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May 2015 : issue 74

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

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CNY TRI CLUB
Newsletter
May 2015
From the President
Dear Members,

 

Weeknight Training season is fast approaching so I wanted to take a moment to go over a few housekeeping items:

 

It has been suggested over the past few years to have training on different nights as a way to help attract more volunteers. The idea is if a member can train on one night, they can volunteer for the next night. We are testing it out this season. Jamesville has changed to Tuesday nights (starting May 19). Gillie Lake (starting May 20) and Oneida Shores (starting May 20) will stay on Wednesday nights because these are the most heavily populated sites and we need to split up the members so not to overrun one.

 

  • You must be a current member to participate in Weeknight Training.
  • Weeknight Training starts promptly at 6 p.m. (sign-in starts at 5:15 p.m.)
  • Weeknight Training sites must be fully staffed with volunteers. If there are not enough volunteers the practice will be cancelled.
  • WEATHER CANCELLATION POLICY: If a site is going to cancel before 4 p.m. due to bad weather, we will send out an email and post an announcement on the club’s Facebook page and Google group. If we have to cancel AFTER 4 p.m. it will be an on-site decision. Only the following people will announce a cancellation–if it doesn’t come from any of these individuals, it is a rumor–Tom Stern, Sam Sampere, Ken Geary, Lari Jimerson, Mike Gasparek, Eric Prager and Bridget Lichtinger.
  • Please review the rules and course for each site prior to the opening of Weeknight Training.  All information can be found on the club’s website underClub Training.
  • VOLUNTEER! Our club is organized and run by a volunteers (myself and the other board members included). The club programs are only sustainable if members pull together to volunteer at least once during the season. Take a moment to look at the volunteer spreadsheet and sign up in advance to volunteer for ONE night this season.

Train safe! Train hard!

 

Bridget Lichtinger
President

 

Next Board Meeting: Monday, May 11, 6 p.m., WTF
Open Water Swims
You MUST be a current member to participate and only 100 spots are available for each swim. Sign-ups will open a week prior to OWS date.

 

Green Lakes (sprint distance) – wetsuit REQUIRED
June 7, 2015
July 11, 2015
Twilight Swim – August 1, 2015

 

Jamesville Beach (1.2 or 2.4 miles) Endurance Swim. Participants MUST be able to swim the distance.
July 18, 2015

 

Are you interested in getting intimately involved in the Ironman experience but not ready to race? Here is an AWESOME way to both learn and help: become an escort for the Ironman pros. That’s right, your “volunteer” spot can be riding your bike just ahead of the top pro men and women during the run portion of Syracuse 70.3. Interested in details? Contact Ben Rabin, lead organizer for these volunteer spots, at:bikehelp@me.com.
Tri PT by Troy

A new feature this month will bring training and injury prevention advice to Tri Club members. If you have any questions for Troy, please contact the editor at newsletter@cnytriathlon.org and I will pass them along.

 

Hi everyone! I’m Troy Andrews, a Physical Therapist that specializes in Sports Rehab, Corrective Exercise and Sports Performance. I will be contributing to the CNY TRI Club newsletter giving insight, professional advice and insider information on topics involving training, injury prevention and injury rehab. I work at Mary Lou Corcoran Physical Therapy in Fayetteville.

 

Some of you may have already seen me as patients or at sports performance sessions. And if you’re on Facebook you know my wife, Meredith, is my biggest fan. I have been working with athletes in some way, shape or form for over 30 years. During my experiences working with athletes at all levels of competition, I found key areas that are ignored or do not get addressed properly at all levels of competition. This left many athletes injury prone, frustrated and never able to reach their true athletic potential.

 

I want to share this knowledge with you and help you reach your true potential. Yeah, it sounds like an infomercial, but bear with me: I have some really great information to share with you. I have been told I have a unique approach and philosophy when addressing and understanding athletes and their issues. My ideas are simple but effective and focus on helping the athlete address the neuromuscular connection between their body and sports.

 

My first topic is “How should I warm up?”

 

I am always asked this question. Many say light cardio and dynamic stretching. Some go old school and do static stretching or calisthenics. Most of the patients and clients I see don’t do anything or just do stuff they learned somewhere because you’re supposed to do something, right? By warming up I will prevent injury and perform better, right?

Well my answer is …. YES! You are supposed to warm up, but the type of warmup depends on the athlete’s body and the sport/activity to be performed. The athlete should first identify the major joints, muscles and movement patterns that are used during the sport they are about to perform, then identify the limitations or issues his or her body may have in these areas.

The warmup can be very specific and may be short in duration, but should prepare you for proper form and movement involved in the activity. Not identifying your body’s tendencies can lead to poor performance, injury and chronic issues.

When you are at a race you will always see the elite athletes doing various warmup exercises, at different speeds and for different lengths of time. Why don’t they all do the same thing to warm up? They’re all doing the same event. It’s because they know what to address to make their body be ready to perform at its best for that event.

 

There is a reason to warm up differently for each different event. But what if you are doing a triathlon or strength training? Helping you identify your body’s tendencies, how it affects training/performance and getting a proper warmup are topics I will address in future columns.

 

Update: Cazenovia Triathlon

We are excited to be back for the 15th annual Cazenovia Triathlon. Some things to keep an eye out for in 2015 are the addition of the Rabin Law Firm CNY Championship Wave, a club/team incentive program, a legacy program, and the addition of an Intermediate Relay. These are all on top of the great race we have come to love.

 

If you are part of any triathlon club, we have a treat for you: We are starting a club/team incentive where all teams/clubs with five or more athletes will receive a tent space at the finish line and a gift bag full of locally made products. In addition, any team of 10 or more will receive their own rack space within transition so you can be with your friends and training partners.

 

We are also introducing a Legacy Program for athletes who have raced the Caz Tri seven or more times. This Legacy Program will have lots of incentives as well, such as a one-of-a-kind Caz Tri quarter zip long sleeve pullover.

 

Be sure to join us August 23 in Cazenovia for our 15th year; it promises to be a great one!

 

Registration is open.

 

The date has changed to August 23 to allow those racing Ironman Lake Placid and Iron Girl Syracuse plenty of time to rest and recover as well as helping extend the race season a bit further toward the fall.

 

Out 2015 goal is to make it all about the athletes and bring back what made us fall in love with about the sport of triathlon. We are bringing back the race t-shirts, offering finisher medals for all of those who cross that finish line, and so much more. We have also changed our registration service to cut the cost on processing fees.

 

2015 also offers an exciting new race with the Intermediate Relay. Just like the sprint relay, athletes can race the intermediate distance in two- or three-person teams.

 

CazenoviaTriathlon.org 

or

facebook.com/CazenoviaTriathlon

 

Registration can be found at:

 

Good luck with your upcoming training and we hope to see you in August.

