Name: Annie Porter
Tell us about yourself.
I am 28 years old. I live in Syracuse where I work as a criminal defense lawyer.
I have been in the Syracuse area for six years. Before that, I attended college in Charleston, South Carolina after my small town upbringing in Lyons, New York. It was in Lyons (hometown of Jim Boeheim- known for little else) where I met my high school sweetheart who is now my husband.
How long have you been involved in Triathlon and what made you take it up?
My triathlon addiction began in 2010.
I began running competitively in high school. I use the term “competitively” loosely; I was not very good, but running was just something I did. While in college, I sustained a very bad, right foot “lisfranc” injury and could no longer run.
After a year or so of feeling sorry for myself, I started to swim laps and ride the stationary bike at the local YMCA. When I could finally run again, I decided I would put the three together and I signed up for my first sprint triathlon.
Who is your Hero?
I am racking my brain trying to think of someone in the athletic field so that my answer will mesh with this bio, but my hero has always been Thurgood Marshall. No amount of swimming, biking, or running comes close to his achievements.
What is your athletic background?
When I was young I was on every backyard team my brothers didn’t kick me off of. As I got older, I realized my hand-eye coordination left something to be desired (I couldn’t tag a ghost runner in baseball) and decided to stick to track. I tried a few different events and even managed to win a sectional title for pole-vaulting (it was not a competitive year for pole-vaulting).
In college I threw caution to the wind and signed up for rugby. As it turns out, I didn’t need hand-eye coordination, just the ability to tackle and an appreciation for cheap beer. My foot injury is a rugby injury, but it was worth it.
What are your Triathlon strengths and weaknesses?
It depends on the race. The run leg is my best friend during a sprint, but my worst enemy in a distance race. With the swim it is often the opposite.
What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most?
My first triathlon was Green Lakes. I had never done an open water swim and I had never worn a wetsuit. I remember thinking that if I got close enough to a kayak I would ask to be dragged back to shore. I am glad I stuck it out.
What is your favorite race and why?
Green Lakes is my favorite race, probably because it was my first. I also love to train there; the trail running is a nice change from running on pavement.
What was your worst race and why?
Without a doubt the 2013 Syracuse 70.3. The heat got the best of me.
What races are on your race calendar for 2014?
Green Lakes, Syracuse 70.3, and Ironman Lake Placid.
What are this year’s goals?
This year is all about the Ironman. I have some times in mind, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself.
I met Steve Plante in 2010 when I was training for my first triathlon. He told me that the first time I do a triathlon or try a new distance, my goal needs to be to finish. If you want sound advice, go to Steve Plante.
My goal is to stick to the training plan and finish.
In five years you hope to…:
Stay in contact with all of the great people I have met through CNY Triathlon and triathlon training. I love triathlons, but the working out and racing is only half the fun. Being able to let loose and goof off with the great group of triathlon misfits I’ve met helps me keep everything in perspective.
Something most people don’t know about you:
I failed my driver’s test four times.