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December 2014 : Issue 69

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
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CNY Triathlon Club Newsletter
CNY Triathlon Club, Inc. | P.O. Box 434 | DeWitt, NY 13214

www.cnytriathlon.org 


December 2014 – Issue 69  
In This Issue
Letter from the President
Merchandise Closeout Sale
Member Profile
Quick Links

Board Meeting
Sunday, December 7, 6 p.m. WTF, Shoppingtown Mall.
If you are interested in attending, please contact a board member directly or email the board at executiveboard <at>cnytriathlon.org
We would love to have you participate!

Save the Date
Mark your calendars for the Annual Banquet and Election on Friday, February 6 at 6 p.m. at TWIN TREES TOO, 1029 Milton Ave., Solvay. Come for some good food and great company. More details coming soon.

Renew Your Membership
Your membership expires at the end of this month. Yearly memberships expire onDecember 31. If you haven’t already, sign up for 2015 and take advantage of all the great opportunities the club has to offer in the winter such as the Winter Training Facility (WTF). We have tons of things happening this year and we don’t want you to miss out. So renew today.

 

Letter from the President 

Dear CNY Tri Club Members,

Happy Holidays!! Can someone tell me where November went?!?
Thank you to everyone that took the time to fill out the CNY Tri Club survey. As volunteers ourselves, the executive board sincerely appreciates your feedback. We strive to make the club the best it can be in Central New York and hearing from club members helps us do just that. In the next couple of months we will be using information from the survey to help us plan for a great 2015 season.

 

It is that time of year, time to renew your CNY Tri membership. Memberships expire on December 31. We have open registration for 2015. If you renew before the 31st your membership will NOT expire on the 31st. Your membership will be good until the end of 2015. RENEW TODAY

The Winter Training Facility has been busy. We love it!!!Monday to Saturday is a chance to get in some training with fellow club members. We often get asked about additional classes, but again, the club is a volunteer-run organization and that goes for the WTF too. All of our instructors donate their time (THANK YOU) to lead a class. If anyone is interested in volunteering to lead a class, particularly in the mornings, let me know.

Please note that the WTF will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Have a wonderful and happy holiday season.
Bridget Lichtinger
Interim President
CNY Triathlon Club

president@cnytriathlon.org

Merchandise Closeout Sale

Looking for some stocking stuffers? We might have just the perfect thing. All make great gifts.

Swim Caps (thick neoprene): $5
CNY Tri Hat (great for running): $5
CAZ Tri Fleece Vests: $10 (These run big and are unisex)
CAZ Tri Sling Bag (awesome transition bag): $10If interested in any of the above items, email  membership@cnytriathlon.org

 

Note: Pickup will be at the Winter Training Facility (WTF).

Winter Training Facility Schedule
The CNY Triathlon Club Winter Training Facility (WTF) provides a unique venue for wintertime training. The WTF is located in the Community Wing of Shoppingtown Mall in DeWitt. The space is equipped with 50 Kurt Kinetic trainers, sound system, two large screen video monitors, projector, and CD/DVD player and a disco ball (yes, you read that right). Bring your bike, water bottle, towel and your desire to have a great workout.

If interested in volunteering to lead a class at the WTF email Bridget Lichtinger atpresident@cnytriathlon.org

 

The CNY Triathlon Club Winter Training Facility is available for use free of charge to current members of the CNY Triathlon Club. Class schedule is subject to change. Check website and club calendar for updates:http://cnytriathlon.org/winter-training-facility/.

2014-2015 WTF Classes

Monday 6:15 p.m.

Cycle with Sam Sampere

Tuesday 6 p.m.

Yoga with Lisa Baker.

Wednesday 6 p.m.

Cycle with Rich O’Neil.
Thursday  6 p.m.
Dre’s Bike Party! This is a totally fun, sweat-to-some-great-music, class.

Saturday  8 a.m. (CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE) 

Crazy Core with Bridget Lichtinger 

Saturday  9 a.m.

Cycle with Instructor TBA

 

Member Profile
Susan Kreplin-Michaels  
Tell us about yourself.

I am 58 years old. I lived in Skaneateles for 25 years and moved in 2013 to the Town of Sennett. My hometown is Weedsport. I’m a graduate of Le Moyne College where I majored in accountin

g. I currently work part-time for Cuddy Financial Services in Auburn. I have been married to Lee Michaels for over 28 years. We have no children but three great cats, Gummer, Sawyer and CharLee.

How long have you been involved in triathlon and what made you take it up? My first fairly serious triathlon was the Tinman in Tupper Lake in 2003. It was sort of on a lark. I got talked into it by my good friend Tim Walczyk, who also competed. At that time it was possible to qualify there for an IMLP slot. Amazingly I got one but did not accept it. My first IM was the 2004 IMLP. I was planning on it being a “one and done.” In those days they were actually posting results on a board in the competitors’ post-race food and refreshment area. I had no idea how I had finished. My husband walked over to the results board, returned with a big smile on his face, and told me that I was 2nd in the 45-49 AG and had earned a Kona slot. That night we discussed the pros and cons of going to Kona. He was for it; I was against it. The next morning we found out that John Van Slyke and Mike Parker, both of Skaneateles, had also qualified for Kona. So I signed up. Believe it or not, the second IM I ever did was Kona 2004. I had a pretty decent race. Overall I’ve completed six IM races, four of them at Lake Placid. In 2006 I won the 50-54 AG and earned another Kona slot. At Kona, I was doing quite well. Around 11 miles into the run I had worked my way forward. Lee was waiting for me at the top of Palani Hill, right where the QueenK begins. He had been counting and excitedly told me I was fifth. What he did not know but I did was that I was injured. I faded to seventh place overall, thus missing a dream visit to the podium. After 2006, I began racing in 70.3 events, in the hopes that I would not be injured as much. I had some pretty good suc

cess, especially at Timberman and Muskoka, where I have won my AG three times. In 2010, with injuries continuing, I began to race the Olympic distance. Even though I had not competed in the USAT Nationals, I was selected to compete in the Worlds in Budapest in 2010. While there, I met and quickly became fast friends with the great Ellen Hart from Denver. More about Ellen later. Overall, I have competed at USAT Nationals four times and have competed as a member of Team USA in the Worlds four times: Budapest, Auckland, London and Edmonton.

Who is your hero? First is my husband Lee. He has been guru, cheerleader and staunch supporter. He is always willing to take a road trip or get on an international flight to watch me race. My second hero is Ellen Hart. She has a well-publicized medical disorder that she deals with all the time. She is an amazingly versatile triathlete, regularly winning whatever age group she is in, from sprint to full IM races on the U.S. and World stage. Despite all her success, she is very modest.

What is your athletic background? At Weedsport High School, I competed on the boys’ track and x-country teams until I was a senior and the school added girls’ teams. I ran the 220. I also played basketball, volleyball and field hockey. In college I played basketball, volleyball, field hockey, and  ran x-country.

What are your triathlon strengths and weaknesses? I would say that my strength is biking and my weakness is swimming. I have a coach, Eric Prager. Under his guidance, my swimming and running have improved. And, I have managed to stay relatively injury free.

What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most? My first serious triathlon was IMLP in 2004. My husband advised me to “smile any time someone smiles at you or calls you by name, and don’t complain.” A decade later, I still try to follow his advice.

What is your favorite race and why? I have two favorites. The first is IMLP 2006, when I won my AG and set an AG course record that lasted two years. The second was the USAT National Championships in Milwaukee in 2013, when I made the podium with Ellen Hart.

What was your worst race and why? Without a doubt, it was the USAT National Championships in Milwaukee in 2014. Everything was going great until a nutrition error caused me to fail miserably in the last 1.2 miles of the run.

What races are on your race calendar for 2015? USAT Nationals 2015, again in Milwaukee, Rev3

Olympic Williamsburg, Va., Gillie Girl, and other local races.

What are this year’s goals? To qualify for Team USA at the 2016 Olympic Worlds.

In five years you hope to … The first comes to me quickly: To race competitively in the 60-64 AG. The second requires a story. Last summer I finished third overall in Gillie Girl, sharing the podium with Megan Leubner and Kara Hoselton. It was very exciting to discover that their combined age was 1 year less than my age. I would love to have something like that happen to me again in five years. I have formed many wonderful friendships within the multisport community. I hope to hold on to all of these friends and make new friendships.

Something most people don’t know about you. Until the summer of 2013, when the USAT Nationals fell on the same weekend as the Great Race in Auburn, I canoed competitively with my husband. Several times our team received an award in the “open” category.

What triathlon has taught you. While racing, keep smiling, don’t fret over the little things. While
training, don’t try to fight through a lingering injury, as it will usually get worse.

CNY Tri on the Podium

Podium

If you want to be recognized for your podium finish, please send details to newsletter@cnytriathlon.org.
 

About the CNY Tri Club

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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 in January 2000 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 to publish and disseminate information related to the sport of triathlon.

A Note from the Editor…

If any club member would like to contribute to our newsletter or help in editing and arranging it each month, contact me at newsletter <at> cnytriathlon.org

 

Molly English-Bowers
Publisher & Editor
CNY Triathlon Club, Inc.

P.O. Box 434
DeWitt, New York 13214

November 2014 : issue 68

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
CNY Triangle Logo
CNY Triathlon Club Newsletter
CNY Triathlon Club, Inc. | P.O. Box 434 | DeWitt, NY 13214

www.cnytriathlon.org 


November 2014 – Issue 68 
In This Issue
Letter from the President
WTF Opens
Member Profile
Quick Links
Register for 2015 Membership

Board Meeting
Monday, November 9, 6 p.m. WTF, Shoppingtown Mall.
If you are interested in attending, please contact a board member directly or email the board at executiveboard <at>cnytriathlon.org
We would love to have you participate!

Club Discounts
Multisport Physical Therapy

(Click here for coupon)

 

T2 Multisport

(Click here for coupon)

 

 

Letter from the President 

Dear CNY Tri Club members,

Not only are the leaves changing outside, but there are some changes going on with the CNY Tri Club. Maura Donovan has stepped down from being president to pursue her dream of getting her doctorate in Higher Education Leadership. Going back to school and having a heavy travel schedule for work, Maura had to regretfully put in her resignation as president of the club. Thank you, Maura, for all your hard work and we wish you much success as you embark on your exciting journey.

I’ve been asked to step in as Interim President since I have the experience and because I love this club and its members.

The opening of the Winter Training Facility was Monday, October 27 (class information below). If you haven’t taken advantage of the WTF, you should!! Your membership entitles you to participate in the classes for FREE! If you are nervous about checking it out because you aren’t sure how to use a bike trainer, don’t worry!! As you know from WednesdayNight Training our members are a friendly bunch, as well as the awesome instructors, and they will show you the ropes. Go. Check it out. Have some fun!

Since it is November I want to wish everyone a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving!

Bridget “back in the saddle again” Lichtinger
Interim President
CNY Triathlon Club

president@cnytriathlon.org

Download This App
Train safe with Yank – a personal safety app developed by a Tri Club member. Simply yank your headphones out of your phone to automatically send texts and emails to your emergency contacts.

It’s free at the App Store or by clicking this link:

Train Safe With Yank

Winter Training Facility Schedule
The CNY Triathlon Club Winter Training Facility (WTF) provides a unique venue for wintertime training. The WTF is located in the Community Wing in Shoppingtown Mall. The space is equipped with 50 Kurt Kinetic trainers, sound system, two large screen video monitors, projector and CD/DVD player. Bring your bike, water bottle, towel and your desire to have a great workout. 

The CNY Triathlon Club Winter Training Facility is available for use free of charge to current* members of theCNY Triathlon Club.

 

 *Registration for 2015 club membership is open! Membership is good for the calendar year (January 1 to December 31). If you are a current member, your membership will expire on December 31 regardless of when, during 2014, you registered. If you register/renew now for a 2014 membership, you are a member until December 31, 2015.     

 

Important Details

  • You can park in the parking garage by Sears and enter the mall at “entrance #6.” Walk your bike down the side hallway around (don’t go up the escalators) to the WTF, which is located in the “Community Wing” of Shoppingtown Mall.
  • When the parking lot is wet or snow covered, carry your bike up to the mall entrance and roll your bike the rest of the way to the WTF. We want to keep the trainers corrosion free.
  • If you have never used a bike trainer, no worries! It is easy and the leader of the session will show you how to set your bike up.
  • NEW POLICY THIS YEAR: If you do not have a trainer at home and plan to use the WTF frequently, you can leave your bike at the WTF for a small fee of $20. Space is given on a first come, first served basis with a max capacity of 40 bikes. At the end of the season you can pick up your bike to get outdoors! Note: The CNY Tri Club is not responsible for items lost or stolen that are being kept at the WTF. It is also the responsibility of the member to pick up their bike during open WTF hours.
  • Bring your water bottle pre-filled from home because water isn’t available at the WTF. If coming to yoga, bring a mat, but there are mats available at the WTF.
  • The WTF does have a few small changing areas.
  • Be sure to sign in at the front table for each session.
  • Arrive 15 minutes early to set up your bike.
  • Check the Club Calendar on our website for cancellations.
2014-2015 WTF Classes
Subject to change. Check website and club calendar for updates.