 

Onondaga Cycling Club Syracuse 70.3 Ride
Saturday, May 30
Ride of the Syracuse 70.3 course and enjoy a picnic afterwards. To register for the event and get additional details, go to trireg.com/occ-ironman-703-warmup. Although it says that it is an Ironman warmup, this is not a race.
There is a 22-mile option, not to mention a bunch of our rides go by here, so make up one of your own. There will be ice cream at the DeRuyter General store, which is at the halfway mark for those of you doing the 70.3 option. Also, there will be food and fun back at the park. Here is link to the map for the ride:
onondagacyclingclub.org/maps/pdf/JamRes1-fondo-loop.pdf 

Feeling lucky? OCC will be holding a few raffles with prizes from local bike shops. So don’t miss the fun all for only $20. Register today to avoid the $10 day-of late fee.
Ask the Coach

I hope you are enjoying our new feature, Ask the Coach. Members are urged to submit questions to newsletter@ cnytriclub.org. The editor will then forward the question to that month’s coach. I hope this feature will provide valuable information as well as help you get to know the triathlon resources available in our area. This month’s coach is Kristen Roe.
I have completed seven 7.03s, and think it’s time to take the leap to a full Ironman. What do I need to think about?
First I have to say that I chuckled with the question because most athletes who come to me for Ironman coaching have either: never done a triathlon, or have done one or two sprints and now want to do an Ironman. So if someone came to me and said this, I would hug them and say thank you for doing it the right way.
With that said, if you want to do an Ironman:
Step #1. Take a look at how many triathlons you have completed. Have you done all distances? Do a 70.3 first and see how you like it and iaf you n fit in the training. Ironman is no joke, the time needed to dedicate to training is a lot!
Step #2. Take a look at your calendar a year out from when you want to do your IM. Are there business trips, vacations, weddings, family commitments that will not allow you proper time to train? Most Ironman athletes will need upwards of 12 to 15 hours a week at least to train. Long rides and runs could take up your weekends anywhere from three to seven-plus hours. If you don’t have the time to commit and your family is not on board with it, then maybe you should save it for another time. If you do have the time then proceed to step #3.
 
Step #3. HIRE A COACH!!!!! This would be the smartest thing you could ever do. Worth every penny. It takes any guesswork out of what you should be doing and when! Having someone else think and plan for you takes away a lot of stress. You can ask as many questions as you’d like and get a straight answer from someone who understands you and knows your training plan vs. having to Google it and get a million different answers. I happen to know a very good coach specializing in Ironman distance!
Step #4. Pick an Ironman course that you think will suit your strengths and weaknesses. I know that a lot of people jump into Ironman Lake Placid because it’s so close and so many people from the area do it, so it feels like a local race. In my opinion, Lake Placid is the granddaddy of them all (besides Kona). It is magical there, but if you’re not a good climber, maybe it’s not the one for you. Your coach will have a good idea of race venues and can help you choose one that is right for you. You want this to be a positive experience, right?
Step #5. Remember, we do this for fun and for a challenge. We are all something else besides triathletes. Don’t lose sight of that. We all know the life of a triathlete can be all consuming. The life of an IRONMAN triathlete is 10x that!
Step #6. When you do cross that Ironman finish line hold your hands up high and smile! That picture will one of your most prized possessions!
I have been doing triathlon for 20 years, coaching for 9-10 years. I have done 14 Ironman distance races including Kona twice (I qualified a third time but broke my hip on a training ride and couldn’t compete), a boatload of 70.3 distance including World Championships for 70.3 as well as a bunch of sprint and olympic distance tris. Two highlights were winning my age group at Ironman Florida in just over 10 hours and winning Chesapeake Man Iron Distance race. I have two kids, two dogs and a husband that keep me super busy along with co-owning T2 Multisport and race director for Du The Lakes Duathlon. I love love love the life of triathlon as it has opened many doors and has taken me on many adventures. I have a BS in Sport Fitness and Leisure Studies as well as a master’s in teaching. I worked for 12 years as an athletic trainer at two different universities before getting into personal training and then multisport coaching. I can be reached at Kristen@T2Multisport.com.
MEMBER PROFILE
Due to circumstances beyond the editor’s control, there is no Athlete Profile this month. If any reader cares to volunteer his/herself for the June profile, please contact me at newsletter@cnytriathlon.org.
Discount for Tri Club Members

HITS Endurance is offering club members a 50% discount on registration to two of its summertime events, HITS North Country and HITS Kingston.

Located in Hague, HITS North Country is tucked away in the rugged Adirondacks, making it a perfect location for all Northeast area athletes. HITS North Country will be the set-ting for a breathtaking race unlike any other, beginning in scenic Hague and encompassing several local communities. Featuring one of the greatest open water swims in stunning Lake George, HITS North Country is a race to remember. Race weekend is June 27-28. Register here: http://hitstriathlonseries.com/hague-ny/

 

On July 11-12, head downstate for the inaugural HITS Kingston Triathlon.

Experience the splendor and beauty of the Hudson River, Ashokan Reservoir and Rondout Waterfront. You’ll be welcomed by warm weather, HITS’ knowledgeable tri staff and fellow athletes. Register here:  http://hitstriathlonseries.com/kingston-ny/

As an added challenge, all competitors who beat HITS race director Mark H. Wilson in the full distance race win a FREE entry to the full at HITS Kingston 2016.

 

Now for the best part: Members of the CNY Triathlon club will enjoy a 50% discount off of the base/full price for sprint, olympic, half and fll distances by using the codeCNYSAVES. The code will be good up to 30 days out from each event.

CNY Triathlon Club | Box 434 | Dewitt | NY | 13214

April 2015 : issue 73

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

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CNY TRI CLUB
Newsletter
April 2015
From the President

Dear Members,

We closed another season at the WTF (Winter Training Facility) with a bang, holding the Inaugural Spring Fling. The event was held in collaboration with the Onondaga Cycling Club to bring both clubs’ members together to have a little fun and kick-start the summer season (if summer ever gets here). I want to thank my partners at OCC and all the volunteers that helped make this event a huge success.

We also couldn’t have done it without the wonderful support of our local vendors that came out to the WTF: Bike Loft East, Bike Loft North, Healing Point Chiropractic and Acupuncture, InStride Sports, Rescue Mission, Saunacuse, Tranquility Massage, and Metta Massage. Also, thanks to Fleet Feet coaches for coming out and to Syracuse Bicycle for donating a $300 bike fit. And I can’t leave out our speakers: Sam Sampere, Ben Rabin, Kelly Covert and Adam Ruszkowski.

