Name: Debbie SindoneTell us about yourself. I am 44 and have been married to my husband Dan for 10 years. We have a beautiful son Alex who is seven going on 18 and a black Lab/German Shepherd mix Campbell who is eight going on two. I work part time at a non-profit organization and also act as the Volunteer Director of the Empire State Marathon.
Me and Kathrine Switzer at the Empire State Marathon Expo
How long have you been involved in Triathlon and what made you take it up? My first triathlon was the 2010 Iron Girl Syracuse. In 2011 I did three sprints including Green Lakes, Iron Girl, and the River Rat in Clayton which turned into a duathlon because of Hurricane Irene. I’m not really sure why I got interested in triathlon. I think the thing that got me interested was reading an excerpt from a book called Slow Fat Triathlete from Jayne Williams. I was intrigued after reading it and was on my bucket list ever since. Finally in 2010 I decided to take the plunge and the rest is history.
In transition before Iron Girl 2011
Who is your Hero? I would have to say my late maternal grandmother (AKA “Nana”) Elaine. The one thing I always remember about her is her laugh. The day my grandfather died, my mom and I drove up to Saranac Lake to her house and the entire time I dreaded going into the house and not hearing her laugh. But the first thing I heard when I walked into the house was her laugh in the distance. I learned from her that day to always try to keep a bright outlook on things even when things aren’t all that great.
What is your athletic background? I was always one of the last kids picked in gym class in elementary school, but the sport of volleyball changed that. I played in middle and high school and picked it up again later in life and played on a USA Volleyball club team. In addition to triathlon, I like to downhill ski with my husband (he is on the National Ski Patrol at Labrador Mountain) and also golf.
What are your Triathlon strengths and weaknesses? I think my strength is my stubborness. It will take me awhile to convince myself that I can do something, but once I set out to do it, I won’t give up. I’m also pretty analytical, so I like to look at my training and race data to see how I can improve.
My weaknesses are too numerous to list. I’m pretty slow at everything, but I figure slow and steady will get me to the finish line…I’m not looking to win any medals out there.
What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most? My first triathlon was the Iron Girl 2010 and the thing I remember the most was crossing the finish line. Since it was my first, I really didn’t go all out during the race, so I had a lot left in the tank as I was coming to the finish. I saw my husband and son along the fence and gave them high 5′s as I ran by. Then I started sprinting and I couldn’t believe how fast my legs were going. It almost felt light I floated across the finish line…very sureal!
Floating across the Iron Girl finish line
What is your favorite race and why? I’ve only done a few, so I’d have to say Iron Girl is my favorite so far. It’s the only one I’ve done more than once, so I like that I have data to compare from the two years.
What was your worst race and why? Again, not many under my belt, so I would have to say 2011 Green Lakes. I was very disappointed in my run.
What are this year’s goals? Hmmm…still trying to figure it out, but here is my tentative plan:
Something most people don’t know about you: I love making crafty things especially things with a triathlon or running twist. I also joined Team Tough Chik this year and am looking forward to representing them at local races.