 

Monday 6 p.m.

Cycle with Sam Sampere. Get there early because Sam’s class fills up quickly! Sam will provide you with a great workout, but also a few laughs!

 

Tuesday 6 p.m. Yoga with Lisa Baker. Lisa will teach a class that will keep you strong and centered throughout the winter.

 

Wednesday 6:15 p.m. 

Cycle with Rich O’Neil. Rich will start with base building in November, December and January.  Starting in February, Rich will pick up efforts to get you ready for outside riding.

 

Thursday 6 p.m.

TBA

Saturday  8 a.m. – Core workout followed by 9 a.m. Cycle

Bridget Lichtinger will start your Saturday morning off with a 30-minute core workout to get everyone strong and ready to ride. At 9 a.m., we will start riding! Bridget will give you a great weekend workout to get you ready for race season! Extended rides will begin later in the winter season.

Check back as classes may be added throughout the season.

If you have questions!  Email: wtf@cnytriathlon.org

 

Member Profile
Steve Tibbits 


Tell us about yourself.
Born and raised in Utica. Moved to Guilderland, N.Y. in 1988 and returned to New Hartford in 2001. Currently 55 years old and happily married for 34 years to my wife Lorrie.

How long have you been involved in triathlon and what made you take it up? Became involved in triathlon in 2012. I joined ATC Endurance swim sessions in New Hartford, I was already a cyclist and thought tris would be fun.

Who is your hero? My father.

What is your athletic background? High school football and track. A few years bike racing and local running races.

What are your triathlon strengths and weaknesses?My strongest element is the bike. I can swim distances, but at a slow pace. So that is my weakness. I am working on that, though!!

What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most? Delta Lake Triathon in 2012 with ATC Endurance. I most remember freaking out in the water–it was my first experience with so many people swimming near me so I sat up until they were all away from me! I am over that now.

What is your favorite race and why? 2014 Lake Placid Ironman. I trained for seven months and loved it. A fantastic venue and amazing sense of accomplishment.

What was your worst race and why? I loved them all! But the first was my worst because I was a beginner and didn’t know what to expect. Like taking 3 minutes in transition to put on my socks.

What races are on y

our race calendar for 2014? I focused on Ironman 2014 and did the Old Forge Tri in August.

What are your goals for 2015? I signed up for Ironman Lake Placid, and will do the ATC Endurance tris in Cooperstown and Old Forge, and hopefully Ironman Florida in November. I hope to take 45 minutes off my IMLP time. I was 18th in my age group and want to be in the top 10. I placed third in my age group at Old Forge and would like to take first this year.

In five years you hope to... Qualify for Ironman Kona.

Something most people don’t know about you. I am an open book, but if I had to choose something..I wish I had finished college.

What triathlon has taught you: To believe in myself, and live every day.

 

CNY Tri on the Podium

Podium

 

If you want to be recognized for your podium finish, please send details to newsletter@cnytriathlon.org.

About the CNY Tri Club

CNYTriLogoNY

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 in January 2000 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 to publish and disseminate information related to the sport of triathlon.

A Note from the Editor…

If any club member would like to contribute to our newsletter or help in editing and arranging it each month, contact me at newsletter <at> cnytriathlon.org

 

Molly English-Bowers
Publisher & Editor
CNY Triathlon Club, Inc.

P.O. Box 434
DeWitt, New York 13214
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T2 Multisport
Manlius, NY 

www.t2multisport.com

We will provide a free consultation (30 min.) for CNY Tri members.

October 2014 : issue 67

Monday, October 6th, 2014
CNY Triangle Logo
CNY Triathlon Club Newsletter
CNY Triathlon Club, Inc. | P.O. Box 434 | DeWitt, NY 13214

www.cnytriathlon.org 

October 2014 – Issue 67   
In This Issue
Letter from the President
CNY Tri on the Podium
WTF Opens
Member Profile
Quick Links

Board Meeting
Monday, October 6, 7:15 p.m., WTF, Shoppingtown Mall.
If you are interested in attending, please contact a board member directly or email the board at executiveboard <at>cnytriathlon.org
We would love to have you participate!

Club Discounts

Multisport Physical Therapy

(Click here for coupon)

 

T2 Multisport

(Click here for coupon)

 

Véloved Bicycle Repair Company

(Click here for coupon)

Letter from the President 

The evenings are getting cooler, the days are getting shorter (say it ain’t so, Joe) and the trees are changing colors. Fall is actually is my favorite time of year. I love the cool, crisp temperatures and the beautiful colors. I love apples and pumpkins and putting on an extra layer when I go outside; who wouldn’t?

Knowing that we are now in October means one thing–theWinter Training Facility (WTF) will be opening soon. The WTF officially opens for the season on October 27 (see details below). The days and times of classes are also listed.

Similar to last year, we are allowing you to store your bikes at the WTF for the winter season and we have the space to store up to 40 bikes. This year we have established a new policy and will charge $20 for the storage of your bike throughout the season.

If you would like to store your bike, we will be having an open house the weekend of October 25. The bike storage is on a first come, first served basis. We will send out a notice as we get closer to the weekend with more details regarding the time we will start storing bikes. Stay tuned for more details.

Have a fabulous October and I hope we see many of you onOctober 27 when the doors of the WTF open!

Maura Donovan

CNY Tri on the Podium

Podium

Thanks to everyone who sent me their awesome finishes. You are all rock stars!

 

Candy Gibb:

Green Lakes Triathlon, third place AG (50-54); Gillie Girl Triathlon, first place AG; Cazenovia Olympic Triathlon, first place AG; Corporate Triathlon, second place co-ed team; Cazenovia Hillbender, first place AG

 

Susan Kreplin-Michaels:

ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada,  11th place AG in the Olympic distance.

Cara Goldberg:

Oswego Olympic Triathlon, second overall female; Du the Lakes Duathlon, third place AG; Lake Delta Triathlon, third place AG;

Lyme Sprint Triathlon, first place AG

Charry Griffin:

Du the Lakes, first place AG (65-69); Keuka Lake Olympic, first place AG; Lake Delta Sprint, first place AG; USAT Nationals, Milwaukee, 12th place AG;

ITU World Aquathlon Championships, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, sixth place AG & Olympic distance, 16th place AG

Lauri Francis:

National Triathlon, sprint distance, first place AG (55-59); Oswego Sprint Triathlon, first place AG; Great Clermont (Florida) Aquabike, third female overall; Broome County Triathlon, first place open relay (bike portion); Cayuga Lake Sprint Triathlon, second place AG

Dave Butera: 

Green Lakes Triathlon, third place AG (40-44); Tri-Oswego Sprint, sixth place overall, first place AG; Old Forge Triathlon, third place AG; I’m All That, third place AG

If you want to be recognized for your podium finish, please send details to newsletter@cnytriathlon.org.

Winter Training Facility Opens October 27
The CNY Triathlon Club Winter Training Facility (WTF) provides a unique venue for wintertime training. The WTF is located in the Community Wing in Shoppingtown Mall. The space is equipped with 50 Kurt Kinetic trainers, sound system, two large screen video monitors, projector and CD/DVD player. Bring your bike, water bottle, towel and your desire to have a great workout. 

The CNY Triathlon Club Winter Training Facility is available for use free of charge to current* members of the CNY Triathlon Club.

 

 *Registration for 2015 club membership is open! Membership is good for the calendar year (January 1 to December 31). If you are a current member, your membership will expire on December 31 regardless of when, during 2014, you registered. If you register/renew now for a 2014 membership, you are a member until December 31, 2015.     

 

Important Details

  • You can park in the parking garage by Sears and enter the mall at “entrance #6.” Walk your bike down the side hallway around (don’t go up the escalators) to the WTF, which is located in the “Community Wing” of Shoppingtown Mall.
  • When the parking lot is wet or snow covered, carry your bike up to the mall entrance and roll your bike the rest of the way to the WTF. We want to keep the trainers corrosion free.
  • If you have never used a bike trainer, no worries! It is easy and the leader of the session will show you how to set your bike up.
  • NEW POLICY THIS YEAR: If you do not have a trainer at home and plan to use the WTF frequently, you can leave your bike at the WTF for a small fee of $20. Space is given on a first come, first served basis with a max capacity of 40 bikes. At the end of the season you can pick up your bike to get outdoors! Note: The CNY Tri Club is not responsible for items lost or stolen that are being kept at the WTF. It is also the responsibility of the member to pick up their bike during open WTF hours.
  • Bring your water bottle pre-filled from home because water isn’t available at the WTF. If coming to yoga, bring a mat, but there are mats available at the WTF.
  • The WTF does have a few small changing areas.
  • Be sure to sign in at the front table for each session.
  • Arrive 15 minutes early to set up your bike.
  • Check the Club Calendar on our website for cancellations.
2014-2015 WTF Classes
Subject to change. Check website and club calendar for updates.

 

Monday 6 p.m.

Cycle with Sam Sampere. Get there early because Sam’s class fills up quickly! Sam will provide you with a great workout, but also a few laughs!

 

Tuesday 6 p.m. Yoga with Lisa Baker. Lisa will teach a class that will keep you strong and centered throughout the winter.

 

Wednesday 6:15 p.m. 

Cycle with Rich O’Neil. Rich will start with base building in November, December and January.  Starting in February, Rich will pick up efforts to get you ready for outside riding.

 

Thursday 6 p.m.

TBA

Saturday  8 a.m. – Core workout followed by 9 a.m. Cycle

Bridget Lichtinger will start your Saturday morning off with a 30-minute core workout to get everyone strong and ready to ride. At 9 a.m., we will start riding! Bridget will give you a great weekend workout to get you ready for race season! Extended rides will begin later in the winter season.

Check back as classes may be added throughout the season.
If you have questions!  Email: wtf@cnytriathlon.org

Member Profile
Donna Boots 

Tell us about yourself. I turned 55 this year. I have lived in Central New York my entire life, now living only three miles from the farm where I grew up. My little slice of heaven on earth is on Gates Road, west of Baldwinsville, where my husband and I live and work. We own and operate Merritt Seed Company and just recently started Merritt Apple Orchard, which is now producing apples. Being self-employed is hard work. I guess you could call me a bit of a workaholic. I believe in working hard and playing harder. Besides my love for triathlon, I love participating in mud run obstacle courses like Tough Mudder and Spartan races. I love mountain biking and trail running. I love to travel and I have been very fortunate to have traveled all over the world. My favorite sayings are:Dream It…Do It…I Did….and continue to…Life is Good! and Have Passport, Will Travel!

How long have you been involved in triathlon and what made you take it up? My husband was an avid sheep hunter and I used to go along with him on all his hunts. Sheep live high in the mountains so hunting them involved a lot of hiking and climbing. When his knees went bad he stopped mountain hunting and I needed another outlet to focus my energy on. With a seasonal business, in 2006 we I started going to Florida for a couple of months to escape the winter and there I had time to swim and bike to my heart’s content. One day I thought if I took up running I could do a triathlon. So I started running. I did my first triathlon in 2008.

 

Who is your hero?

My big sister Pat. She is a true big sister that I look up to and admire. She is my best friend and biggest cheerleader. No matter what is going on in my life she is supports me 100%. She always has my back.

What is your athletic background?

I was very athletic growing up in the country as a middle child with three brothers and two sisters. In high school I was a diver on the swim team, competed all around in gymnastics, played field hockey, ran hurdles and did the shot put in track. I was voted Most Athletic my senior year in high school. After high school I really didn’t participate in any sports. Over the years I kept pretty active with work and did a lot of hiking and non-technical mountain climbing.

 

What are your triathlon strengths and weaknesses? I think my biggest strengths are my strong will, mental determination and a never-quit attitude no matter how hard the going gets. My weakness is that sometimes I underestimate my ability and don’t push as hard as I could.

 

What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most? It was a sprint: Tri-America in Brewerton in 2008. I remember feeling like I could take on the world after crossing the finish line.

 

What is your favorite race and why?

How do you pick a favorite race…so hard to do…so many stand out for different reasons. I suppose my favorit

e races are the ones for which I have trained properly, executed properly and the stars align to make it feel like a perfect race. If I had to pick just one I would have to say it was the Cape Argus Cycle Race in Capetown, South Africa in 2013. The 67.5-mile mountainous route circumnavigated the Cape Peninsula on completely closed roads and offered beautiful cliffside ocean views while riding. With over 31,000 riders completing the course it is one of the largest single day cycling events in the world.