At the Spring Fling, I was asked a lot about the future of the WTF since the management at Shoppingtown Mall has sent in a proposal to tear down the Sears wing. As far as we know, we should be OK for another year in our current location. So, the WTF should be around for another season. YAY!

Bridget

President

CNY Triathlon Club

Next Board Meeting: Monday, April 13, 6 p.m., WTF

 

Trashman 2015

On Saturday, April 25, we will hold our annual Trashman event at Jamesville Beach.

The Trashman is our club’s annual effort as part of the Onondaga County Adopt-a- Roadway program. We donate about an hour of our time to pick up the trash that has accumulated along Apulia Road in Jamesville. As usual, the trash picking will be followed by some serious pedaling (optional).

Perhaps this will be your first opportunity to ride the Syracuse 70.3 bike course this year (Or your first time ever. Yikes! You will have company!). Or do a shorter, early season-friendly route of your choice, or run the 70.3 run course.

We’d like to do a good job of sprucing up Apulia Road as a way of thanking residents of the area for their patience with us during our Weeknight Trainings every summer, and, at the same time, clean up the beginning and end of the Syracuse 70.3 race bike and run course, too.

For more information, see http://cnytriathlon.org/volunteer/trashman-the/, or email Tom Stern, sbr19tri@yahoo.com. I hope to see many of you on April 25.

Check our Facebook page or Google group email for a start time about a week before the event.

Update: Cazenovia Triathlon

We are excited to be back for the 15th annual Cazenovia Triathlon. Some things to keep an eye out for in 2015 are the addition of the Rabin Law Firm CNY Championship Wave, a club/team incentive program, a legacy program, and the addition of an Intermediate Relay. These are all on top of the great race we have come to love.

If you are part of any triathlon club, we have a treat for you: We are starting a club/team incentive where all teams/clubs with five or more athletes will receive a tent space at the finish line and a gift bag full of locally made products. In addition, any team of 10 or more will receive their own rack space within transition so you can be with your friends and training partners.

We are also introducing a Legacy Program for athletes who have raced the Caz Tri seven or more times. This Legacy Program will have lots of incentives as well, such as a one-of-a-kind Caz Tri quarter zip long sleeve pullover.

Be sure to join us August 23 in Cazenovia for our 15th year; it promises to be a great one!

Registration is open.

The date has changed to August 23 to allow those racing Ironman Lake Placid and Iron Girl Syracuse plenty of time to rest and recover as well as helping extend the race season a bit further toward the fall.

Out 2015 goal is to make it all about the athletes and bring back what made us fall in love with about the sport of triathlon. We are bringing back the race t-shirts, offering finisher medals for all of those who cross that finish line, and so much more. We have also changed our registration service to cut the cost on processing fees.

2015 also offers an exciting new race with the Intermediate Relay. Just like the sprint relay, athletes can race the intermediate distance in two- or three-person teams.

CazenoviaTriathlon.org 

or

facebook.com/CazenoviaTriathlon

Registration can be found at:

 

Good luck with your upcoming training and we hope to see you in August.

Holistic Health Workshop
Dr. Sungwon D. Yoo is a New York State-licensed chiropractor and acupuncturist who specializes in spinal reconstruction combined with acupuncture. He combines both Western and Eastern holistic practices in one convenient location, Healing Point Chiropractic & Acupuncture in Fayetteville. This workshop will focus on a highly advanced, scientific and proven chiropractic technique which corrects and restores your spine back to alignment, called Chiropractics BioPhysics (CBP). Unlike regular chiropractic that mainly focuses on immediate pain relief, CBP goes one step further to also correct the source of the problem.

 

 

Please feel welcome to join us, along with guests, on Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to noon at the WTF in Shoppingtown Mall. Register at: http://conta.cc/1OQkgh4
Ask the Coach

I hope you are enjoying our new feature, Ask the Coach. Members are urged to submit questions to newsletter@ cnytriclub.org. The editor will then forward the question to that month’s coach. I hope this feature will provide valuable information as well as help you get to know the triathlon resources available in our area. This month’s coach is Ed Ten Eyck.
I have read that nutrition is the fourth discipline of triathlon. What do you tell your athletes about proper eating habits? Do you believe in any sort of specialized diet–Paleo, clean eating? 
Nutrition is the fourth discipline because, with all the training in the world, if your diet is off then you can miss out on your goal time, DNF or worse. I am a believer in not dieting but following a natural food/minimally processed lifestyle. A lot of the “diets” out there are geared toward short-term modifications to macronutrient intake to achieve a look or weight.

 

At the same time, tell me about nutrition/fueling for race day. What sorts of foods do you suggest athletes eat during the course of the race? 

 

Race day fueling will vary from athlete to athlete and will be based on the length of the event. Someone who is doing a sprint or Olympic distance doesn’t need a five-day carb load plan. For race day there are no changes made in “practice” scenarios. I will have my athletes do practice meal plans and race day nutrition to see how the body responds. Generally speaking most athletes will be consuming a combination of solids, gels and liquid calories and electrolytes during the event. All foods consumed during the race will be low fiber and easy to digest. I am a fan of Infinit nutrition because you can have your formula. Solid food is very tough for some athletes based on how hard they are pushing themselves. That’s where Gu or Powerbar gels work great.

What sort of supplements, if any, do you recommend for your athletes? Why do you recommend what you do?

I only suggest electrolytes because part of racing is making sure you are replenishing your lost electrolytes.
Ed Ten Eyck is part owner of T2Multisport and has been racing duathlon as part of Team USA for the last 3 years. He has a BS in exercise science from SUNY Cortland and is a personal trainer at Gold’s Gym in DeWitt.

 

MEMBER PROFILE

Jeffrey Heim

 

Tell us about yourself. I am currently working as a traffic signal technician for the City of Syracuse. I am orginally from the Buffalo suburb Cheektowaga (aka cheektovegas). I moved to Syracuse in 2001 after I got out of the Navy in which I was enlisted as an Aviation Electronics Technician.

How long have you been involved in triathlon and what made you take it up? I started triathlon four years ago. I have always weight trained and I wanted a change and a new fitness challenge.

 

Who is your hero? I have no one hero. Heroes walk among us every day. When you meet them and hear their story you just know they are.

 

What is your athletic background? Many years of weight lifting but I didn’t play sports in school. I’m making up for it now…lol.

What are your triathlon strengths and weaknesses? That’s hard to say. Each race has brought me a new challenge. I used to think my swimming was my strongest at first but my bike suffered so I focused more on bike last season but then my swim times suffered……it’s a delicate balance.

What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most? Green Lakes 2012…..I trained really hard for it. I remember getting freaked out during the wrestling match also known as the swim but I got on my back and calmed myself down for a few seconds then I was fine.

What is your favorite race and why? So far Delta Lake ……..simple……there is beer at the end!!

