excited to work with, and get to know everyone. If any club member has ideas or would like to contribute to the newsletter, please let me know!