Name: Maryjo (MJ) Reinhart
Tell us about yourself.
I won’t tell you how old I am but I race in the 45-49 age group… I am a RN and work in Hemodialysis and have worked in this specialty area for 26 years. I am the youngest of 5 kids, and grew up in B’ville in the country. I now live in Jamesville with my husband and our 2 Labs – 1 chocolate and 1 black lab. The black lab is a trained Guide Dog from Guiding Eyes. She was my sister’s dog. My sister tragically passed away 3 years ago and they so kindly let me keep her dog. I have put her “back to work” and we do pet therapy, visiting nursing homes and children’s inpatient units. Besides my work, 4 legged children and training, my husband and I love to travel, hike, winter hike and explore National Parks.
How long have you been involved in Triathlon and what made you take it up?
About 11 years. I started doing tri’s as I was restless just cycling. I didn’t care for the “pack” racing mentality. I belonged to the Onondaga Cycling Club and knew some members that participated in tri’s, so I went to a Wed tri night and just “watched”. Thought it looked pretty fun but knew nothing about swimming. So I started taking swimming lessons at a Y. Now I know that I did not take them from the “correct” tri coaches but at least it was a start. From there I just became more and more interested and hate to admit it, but more ~competitive.
Who is your Hero?
Chrissie Wellington. I wish I could have that smile throughout a race. It is just priceless. I loved her book – A Life Without Limits. She seems so down to earth, not pretentious and an awesome athlete.
What is your athletic background?
I ran a bit of track and cross country in high school but was not too athletic as I had horses I had to tend to after school. My sister and I also participated in many horse shows so this consumed much of my time. Someday I think I would love to ride horses again. They are just so majestic and a lot of fun!
What are your Triathlon strengths and weaknesses?
Strength, I would have to say is biking ~~ I love hills!!! They can only make you stronger! Weakness of course is swimming. I make myself go to the Chargers Masters Swim at least 2 times a week. Wish I could go more but just can’t fit it all in. I envy the people who swam early in life and are just amazing to watch in the pool.
What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most?
My first was the Caz Tri. I don’t think I was a member yet and I knew no one in the “tri world”. I remember being exhausted after the sprint (that is funny now) and thinking I just could never do anything more than that.
What is your favorite race and why?
My favorite has to be the Henderson Harbor Tri. The $$ goes to the Children’s Home in Watertown and it is very well organized and fun. I love the mugs they give out but I think I have collected enough now.
What was your worst race and why?
Worst race was the very first Syracuse 70.3. It was super COLD in the water and if you don’t like to swim this was the perfect storm for me! I felt like I was never going to get out of the water. Then it was a bit rainy on the bike and I crashed. All I can say is, careful of the “white paint” on the corners and braking. The tri world is a never ending learning experience.
What races are on your race calendar for 2014?
I need to race Syracuse 70.3 again and stay upright on the bike. I also will sign up for the Lake Placed ½ Marathon ~ very fun! Henderson Tri of course, Lyme Tri and Delta. I see Delta is doing a double tri – sprint and Olympic—hmmmm sounds intriguing! I also need to do a marathon again and try to qualify for Boston again. I ran Boston in 2008 and would love to experience it again.
What are this year’s goals?
Become a more efficient runner off the bike…and of course, improve those swim times. At least I don’t stop every few hundred yards in the water anymore (baby steps!)
In five years you hope to…:
Race Lake Placid again in 2015~hopefully…and spend some time with my husband as he will be retired by then.
Something most people don’t know about you:
Deathly afraid of snakes! I constantly think I will see one slithering under me when I am swimming. That will be an instant panic attack!