Check out the Bike Fair coming up at Bella Domani!
Sunday, April 10th at 5:30
Check out the Bike Fair coming up at Bella Domani!
Sunday, April 10th at 5:30
On Saturday March 26th, we are going hold a fundraiser at the Winter Training Facility!
The WTF is located in Shoppingtown Mall which is off of Erie Blvd East in Dewitt or off of 481
South taking Dewitt exit and turning right on to RT 5 and bearing right on Erie Blvd East going
West. Make first right then left, park in front of mall.. go to main entrance, make left when you get to
JC Penney’s, make right at end of corridor towards Sear’s, the WTF is on the left across from the
roller blade/skateboard park in the mall.
The theme is “CNY TRI CLUB AND OCC MEMBERS GIVE BACK” and all proceeds will benefit the
Humane Association of CNY. The fundraiser will run from 8AM to 5PM, and all CNY Tri Club
members and OCC members are encouraged to join in the fun!
Pledge forms are available on the CNY Tri Club website. You can download a copy of the pledge
form here: Pledge Form Flyer. Riders will obtain pledges from friends, family, and co-workers.
The minimum pledge will be $15 dollars per rider, and pledges can be collected as cash or checks
made payable to the Humane Association but do not mail the checks, just bring them in. On pledge
day, participants can ride as little or a long as desired. Also, pledges can be made as a flat pledge
rate or you can have your friends challenge you to see how long you can ride by pledging an
amount for each 30 minutes you ride.
Movies and music will be playing all day long, and we will have a few other surprises throughout the
day! Bring the family, hang out in our lounge area and gaze into our disco ball – relax, talk and
watch others spin. I encourage all club members to come and participate to support this worthy
The fundraiser is open to everyone not just Tri Club and OCC members. Tell your friends, family
and co-workers to come and join in on the fun and if they have a bike bring it and we will put it in a
trainer so you can ride.
The volunteer sign-up (board members only) is on fundraiser the website page. Click on highlighted
volunteer sign-up menu To open form click on bottom then type your name under time you are
available and click on save.
Those of you who want to bring can goods please feel free to do so because our members also feel
the Food Pantry is a worthy cause too.
Sponsored in part by Hammer Nutrition, Chomper Body, All natural, high performance sport skin
care products and chamois cream for athletes.
For more information: http://www.cnytriathlon.org/events/wtf-fund-raiser-to-benefit-humane-
March 2011 CNY Triathlon Club-Member Profile
Name: Mary Jo Galletta (New 2011 CNY Tri Club Board Member)
Tell us about yourself.
I live in Manlius with my husband John, and our two children. Emma is 10 years old and Julian is 8 years old. I am a Special Education teacher and work for Hear2Learn. I grew up in Syracuse, moved to Baltimore in 1991 and than to Florida in 1999. Our family moved back to the area in 2005. In my opinion, living in central New York is one of the most ideal places to train for a triathlon.
How long have you been involved in Triathlon and what made you take it up?
I bought a bike in January 2010 and was convinced by my older brother to sign up for the Syracuse 70.3 right after that. I was a bit skeptical because when I signed up I had never done a triathlon. In order for me to get triathlon ready, I signed up with Fleet Feet’s Beginner Triathlon Training Program. It was a really great program for me. It kept me on a regimented schedule and the coaches were supportive and knowledgeable. Also, I was training with people who were in my same shoes – new to triathlons.
Who is your Hero?
I would have to say that growing up and becoming the person I am today, my mother is my hero. She has supported me every step of my life. In the triathlon world I would say that Brendan Jackson, the triathlon coach from Fleet Feet, is my hero. After I signed up for the beginner tri program, I said to him, “Am I crazy for signing up for the Syracuse 70.3 when I have never done a tri before?” (This was in April and the race was in September). He told me that he had confidence in me with my athletic background and my motivation to train. I wasn’t out to win; I just wanted to finish! He was at all the races I did, cheering all the new athletes, and let me tell you it is what you need to get to the finish line.
What is your athletic background?
I swam JV and Varsity during junior high and high school, and started running in my 20′s. I participated in a lot of 5K’s and10K’s during this time. While living in Florida in 2002, a neighbor asked me to do the Disney Half Marathon with him. Again, I was skeptical because I had not run longer than 6 or 7 miles. What I remember most is that it was one of the coldest mornings on record for the race; it was a frigid 30 degrees. Having been living in Florida for the past 3 years, I had never been so cold. Now I love running when it is 30 and sunny. I completed 4 more half marathons since, and the time came again where I felt that I needed to take on a new challenge. Therefore, one week before I turned 40, I ran the Marine Corps Marathon. That was such a great experience for me. The crowd support was awesome. The best part was that my husband and kids saw me at least 5 times during the race. Seeing my kids and husband cheering for me throughout the race is what kept me going until I crossed the finish line.
What are your Triathlon strengths and weaknesses?
I swam all through high school, so I feel that swimming definitely is my strength. I loved the swim at the Syracuse 70.3. I found my space and just kept on going. The water was very calm that morning, so that made it an easy swim for me. I would like to improve my biking. I often put the brakes on going down big hills, when this should be a time to gain speed and get ahead. I am hoping to gain more confidence with this during the upcoming season.
What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most?
My first triathlon was at Green Lakes this past summer. People told me that it was a great first tri race and they were right. This past year they opened it up to incorporate a lot of first time triathletes which was perfect for me. What I remember the most is having the confidence that I was a good swimmer, so I went right to the front of the first wave for the start of the swim. After about 10 strokes or so I thought I was going to drown! People were elbowing me, and swimming very close to me. I had never done a swim wave before and had no idea what to expect. I said to myself “I can’t finish this race. I want to get out of the water”. What came to me next was what I learned in the Beginner Tri Program, “You have to have a positive attitude, it’s all up there”. Next, I took a few big breaths while doing the breaststroke and got myself together, found my place in the water and went for it. I ended up finishing 5th in my age group and went home with a medal! So in the end it was a great race after all.
What is your favorite race and why?
I competed in Green Lakes, Cazenovia Olympic Distance, Skinnyman, Syracuse 70.3, and a Duathalon in October this past season. My favorite race was being a part of the Inaugural 70.3. There were so many people out supporting this huge event that took place in our hometown and I was a part of that. When I got to the finish line and saw my family I had tears in my eyes. My kids came over to hug me and said “Mom you did a great job!!” That just made my day!! I guess I could say all the training I did for it was well worth it!
What was your worst race and why?
It would say the swim at the Cazenovia Tri was the most difficult. The water was so choppy and I had to do the loop twice. The bike was fine but the run was torture for me. My legs felt like cement. Thank god I hooked up with a FF Tri friend, during the last 4 miles of the run. We stuck it out and crossed the finish line together. I told him there was no way I was not going to do the Syracuse 70.3 because I felt so bad after this race and he said “don’t make any harsh decisions right now”. He was right. I just needed a few days to regroup.
What are this year’s goals?
This year I plan to focus more on the Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons along with my transitions. I would really like to get faster on the bike, and decrease my transition times. I am signed up for some of the same races so it will be interesting to see if I improve my times.
In five years you hope to:
I don’t really have any big race goals at this time. I plan to just keep doing triathlons to stay fit and healthy.
Something most people don’t know about you:
I am very scared of amusement park rides. I loved them as a kid, but now they just make me feel sick. My kids think it is really funny!!