 

What was your worst race and why? Cazenovia 2012. I pulled my calf taking my wetsuit off, I was not ready for the hills on the bike course and my injured calf locked up during the run. I was glad I only did the sprint.

What races are on your race calendar for 2015? I did the Syracuse Half Marathon already and am doing the Springtime 10k, Mountain Goat, Charity for Children 8K Green Lkes Tri, Syracuse 70.3 and either Delta Lake or Mussleman……… more TBD.

What are this year’s goals? Syracuse 70.3 in under six hours. Last year was 6:08

In five years you hope to … Be healthy, injury free and still training hard

Something most people don’t know about you. I used to smoke and had asthma.

   

What triathlon has taught you. Patience. When I first heard of triathlon and the distances I was totally intimidated. I have learned that through hard work and patience, distance is just a matter of time.

 

Discount for Tri Club Members

HITS Endurance is offering club members a 50% discount on registration to two of its summertime events, HITS North Country and HITS Kingston.

Located in Hague, HITS North Country is tucked away in the rugged Adirondacks, making it a perfect location for all Northeast area athletes. HITS North Country will be the set-ting for a breathtaking race unlike any other, beginning in scenic Hague and encompassing several local communities. Featuring one of the greatest open water swims in stunning Lake George, HITS North Country is a race to remember. Race weekend is June 27-28. Register here: http://hitstriathlonseries.com/hague-ny/

On July 11-12, head downstate for the inaugural HITS Kingston Triathlon.

Experience the splendor and beauty of the Hudson River, Ashokan Reservoir and Rondout Waterfront. You’ll be welcomed by warm weather, HITS’ knowledgeable tri staff and fellow athletes. Register here:  http://hitstriathlonseries.com/kingston-ny/

 

As an added challenge, all competitors who beat HITS race director Mark H. Wilson in the full distance race win a FREE entry to the full at HITS Kingston 2016.

Now for the best part: Members of the CNY Triathlon club will enjoy a 50% discount off of the base/full price for sprint, olympic, half and fll distances by using the code CNYSAVES. The code will be good up to 30 days out from each event.

 

CNY Triathlon Club | Box 434 | Dewitt | NY | 13214

 

 

March 2015 : issue 72

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
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CNY TRI CLUB
Newsletter
March 2015
From the President

Dear Members,

We have a very exciting event on Sunday, March 29, and I hope you join us.

The CNY Tri Club and Onondaga Cycling Club would like to invite you to the Spring Fling at the Winter Training Facility (WTF) located in Shoppingtown Mall.

The goal of the Spring Fling can be summed up in one word: COMMUNITY. Getting together to have some food, beverages and fun to kick start the season.

Here is what we have planned: 

  • Inaugural Time Trial Wars!
  • Members will go head-to-head in a 20-minute TT for badass bragging rights. TT Wars will begin at 8 a.m. and the awards ceremony will be at 4 p.m. Who will win the war? Come out to find out and to cheer (or heckle) members as they compete.
  • Educational seminars. Starting at 9 a.m. we will have a series of learning opportunities that we hope you find very helpful (see Spring Fling info below).
  • Food, beer, wine, soda and friends. Come out and have some food and drinks on us. Mix and mingle with fellow club members. Meet the great local vendors who will be there to answer your questions. Some even have some awesome goodies they will be handing out.

We really hope you will join us. Because we are all in this together.

Bridget
President

CNY Triathlon Club

Next Board Meeting: Sunday, March 8, 6 p.m., WTF

 

SPRING FLING
  Sunday, March 29

CNY Tri Club Winter Training Facility – Shoppingtown Mall


TIME TRIAL WARS

 

JOIN IN THE FUN! EVENT IS FREE AND YOU GET A COOL T-SHIRT!

 

DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS MARCH 16

REGISTER TODAY:

 


TEAM Registration link: http://conta.cc/1FoBMWv

INDIVIDUAL Registration link: http://conta.cc/1vTmPJ2

 

 

CNY Tri and Onondaga Cycling Club will each have teams; there is an individual category as well. Participants will have 15 minutes to warm up on the Computrainers and then the war begins: 20 minutes ALL OUT! Don’t worry it will be flat! And drafting will be on for the teams!

 


Awards and bragging rights will be at 4 p.m. with plenty of beer and wine. Who will be crowned the winner and earn bragging rights for 2015?

8 a.m. – Teams

9 – Individuals

10 a.m. – Teams

11 a.m. – Individuals

1 p.m. – Teams

2 p.m. – Individuals

3 p.m. – Teams

(Heat times assigned after registration)


EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS

 

DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS MARCH 23

 


REGISTER TODAY: http://conta.cc/1BHR1rj

9  a.m. – Road Etiquette/OCC Programs


Ever wonder why we bike with traffic and not against? Or you want to ride with a group, but aren’t sure what to do? Mike Lyon and Todd Relyea from OCC will cover all the basics and tell you about the great rides OCC has to offer.


10 a.m. – Protect Yourself & Your Bike! Bike Laws


As a cyclist you have rights. Do you know what they are? However, as a cyclist you could be liable. Do you know why? Ben Rabin the Bike Lawyer will explain how to protect yourself and make sure you are covered.


11 a.m. – Bike Handling Skills 101


Do you break out in a sweat when you are approaching a sharp turn? What about going downhill? Sam Sampere, USAT certified Triathlon Coach, will cover all the basics with you so you will feel more confident on the road.


BRING YOUR BIKE to practice!


Noon – When & Why to Hire a Coach?


You feel you are ready to make the jump to an endurance triathlon, but are wondering if you should hire a coach. Maybe you are looking to improve your current performance. When do you decide it is time for a coach? Kelly Covert, Co-founder and Coach


of Strong Body, Whole Heart, will talk about when to think about a coach and why.


1 p.m. – Introduction to Triathlon


You are thinking of signing up for a triathlon or this is your first one. Maybe you have done one, but still have some questions. How do you prepare? Jennifer Hughes,


YMCA Triathlon Director, will give you an overview of the wonderful world of triathlon and get you on the track for a great season.



POTLUCK


We need volunteers for the potluck. Please help :-)

Interested? Email Tamara at volunteer@cnytriathlon.org by March 23.

 


VENDOR PARTICIPANTS

 

Come meet and talk with the local vendors that help CNY Triathlon Club members meet their goals.

 

  • Kathy MacDowell, LMT Tranquility Therapeutic Massage
  • Kim Fischer, Lotus Life Yoga Center. Kim is offering 10% off all yoga class packages during the week of March 23.   www.lotuslifeyogacenter.com 
  • Jeremy Clay, Bike Loft East. Jeremy is will be offering Bike Loft East Tune Up Coupons, good for $25 off a standard tune-up and $35 off a super tune-up at Bike Loft East, 119 W. Seneca St., Manlius. www.bikeloft.com

 

Important Notice: Ignore at Your Own Peril

The Winter Training Facility is closing soon. 

