Name: Cindy Mueller
Tell us about yourself.
I grew up in Adams Center, NY (and lived to tell about the Blizzard of ’77!) then moved out to Colorado after graduating from Cortland College. I stayed in Colorado for about five years before coming back east to Syracuse and have been here for almost 25 years. It would be hard to move somewhere else, especially if there wasn’t a Wegmans within spitting distance!
How long have you been involved in Triathlon and what made you take it up?
I entered my first triathlon in 2010. After being a runner for many, many years, I have been finding out as I get older the need to cross train becomes oh so important. Also, it was the same year I turned 50, so I thought it would be a great way to celebrate the milestone!
Who is your Hero?
Anyone who completes an Ironman triathlon, especially those folks finishing within the last few minutes of the cutoff time ……
What is your athletic background?
Physical fitness was always a big part of my life - I’ve been running since the late 70′s in some form or another – I’m fond of saying “my sisters and I ran when there wasn’t any cool max or cool running shoes just red and white Nikes and baggy sweats”. My proudest moment came when I crossed the finish line after running the Marine Corps Marathon in 2004. I had raised money and trained with Team- in-Training and couldn’t imagine a better experience for a first marathon!
What are your Triathlon strengths and weaknesses?
My strength is running and I really enjoy the swim – biking and biking and biking is my weakness…I’m trying to become one with the bike!
What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most?
My first triathlon was the Iron Girl Syracuse 2010. What I remember most was the training – I was part of the “inaugural” Fleet Feet Tri Training program and because of the excellent coaches and training – I felt more than prepared on race day. I had trained with so many great and inspiring folks that I came back to help coach the program last summer. I will never forget both the incredible race and crowd support we received during the entire race. It also meant a lot to me to have my parents and sister cheering me on that day… you couldn’t wipe the smile off of my face after I got my medal!
What is your favorite race and why?
The Delta Lake Sprint Triathlon 2011 – it was a smaller very well-run triathlon – I felt great the entire race and came in 3rd in my age group to boot!
What was your worst race and why?
Henderson Harbor Triathlon 2011 – The swim was really tough since the water was choppy – I felt like I had spent all my energies in the water and then struggled to get through the bike and run afterwards.
What are this year’s goals?
I am planning to do the YMCA open water swim in June and my first Olympic distance triathlon at some point during the summer.
In five years you hope to … : Still be doing triathlons!! And… I hope to own my own business….though I still haven’t figured out what that might be yet….
Something most people don’t know about you:
I am a wedding coordinator at Dewitt Community Church – it’s such a fun little part-time job!