What was your worst race and why? I can’t say as I have ever had a worst race. I have, however, had one really scary race moment. During Ragnar Key West in February on my very first leg of the relay I set off at too fast a pace on a 7.5-mile leg in the dark on an unfamiliar course with no fluids or nutrition. I barely remember rounding my last turn at mile 7.2, seeing the lights of the exchange in the distance. I made it to the exchange, stumbling in on auto pilot using dogged determination. Tara, our team’s next runner, had to grab the slap bracelet off my wrist because I was out of it, I was within a hair’s width of heat stroke. I thought my quest to reach Key West was over without making it out of Miami; it took well over an hour to start feeling normal again. I learned a very important lesson about proper hydration and nutrition in humid conditions and to never, ever, no matter how fit, trained or prepared I think I am, go out on a long run, ride or swim without proper supplies.

 

What races are on your calendar for 2014? This year has been pretty full. I did the Green Lakes YMCA Tri, Tinman Tupper Lake 70.3, Iron Girl, Xterra Off Road Tri at Green Lakes, Skinnyman and most recently back-to-back 70.3s at Incredoubleman in Sackets Harbor in September (photo at top). In addition to triathlons, I mixed things up with Ragnar Key West, Tough Mudder Buffalo, Point to Pint Century Ride and I’m All That! I have one race left on my calendar: Ironman Western Australia, December 7.

 

What are this year’s goals? This year’s A goal is to complete my first Ironman distance tri, Ironman Western Australia. When I first signed up, my goal was to merely finish even if it meant crawling across the finish line in 16:59:59. I enlisted Karen Allen-Turner to coach me knowing with my busy schedule I would not be able to train properly on my own. I would need someone to make me accountable. As part of my training she suggested I sign up for Incredoubleman in Sackets Harbor this year. Completing back to back 70.3s on consecutive days would be a good test of stamina as well as a confidence builder for Ironman. I was able to put together two consistent races: 6:17:56 on Saturday followed by a 6:17:54 on Sunday and was the first overall woman finisher for the two-day combined time. Now I am actually setting a goal time, no longer competing to finish but actually competing to race. It’s a neat feeling to see how proper training has changed my perspective on the race.

 

In five years you hope to: Still be Dreaming It and Doing It! And enjoying life to the fullest.

 

Something most people don’t know about you. I bungee jumped off the Victoria Falls Bridge in Zambia, over 300 feet, with Victoria Falls roaring behind me and the Zambezi River flowing below. I felt like an eagle soaring! OK, so now you know I’m a bit of an adrenaline junkie, within reason, or maybe not. Zip line, anyone?

 

What triathlon has taught you. It has taught me how strong a person I am. It has also taught me not to judge a book by its cover and that everyone has a story. I see so many different types of athletes in all shapes and sizes and ability and fitness levels that compete in and complete triathlons. I am in awe of each and every one who gets out and just “tri’s.” I hope they all know just how strong they are or can be. Being a member of the CNY Tri Club and taking part in the sport of triathlon has given me so many opportunities to learn and grow not only as a triathlete but as a person.

 

The postings I have been putting on Facebook offering Apples for Athletes at discounted prices to members of the CNY Tri Club is my little way of giving something back to a sport which has given me so much.

About the CNY Tri Club

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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 in January 2000 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 to publish and disseminate information related to the sport of triathlon.

A Note from the Editor…

If any club member would like to contribute to our newsletter or help in editing and arranging it each month, contact me at newsletter <at> cnytriathlon.org

 

Molly English-Bowers
Publisher & Editor
CNY Triathlon Club, Inc.

P.O. Box 434
DeWitt, New York 13214
T2Multisport 
T2 Multisport
Manlius, NY 

www.t2multisport.com

We will provide a free consultation (30 min.) for CNY Tri members.

September 2014 : issue 66

Thursday, September 11th, 2014
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CNY Triathlon Club, Inc. | P.O. Box 434 | DeWitt, NY 13214
www.cnytriathlon.org 

September 2014 – Issue 66  
In This Issue
Letter from the President
CNY Tri on the Podium
Member Profile
Quick Links

Board Meeting
Monday, September 8, 7:15 p.m., WTF, Shoppingtown Mall.
If you are interested in attending, please contact a board member directly or email the board at executiveboard <at>cnytriathlon.org
We would love to have you participate!

Club Discounts
Multisport Physical Therapy

(Click here for coupon)

 

T2 Multisport

(Click here for coupon)

 

Véloved Bicycle Repair Company

(Click here for coupon)

Letter from the President 
Dear Club Members,

 

I would like to start this letter with an apology. Last month when I was thanking our site directors for their time and dedication I omitted one name, Pete Winkler, from our Jamesville site. Pete, I am sorry and I would like to thank you for all of your help this past season and to let you know that we all appreciate you.

 

The Kids Triathlon Club completed their training August 24 with a fabulous triathlon. Our young club members worked very hard and all did amazing. Thank God they aren’t in my age group! Congratulations on a job well done. And thank you to four amazing women who went above and beyond the call of duty. These four coached these young triathletes and we could not have done it without them: Caryl Kinney, Christine Wilbur Brown, Denise Napoli and Renee Williams.

 

I would also like to thank our members who volunteered and participated in the Cazenovia Triathlon on August 10. We appreciate your support.

 

Finally, congratulations to all of you. This week I received a surprise email from the Ironman Club Program, announcing that we took second place at the 2014 IRONMAN 70.3 Timberman! Competing against other tri clubs across the country in the Tri Club Program we took second place.

 

Congratulations to all those who participated in the Timberman and thank you!!

 

Safe training and have fun!

Maura Donovan

CNY Tri on the Podium

Podium

This is far from a complete list, but to compile more, I need to hear from YOU!

 

Corporate Tri, Jamesville, August 21: Rabin Law Firm(Ben Rabin and Tanya McGuire) were the second place team overall (not co-ed).

Cazenovia Triathlon, August 10: Ben and Jocelyn Rabin both took third in their age groups.
Oswego Sprint Triathlon, June 14: In the Women’s 50-54 age group, Lynn Douglas took first place, Molly English-Bowersfinished second and Mary Ryan placed third. A sweep for the club!

Henderson Harbor Sprint Triathlon, July 12Mary Ryan

placed first in the 50-54 age group. Woot!! Also at Henderson,Jocelyn Rabin  placed first in her AG, and Ben was third in his.
 
If you want to be recognized for your podium finish, please send details to newsletter@cnytriathlon.org.

Member Profile

 
Joslyn MacDougall

 

Tell us about yourself. I am 36 years old, a wife to a great guy and mom of two amazing kids who are 9 and 11. Originally from Long Island, I came to Oswego for college where I met Kevin (my husband). We moved to Boston for a short time and when it was time to raise a family we moved back to Central New York. I teach water fitness part time at the North Area Family YMCA and occasionally yoga there as well. I also teach yoga at Tai Kai BJJ and Mixed Martial Arts in Liverpool, and a few other places locally.

 

Who is your hero? Honestly this is not something I have put much thought into. There are many people I look up to in many ways because they invoke in me a feeling of inspiration and WOW. When I see someone doing something they never thought they could do, that they did what they set their mind to do–that is to me what makes a hero.

 

What is your athletic background? Ha! Athletic background! Me! NOT! I was one of the least athletic people ever growing up. I have been trying to remember my best mile running time in high school, and I honestly believe it was over 19 minutes. I can almost guarantee that I didn’t run the entire thing; I walked most of it. I was a theater/music girl in school.

 

What are your triathlon strengths and weaknesses? I feel my strongest event in triathlon is the swim. While I may not be the fastest swimmer, I am confident in the water and I just keep pulling. Now if I could only swim straighter. As for weakness, the run. I hated running! Never, never, never thought I would do a triathlon because of that. But once I began running with a good friend (Maria Bradshaw, you know it’s you), I realized that it wasn’t quite as bad as I thought. Though it is something I still mentally struggle with (as my coach and husband will attest to when it comes to certain run workouts, I get the look or get lectured for whining….which I really try not to do…but…).

What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most? My first triathlon was a Y not Tri put on by the North Area Family YMCA over at the Cato Recreation Center in the summer of 2010. I had run my first 5K a few months before and had a friend who was participating in sprints and I thought, well if she could do it and I can swim and she has a difficult time in the water, then I can at least try this triathlon thing. It was a 400-yard pool swim and a nine-mile hilly ride and 1.5-mile track run. There are two things I remember most about this event–having the other participants and coaches and family members cheering everyone on! After I had finished and was talking with my family and friends I saw the last few people out there and the gal who got me into triathlon and running has gotten it into my head we are much like the Marines, NEVER leave anyone out there alone. So, with Maria in my head, I went out there and ran along the wonderful woman I now know to be Mary Moore to keep her moving forward to finish her first triathlon too!

 

What is your favorite race and why? Hands down my favorite race is mini-Musselman. I have participated in the sprint since 2011 and the past two years have volunteered in the water during the half ironman distance the following day. It is well organized. The support from the local community and the racers is outstanding and the Finger Lakes area is just so beautiful. This was my first sprint race and so it holds a special place in my heart because I felt so supported and welcomed by all the athletes in my age group and the volunteers and just everyone I encountered there. This is my go-to race every year. One day I will do the Double Mussel.

 

What was your worst race and why? Worst race would probably have to be Cayuga Lake Olympic Tri last year (2013). Not for the race itself, because it is a beautiful course and very well run, but for bad fueling and mechanical errors. There is a good size climb right out of T-1 so you don’t really have any momentum to get up the hill with much speed. Not to mention that I had not really been training on hills and wasn’t very proficient in where my gears should be. I dropped my chain about five miles into the 25-mile ride. It wasn’t just dropped, but I jammed it in the crank. So I was off my bike, “attempting” to get it out with a stick, when the neutral support truck came up and got me set. They even held my saddle and gave me a push back onto the course. After grumbling through and trying to get a decent ride in, I had a great T2 and pushed too hard on the first loop of the run. As I came back in toward transition my husband was there cheering me on and just as I hear him my quads start to cramp! The kind of cramp that you can barely walk let alone run. Regained some composure, but was not happy with how I felt the rest of the race. So my takeaway from that race was to train some more hills, gain confidence climbing and better pacing on longer runs. And how to fuel properly!

 

What races are on your race calendar for 2014? Syracuse Half Marathon (pictured at left), Green Lakes Tri, Syracuse 70.3 (my first 70.3), Mini Musselman, Cayuga Lake Olympic, Corporate Triathlon, Dave Parcells Madison Triathlon (Conn., an ocean water sprint triathlon), Wineglass Marathon (my first 26.2).

 

What are this year’s goals? Finish strong at Syracuse 70.3 was goal No. 1. (This was achieved and exceeded!) Have no issues at Cayuga Lake. (This too was accomplished! Huge PR even if I subtract my estimated time off the bike from the previous year). Finish my first full marathon (currently questioning my sanity with this training).

 

In five years you hope to … Just be happy and healthy. Not setting too many long-term goals right now. Just trying to be the best me I can be.

 

Something most people don’t know about you. I was a zookeeper. I worked at Franklin Park Zoo in Boston for a few years before moving back to Central New York.

 

What triathlon has taught you. To endure. Physical pain, mental struggles, they will always be there. It is how you face and push through them that make the outcome better or worse. Keeping positive through that struggle to endure and strive and survive. My motto this year has been Suffer, Sweat, Smile, Succeed! In life and in triathlon.

 

About the CNY Tri Club
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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 in January 2000 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 to publish and disseminate information related to the sport of triathlon.

A Note from the Editor…

If any club member would like to contribute to our newsletter or help in editing and arranging it each month, contact me at newsletter <at> cnytriathlon.org

 

Molly English-Bowers
Publisher & Editor
CNY Triathlon Club, Inc.

P.O. Box 434
DeWitt, New York 13214
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August 2014 : issue 66

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

 

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CNY Triathlon Club, Inc. | P.O. Box 434 | DeWitt, NY 13214

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August 2014 – Issue 65 
In This Issue
Board Meeting Date Change
Kids Tri
IMLP Race Report
Member Profile
Quick Links

Board Meeting
Change in date!

 

Monday, August 25, 7:15-8:30 p.m.at the WTF.
If you are interested in attending, please contact a board member directly or email the board at executiveboard <at>cnytriathlon.org
We would love to have you participate!