The WTF will be closing for the season on Sunday, March 29. If you have a bike at the WTF then you must pick it up before that date.  After that date we cannot guarantee to have a volunteer meet you to get your bike. If we still have your bike at the WTF after April 1, then we thank you for your donation! :-)

Ask the Coach

I hope you are enjoying our new feature, Ask the Coach. Members are urged to submit questions to newsletter@cnytriclub.org. The editor will then forward the question to that month’s coach. I hope this feature will provide valuable information as well as help you get to know the triathlon resources available in our area. This month’s coach is Laura Henry.

We all know this has been a brutal winter, so bad that outdoor running on some days has been impossible, and very few of us have gotten outside on our bikes. What do you tell triathletes as we enter March (and the hope of warmer weather), and they perhaps overdo it they’re so excited for the conditions?

I can certainly relate to being excited for non-brutal outdoor training conditions! My first outdoor road ride of the season is always worthy of a social media post. 😉 I advise athletes to keep the bigger picture in mind, which includes their long-term goals for the season (and perhaps beyond). Overdoing it right now might not seem like a big deal, but it can have a lasting ripple effect if they end up with an overuse injury. No one wants to miss their goal event due to injury. If they do realize that they may have overdone it after a workout or two in better conditions, I advise them to scale back their upcoming workouts (in both duration and intensity). Or, if an injury is a concern, to take a rest day or two in order to try and nip it in the bud early on versus pushing through and possibly further aggravating any injury that may be brewing and could force them to need to take more time off.

Speaking of winter, what sort of coaching goes on in the colder months?

Generally speaking, for athletes whose goal events are in the main triathlon season, I use wintertime to help athletes develop a solid base for the upcoming season, no matter what distance or level athlete they may be. I also work with the athlete during this time to develop a solid annual training plan so that we’re both on the same page about what the road map to his/her goals looks like. I incorporate more functional strength training into my athletes’ plans during the winter months to help them correct imbalances that triathletes are prone to (weak hips, etc.); since they aren’t peaking for a race, they have more training hours that can be allocated for those types of workouts. Since athletes in our home region are confined to mostly indoor training during the winter months, it is a good opportunity to work on swim drills and skills in the pool to help reduce drag in the water, help improve form, and therefore help the athlete get faster on the swim during race season. Bike trainer workouts provide an opportunity for drills that cannot be completed in road riding (i.e. single leg drills) and controlled, focused efforts that have a strong and lasting training benefit since trainer rides are not susceptible to factors such as weather, road conditions and coasting. Even the dreaded treadmill can be a very useful tool during this time when paired with specific workouts that can make speed work a safe option when the roads and tracks outside are too slick to do speed work safely. Although our climate does keep many people inside during the winter months, this time of year does provide athletes with opportunities to incorporate other forms of fitness that take place outdoors into their training regimens if they choose to do so, such as cross-country skiing, snow shoeing and fat biking. This adds variety, keeps athletes from getting too much cabin fever, and breaks up the monotony of the same swim, bike and run workouts that are completed when it’s warm. I personally use outdoor fat bike rides as my long endurance cycling rides and snow shoe running on outdoor trails as my aerobic interval workouts during the winter. If my athletes have the desire and the gear to complete these types of workouts, I incorporate them into their plans. Finally, if an athlete has a nagging injury from the previous season, I work with them to heal and get stronger safely so that they have an opportunity to work toward new goals once winter is over.

You are fairly new to the coaching profession. Why did you decide to pursue it?

My longtime coach, Karen Allen-Turner, helped me (and is still helping me) develop into the best athlete I can be and helped me reach goals I never even knew I had for myself. It lit a spark in me and I became a healthier, more well-rounded, more social and more fit person because of the lifestyle changes that accompanied my participation in the sport. In 2012 I started volunteering with Team Red, White & Blue (Team RWB), a non-profit veteran support organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans through physical fitness and social activity. I took on a volunteer leadership role within my local chapter (Team RWB Syracuse) and have had the honor to work with a diverse group of athletes, comprising both veterans and civilians, over the last three years. I had just ended a toxic relationship that had destroyed me in many ways when I joined Team RWB, and the people in this group helped me heal and become myself again in countless ways. Both Karen and Team RWB inspired me to want to help others reach their goals as much as they helped me. Since triathlon has become a passion of mine, I felt it most appropriate to pursue coaching in this discipline. I started coaching athletes in 2013, and completed my USA Triathlon Level I certification in 2014 while being mentored by Karen. I came on board with The Right Fit MultiSports this season as a coach, and I am currently working toward completing a couple more certifications this year so I can better serve and assist my athletes; there’s always something new to learn, no matter how long I’ve been in the sport as an athlete or a coach.

Laura Henry is a USA Triathlon Level I Certified Coach with The Right Fit MultiSports (www.therightfitmultisports.com). She has been involved in the sport of triathlon for five years. After a relatively inactive childhood, she participated in her first triathlon in 2010 and instantly fell in love with all three disciplines. As a swing shift worker with a demanding schedule, Laura knows what it’s like to set goals and train as a time-limited athlete on a non-traditional schedule, and she focuses on developing plans for other time-crunched athletes. Her enthusiasm and passion for helping athletes of all ability levels have allowed her to coach several athletes to success. Laura still trains and races competitively with Team Red, White & Blue (www.teamrwb.org), and aside from triathlon, her interests include traveling, hiking, photography, mountain biking, cooking, skiing and snow shoeing. You can reach her at laura@therightfitmultisports.com.

 

Cazenovia Triathlon
August 23, 2015
Registration is open.
 Click here to register
We are pleased to announce the 15th edition of the

Cazenovia Triathlon.
Set for Sunday, August 23, we welcome all former and future Caz Tri finishers.

The date has changed to August 23 to allow those racing Ironman Lake Placid and Iron Girl Syracuse plenty of time to rest and recover as well as helping extend the race season a bit further toward the fall.

Out 2015 goal is to make it all about the athletes and bring back what made us fall in love with about the sport of triathlon. We are offering the lowest registration price in Central New York through February 6, bringing back the race t-shirts, offering finisher medals for all of those who cross that finish line, and so much more. We have also changed our registration service to cut the cost on processing fees.

2015 also offers an exciting new race with the intermediate relay. Just like the sprint relay, athletes can race the intermediate distance in two- or three-person teams.

Registration for the 15th annual Cazenovia Triathlon opened Feb 3 at noon. For the most up to date race information, please visit either:

 www.CazenoviaTriathlon.org 

or

www.facebook.com/CazenoviaTriathlon

Registration can be found at:

 

Good luck with your upcoming training and we hope to see you in August.

