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January 2011 CNY Triathlon Club-Member Profile
Name: Lisa Barnes
Tell us about yourself.
I’m an advertising professional by day, freelance fitness writer by night, and a triathlete in the remaining nooks and crannies of the day.
How long have you been involved in Triathlon and what made you take it up?
Since 2004. I’ve been a runner for 20 years, but numerous marathons starting taking their toll on my body. I needed a change. I feel like triathlon is “the island of misfit toys,” where nobody is expected to be “a certain way” and you can bring your strengths and weaknesses from a variety of backgrounds and find success. I’ve stuck with the sport over the years because I’m addicted to the relationship I’ve created with the outside world. I love the feel of the lake when I swim, the ease of the road when I ride, and the serenity of the trails when I run.
Who is your Hero?
In triathlon, I’d say Chrissie Wellington is someone I really admire for giving us the “chicked” phenomenon! But really, my “hero” is the collective energy I feel whenever I’m watching triathletes race, or working with them in my classes. To witness people pushing past their limits is like watching new life emerge. It’s empowering and infectious and it’s right there in front of you.
What is your athletic background?
High school sprinter in the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes. Cross Country and track runner at Ithaca College, then a marathon junkie for a couple of years before finding triathlon. Since 2004, I’ve done hundreds of triathlon races including two Ironmans in Lake Placid. I’m also a cycling instructor, triathlon coach and contributing columnist at Lava Magazine.
What are your Triathlon strengths and weaknesses?
My strength is definitely my ability to focus on my goals. Blame it on my OCD and Type A personality, but when I put my mind to something I will go for it with every ounce of my being. As for weaknesses in triathlon, I’m probably the worst with “proper nutrition.” I rarely deprive myself when I probably should. I drink wine every day, and even had a glass the night before races like Ironman. They say to not change your routine the night before a race, and a glass of wine with dinner is part of the routine!
What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most?
My first race was the Cazenovia Sprint Triathlon in 2004. I remember feeling like a junkyard athlete because I wore my college XC sports bra, and a pair of boy short bathing suit bottoms for the whole thing. I used an old mountain bike for the race and had no idea what I was doing-all I knew is that I wanted to complete a triathlon and didn’t care what it took.
What is your favorite race and why?
The Musselman 70.3. I believe it showcases everything Central New York has to offer – exciting and challenging terrain, the finger lakes, wineries, local talent and resources, a fantastic race director, and zero affiliation with corporations. Plus, I have a bamboo shirt from that race with now-yellow pit stains that I adore. I’ll never throw it out!
What was your worst race and why?
Probably the Skinnyman in 2007. I had a great swim and was planning to place in my age group until I went to sip water from my aerodrink on the front of the bike, and it fell off, causing me to swerve (and fall) all whilst I shouted swear words in my effort to regain control of the bike. I ended up doing the rest of the race with no water and felt horrible at the finish. Needless to say, I also did not place in my age group that day.
What are this year’s goals?
I would like to do the Syracuse 70.3 in 5:15 hours, but I’ll take 5:30 hours or better.
In five years you hope to…
I really hope to publish a book in five years for triathletes who struggle with finding the right balance between life and training. My passion is writing and triathlon, and putting those together would be a dream come true. I’d also like to share the experience of an Ironman with my significant other.
Something most people don’t know about you:
I have a huge fear of brown recluse spiders. Google it – you’ll see what I’m talking about!