Club Discounts
Multisport Physical Therapy

(Click here for coupon)

 

T2 Multisport

(Click here for coupon)

 

Véloved Bicycle Repair Company

(Click here for coupon)

Letter from the President 

Dear CNY Triathlon Members,

Mark your calendars. The annual CNY Triathlon Club’s picnic is scheduled for Sunday, August 24. I hope you all can make it. The day will be filled with the Kids Tri Club’s triathlon as well as the adult triathlon followed by a great picnic served by Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. The price for our members is $15 and guest cost is $18; children 16 and under are free.
The adult triathlon will start at 8 a.m.; the kid’s triathlon race will start at 10 a.m., followed by the picnic from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. This is a great opportunity to relax and hang out with your friends. Click on the link below to find out more and to register for the picnic.
Link to register for the picnic: http://bit.ly/CNYPicnic2014
Let’s also remember our club’s triathlon, Cazenovia, is Sunday, August 10. Encourage everyone to register for the race or to volunteer. This event is a great race and I would suggest everyone try it out. I always tell people if I can do this race (twice) anyone can do this race. This is a great opportunity for you to participate in a great race and support your club. Sign up!!
And finally as a reminder the last Wednesday Night Training is August 6. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our site directors, Bridget Lichtinger, Stacey Keefe, Mindy Lu 

Gaffney, Tom Stern, Eric Prager and Mike Gasparek. Your dedication to the club and the sport of triathlon is inspiring. On behalf of the club I want to let you know that you are appreciated! I would also like to thank all of our members who donated their time to the club and volunteered on a Wednesday evening. We could not do this without you.

Safe training!

Maura Donovan
President
CNY Triathlon Club

August Board Meeting
The August board meeting will take place on Monday, August 25, from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. at the Winter Training Facility at Shoppingtown Mall.

If you are interested in attending, please contact the Board atexecutiveboard@cnytriathlon.org.

Kids Tri is August 24
At the end of the season we will have an official KIDS TRIATHLON RACE in conjunction with the end of the year CNY Tri Picnic on August 24. The race is run just like an adult tri–it has swim waves, t-shirts, race numbers, body marking, swim caps and a medal after crossing the finish line.

 

Children and parent(s) MUST be current members in order for the child or children to participate in the Kids Tri Club program. You can register under the family membership–see membership page to register.  **When registering for family please make sure to check the box on the Active.com registration form that YOU (as the person registering) are a member of the team…then add team members.

 

IM Lake Placid Race Report
By Lauren McIndoo Knight

 

This was my fourth time at Ironman Lake Placid, and each time has been a unique adventure! After months of training and preparation, I planned for everything to come together on race day, July 27. This year, I felt better trained than ever, and was ready to have a personal best time. I showed up in Lake Placid a few days ahead of time, to get settled, do some light swimming, biking and running, and gather with my family and friends as I got ready to give it my all.

 

When race day arrived, my entire family popped out of bed at 4 a.m. (not an easy task!), enthusiastically got dressed and headed out the door. When I arrived for body marking, I hugged my daughter goodbye and she wished me good luck as she headed to her volunteer position as a lifeguard. Pump tires, check! Fill water bottles, check! Last potty stop, check! After all, I’d done this before, so it felt like a smooth routine. A long line of weepy hugs and good luck wishes, then we headed to the beach and my family sent me on my way.

 

I barely felt nervous before entering the water. I was well prepared to head for the cable and have a strong swim, and that’s exactly what I did. Got out of the first lap right about when I planned to, and headed out for the second, feeling great. So far, so good….

 

Well, it was shortly after this that Mother Nature decided to throw a few curve balls.

 

On the way out for the second loop, the thunder started to rumble. By the time I had rounded the second buoy and was heading for the beach, the lightning was getting more noticeable. I was pushing as hard as I could, but soon met a wall of kayakers, ordering me to head left to the shore immediately. Yes, I did try to sneak around them, but they were having none of that. To the shore I went, extremely frustrated. Was I disqualified for not finishing? I was so close, at 2.22 miles….

 

At the shore, it was very chaotic. We were being pulled from the water as quickly as possible, with each athlete turning to grab the next couple of people behind them. I don’t remember much about running barefoot down Mirror Lake Drive in the thunder and lightning–other than watching the lake and seeing the people still coming in, and the lifeguards helping everyone–wondering if my daughter was safe. Ironman requires one kind of toughness that I know I can tackle, but throw the “mommy worry” into the equation and I wasn’t sure I had enough in me. I had to trust that the same volunteers and athletes keeping me safe were taking care of her, too.

 

Lucky for me, my own mommy was volunteering in the transition tent! After a quick pep talk, and another by my buddy Tanya as she handed me my bike, I was off to ride 112 miles–wondering how long this storm would last. Having what amounted to my own pit crew certainly helped!

 

The first 20 miles or so on the bike were some of the scariest I’ve ever experienced. I was not prepared for the Keene descent (which I usually LOVE!) with wet brakes, and rain that felt like bullets. Freezing, barely able to open my eyes, feeling like I was dodging lightning bolts and holding on for dear life, I wondered if this ride was courageous or stupid? I eventually made it safe and sound, and the rain even stopped! The sun came out, and everyone on the course started to smile….I was safe and, fortunately, I did not see anyone take a spill on the treacherous roads. At the next rest stop I learned that my daughter was safe, and then I was relieved and ready to get down to business!

 

The rest of the bike ride was largely uneventful, and I felt better and better as the miles wore on. One last storm on the way back to town on the second loop, just so Mother Nature could remind us she was in charge, and we were done. Oh yeah, except for the issue of the marathon….

 

With so many great spectators and volunteers everywhere you turn, the marathon miles seem to click away at a steady pace. As that finish line gets closer, the euphoria (delirium?) sets in, you can hear Mike Reilly and the crowd and it’s a wonderful, exciting feeling. I know my family and friends are all waiting right at the finish line, in what seems like the biggest cheering section of all. I was about to not only have a personal best, but meet my own “stretch goal” (in real time, not just in this silly “adjusted time” that Ironman has to give us), and I couldn’t be more excited after everything that had happened. As I passed through the arch and the catcher grabbed onto me, he asked me if I was OK. I told him that I felt like I had won.

 

This year’s  Ironman sure felt a lot more insane than it is even designed to be, but everything came together for me in a spectacular way. I owe a huge thank you and hugs to my amazing family and friends for all of their support along the way and, especially, on race day! And, a huge thank you to all of the volunteers that I don’t know by name but help to make this event safe, smooth and fun! Time to rest for a few days and recover, but then I will be thinking about 2015, and what great things and new lessons that will bring! I love hearing Mike Reilly call my name!

Member Profile
Ruth Ripley

Tell us about yourself. I am 67 years old and have resided in Pennellville my whole life except while I was in Massachusetts obtaining my nursing degree. For 43 years I worked nights (7 p.m.-7 a.m.) in the Emergency Department at Crouse Hospital as the Permanent Charge Nurse. Last June I retired but continue to work per diem in the department. I have been married for 46 years to my husband Larry and have two children, Matthew and Amy, and four grandchildren.
How long have you been involved in triathlon and what made you take it up? This is my fifth year of competing. One of my good friends at work, Diane Goode, was doing triathlons and having so much fun that she talked me into entering the triathlon world even though I could not swim. One quiet night at work I gave her my credit card to order what I would need to do triathlons and the UPS man was making daily deliveries. There was just no turning back at that point.

 

Who is your hero? I have many heroes but I will tell you my top two. First, my husband Larry, who has given me his unconditional support first in all the running that I have done and now in the triathlons. He is continually checking my equipment and traveling with me to the triathlons. Of course, he likes some of the benefits such as the wonderful buffet at the Keuka Lake Tri and encourages me to do this race each year. My second hero is Jill Walsh, who never ceases to amaze me in all she does despite her multiple sclerosis. One of her recent adventures was Escape from Alcatraz and she is now training with the American Paralympic bike team for the world finals. Go Jill!!

What is your athletic background? My athletic career did not start until I was 40 years old. I started running and have never stopped. This is truly my favorite sport. After five years of running I tried my first marathon in Washington, D.C. I trained very hard and finally qualified for the 100th running of the Boston Marathon in 1996. I read about running a marathon in all 50 states and thought I would give it a try. I was in the middle of my 50 states when cancer struck, but I remained determined to complete my dream despite the advanced stage of the cancer and the surgery and chemotherapy. It forced me to take five months off but I quickly returned to my marathon dream. I ran a marathon in all 50 states and the nation’s capital, the second woman from New York State to accomplish this. I could not believe that I was still alive, so I ran another 50 marathons for a total of 100, and then said “100 is enough.”
What are your triathlon strengths and weaknesses? Of course, running is my greatest strength with all of the marathons I have run over the years. My severe weakness is swimming. I have come a long way, however. I couldn’t even swim half the length of the pool when I started. Last year I signed up for Escape from the Judge in Skaneateles, which is a mile swim, and placed first in my age group. But I’m still working very hard on the swimming with continuous lessons. My biking has improved since the purchase of my new bike and riding longer miles.

What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most? My first completed triathlon was the Iron Girl in 2010. Everyone was so very nice and so very supportive. This is such a wonderful triathlon to have as your very first. Even though I had only just started triathlon, I finished third in my age group but only because of running.

What was your worst race and why? My first triathlon attempt was at Green Lakes in 2010 and was my very worst. The swimming did not go well, as hard as I tried, and I went to the kayak and asked to be taken to shore because I could not stop hyperventilating. I knew all of the medics in the tent and did not want them to cut off my brand new wetsuit and then have them take me to the Crouse Emergency Department where everyone would have laughed. This is when I decided I really needed expert help with the swimming.

What is your favorite race and why? My favorite race was the second Iron Girl triathlon in 2011. My swimming had improved along with my biking. There were 25 in my age group for this event. I had no real aspirations for the race and just wanted to do the very best that I could. To my surprise, I placed first in my age group and was just elated. This only happened because I passed my competition, who up until that point had been the leader in the age group, in the last half mile of the run.

What races are on your race calendar for 2014? I really enjoy the sprint distance and will continue to race it. So this year I signed up for seven sprint triathlons. I have completed the Green Lakes Triathlon, Tri Oswego, Henderson Harbor, Delta and Cayuga, with Old Forge and Skinnyman left on the calendar.

 

What are this year’s goals? My goal is always to the do the very best I can in all the triathlons and just have fun.

In five years I hope to. . . Still be able to enjoy this sport and encourage others to stay active and treasure each day of life as much as I do.

Something most people don’t know about you. I was raised on a dairy farm. My father and brother would go back out into the fields in the evening and leave me to milk the cows. I had my own calves that I raised and would show at the local fair and also the State Fair.
What triathlon has taught me. I have learned that you cannot become a triathlete overnight. It takes a lot of hard work and you have to be very patient to build the skills needed to complete a race. I also have learned to not only accept the support others give you, but to always give encouragement and support back. Some of the nicest people you will ever meet are runners and triathletes. I have made many wonderful, long-lasting friendships during my athletic career. But above all, just have fun.

 Club Discount

 

HITS Endurance is offering club members a 50% discount on registration to the Hunter Mountain Triathlon. When you register, enter the following code to get your discount:CNYSAVES. The code is good through Aug. 9.   

Be there when HITS Triathlon Series returns Sept. 13-14 for theHunter Tri, an epic race with new “athlete-friendly” bike and run courses! Athletes will enjoy a swim in the pristine waters of South Lake and then bike and run through the majestic Catskills.  The roads are perfectly suited for speedy aerodynamic descents with turns while, on the other hand, rolling enough to sit up and enjoy the gentle beauty of the Catskill Park.For more information, visit: http://hitstriathlonseries.com/hunter-mounta-ny/

CNY Tri on the Podium

Podium

If you want to be recognized for your podium finish, please send details to newsletter@cnytriathlon.org.

About the CNY Tri Club
CNYTriLogoNY
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 in January 2000 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 to publish and disseminate information related to the sport of triathlon.

A Note from the Editor…

If any club member would like to contribute to our newsletter or help in editing and arranging it each month, contact me at newsletter <at> cnytriathlon.org

 

Molly English-Bowers
Publisher & Editor
CNY Triathlon Club, Inc.

P.O. Box 434
DeWitt, New York 13214
T2Multisport 
T2 Multisport
Manlius, NY 

www.t2multisport.com

We will provide a free consultation (30 min.) for CNY Tri members.
CNY Triathlon Club | Box 434 | Dewitt | NY | 13214

July 2014 : issue 65

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
CNY Triangle Logo
CNY Triathlon Club Newsletter
CNY Triathlon Club, Inc. | P.O. Box 434 | DeWitt, NY 13214
www.cnytriathlon.org 

July 2014 – Issue 64  
In This Issue
Announcements
Kids Tri
Cazenovia Triathlon
Member Profile
Quick Links

Board Meeting
Our new meeting schedule is as follows:

 

2nd Monday of each month from7:00 to 8:15 PM at the WTF.
If you are interested in attending, please contact a board member directly or email the board at executiveboard <at>cnytriathlon.org
We would love to have you participate!