MEMBER PROFILE
Tanya Gesek

Tell us about yourself. I am a psychologist who specializes in children and families. I have a private practice and also work part time for SUNY Upstate in the Pediatrics Department. I have lived in the Syracuse area since 2000 and am the mother of a 12-year-old son, Kai, who is a seventh grader at Jamesville-DeWitt Middle School.

How long have you been involved in triathlon and what made you take it up? I signed up for my first triathlon a little over four years ago when I turned 40. Call it an early midlife crisis!

Who is your hero? That is a hard question. There are so many people that I have been impressed with over time, not always someone famous. The heroes are the unknowns that overcome such adversity to bounce back and be better than ever. No one person fits that bill for me. 

What is your athletic background? I started as a dancer and dabbled in soccer throughout high school and college. I never really saw myself as an athlete but was always active.

What are your triathlon strengths and weaknesses? It’s funny, when I started to get back into fitness after my son was born, I picked up running. Now I feel like my running sucks. I guess many triathletes feel that way. I only learned to swim after I signed up for Iron Girl so that should be my weakest link but it is the sport I have grown to love the most.

What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most? Iron Girl 2011! Leading up to it I was terrified. Thanks to my first coach, Lisa Dolbear, what I remember most is feeling like I really belonged out there, like I had found my niche.

What is your favorite race and why? I have to say that Gillie Girl is my fave. Iron Girl was definitely my first and has a special place in my heart, but it feels good to do a truly local race for women that also supports a great cause. 

What was your worst race and why? All of them. . . just kidding. I guess my worst race ultimately has been the best learning moment for me. I had to DNF Du the Lakes one year due to a calf injury. Devastating but humbling at the same time.  I learned to listen to my body and let the smaller race go. I was registered for my 70.3 and I wanted to be whole for that. It ended up being a good call, but a rough moment.

What races are on your race calendar for 2015? I am registered for Ironman Lake Placid. Eek. Before that I hope to complete the Syracuse Half Marathon, Syracuse Springtime 10K, Triple T in Ohio, and Syracuse 70.3.  After that I will turn to zumba and hiking for a while.

What are this year’s goals? This year I am hoping to see just what I can push my body to do. Whereas I never would have thought it four years ago, finishing IMLP will be a truly amazing personal and fitness goal. I have a great coach in Jennifer Corona and great supporters in my friends, family and triathlon community. (Thanks, Joe!) Together, I think we got this.

In five years you hope to. . . In five years, I would love to have the fitness to realistically sign up for another Ironman.

Something most people don’t know about you. So maybe keep it to things people don’t know but want to know? I have two tattoos and have picked out my third, I danced on Club MTV in the 1980s and I love ABBA.

What triathlon has taught you. There is nothing you can’t do.

Discount for Tri Club Members

HITS Endurance is offering club members a 50% discount on registration to two of its summertime events, HITS North Country and HITS Kingston.

Located in Hague, HITS North Country is tucked away in the rugged Adirondacks, making it a perfect location for all Northeast area athletes. HITS North Country will be the set-ting for a breathtaking race unlike any other, beginning in scenic Hague and encompassing several local communities. Featuring one of the greatest open water swims in stunning Lake George, HITS North Country is a race to remember. Race weekend is June 27-28. Register here: http://hitstriathlonseries.com/hague-ny/

On July 11-12, head downstate for the inaugural HITS Kingston Triathlon.

Experience the splendor and beauty of the Hudson River, Ashokan Reservoir and Rondout Waterfront. You’ll be welcomed by warm weather, HITS’ knowledgeable tri staff and fellow athletes. Register here:  http://hitstriathlonseries.com/kingston-ny/

 

As an added challenge, all competitors who beat HITS race director Mark H. Wilson in the full distance race win a FREE entry to the full at HITS Kingston 2016.

Now for the best part: Members of the CNY Triathlon club will enjoy a 50% discount off of the base/full price for sprint, olympic, half and fll distances by using the code CNYSAVES. The code will be good up to 30 days out from each event.

 

CNY Triathlon Club | Box 434 | Dewitt | NY | 13214

February 2015 : issue 71

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

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February 2015
From the President

Dear Members,
I am looking out my office window and thinking to myself that in three months there will be leaves on the trees and the club will start Wednesday night trainings. Although it doesn’t feel like it, warmer weather will be here soon. How do you keep up your motivation to work out when it is snowing, blowing and freezing outside? Here are a few tips from Macca’s Musings: Stay Motivated! by Chris McCormack (read the full article here):

“Accept that a lack of motivation is normal, but refuse to accept that it will derail your drive and your goals.”

We all go through it. We don’t want to get out of bed or slog through the snow to the pool. The key is to remember we are human. Off days will happen. Some days we will win the battle of negative thoughts and some days we won’t. Just keep your eye on the prize.

“Keep it simple. Triathletes have a tendency to over-complicate things. Training programs and routine are important, but training in a social environment makes life easier.”

 

YES!! That is why the club has the WTF (Winter Training Facility). Don’t suffer alone! Suffer with friends :-)

“Manage your time! The biggest issue I see in people’s fight for motivation is that they try to cram too much into a tight time period, and the hassle of it takes away the enjoyment. Better time-management skills and better planning with realistic training time frames will ensure that burnout and ‘de-motivation’ are less likely.”

 

Ever have the panic moment where you think you aren’t doing enough? You aren’t training hard enough? You are way behind and totally going to get your butt kicked?  Then you go into overdrive and what happens? Training suffers and injury happens. Take time each week to plan. Allow yourself to control your training and not have the training control you.

“Understand how rest affects routines. When you’re getting your rest, it always seems easier for your body to fall into a good training routine. And when a routine becomes a sound foundation for your life, it is easier to keep the motivation high. This ties into the planning process.”

 

This is my favorite part of my training plan. Rest day! And naps.

“Be process-driven, not always goal-driven. Goals, when set, can be lofty and at times far away. For this reason it’s important to identify what the goal is–but even more important to know the process you have put in place to reach that goal. The process is the most important, and understanding how it relates to the bigger picture helps you remain in control of the journey.”

 

The journey is what is important and all the moments that lead up to the goal: the laughter, tears, failures and successes. All of these play an important part in the process to get us to our goal. Enjoy these times and journal them. When you cross the finish line you want to remember not only that moment, but everything (and everyone) that led you to that moment.

 

Stay warm and happy training!

 

Bridget

 

Next Board Meeting: Sunday, March 8, 6 p.m., WTF

 

What’s New at WTF

Computrainer classes are available on Thursdays and Saturdays. Priority is given to full-session signups. Schedules are available in the Tri Club calendar. The next full session with Sam begins February 21, with classes starting at 9:45 a.m. and the next full session with Rich starts February 28 at 8:15 a.m. Drop-in sessions with Lisa will be available Thursdays at 6:15 p.m.

