| Jim Bright
Tell us about yourself. I grew up in Syracuse, moved away for college, job, etc., worked in finance in New York City, married my college sweetheart (Cindy, a pediatrician), moved back here when we were about 30 and purchased the family business (Dunk & Bright Furniture Co.), which I still run. Raised four kids on Onondaga Hill, and moved to Skaneateles about five years ago.
How long have you been involved in triathlon and
why did you take it up? About 10 years ago I was swimming with a masters swim team, biking with friends and running with the Syracuse Track Club at Green Lakes. Somebody suggested triathlons.
Who is your hero? Definitely my kids right now. They are each on the cusp of their career paths, and their work ethic, focus and persistence are inspiring.
What is your athletic background?Team sports, primarily lacrosse that included a short stint in college. Some golf, tennis.
What are your triathlon strengths and
What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most? Green Lakes…this was before CNY Triathlon helped racers prepare. I showed up about 15 minutes before the start of the race, really not having a clue. I do remember that a friend beat me by about 14 minutes. I can still remember his smirk.
What is your favorite race and why? London, age group world championships, because there were plenty of competitors in my age group, of similar or maybe slightly faster speed, to pace off of in the run. That kept me focused and helped me PR for the run.
What was your worst race and why? Oswego Sprint Tri, because I came in second overall, missing first by 4 seconds. I had missed a turn, which could have accounted for the difference. The lesson was to “make sure that you know the course.” Actually, it was a really great race, at a great venue, and I was happy to get second.
What races are on your race calendar for 2015?
I don’t have any on the calendar right now. Since Cindy now races triathlons, we decide what to race based on our travel plans, and we like to try new venues. We did that last year and ended up racing a couple of ocean swims…one in Virginia Beach organized by the Navy Seals. That was a blast. My swim performance consisted of swimming 10 meters forward, then getting tossed five meters back. I didn’t get out far enough beyond the wave break, and kept getting flipped upside-down by the waves.
What are this year’s goals?To work on some other new hobbies besides triathlon, and continue to do tri training for fitness, but not necessarily racing.
In five years you hope to …Hmmm…well, in three years, I’ll be in the first year of the next age group, so I’d like to hit it hard again at that time.
Something most people don’t know about you. I once spent 18 days living
in a tent hunting moose and bear in Siberia.
What triathlon has taught you. It’s definitely taught me to make healthy lifestyle choices with both nutrition and fitness, and the competitive aspect of it is just wonderful.