Club Discounts
Multisport Physical Therapy

 

T2 Multisport

 

Véloved Bicycle Repair Company

Letter from the President 
Dear CNY Triathlon Members,

Congratulations to all of our members who completed theIronman Syracuse 70.3 June 22. That course is not easy and completing 70.3 miles is something to be very proud of. I would also like to thank all of our members who volunteered throughout the race weekend. As the local chapter, it was fun to welcome athletes from across the country and the world to Central New York. Just my opinion but I think we impressed them. And finally a special shout out to Kenny Hammond, the race director, who once again put on a fabulous event from start to finish.
For those of you who haven’t heard the CNY Triathlon Club won the Ironman TriClub Program for Division 1 Champion Club for the second year in a row. This is just one step closer to winning the overall annual award, which would be awesome. If you volunteered or participated in the 70.3 this past weekend, please let me know so we can turn the list in to gain points toward this annual award. We can also earn points at Ironman Lake Placid and Irongirl. If it is your plan to volunteer or participate in any of these races let me know. You can email me at president@cnytriathlon.org and we will keep a tally of all those participating and volunteering.
And on a final note, we are less than two months away from theCazenovia Triathlon. The Tri will be held on Sunday, August 10and this event is hosted by your triathlon club! It is time to sign up and complete this event. Challenge yourself and support your club. Enjoy all the beauty that this course has

to offer. You will not be disappointed!!

Enjoy your training and be safe!

Maura Donovan
President

Announcements
No Drop Rides The CNY Triathlon Club is hosting “No Drop Rides” on the Cazenovia Triathlon course. This is an opportunity to ride the course with a bike leader and, no matter what your riding level, you will not be alone. Our bike leaders, Sam Sampere, Ben Rabin and Tanya Woldbeck Gesek, will help you with the climbs and your gears. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity.

This is the remaining “No Drop Ride” (begins at 6 p.m.):

Wednesday, July 16 – Swim & Bike

Open Water Swims The following are the dates for our open water swims during the 2014 season. Please remember that registration for the open water swim is required and we are limited to 100 spots per date. Registration opens two weeks prior to the swim dates. And as a reminder, we also need volunteers for all of these dates.

July 5 – Green Lakes

July 12 – Jamesville Beach

August 3 – Twilight Swim at Green Lakes

Important Information
Keep in Mind
For the Wednesday night trainings, please remember there are no signups this year, but each site can only allow 200 members to participate. Why? Safety reasons and neighborhoods. It isn’t the OWS (open water swims), but having 200 cyclists and runners out on the roads that limits the number of members that can participate.As we approach Irongirl (on Aug. 3), we remind participants at Oneida Shores that 200 is a strict cap, entirely done for your safety. With no early signups this year, it is first come, first served. Keep this in mind through the month of July.
Also, we strongly urge each member to volunteer one Wednesday during the summer. It’s vital for athlete safety and important to build club camaraderie. The site directors are volunteers and are out there every Wednesday for three months. One Wednesday per member isn’t a lot to ask.

Kids Tri is Coming
Starting July 21, the Kids Tri Club is geared for children ages 7 to 13 and takes place at Jamesville Beach. Your child must know how to swim and be able to pass an open water swim test before being able to participate. Kids are divided into three different categories depending on what they are most comfortable with: Mini, Sprint and Olympic distances. Kids will learn how to set up a transition area to make for smooth transitions, fuel the body before and after racing, along with other tips. But the best part is that they will have fun while doing all of it.At the end of the season we will have an official KIDS TRIATHLON RACE in conjunction with the end of the year CNY Tri Picnic on August 24 (details to follow). The race is run just like an adult tri–it has swim waves, t-shirts, race numbers, body marking, swim caps and a medal after crossing the finish line.

 

Children and parent(s) MUST be current members in order for the child or children to participate in the Kids Tri Club program. You can register under the family membership–see membership page to register.  **When registering for family please make sure to check the box on the Active.com registration form that YOU (as the person registering) are a member of the team…then add team members.

 

Children need to bring their own swim cap, goggles, bike, helmet, running gear, transition towel and a water bottle for the training sessions.

 

IMPORTANT: Parents are required to be volunteers for this event and MUST be present on site the entire time. Your kids see you train and race all year long. It’s time to get them moving too!!!

 

July Board Meeting
The July Board meeting will take place on Monday, July 7, from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. at the Winter Training Facility at Shoppingtown Mall.

If you are interested in attending, please contact the Board at executiveboard@cnytriathlon.org.

Cazenovia Triathlon

The club is busy preparing for the 14th Annual Cazenovia Triathlon, to be raced on Sunday, August 10, 2014. We would love your involvement either as a participant or a volunteer. Race and volunteer details can be found at www.cazenoviatriathlon.org. Check back frequently for updates.

 

View overlooking Oneida Lake from the top of Ridge Rd. on the Caz Tri bike course.

 

If you have questions regarding the race, please contact Sam at cazdirector@cnytriathlon.org.

Member Profile
Jude BurkeTell us about yourself. I am 47 years old and married to Karen Burke. We have two kids, 11-year-old Casey and 8-year-old Sierra. I grew up in Auburn and went to school at CBA, Le Moyne College and the University of Michigan School of Dentistry where I received my

Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. I am in general private practice in Baldwinsville and have a special sedation permit, which allows me to treat highly fearful patients. My professional interests include computer-guided implant surgery and adult cosmetic orthodontics.

IMLP finisher.

How long have you been in triathlon, and what made you take it up? I have been involved in triathlon since 2004. I was a licensed amateur bike racer for almost 15 years before I became a triathlete. After “retiring ” for a year I got tired of just mowing the lawn and decided to gi

ve triathlons a try. I have probably done about 250 bike races and about 30 triathlons. In bike racing you race almost every weekend from March until October.

Who is your hero? I really no longer have any sports heroes. I respect them, but I took down my Lance Armstrong poster a couple of years ago. I would now say my heroes are the veterans of the Iraq an Afghanistan wars.

 

What is your athletic background? I ran cross country at CBA, but was nothing special. I did the Great Race in Auburn a few years as the runner. One year I lost a coin flip and had to be the biker. I passed a lot of women and children in the race and found my new sport :-). While at the University of Michigan, I joined the cycling team at age 23. I was team captain by my senior year of dental school. I was definitely the only dental student traveling around the Midwest doing bike races every weekend when I should have been studying. It’s a miracle I graduated! I kept bike racing and eventually became a licensed Cat. 3 rider, which allowed me to do a lot of Pro-Am racing where I was the “Am.” On occasion, I got to race against U.S. domestic teams like Saturn and Motorola. I even did some one-week stage racing like the Tour of West Virginia and Super Week in Wisconsin. One day back in 1994 Frankie Andraeu rode in 60 miles from his home in Detroit, kicked everyone’s ass in a 50-mile race and then rode back home. I won some local smaller races like the Oswego Tour de Loop back in ’97 but I am a shadow of my former self on the bike. However, I can now swim.

 

What are your triathlon strengths and weaknesses? My strength in triathlon is the bike although I was more of a sprinter than a time trialist. My one piece of advice is that triathletes need to learn how to “hit the apex of the turn.” Start wide, hit the apex and then finish wide all while holding your line. It will allow you to carry more speed through the corners. My weakness is the swim, although lately it has gotten better. I will never be confused with a fish though.

 

What was your first triathlon, and what do you remember most? My first triathlon was Green Lakes in 2004. I remember lining up right in the front row for the swim. Almost everyone in the wave proceeded to swim over the top of me. My family thought I drowned. I almost had to grab a kayak, but managed to flounder around to the finish. I was hooked.

 

What is your favorite race and why? My favorite race is Ironman Syracuse 70.3. I don’t know if people realize how great it is to have that kind of race right in your back yard. There are not a lot of sports where everyday people can share a course with pros from around the world.

 

What was your worst race and why? I don’t believe in “worst” races. You learn the most when you fail. Every race teaches you something. I guess IM Lake Placid was my most difficult race. When they say hydration is more important than eating they are not kidding. I got so dehydrated it hurt to pee for two days after the race. My recommendation for anyone doing IMLP is to get a coach even if you think you know what you are doing. Placid is no joke and should be respected.

 

What races are on your calendar for 2014? Last year I finally qualified for Age Group Nationals in Milwaukee. I honestly don’t think I would have made it if not for my coach, Kristen Roe at T2 Multisport. So I will be at Delta Lake for a tune up and then to Nationals in August.

What are this year’s goals? At Nationals the goal is to kick a bunch of old guys’ asses and represent the 315. No, seriously, there are a lot of fast people there. If I finished in the top 50% of AG, I would be ecstatic.

 

In five years you hope to… still be above ground and still doing triathlons. I just got a camp on a Finger Lake so I may chill out a little more, but I will always be doing some kind of sport if I can.

 

Something most people don’t know about you. I am probably a borderline extreme skier and can ski any double black diamond chute in the Rockies. My family and I love to surf behind our boat on a surfboard. We are inventing a new sport.

 

What triathlon has taught me. Triathlon has taught me that family and friends are actually the most important thing in the world. Triathlon, however, is a way of life. It brings balance to my life and teaches me something new every day.

 

 Club Discount

 

HITS Endurance is offering club members a 50% discount on registration to the Hunter Mountain Triathlon. When you register, enter the following code to get your discount:CNYSAVES. The code is good through Aug. 9.   
Be there when HITS Triathlon Series returns Sept. 13-14 for theHunter Tri, an epic race with new “athlete-friendly” bike and run courses! Athletes will enjoy a swim in the pristine waters of South Lake and then bike and run through the majestic Catskills.  The roads are perfectly suited for speedy aerodynamic descents with turns while, on the other hand, rolling enough to sit up and enjoy the gentle beauty of the Catskill Park.For more information, visit: http://hitstriathlonseries.com/hunter-mounta-ny/

CNY Tri on the Podium

Podium

If you want to be recognized for your podium finish, please send details to newsletter@cnytriathlon.org.

About the CNY Tri Club
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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 in January 2000 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 to publish and disseminate information related to the sport of triathlon.

A Note from the Editor…

If any club member would like to contribute to our newsletter or help in editing and arranging it each month, contact me at newsletter <at> cnytriathlon.org

 

Molly English-Bowers
Publisher & Editor
CNY Triathlon Club, Inc.

P.O. Box 434
DeWitt, New York 13214
T2Multisport 
T2 Multisport
Manlius, NY 
www.t2multisport.com

We will provide a free consultation (30 min.) for CNY Tri members.
CNY Triathlon Club | Box 434 | Dewitt | NY | 13214

June 2014 : issue 64

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

 

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CNY Triathlon Club Newsletter
CNY Triathlon Club, Inc. | P.O. Box 434 | DeWitt, NY 13214
www.cnytriathlon.org 

June 2014 – Issue 63 
In This Issue
Announcements
Cazenovia Triathlon
Member Profile
Quick Links

Board Meeting
Our new meeting schedule is as follows:

 

2nd Monday of each month from7:00 to 8:15 PM at the WTF.
If you are interested in attending, please contact a board member directly or email the board at executiveboard <at>cnytriathlon.org
We would love to have you participate!

Club Discounts
Multisport Physical Therapy

 

T2 Multisport

 

Véloved Bicycle Repair Company

Letter from the President 
Dear CNY Triathlon Club Members,

Throughout the past few years I am sure that you, like me, have noticed that every weekend you could sign up for a different race. You have so many choices–whether it be a full or half marathon, a 5k, a full or half triathlon or a sprint triathlon. There are so many–how do you decide?

 

Today I am asking you to choose one, the Cazenovia Triathlon. The Cazenovia Triathlon, which is hosted by the CNY Triathlon Club, is held on Sunday, August 10.
This race is Central New York’s premier triathlon, located in beautiful Cazenovia, NY. This race offers something for everyone, sprint and Olympic distances, as well as aqua bike courses and a relay for the team players. How can you say no?
What is holding you back?
It offers a great bike course with fantastic views that challenges you. And if this is holding you back, we are offeringno drop rides throughout the summer to get ready for the race. Take advantage! Sign up and support your club!
I have done this race twice and it is one of my favorites. It is a well run and organized event. It is held at a great location. Sign up, what are you waiting for? And as an incentive, if you sign up between today and Father’s Day you have the opportunity to win a Polar HRM.
Support the Cazenovia Triathlon, it’s our tri!
Maura Donovan

President

Announcements
No Drop Rides The CNY Triathlon Club is hosting “No Drop Rides” on the Cazenovia Triathlon course. This is an opportunity to ride the course with a bike leader and, no matter what your riding level, you will not be alone. Our bike leaders, Sam Sampere, Ben Rabin and Tanya Woldbeck Gesek, will help you with the climbs and your gears. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity.

The following are the “No Drop Ride” dates (they begin at 6 p.m.):

Monday, June 9 – Swim & Bike

Wednesday, July 16 – Swim & Bike

Open Water Swims The following are the dates for our open water swims during the 2014 season. Please remember that registration for the open water swim is required and we are limited to 100 spots per date. Registration opens two weeks prior to the swim dates. And as a reminder, we also need volunteers for all of these dates.