See the club calendar to sign up.

Ask the Coach

This month, the newsletter begins a new feature, Ask the Coach. Members are urged to submit questions to newsletter@cnytriclub.org. The editor will then forward the question to that month’s coach. I hope this feature will provide valuable information as well as help you get to know the triathlon resources available in our area. This month’s coach is Kelly Covert.

Why do I need a coach? In my opinion, the top reasons triathletes need a coach are to help with life balance and injury prevention. A good coach will listen to your goals and create a plan that will help get you there, but they will also tell you when to rest, which is essential. They will help you figure out how to fit everything into your busy life that includes work, family and more. The more you have on your plate, the more you need a coach! A good coach provides the plan and then gives the support necessary to get through the plan. They become your sounding board, your place to go with questions, and most importantly, a good coach believes in you and for you when what you are doing can seem impossible.

What should I look for in a coach? It is so important that you find a coach that is a good fit for you, your goals and your lifestyle. Everyone should sit down with a potential coach and get an understanding of how that coach works, what is included in a coaching plan, and additionally, to see if you have a connection with that person. An athlete/coach relationship is very close, and you need to be able to fully trust that your coach is going to deliver on your goals as well as understand your particular circumstances. It’s important to remember that each coach is unique in his or her approach to training and coaching. For example, at Strong Body Whole Heart we offer triathlon coaching that includes life balance work, injury prevention and options to include what we like to call “heart coaching”–coaching that prepares you for not just the physical aspect of training and racing but also for the emotional aspect.

It is important to check out your coach’s experience and credentials. If you are planning on racing your first 140.6, choosing a coach who has had great success in coaching athletes to sprint tri victories might not be your best bet. If you are looking to combine triathlon training with other goals, such as weight loss, finding a coach that has certifications and experience in both of those areas is important.

How much does it cost? For a local coach, rates can range from around $150 per month and up, based on the kind of training you are seeking as well as the experience of the coach. When considering cost, I encourage athletes to think about coaching as an investment in their health, training and their life balance. You spend thousands on equipment, why not invest some of that money into yourself? A good coach offers far beyond a training plan. They offer insight, experience and the ability to look at your training and health from an objective viewpoint. That is something you will never get from a cookie cutter plan off the Internet!

  

Kelly Covert is a USAT Level 1 Certified Triathlon Coach with more than five years of coaching experience and over 10 years racing experience including triathlons of every distance. In addition, she is a Precision Nutrition Certified Nutrition Coach, as well as an integrative life coach. She is the co-host of the weekly audio podcast, The Strong Body Whole Heart Podcast, which you can subscribe to on iTunes. You can reach her at kelly@strongbodywholeheart.com and on the web at www.strongbodywholeheart.com.
Cazenovia Triathlon
August 23, 2015
Registration opened February 3.
 Click here to register
We are pleased to announce the 15th edition of the

Cazenovia Triathlon.
Set for Sunday, August 23, we welcome all former and future Caz Tri finishers.

The date has changed to August 23 to allow those racing Ironman Lake Placid and Iron Girl Syracuse plenty of time to rest and recover as well as helping extend the race season a bit further toward the fall.

Out 2015 goal is to make it all about the athletes and bring back what made us fall in love with about the sport of triathlon. We are offering the lowest registration price in Central New York through February 6, bringing back the race t-shirts, offering finisher medals for all of those who cross that finish line, and so much more. We have also changed our registration service to cut the cost on processing fees.

2015 also offers an exciting new race with the intermediate relay. Just like the sprint relay, athletes can race the intermediate distance in two- or three-person teams.

Registration for the 15th annual Cazenovia Triathlon opened Feb 3 at noon. For the most up to date race information, please visit either:

 www.CazenoviaTriathlon.org 

or

www.facebook.com/CazenoviaTriathlon

Registration can be found at:

www.runsignup.com/CazenoviaTriathlon

 

Good luck with your upcoming training and we hope to see you in August.

Triathlon Swim Clinics
Session 2 begins in April
 
MEMBER PROFILE
Eileen M. Clinton 

Tell us about yourself. I am currently the vice president of Risk Management at Brown and Brown Empire State. I have been in the insurance business over 33 years now. I moved around a bit with the job, from Massachusetts to Illinois to Binghamton to Syracuse, where I met my husband Jim, and had our son Matt who is now 23, a civil engineer near the city. I grew up in West Hartford, Conn., but always call Syracuse my home. I come from a family of five girls and one boy, so I learned at an early age how to compete!

How long have you been involved in triathlon and why did you take it up? I started triathlons in 2003, so it has been 12 wonderful years. I was an avid bicyclist for years, but discovered I had developed osteoporosis and my doctor said I needed impact to strengthen the bones. He suggested running or volleyball. I had run before, and started running on a more consistent basis. With summers at Cape Cod as a kid, I always liked to swim and I could bike, so triathlons became and still are my passion. I still have a lot of what I call “joy” moments training with friends, swimming at Jamesville or just being outdoors.

Who is your hero? My mom, Mary Ellen Higgision. She has been physically active all her adult life. When I was a kid, she would ask my dad to stop the car 6-8 miles from home and she would walk home for exercise (or to get out of a car full of screaming kids!). At age 85, she is the only one at her senior living center with a bike.

What is your athletic background? I made the varsity crew team at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., and rowed varsity crew for three years. I always loved to bike, even as a kid.

What are your triathlon strengths and weaknesses? My strength I would say is my consistency. I have tried to place in my age group every year since 2003 and have accomplished this goal. I actually started to enjoy the swim the last couple of years, but alas, I’m not very fast. I have taken swim clinics for years to get faster and all that technique goes out the window when you start your mass swim in an event, so I would say that my swim time is something I still want to work on.

What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most? I think it was the Green Lakes Y Tri. I remember running neck and neck with my friend Mickey. My shoe lace untied and I had to make the decision to tie the lace or trip on my run to the finish. I decided to tie the lace and Mickey ran past me to the finish line. She earned that win.

What is your favorite race and why? I would say the First Syracuse 70.3. It was the first Ironman event in our area and the excitement and buzz was great. I also loved the flat run. I have relatives in Jamesville and I remember all of them out with their cowbells cheering me on.

What was your worst race and why? The 2013 Musselman 70.3. That was the year with the double fatalities. I learned of the first fatality Saturday night at the event dinner and it was so sad. Then I was on the bike course and came upon the woman who crashed. I saw the ambulance and we were told to stop.  The ref let us walk our bikes around the crash and mount up. It was not until I finished that I learned this young woman had died. This terrible tragedy at such a well run event was so sad. I will never forget it.

