August 2011 CNY Triathlon Club-Member Profile
Name: Jennifer Crisp
Tell us about yourself.
I grew up in Liverpool, NY and then left for New York City to attend college and law school. After school, I lived & worked in Seattle for a year before making it back to the ‘cuse in 1997. I’m 41, married, and my husband is a full-time musician with Los Blancos. I have worked as in-house counsel, in government, in non-profits, and as an adjunct faculty member. I enjoy working in academia and have been in that setting since 2002 when I began my employment at Syracuse University in the Career Services Office at the Law School. Since 2007 I have worked in the office responsible for patenting the science and technology advances of SU faculty and staff. Despite my law degree, I have never argued in court. Actually, that makes me like most other U.S. lawyers.
How long have you been involved in Triathlon and what made you take it up?
I am a tri-newbie, having started in May 2011 with my Fleet Feet Try to Tri training program (and I can’t say enough good things about the program or the coaches.) I chose to take up triathlon for the health and fitness benefits (also known as a way to get myself off of the couch & fit into my smaller clothes!) Many other factors contributed to me choosing triathlon as my means to the end: seeing a few friends do their first tri last year & then rave about it; recognizing the camaraderie that is synonymous with the CNY Tri community; working with fellow SU employees who are triathletes; and the list goes on. I recently found a post it note from 1998 or so with a list of things I really ought to do/try/think about… and one thing was still relevant: Triathlon. Apparently a seed was planted long ago, and now the time is just right for it.
Who is your Hero?
No one person, but in general I admire and respect individuals who overcome adversity or who advocate for those in need.
What is your athletic background?
With triathlon I hope to turn over a new leaf and leave my on-again-off-again-exercising -habit in the past. I rowed crew for 2 years; one in high school (in the Freshman boat) and one in college. I loved the sport and the feel of a boat full of skilled rowers keeping the rhythm and balance/keel of the boat. Training for the Iron Girl has made me feel strong and fit again like I did when I rowed. Last summer I took up spin and those classes gave me a confidence with my fitness on the spin bike, and I figured I could translate that into real cycling. In one particular class, the instructor proclaimed “if you can do this class then you can do Iron Girl.” That was one of the many dominos that fell leading me down this path.
What are your Triathlon strengths and weaknesses?
I am most consistently confident on the bike, and my weakness is the run. That said, this year is the first time I have ever run for 40 minutes straight (and that number is still increasing!). It’s wonderful to be able to do that, even if it is at a slow and steady pace.
What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most?
My first triathlon is coming up in just under 2 weeks as I write this: the Iron Girl.
What is your favorite race and why?
TBD! I attended Iron Girl in 2010 and this year I was a spectator at Green Lakes. I plan to volunteer for the 70.3 tri in September with SU’s Young Professionals Affinity Group.
What was your worst race and why?
What are this year’s goals?
My goal is to finish the Iron Girl, and to be the most “under time” in the cycle leg, then the swim.
In five years you hope to … :
Keep making healthy choices, day by day, week by week, year by year, in all aspects of my life.
Something most people don’t know about you:
Last summer I took a flying trapeze lesson near the NJ/PA border about 3.5 hours from Syracuse. It was great fun, and I actually did a trick, but there are more tricks I want to do. Armed with a better fitness level, I can’t wait go back. The more the merrier! I propose an unofficial CNY Tri Club field trip to Fly School Circus Arts trapeze school. Contact me if you’re interested! It’s cross-training!