June 14 – Jamesville Beach

July 5 – Green Lakes

July 12 – Jamesville Beach

August 3 – Twilight Swim at Green Lakes

OCC Bike Ride The Onondaga Cycling Club is hosting a ride on the 70.3 course starting at Jamesville Beach after our open water swim onSaturday, June 14 at 9 a.m. The cost of the ride is $20 and it includes lunch. To register, go to onondagacyclingclub.org or bikereg.com/occ-ironman-70.3-warmup.
Syracuse 70.3 Homestay The Syracuse 70.3 organization is looking for volunteers to host professional triathletes over the June 22 Syracuse 70.3 weekend. This is a great opportunity for CNY Triathlon Club members. If you are interested and you agree to host an athlete you will coordinate with Tim Taber (host captain) to determine the athlete’s needs. Outside of a place to stay, nothing out of the ordinary is required. If you are interested in this great opportunity, email Tim Taber at timtaber@gmail.com.

Important Information
Keep in Mind
For the Wednesday night trainings, please remember there are no signups this year, but each site can only allow 200 members to participate. Why? Safety reasons and neighborhoods. It isn’t the OWS (open water swims), but having 200 cyclists and runners out on the roads that limits the number of members that can participate.
Also, we strongly urge each member to volunteer one Wednesdayduring the summer. It’s vital for athlete safety and important to build club camaraderie. The site directors are volunteers and are out there every Wednesday for three months. One Wednesday per member isn’t a lot to ask.

June Board Meeting
The June Board meeting will take place on Monday, June 9, from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. at the Winter Training Facility at Shoppingtown Mall.

If you are interested in attending, please contact the Board at executiveboard@cnytriathlon.org.

Cazenovia Triathlon

The club is busy preparing for the 14th Annual Cazenovia Triathlon, to be raced on Sunday August 10, 2014. We would love your involvement either as a participant or a volunteer. Race and volunteer details can be found at www.cazenoviatriathlon.org. Check back frequently for updates.

 

View overlooking Oneida Lake from the top of Ridge Rd. on the Caz Tri bike course.

 

If you have questions regarding the race, please contact Sam at cazdirector@cnytriathlon.org.

Member Profile

Name: Lynn Douglas

  

 

Tell us about yourself.

I’m 51 and reside in Camillus. I am a Vermont native and moved to the Syracuse area in late 1995, from Connecticut. With 28 years of tenure, I work for Verizon as a Service Manager. My team provides contract governance and technical support for 17 worldwide healthcare clients. Locally, I’m proud to be on the Mountain Goat committee and board. I was probably one of the first 30 members of the CNY Tri Club and a club officer for a few years. I’m a dog lover and I’m destined to get another dog in my life, perhaps in 2014……

 

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

I’ve been involved with triathlons since 2002. Close friends of mine had just started doing triathlons and they were having a ball and feeling the benefits of cross-training. With my running background, I decided to join in the fun, and added swimming and cycling to my training. I was confident I could swim, with work, having grown up on Lake Champlain and having ridden the hills of Burlington, Vermont, on a 10 speed bike when I was a student at the University of Vermont.

 

Who is your hero?

My local hero is Samuel Clemence, age 75. Sam is a soulmate Lake Placid Ironman training partner. Ironman pal Rich O’Neil and I went to Sam’s retirement party recently as he retired as a Syracuse University Meredith Professor within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. I was deeply touched to hear firsthand about his enthusiastic transfer of knowledge, inspiration, passion, critical thinking and integrity to his student base over the years. He has shared this same positive spirit and tenacity through his accomplishments with his triathlon “students” and family.

What is your athletic background?

I was the captain of my small high school cross country and track teams. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed many sports including skiing (my passion), cross-county skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, kayaking, waterskiing and scuba diving in addition to swimming, biking and running. I would love to try winter hiking in the future. I’ve enjoyed building on distance over the years. You all know that once you do your first 5K run, your interest and crazy aspirations turn to the next goal and others often inspire you or talk you into more. I’ve run 11 marathons (excluding Ironman), including a couple of Boston marathons, and have completed numerous triathlons, including Lake Placid Ironman twice. Some of my PRs are: 10K, 45:37, Auburn Great Race; half marathon, 1:40, Tucson; marathon, 3:43, Mohawk Hudson; half Ironman, 5:27 Tupper Lake; Ironman, 12:35, Lake Placid.

 

What are your triathlon strengths and weaknesses?

I’d have to say running is my strongest sport, not because I am fast but because I’ve been through so many miles that I’ve learned what my body can and can’t do. Furthermore, I have thoroughly enjoyed the mental outlet, cardio value and social benefit of the sport. I’m excited that I still have plenty to learn and to improve with my cycling and swimming.

 

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

My first triathlon in 2002 was the St. Croix VI sprint triathlon on a rented mountain bike. I remember the island-start swim and large waves with tropical rain pummeling my back. I was thrilled that I wasn’t doing the slick-road half Ironman course, including the “Beast.” I also had a ball when I met and chatted with pro Joanna Zeiger’s husband out on the bike. He was doing his first tri too.

 

What is your favorite race and why?

Ironman Lake Placid 2005. I had massive butterflies in my stomach as I arrived in Lake Placid. I vividly remember hitting the point that I knew I was ready for the race–I had gone to Placid Planet around 5 a.m. the day prior to the race to get my derailleur tweaked and I cycled out onto Mirror Lake Drive alone to work through my gears when I saw the fog lift on Mirror Lake to reveal the red tetrahedral buoys at the swim turn. What a pure, unexpected and glorious fog-lift “sign” to know I was ready! Also, I burst out laughing on race day when I was in the water with the helicopter overhead and the swim was so tight my first strokes were the dog paddle. I knew my family would laugh at me if they saw me on TV. Lastly, after the race I was so amazed and fulfilled by the athletic goals set and results accomplished by other people after I shared my Ironman journey story with them.

 

What was your worst race and why?

Thankfully, I haven’t had many bad race experiences. For my first marathon, the Vermont City Marathon, after having been encouraged by Lindsey Reider and Eric Prager to run the event, I gratefully ran 22 miles with Bobby Angotti. I crossed the finish line happily only to have my entire thighs and calves seize up with cramping. I had to be carried away; I quickly learned about electrolyte replacement.

 

What races are on your race calendar for 2014?

Nationals, Olympic distance in Wisconsin; Henderson Harbor tri (love this one); Skinnyman and others.

 

What are this year’s goals?

I am focusing on Olympic distances, speed work and perhaps a half Ironman, which is in tune with my training buddy Monique Cuyler. Professionally, I am working on my PMP (Project Management Professional) certification by year’s end, which is a large commitment.

 

In five years you hope to… :

I hope to enjoy great health and new athletic accomplishments with varying locations and venues, as part of a balanced life. Another Ironman may be in the future…2015? I’d like to continue to inspire and assist others to achieve memorable athletic accomplishments, at any level.

 

Something most people don’t know about you:

I once roller skated for 24 hours for a charitable cause when I was a teenager. That might have been my first endurance experience.

 

What triathlon has taught you:

Triathlon has brought thorough enjoyment to me alongside great friends! The triathlon journeys have been such an important part of my life and balance. The hard work, laughter and memories have been amazing. Triathlon buddies over the years include Sam Clemence, Rich O’Neil, MJ Reinhart, Karen Allen-Turner, Lynn Festa, Monique Cuyler, Robin Cottrell, Ann Haley, Marlene Cleary, Sue Shopiro, the Ginny and Bob Burton cellar cycling crew and my Camillus neighborhood running ladies.

Club Discount

 

HITS Endurance is offering club members a 50% discount on registration to the North County Triathlon in Hague and the Hunter Mountain Triathlon. When you register, enter the following code to get your discount: CNYSAVES.

 

For Hague, since we’re within 30 days of the June 20-22 events, the code will only be good through Friday, June 6.

This event is tucked away in the rugged Adirondacks, making it a perfect location for all Northeast area athletes. HITS North Country will be the setting for a breathtaking race unlike any other, which will begin in beautiful Hague, NY and encompass several local communities. It features one of the greatest open water swims in stunning Lake George, making HITS North Country a race to remember!

For Hunter, the code will be good through Aug. 9.

 

Be there when HITS Triathlon Series returns Sept. 13-14 for the Hunter Tri, an epic race with new “athlete-friendly” bike and run courses! Athletes will enjoy a swim in the pristine waters of South Lake and then bike and run through the majestic Catskills.  The roads are perfectly suited for speedy aerodynamic descents with turns while, on the other hand, rolling enough to sit up and enjoy the gentle beauty of the Catskill Park.For more information, visit these links:

http://hitstriathlonseries.com/hunter-mounta-ny/

CNY Tri on the Podium

Podium

If you want to be recognized for your podium finish, please send details to newsletter@cnytriathlon.org.

Training Opportunities

Click each poster to get to the website and find a larger version.

About the CNY Tri Club
CNYTriLogoNY
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 in January 2000 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 to publish and disseminate information related to the sport of triathlon.

A Note from the Editor…

If any club member would like to contribute to our newsletter or help in editing and arranging it each month, contact me at newsletter <at> cnytriathlon.org

 

Molly English-Bowers
Publisher & Editor
CNY Triathlon Club, Inc.

P.O. Box 434
DeWitt, New York 13214
T2Multisport 
T2 Multisport
Manlius, NY 
www.t2multisport.com

We will provide a free consultation (30 min.) for CNY Tri members.

May 2014 : issue 63

Monday, May 5th, 2014
CNY Triangle Logo
CNY Triathlon Club Newsletter
CNY Triathlon Club, Inc. | P.O. Box 434 | DeWitt, NY 13214
www.cnytriathlon.org 
May 2014 – Issue 62
In This Issue
OWS Schedule
Cazenovia Triathlon
Triathlon Training Camps
Member Profile
Quick Links

Board Meeting
Our new meeting schedule is as follows:

 

2nd Monday of each month from7:00 to 8:15 PM at the WTF.
If you are interested in attending, please contact a board member directly or email the board at executiveboard <at>cnytriathlon.org
We would love to have you participate!

Club Discounts
Multisport Physical Therapy

(Click here for coupon)

 

T2 Multisport

(Click here for coupon)

 

Véloved Bicycle Repair Company

(Click here for coupon)

Letter from the President 
Dear CNY Triathlon Club Members,

 

At the end of April the CNY Triathlon Club hosted two “new member orientation” classes at the WTF. We talked about everything from Open Water Swims to Wednesday Night Trainings to safety on the road. So I decided to share some of the highlights with you.

Please remember these important rules for our Wednesdaynight training sessions:

* All members must sign in and out each Wednesday.

* All members must sign out by 8 p.m. (at all sites).

* NO HEAD PHONES

* You must wear a bike helmet, strapped, when riding your bike.

* Ride your bike with traffic, single file.

* Announce “on your left” when passing some on your bike.

* Run against traffic, on the shoulder of the road.

* Do not run 3-4 people across.

* In the event of cancellations due to inclement weather, the site director will post an announcement on Facebook.

* If one site is canceled for the evening due to inclement weather, don’t assume all sites are canceled. Look for a Facebook posting for the site you plan to attend.

The three Wednesday Night Training sites are Gillie Lake, Jamesville Beach and Oneida Shores. You can find the training maps for these locations on our website under club training. The CNY Triathlon Club is very lucky to have some incredibly dedicated and passionate site directors that are there to help you and to make sure thingsrun smoothly. Our site directors are as follows:

Gillie Lake: Mike Gasparek and Eric Prager,GillieLake@cnytriathlon.org

Jamesville Beach: Tom Stearns and Pete Winkler,
Jamesville@cnytriathlon.org

Oneida Shores: Bridget Lichtinger, Stacey Keefe and Mindy Lu Gaffney, Oneidashores@cnytriathlon

Open Water Swims: Sam Sampere

As stated above, in the event of cancellations due to inclement weather, an announcement will be made on Facebook. The only people who can cancel a site are Mike Gasparek, Eric Prager, Tom Stearns, Pete Winkler, Bridget Lichtinger, Stacey Keefe, Mindy Lu Gaffney, Sam Sampere or Maura Donovan. If someone other than those individuals cancels a site it is purely a rumor.

For our new members and those individuals who are new to the sport of triathlon, don’t be nervous; take advantage of theWednesday Night Trainings and ask questions. We are a club, we are team and we are friends. We are here to support one another and to help each other succeed.

Be safe and aware on the roads and happy training!

Maura DonovanPresident

Training Opportunities

Mark Your Calendars

Green Lakes State Park 

500M-800M. You MUST wear a wetsuit at Green Lakes. Meet at the Boathouse.

Saturday, May 31 , 9 a.m. Check in no later than 8:45 a.m.

Saturday, July 5, 9 a.m. Check in no later than 8:45 a.m.

Sunday Twilight Swim, August 3, 7 p.m. Check in no later than6:30 p.m.