What races are on your race calendar for 2015? I always sign up for Cooperstown in May (yay, 55 degree water last year!), Delta Olympic, Syracuse 70.3 relay (I will do the bike section) and the Incredoubleman in September.

What are this year’s goals? My goal is to continue to place in my age group each year as I get older and not to crash. (I had a bad crash last September and it took me a while to heal).

In five years you hope to . . . Continue to have fun with the triathlon events and with my tri buddies. I also hope to qualify for Worlds and maybe tackle Ironman Lake Placid.

Something most people don’t know about you. I led bike trips for the national Sierra Club for several years, touring in places like Nova Scotia with groups. I loved it!

CNY Triathlon Club | Box 434 | Dewitt | NY | 13214

January 2015 : Issue 70

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

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January 2015
From the President

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

January 1 marks the beginning of training for the upcoming triathlon season. We will be logging lots of time in the pool (ah, the smell of chlorine in the morning), hours on the bike trainer (ow!) and miles and miles on the treadmill (or what I call the dreadmill) all for the purpose of kicking butt when we toe the start line for our goal race of the 2015 season. No matter what distance you are training for this season, know that you have a community that shares your passion for all things triathlon. Here is to wishing you a safe and great winter training!

It is the time of year again. The Annual Banquet and Elections will be held on Friday, February 6, at Twin Trees Too, 1029 Milton Ave., Solvay. Come share some good food and catch up with fellow members. More info and how to register is below.

2014 memberships have expired! Have you renewed your membership for 2015? Click on this link to Renew.

Again, Happy New Year!!!

Bridget Lichtinger
President
Next Board Meeting: Sunday, January 11, 6 p.m. WTF

Club Elections and Banquet 

It’s that time of year again for our annual club meeting and election! We hope you come to enjoy some good food and company! AND VOTE :-)  Our meeting will be held on Friday, February 6, at 6 p.m. at Twin Trees Too on Milton Ave. Cost is $10 per person and $5 for kids 15 and under.

I want say thank you to Mary Lou Plante for her service as Membership Director, Mindy Lu Gaffney and Stacey Keefe for their service and being the directors of Oneida Shores. We wish them the best.

We would also like to welcome our new to-be elected board member, Ken Geary. Read more about Ken in the Member Profile section of this newsletter.

On the Ballot:

Officers
Bridget Lichtinger – President
Ken Geary – Vice President
Cindy Mueller – Secretary

Jill Poniros – Treasurer

Executive Board officers for re-election
Eric Bansbach
Rich O’Neil
Sam Sampere
Ben Rabin

Tamara Danner – Membership Director

If you are interested in serving on the board or running for a position, email president@cnytriathlon.orgor membership@cnytriathlon.org.
SPIN FOR BRADY

Sunday, January 25CNY Tri’s WTF, Shoppingtown Mall, DeWitt

Time: 1-4 p.m.

Registration: $20.00

Donations: $5.00 for every 30 min of spinning

A prize for the top fundraiser, i.e. the one who spins the longest!

Refreshments will be provided

 

Brady Faith Center is a 501(c)(3) organization

Triathlon Swim Clinics
 

Having trouble viewing this? Click this link: Swim clinics

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Adult Swim Program, Page 2

MEMBER PROFILE
Ken GearyTell us about yourself. I am the typical baby-boomer, 58 years old, in denial of the aging process and still trying to remain an athlete. Luckily I have lots of role models that are very successful in remaining fit and strong! I have two daughters, one still in college, and they are both athletes also.

 

How long have you been involved in triathlon and what made you take it up? I am relatively new to the sport, having started in 2011. I saw many of my running friends move to the sport as a way to diversify their fitness and try something new. It seemed like a natural progression, so I jumped in.

 

Who is your hero? I don’t have a single hero, there are just many excellent local role models, and I look up to many of them. If I had to single out someone it would be Brendan Jackson, my first coach and role model. Brendan is excellent at inspiring others to believe in themselves and guides, rather then pushes, his athletes into a pattern of success.

 

What is your athletic background? It’s diverse and sporadic. High school track and wrestling, softball and football as an early adult, then a long hiatus while my kids were growing up. My daughters and I took up tennis together (my daughter Jessica is captain of the Le Moynetennis team). Tennis led me to running to improve endurance, and three marathons later I decided to engage in the sport of triathlon.

 

What are your triathlon strengths and weaknesses? I would say that my strength is swimming and my weakness is running. It’s that aging-athlete curse, and a complete reversal of where I was four years ago. I attribute the swimming strength to the coaches I’ve had along the way, Brendan Jackson, followed by Bill Houser and then Karen Allen-Turner. All are great coaches and each has their own set of tricks to make you better.

 

What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most? My first triathlon was the Syracuse 70.3 in 2011. What I remember most was the cycle training, and how difficult it was at first. I trained with team Fleet Feet, had a great summer of rides and was inspired by the wide range of athletic abilities. Truly, anyone can do this sport if they are willing to put in the training time.

 

What is your favorite race and why? Easily it’s the Green Lakes Triathlon, mostly because it is the first race of the season and it’s a chance to catch up with all my tri friends that I barely see all winter.

 

What was your worst race and why? The 2013 Syracuse 70.3. It was incredibly hot and muggy, and I started the day realizing that I’d left my own personal fluid mix at home in the refrigerator. Use a checklist, it works. I bonked on the run because I couldn’t get cool. Then the deluge (rainstorm) opened up and they closed the race–not that I was going to complete it anyway. I gained a lot of respect for those that toughed out the race that day and completed it in that incredible energy-draining heat.

 

What races are on your race calendar for 2015?My calendar is just forming, but I have signed up for the Green Lakes Triathlon. I am sure there will be three or four others.

 

What are this year’s goals?

To improve my Olympic distance cycling time.

 

In five years you hope to … : I don’t have my goals set out that far, but I do want to improve each year and continue to train smarter and not harder. This year I am using the Computrainer to improve my cycling efficiency, and I am optimistic that I will see results.

 

Something most people don’t know about you. I am a Canadian, and I don’t love or follow hockey. I think that is why I had to leave the country and move here…

 

What triathlon has taught you. Role models are everywhere, and I get inspired by watching entry level athletes improve and flourish. It keeps me motivated to continue to work on all three sports. It is the main reason I joined CNY Triathlon, to be a part of a club that encourages athletes of all skill levels. I learn new things from fellow club members all the time, and we are lucky to have so many talented athletes and coaches that are willing to donate their time to us. It makes you want to pay it forward, and do the same for the newer club members and athletes.

December 2014 : Issue 69

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
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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
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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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October 2014 : issue 67

Monday, October 6th, 2014
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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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Manlius, NY 
www.t2multisport.com

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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

www.cnytriathlon.org 

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