November 2011 CNY Triathlon Club-Member Profile
Name: Steve McCormick
Tell us about yourself. I have completed 13 Ironman races, the Survivor of the Shawangunks, and many other triathlons over the last seven years. I am 60 years old and have worked for 33 years in the beer industry. I work at the Budweiser Brewery in Baldwinsville. I have been in Central New York for the last ten winters. I am a time challenged Triathlete so I race to train. I say this to explain my 2011 triathlon goals below. I also bike from my home in Manlius to and from work in Baldwinsville as often as possible. Prior to Triathlons, I only ran and I have completed 34 marathons.
How long have you been involved in Triathlon and what made you take it up? As a result of losing a bet with a co-worker, I was signed up for my first triathlon, the 2005 Ironman Lake Placid. I decided to enter the Green Lakes Triathlon in June 2005 as a preparation. After struggling in that race I took swim lessons from Bill Hauser at Cazenovia College. The swim training worked and I was able to complete the swim just seconds faster than a competitor with one arm.
Who is your Hero? My wife Linda. We have been married 37 years.
What is your athletic background? I am one of twelve children and we played sports every night after dinner. Later in life at age 35, I ran my first of 34 marathons in 1985 in Chicago.
What are your Triathlon strengths and weaknesses? I am really good at the race taper. The swim, bike and run are my weaknesses. In the photo from Geneva, I am standing with all the swimmers that I beat at Ironman Switzerland.
What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most? Green Lakes in 2005 and I learned that I should have trained for the swim.
What is your favorite race and why? The Catalina Island Marathon was my favorite race, trail running among buffalos and finishing in the Pacific Ocean. My favorite Triathlon was the Survivor of the Shawangunks. This race has a great unusual course (ride, run, swim, run, swim, run, swim & run up), very scenic, challenging, and a fantastic meal with Budweiser after the race.
What was your worst race and why? I have had all good races but my travel schedule to Ironman Switzerland added stress to the event. I recommend that you get to an Ironman race at least a full day in advance.
What are this year’s goals? Have fun racing in Ironman Louisville, five half ironman races, three Olympic races, four sprint races, and do well on Team USA at the World Long Course Championships at Las Vegas in November.
In five years you hope to … : I will qualify for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.
Something most people don’t know about you: In the Navy, I was an officer and sometimes a gentleman. I drove an aircraft carrier for three years.