Jamesville Beach County Park 

2000M/1.2 mile. You must be able to swim this distance to participate in this OWS. Park in the upper parking lot.

Saturday, June 14, 8 a.m. Check in no later than 7:45 a.m.

Saturday, July 12, 8 a.m. Check in no later than 7:45 a.m.

Find details on our website.   

Joint Ride with Onondaga Cycle Club and CNYTriathlon ClubJamesville Beach County Park

Saturday, June 14, 9 a.m. (following the open water swim)
There will be two distances: 22 miles or 56 miles on the Syracuse 70.3 course.
Cost is $20, which includes the ride, lunch and some other fun prizes along the way

May Board Meeting
The May Board meeting will take place on Monday, May 12, from 7:15 to 8:30 PM at the Winter Training Facility at Shoppingtown Mall.
Future meetings will take place on the 2nd Monday of the month from 7:15 to 8:30 PM at the Winter Training Facility at Shoppingtown Mall.  If you are interested in attending, please contact the Board at executiveboard@cnytriathlon.org.

Cazenovia Triathlon

The club is busy preparing for the 14th Annual Cazenovia Triathlon, to be raced on Sunday August 10, 2014. We would love your involvement either as a participant or a volunteer. Race and volunteer details can be found at www.cazenoviatriathlon.org. Check back frequently for updates.

 

View overlooking Oneida Lake from the top of Ridge Rd. on the Caz Tri bike course.

 

If you have questions regarding the race, please contact Sam at cazdirector@cnytriathlon.org.

Triathlon Training Camp

Training Opportunities From The Right Fit
Women’s Overnight Beginners’ Triathlon Retreat 

June 27-28
To be held at the Tailwater Lodge in Altmar, N.Y., 45 minutes from Syracuse. All-inclusive retreat includes great meals, triathlon workshops, skill sessions, open water swimming, yoga and even a two-hour fly fishing lesson on the Salmon River.
  

Open Water Swim Clinics

Jamesville Beach County Park

Beginners’ Guide to Conquering the Swim. Aimed at beginners or less experienced swimmers. Capped at 16 participants per class.
Open Water Swim Skills. Aimed at athletes looking to improve their open water swimming. Perfect also for those doing the 70.3. Capped at 20 participants per class.

 

Member Profile

Name: Mary Ryan

 

 

Tell us about yourself. I have resided in the village of North Syracuse since 1988 with my husband, Shawn. We have three daughters ages 22, 20 and 18, and one son age 16. I have been an Exceptional Education teacher for 30 years. My life has been centered on young people. I have been active in the schools I have taught in, church and community with emphasis on many years of service to Girl Scouts. I absolutely love to be outside and take every opportunity I can to be there.

 

How long have you been involved in Triathlon and what made you take it up? I had never heard of triathlons until 2010. A PE teacher at one of the schools I taught at told me about triathlons and that piqued my interest right away! I have been active my whole life and have enjoyed all three sports. In my formative years it was simply play, yet as a high school student I became competitive and was on swim team and track, events which are totally different than any triathlon leg. In 2010, I learned of Iron Girl and thought what better way to put my love of all three sports together than to sign up for the event and train for it! I learned of the CNY Tri Club and became a member, taking advantage of the Wednesday evening spring and summer training sessions at Oneida Shores. I didn’t know a soul nor had any clue of what to do. The people within our club are phenomenal and sooo supportive that I felt very comfortable growing into my training and tri-ing different triathlons. I have made many friends through the club and met many others during events. I believe it is one of the best things that has ever happened in my life!

Who is your hero? My dad. He has taught me so many things! He is the kindest, hardest working person I have ever known. I grew up with five brothers close in age (God bless my mom). She remained at home taking care of all the household tasks while my dad worked several miles away as a steamfitter in construction. When there was work it was very good but sometimes things got tight. My dad’s work ethic and devotion to family are astounding. He has a keen sense of nature and would spend hours with my brothers and myself walking through the woods behind our home telling us all about the animals, fauna and forest wonderland. During the hot summers he would take us to the beach or the local pond on Fort Drum to swim. His dedication to and appreciation of the little things in life, with the most congenial attitude, make him my hero for all his life stories he has gone through.

 

What is your athletic background? I believe I was born to move! I have difficulty remaining motionless. I am a bit adventurous and like to challenge my skills. I swam in high school with the backstroke as my event. I was a team member for track and field in high school with the 880 relay and 220 sprint being my running events with discus and high jump as my field events. (Those of us of a certain age will remember running these distances before the advent of the metric system.)

What are your triathlon strengths and weaknesses? My strength in triathlon is my passion for all three legs. I absolutely love each sport although I am not good at any of them. I thought that running was my weakest so I have tried very hard the last year to improve that. My time has not really improved although it certainly has helped my endurance. There is just so much technique involved in each leg, far different than anything I have ever experienced, that even with my swim and running background there simply is no comparison.

 

What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most? My first triathlon was Iron Girl 2010. I remember the empowerment that this event gave to beginner triathletes like me to complete three physical events and the sense of accomplishment that it gave me to venture forth to give back by volunteering at other tris and expand my races with the knowledge that support is available through the tri community.

 

What is your favorite race and why? This is a hard question because each tri I have completed has been fabulous for so many reasons but I must admit that Henderson Harbor is my favorite because it is in my beloved North Country on beautiful Lake Ontario. Moreover, community service and support are very important to me and I love most of all that this event supports Credo and the Watertown Children’s Home.

 

What was your worst race and why? My worst race was Delta Lake in 2013. I experienced very poor sportsmanship on the swim. My leg was actually pulled and tugged on to pull me back and I was also dunked next to a buoy by other swimmers. Fortunately I love to swim but this set off my race; I also had a new bike and was new to clipping in and out. The event itself is fantastic; however, my experience for that particular day was not.


What races are on your race calendar for 2014? 
My first race is Oswego followed by the swim leg of the Syracuse 70.3. I also have Henderson, Gillie Girl and Cazenovia on my race list. I am currently registered for the new sprint Incredoubleman in Sackets Harbor in September but if things go well for me I may bump up to my first 70.3.

 

What are this year’s goals? I plan on riding 62 miles for Tour de Cure and the swim leg of the 70.3. If all goes well I would like to do my first 70.3. I would also like to run my first full marathon–I am registered for the Empire State Marathon.

 

In five years you hope to … : Keep going strong, God willing.

 

Something most people don’t know about you. I have a twin brother.

 

What triathlon has taught you. Have faith in your skills and trust in your training.

 

CNY Tri on the Podium

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About the CNY Tri Club
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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 in January 2000 to bring together people in the Central New York area to strengthen and advance the sport of triathlon, promote the educational pursuit of thetriathlon and general physical fitness, represent the sport of triathlon within the community, and to publish and disseminate information related to the sport of triathlon.

A Note from the Editor…

If any club member would like to contribute to our newsletter or help in editing and arranging it each month, contact me at newsletter <at> cnytriathlon.org

 

Molly English-Bowers
Publisher & Editor
CNY Triathlon Club, Inc.

P.O. Box 434
DeWitt, New York 13214
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April 2014 : issue 62

Sunday, April 6th, 2014
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CNY Triathlon Club Newsletter
CNY Triathlon Club, Inc. | P.O. Box 434 | Dewitt, NY 13214
www.cnytriathlon.org 
April 2014 – Issue 61
In This Issue
Cazenovia Triathlon
Trash Talk
Member Orientation
Triathlon Training Camp
Member Profile
Article Headline
Quick Links

Board Meeting
Our new meeting schedule is as follows:

 

2nd Monday of each month from7:00 to 8:15 PM at the WTF.
If you are interested in attending, please contact a board member directly or email the board at executiveboard <at>cnytriathlon.org
We would love to have you participate!

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Letter from the President 
Dear CNY Triathlon Club Members, 

Spring is that you?  Are you here?  Happy Spring Everyone!!

 

The Winter Training Facility has closed for the 2013/2014 season.  I would like to thank our volunteer coaches for their countless hours leading our spin and yoga classes.  Thank you to Sam Sampere, Lisa Baker, Rich O’Neil, Helene Roth Schmid, Eric Bansbach, Steven Plante, Dave Knaebel and Sean Severance for all of your help and assistance.  If it wasn’t for them we would just have a space filled with bike trainers!  And a special thank you to Bridget Lichtinger and Sam for your help in keeping us organized as WTF managers.

 

This past winter the WTF had a bit of a makeover when we installed eight (8) computrainers.  These items have been on the CNY Triathlon Club’s wish list for quite a while.  And with the help of one of our club members we were able to purchase them this year.  A special shout out to Ben “The Bike Lawyer” Rabin for his generous donation is helping us obtain these items.  Now that they we have gone through one season with the trainers we are hoping to be able to host more ride times with the computrainers next year.  For those of you who are like me and are holding out hope that someday we will have some endless pools…don’t hold your breath!  I think I will have to purchase a few more lottery tickets!

 

Mark your calendars the Wednesday Night Trainings (WNT) will begin on Wednesday, May 7th at all three locations, Jamesville, Oneida Shores and Gillie Lake. For the month of May our WNT will be duathlon trainings and on June 4th 

we will begin the triathlon trainings.  All sites begin training at 6 PM, but check in begins at 5:15.

 

Our WNT are a unique opportunity we offer to our club membership.   The only reason they work and can continue is due to our volunteers.  Our volunteers are club members who sacrifice a night of training in order to volunteer.  Everyone in this club is equal; no one is better or less than the triathlete next to them.  We are not a club of professionals we are all amateurs and we are all successful because we have each other.

 

With that being said I strongly encourage everyone to take one night this summer and volunteer at one of the three sites.  If you volunteer right now you can add it to your calendar and that day can be scheduled into your training as a rest day or you can train in the morning.  Why should the same people volunteer?  Why should the same people give up their training?

 

Once the WNT begin we will be checking our volunteer list on a weekly basis.  If we do not have enough volunteers at any site, ALL training sites will be canceled and no one will train that day.  We are one club and we are one team!  We are only as strong as our weakest link.  We need each other in order to succeed!! PLEASE VOLUNTEER.

 

The CNY Triathlon club will also be offering several open water swims through the summer and new this year we will be offering “no drop” rides on the Cazenovia Triathlon course.  For those of you who don’t know a “no drop” ride is, we have a leader in the front and a cyclist in the back making sure everyone stays on the course.  No one is left behind.  Also it doesn’t matter your speed or ability you will not be alone on the course!  We encourage everyone to join these rides.  It really is a beautiful course!  Stay tuned for dates and more information.

 

Finally we have scheduled two new member orientation dates Thursday, April 24th 6:30 – 7:30 PM or Sunday, April 27th 11 -12 PM at the WTF.

We strongly encourage all new members and/or those new to triathlons to join us at one of these orientation nights.  We will share information about the club, discuss safety regarding training and general knowledge about triathlons.

 

I look forward to seeing everyone at the Wednesdays!  Happy Training!

 

Maura Donovan

President

March Board Meeting
The April Board meeting will take place on Monday, April 14 from 7:15 to 8:30 PM at the Winter Training Facility at Shoppingtown Mall.
Future meetings will take place on the 2nd Monday of the month from 7:15 to 8:30 PM at the Winter Training Facility at Shoppingtown Mall.  If you are interested in attending, please contact the Board at executiveboard@cnytriathlon.org.

Cazenovia Triathlon

The club is busy preparing for the 14th Annual Cazenovia Triathlon, to be raced on Sunday August 10, 2014. We would love your involvement either as a participant or a volunteer. Race and volunteer details can be found at www.cazenoviatriathlon.org. Check back frequently for updates.

 

View overlooking Oneida Lake from the top of Ridge Rd. on the Caz Tri bike course.

 

If you have questions regarding the race, please contact Sam at cazdirector@cnytriathlon.org.

Trash Talk

Trashman

The Spring 2014 edition of the Trashman will be held on Saturday, April 26 at Jamesville Beach.  The Trashman is our club public service project. We will clean up the trash on the side of Apulia Road and show our appreciation for the patience the Jamesville area residents show us during our summer Wednesday night training. Of course, we will have to ride or run after an hour of trash picking. 70.3 course, anyone? Twenty mile option? We will gather in the first parking lot past the payment booth at 9:15 AM on April 26th The Trashman is held, rain or shine.

 

Questions? Contact Tom Stern at sbr19tri@yahoo.com or Trashman@cnytriathlon.org.

Member Orientation

We will be holding orientation for members on Wednesday, April 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 27, from 11:00 am-12:00 pm at the WTF. Please plan on attending especially if you are new to the club. We are looking forward to meeting you!

