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The duathlon scheduled for Jamesville Beach tonight is still on! It’s cold, so please dress appropriately, bring your bike helmet, etc. Our run route will be altered due to sloppy trails.
The duathlon schedule for Oneida Shores is cancelled due to local road flooding. Sorry, we can’t help it if the drainage is crummy up there.
Let the race season begin!
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April 2011 CNY Triathlon Club-Member Profile
Name: Sam Clemence
Tell us about yourself.
I am originally from Atlanta, Georgia and have been living in Syracuse for 34 winters J–this last one was bad-but it is a great place to live and train! I am a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Syracuse University and am also the adviser to the Syracuse University Triathlon Club.
How long have you been involved in Triathlon and what made you take it up?
I started participating in triathlons in 1998—I injured my ankle after running the Montreal marathon– since I could not run I decided to give swimming a try. I joined the Syracuse Chargers Masters Swim Club and the coach really helped me to become comfortable in the water and to swim using proper technique-it really helped and I actually won a couple of medals in the Empire State Games! So I encourage anyone who is new to the sport to join a club and learn to swim well! After a few years of swimming I decided to buy a bicycle and sign up for the Green Lakes Triathlon and had a great time!
Who is your Hero?
I have several heroes—Sam Sampere our fearless president who has raised the activities of our club to an outstanding level. Big Jim Mirra the epitome of a great volunteer at Jamesville Beach, Lynn Douglas a great athlete and my training partner for Iron Man Lake Placid, and Keisuke Inoue who rescued me at the Iron Man Lake Placid in 2005-more on that under my worst race.
What is your athletic background?
I was a nerd in high school and ran cross country and track. My only notable achievement was after I finished college and spent six years as a Naval officer —I returned to Atlanta and started running again. A group of us decided to start a 10 Km race in Atlanta in 1969 and we called it the Peachtree Road Race -held on July 4, it is HHH-hot, humid and hilly! There were 110 of us fools in the race the first year. I moved from Atlanta and on the 25th anniversary of the race they invited me back and there were 25,000 runners-two year ago I ran in the 40th anniversary and there were 55,000 fools in the race-I think it is the largest 10 Km race in the US.
What are your Triathlon strengths and weaknesses?
At best I am a fair swimmer, mediocre biker and slow runner-put it all together and you have a happy triathlete – I used to have a running shirt that had on the back -”I may be slow but I am ahead of you!”
What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most?
The Green Lakes Triathlon was my first-a great venue and wonderful race!!-after I came back from the bike leg and before starting the run I was actually brushing my hair (I wanted to look good)-one of my training buddies says “you nitwit the clock is running!” So I learned that the fourth sport in triathlons is the transitions!
What is your favorite race and why?
The Cazenovia Tri and Green Lakes Tri are both excellent races-well organized and challenging courses.
What was your worst race and why?
My worst and best race was Iron Man Lake Placid in 2005. After I signed up for the race a newspaper reporter from the Post Standard called me and asked if she could follow me during the race and write an article about me—that really made me nervous! I asked why she picked me-she said because I was local and old-not encouraging-actually she is a wonderful person and wrote a great article. It turned out to be a hot day–I loved the swim-the bike was tedious-I remember seeing a sign at about 100 miles into the bike course that said “Pain is Temporary-Quitting Lasts Forever”—that kept me going for quite a while. When I started the run course I could hear the announcer calling out finisher’s names—–towards the end of the run it was really dark-so they put glow sticks around our necks so a car would not run over us! I was really feeling depressed and about 22 miles into the run-I hear a voice out of the darkness calling, “Sam!” At first I thought it was an angel-but it was K! He had finished the IM and run back out on the course to check on me-can you believe it! He ran along with me for three miles telling me I could finish before the cut off time-it was so inspiring! I finished in 16 hours 58 minutes and 27 seconds—with one minute and 33 seconds to spare-the last person to finish in the cut off time! I collapsed at the finish line and woke up in the medic tent and my wife was chewing me out for over doing it-she was really very supportive —but she said I had the vital signs of someone in a coma-so I decided to end my iron man career!
What are this year’s goals?
We have so many excellent races in CNY this year-I hope to compete in and volunteer in as many as possible! I am so happy to see so many women competing in triathlons-my daughter has signed up for the Iron girl this year—one of my heroes are all the pioneering women who train and compete and have careers and are mothers as well -like Jennifer Corona —- they find the time to enjoy this wonderful sport.
In five years you hope to … : Still be chugging along—please wave as you pass by me J
Something most people don’t know about you:
I was stationed in Spain during my time in the Navy and met my wife-she was a tough Navy nurse and we have been married for forty-four mostly happy years!