Triathlon Training Camp

Member Profile

Name:  Molly English-Bowers

 

Tell us about yourself.  I am a mother and step-mother to five children. You’ve probably all seen my husband, Charlie Bowers, taking a ton of photos at all my races. His support is vital. For 13 years I was the editor of the Syracuse New Times. Last March I was hired to be the Communications Director at Service Employees International Union Local 200United, based here in Syracuse. I enjoy reading and watching movies, laughing at Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart, and being outside as much as possible. I am currently seeking a seat on the Liverpool Library board of trustees, so if any of you live in the Liverpool School District and are registered to vote, please consider signing my petition!

 

How long have you been involved in triathlon and what made you take it up?  My first triathlon was in 2009. After suffering a broken foot in 2007, and struggling to regain my marathon form, I decided to give multi-sport a tri (haha). Always a planner, and one to not rush things, I got into the pool in August 2008 for my June 2009 triathlon. I knew how to swim, just not well-I needed those 10 months to prepare. Marathoners tend to be macho, so I was dismayed when I barely made it a lap. Now I enjoy swimming almost as much as running, almost.

 

Who is your hero? I will mention three: Kathrine Switzer. She had the nerve to run the Boston Marathon in 1967 when women weren’t allowed. She broke through a huge barrier, and made it possible for women everywhere to compete in marathon. Joan Benoit Samuelson is another. She won the first Olympic marathon women were allowed to compete in (in 1984). And finally, Deena Kastor, U.S. record holder in the marathon and half-marathon. Girls who run today owe these three a boatload of respect.

 

What is your athletic background? I have a brother who is four years older than me, so I was a tomboy-jumping out of trees, playing baseball, trying to keep up. In high school (when it wasn’t that cool for girls) I tried basketball, volleyball and softball. Interestingly, I hated track, mostly because of the coach. I started running in college to lose 10 pounds and have been running ever since.

 

What are your triathlon strengths and weaknesses? I am mediocre on the bike. I don’t know if it’s me or the bike. It’s likely both. A lot of the problem is lack of time to ride for half a day on the weekend. I am saving for a new bike, which I hope to purchase at the end of the 2014 season. I am a strong runner (though not as fast as I used to be). I keep working on transitions, especially getting the wetsuit off faster in T-1. There is always something to work on in triathlon, which is a big reason I enjoy the sport so much-you never get bored.

 

What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most? Keuka Sprint Triathlon, June 2009. I remember being scared shitless for the swim. But mostly I remember such a feeling of accomplishment crossing that finish line. I asked my husband, “When can I do one of these again?” I was hooked. A bonus was a surprise third-place age group finish because of a penalty to a fellow competitor.

 

What is your favorite race and why? This is a tough one. So as not to offend any of the local race directors, I will say Steelhead 70.3, in Benton Harbor, Mich., in 2012. The swim in Lake Michigan was surprisingly calm, and I didn’t really care much for the bike (bad roads) and run (ugly scenery). But, my sister was there, as were my aunt and uncle, along with my husband and one stepdaughter. Seeing a small portion of my large, scattered family at the finish line makes this race my fave.

 

What was your worst race and why? I honestly don’t believe in a “worst race:” they’re all good! I guess my worst race was the one I didn’t compete in. The night before the Delta Sprint in 2009, I had placed my ID in a pair of running shoes I wound up not taking. I realized it when we were at the Canastota Thruway exit, turned around and went back to bed. The race took place in a downpour, so I guess I didn’t miss much, but I learned a valuable lesson.

 

What races are on your race calendar for 2014? I like to mix things up geographically, and I like to stay realistic. In addition to running races scattered throughout 2014, my tri calendar looks like this: Du the Lakes Duathlon, Oswego Sprint, Delta Olympic, Cayuga Olympic and, my A race, Incredoubleman-a sprint on Saturday and a 70.3 on Sunday. That should be interesting!

 

What are this year’s goals? I hope to have saved enough money for a new bike. I also intend to finish the Harrisburg Marathon in a respectable time. The triathlons are just gravy for me, and while I work like crazy to do well, finishing is the real goal.

 

In five years you hope to … : Have completed my first (and likely last) 140.6. While my family is uber-supportive of the time training takes, in five years one child will be left at home (and she will be a teenager) and then I can really focus on the distance.

 

Something most people don’t know about you: I am a terrible public speaker, so don’t ask me to talk to a group. I always tell myself, “You have finished three 70.3 triathlons and four marathons; you can do this!” But I can’t.

 

What triathlon has taught you: Never, ever give up. No one cares if you walk some of the run portion. No one cares if you’re the last person to finish. Someone will be there at the chute to welcome you back.

CNY Tri on the Podium

Podium

If you want to be recognized for your podium finish, please send details tonewsletter@cnytriathlon.org.

About the CNY Tri Club
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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 in January 2000 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 to publish and disseminate information related to the sport of triathlon.

A Note from the Editor…

If any club member would like to contribute to our newsletter or help in editing and arranging it each month, contact me at newsletter <at> cnytriathlon.org

 

Molly English-Bowers
Publisher & Editor
CNY Triathlon Club, Inc.

P.O. Box 434
Dewitt, New York 13214
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March 2014 : issue 61

Monday, March 3rd, 2014
CNY Triangle Logo
CNY Triathlon Club Newsletter
CNY Triathlon Club, Inc. | P.O. Box 434 | Dewitt, NY 13214
www.cnytriathlon.org 
March 2014 – Issue 61
In This Issue
Cazenovia Triathlon
Member Profile
CNY Tri on the Podium
Quick Links

Board Meeting
Our new meeting schedule is as follows:

 

2nd Monday of each month from7:00 to 8:15 PM at the WTF.
If you are interested in attending, please contact a board member directly or email the board at executiveboard <at>cnytriathlon.org
We would love to have you participate!

Club Discounts
Advanced Cyclery

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Letter from the President 
Dear CNY Triathlon Club Members,

 

As the wind blows outside, the snow is flying, and the temperature reading is 2 degrees, I dream about warmer temperatures.  I am sure I am not alone.  Don’t get me wrong, I do love winter but this winter has taken its toll.  Riding the bike for countless hours on the trainer and running to nowhere on the treadmill makes me long for Summer time training.

 

The Winter Training Facility (WTF) will be closing at the end of March.  However, don’t lose hope because summer training is just around the corner.  The CNY Triathlon Club has many things planned for the summer starting with the

Wednesday Night Trainings which will begin on May 7th. 
Training will begin with the duathlons and, on June 4th,
the triathlons will start.  The sights are the same as last year: Jamesville, Gillie Lake and Oneida Shores.

 

 

The CNY Triathlon Club will also be hosting open swims at Jamesville Beach and Green Lakes.  However, this year we have something new in store: no drop rides on the Cazenovia Triathlon course.  These rides will happen throughout the summer and will help with everyone’s training as you get ready for the Cazenovia Triathlon!  The course is challenging but doable and has some of the best views in Central New York.  These rides on the course will only help you as you compete against the clock!

 

Now, isn’t everyone looking forward to the summer now?!?!

 

Stay warm,

Maura Donovan

President

March Board Meeting
The March Board meeting will take place on Monday, March 10 from 7:15 to 8:30 PM at the Winter Training Facility at Shoppingtown Mall.
Future meetings will take place on the 2nd Monday of the month from 7:15 to 8:30 PM at the Winter Training Facility at Shoppingtown Mall.  If you are interested in attending, please contact the Board at

executiveboard@cnytriathlon.org.

Renew Your Membership Today!

Has your membership expired?  Memberships run fromJanuary 1 to December 31, so if you haven’t renewed yet, head over to our website to register again.

To renew your membership go to http://cnytriathlon.org/membership/

End of the Season at the WTF is Fast Approaching
The Winter Training Facility CLOSES  for the season on

Monday, March 31.
Members MUST take their bikes home no later than March 31.  
Keep in mind, if any bikes are left after the 31st, we cannot guarantee when a pick-up can be arranged.

Cazenovia Triathlon

The club is busy preparing for the 14th Annual Cazenovia Triathlon, to be raced on Sunday August 10, 2014. We would love your involvement either as a participant or a volunteer. Race and volunteer details can be found at www.cazenoviatriathlon.org. Check back frequently for updates.

 

View overlooking Oneida Lake from the top of Ridge Rd. on the Caz Tri bike course.

 

We’d like to welcome Polar as a new sponsor to the event. We are raffling off a Polar RS300X heart rate monitor. Just register before midnight on St. Patrick’s Day to earn an entry.

 

If you have questions regarding the race, please contact Sam at cazdirector@cnytriathlon.org.

Member Profile

Name:  Daniel C. Wnorowski, MD MBA

Tell us about yourself. 

I am 56 years old, married to Marybeth, with three adult children: Amelia, Nick and Hannah. I have been fortunate enough to be an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports med, and knee and shoulder. I have been tested with some health challenges during the past three years, which have not been too bad as I have been lucky enough to be able to carry on with work, training and competing, and life in general, despite two distinct rare cancers requiring surgery and chemotherapy. The unwavering support of my terrific family, wonderful friends and colleagues and the goal-oriented mentality of Triathlon has kept me focused and positive, despite this “inconvenience”.

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

I began in 2009, at Green Lakes. I clearly remember watching an Ironman on TV many years ago and thinking that it would be impossible for me, especially the swim. How could I ever swim 2.4 miles?  No way. But I like challenges. I would guess I have now done about 30 events, including my first Ironman last summer. It was possible after all, and it was very gratifying.

Who is your Hero? 

My wife Beth is my hero. She has stood by me through all the peaks and valleys of 35 years together, raised three wonderful children while I mostly worked and played, and supported my adventurous spirit. I am so lucky.

What is your athletic background?

Mostly endurance sports and activities. I always loved biking, skiing and climbing. My dad planted my climbing roots, and this turned into a big passion for me. Starting in the Adirondacks, I have been fortunate enough to progress to some wonderful big climbs all over the world, meeting great people along the way. I have been witness to some tragedies and miracles on many climbs and consider myself to be a very lucky person to have had such unique experiences.

What are your Triathlon strengths and weaknesses?

I have worked really hard since my first Tri, the Green Lakes sprint in 2009, when I finished the swim in 25 minutes plus, good enough for 266th place out of 266 finishers for the swim. I remember all the bike racks being empty in the parking lot! I sucked it up and took lessons and had tremendous help from some very key people like Bill Houser and Amy Klein, and turned this debut eye-opener into a reasonable 81 minute effort for the swim at the 2013 Lake Placid Ironman. It felt great to have come so far. I love working on the swim. My bike has always been very solid, thanks mainly to my Dante’s pals, road bike racing, and the Bumps Hillclimb Series. I need to rediscover my running past to be complete, having done some reasonable marathons 20 years ago.

What is your favorite race and why? 

2013 LPIM. I cannot wait to repeat the effort in 2014 with the benefit of lessons learned from last year. My second favorite was Burlington, the day after a bike hillclimb race up Mt. Washington, what a great weekend that was!

What was your worst race and why?   

Last year’s Finger Lakes Tri, flatted in the first mile with no spare. (Never recall ever flatting in any prior Tri, so why bring a spare?) What a lesson. I walked back to my hotel. DNF, first and only, after 30-some races. The Finger Lakes Triathlon had no Bike Loft East type race support. Always carry a spare!

What races are on your race calendar for 2014?

As six months of my current chemotherapy regimen and it’s side effects allow: maybe Lake Effect HM, Syr HM, The Goat, Fly By Night, Green Lakes, Coop Tri, Oswego Tri, Syr 70.3, LPIM, Skan Weekend, and FLT with a spare tire. I was lucky to be able to do seven races in 2011 while on a different chemo regimen. The first mile of the 2011 Syr. 70.3 run seemed an eternity, and Barker Hill like Mt. Washington. One step at a time…

What are this year’s goals?  

Finish LPIM faster than last year, with Double Dante’s third attempt only four weeks later. Yikes!

 

In five years you hope to … :

Be breathing.

 

 

Something most people don’t know about you:  

I was a marginal dancer, so I took lessons for Amelia’s wedding dad-daughter dance last summer. We did great for 2:42: Dylan’s “Forever Young”, but I really wish it lasted at least as long as that first Tri swim in 2009.

What Triathlon has taught me:  BALANCE in the sport, as in life, whether training or racing, is absolutely essential. Pace yourself, and be patient. Take care of yourself, especially in the 70.3 and IM distances: eat, drink, and ration your energy. Take what the day gives you, learn from your mistakes, work on your weaknesses, and always Tri harder.

CNY Tri on the Podium

Podium

If you want to be recognized for your podium finish, please send details tonewsletter@cnytriathlon.org.

About the CNY Tri Club
CNYTriLogoNY
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 in January 2000 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 to publish and disseminate information related to the sport of triathlon.

A Note from the Editor…

If any club member would like to contribute to our newsletter or help in editing and arranging it each month, contact me at newsletter <at> cnytriathlon.org

 

Debbie Sindone
Publisher & Editor
CNY Triathlon Club, Inc.

P.O. Box 434
Dewitt, New York 13214
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