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May 2014 : issue 63

Published: May 5, 2014 •

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CNY Triathlon Club Newsletter
CNY Triathlon Club, Inc. | P.O. Box 434 | DeWitt, NY 13214 
May 2014 – Issue 62
In This Issue
OWS Schedule
Cazenovia Triathlon
Triathlon Training Camps
Member Profile
Quick Links

Board Meeting
Our new meeting schedule is as follows:


2nd Monday of each month from7:00 to 8:15 PM at the WTF.
If you are interested in attending, please contact a board member directly or email the board at executiveboard <at>
We would love to have you participate!

Club Discounts
Multisport Physical Therapy

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T2 Multisport

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Véloved Bicycle Repair Company

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Letter from the President 
Dear CNY Triathlon Club Members,


At the end of April the CNY Triathlon Club hosted two “new member orientation” classes at the WTF. We talked about everything from Open Water Swims to Wednesday Night Trainings to safety on the road. So I decided to share some of the highlights with you.

Please remember these important rules for our Wednesdaynight training sessions:

* All members must sign in and out each Wednesday.

* All members must sign out by 8 p.m. (at all sites).


* You must wear a bike helmet, strapped, when riding your bike.

* Ride your bike with traffic, single file.

* Announce “on your left” when passing some on your bike.

* Run against traffic, on the shoulder of the road.

* Do not run 3-4 people across.

* In the event of cancellations due to inclement weather, the site director will post an announcement on Facebook.

* If one site is canceled for the evening due to inclement weather, don’t assume all sites are canceled. Look for a Facebook posting for the site you plan to attend.

The three Wednesday Night Training sites are Gillie Lake, Jamesville Beach and Oneida Shores. You can find the training maps for these locations on our website under club training. The CNY Triathlon Club is very lucky to have some incredibly dedicated and passionate site directors that are there to help you and to make sure thingsrun smoothly. Our site directors are as follows:

Gillie Lake: Mike Gasparek and Eric Prager,

Jamesville Beach: Tom Stearns and Pete Winkler,

Oneida Shores: Bridget Lichtinger, Stacey Keefe and Mindy Lu Gaffney, Oneidashores@cnytriathlon

Open Water Swims: Sam Sampere

As stated above, in the event of cancellations due to inclement weather, an announcement will be made on Facebook. The only people who can cancel a site are Mike Gasparek, Eric Prager, Tom Stearns, Pete Winkler, Bridget Lichtinger, Stacey Keefe, Mindy Lu Gaffney, Sam Sampere or Maura Donovan. If someone other than those individuals cancels a site it is purely a rumor.

For our new members and those individuals who are new to the sport of triathlon, don’t be nervous; take advantage of theWednesday Night Trainings and ask questions. We are a club, we are team and we are friends. We are here to support one another and to help each other succeed.

Be safe and aware on the roads and happy training!

Maura DonovanPresident

Training Opportunities

Mark Your Calendars

Green Lakes State Park 

500M-800M. You MUST wear a wetsuit at Green Lakes. Meet at the Boathouse.

Saturday, May 31 , 9 a.m. Check in no later than 8:45 a.m.

Saturday, July 5, 9 a.m. Check in no later than 8:45 a.m.

Sunday Twilight Swim, August 3, 7 p.m. Check in no later than6:30 p.m.

Jamesville Beach County Park 

2000M/1.2 mile. You must be able to swim this distance to participate in this OWS. Park in the upper parking lot.

Saturday, June 14, 8 a.m. Check in no later than 7:45 a.m.

Saturday, July 12, 8 a.m. Check in no later than 7:45 a.m.

Find details on our website.   

Joint Ride with Onondaga Cycle Club and CNYTriathlon ClubJamesville Beach County Park

Saturday, June 14, 9 a.m. (following the open water swim)
There will be two distances: 22 miles or 56 miles on the Syracuse 70.3 course.
Cost is $20, which includes the ride, lunch and some other fun prizes along the way

May Board Meeting
The May Board meeting will take place on Monday, May 12, from 7:15 to 8:30 PM at the Winter Training Facility at Shoppingtown Mall.
Future meetings will take place on the 2nd Monday of the month from 7:15 to 8:30 PM at the Winter Training Facility at Shoppingtown Mall.  If you are interested in attending, please contact the Board at

Cazenovia Triathlon

The club is busy preparing for the 14th Annual Cazenovia Triathlon, to be raced on Sunday August 10, 2014. We would love your involvement either as a participant or a volunteer. Race and volunteer details can be found at Check back frequently for updates.


View overlooking Oneida Lake from the top of Ridge Rd. on the Caz Tri bike course.


If you have questions regarding the race, please contact Sam at

Triathlon Training Camp

Training Opportunities From The Right Fit
Women’s Overnight Beginners’ Triathlon Retreat 

June 27-28
To be held at the Tailwater Lodge in Altmar, N.Y., 45 minutes from Syracuse. All-inclusive retreat includes great meals, triathlon workshops, skill sessions, open water swimming, yoga and even a two-hour fly fishing lesson on the Salmon River.

Open Water Swim Clinics

Jamesville Beach County Park

Beginners’ Guide to Conquering the Swim. Aimed at beginners or less experienced swimmers. Capped at 16 participants per class.
Open Water Swim Skills. Aimed at athletes looking to improve their open water swimming. Perfect also for those doing the 70.3. Capped at 20 participants per class.


Member Profile

Name: Mary Ryan



Tell us about yourself. I have resided in the village of North Syracuse since 1988 with my husband, Shawn. We have three daughters ages 22, 20 and 18, and one son age 16. I have been an Exceptional Education teacher for 30 years. My life has been centered on young people. I have been active in the schools I have taught in, church and community with emphasis on many years of service to Girl Scouts. I absolutely love to be outside and take every opportunity I can to be there.


How long have you been involved in Triathlon and what made you take it up? I had never heard of triathlons until 2010. A PE teacher at one of the schools I taught at told me about triathlons and that piqued my interest right away! I have been active my whole life and have enjoyed all three sports. In my formative years it was simply play, yet as a high school student I became competitive and was on swim team and track, events which are totally different than any triathlon leg. In 2010, I learned of Iron Girl and thought what better way to put my love of all three sports together than to sign up for the event and train for it! I learned of the CNY Tri Club and became a member, taking advantage of the Wednesday evening spring and summer training sessions at Oneida Shores. I didn’t know a soul nor had any clue of what to do. The people within our club are phenomenal and sooo supportive that I felt very comfortable growing into my training and tri-ing different triathlons. I have made many friends through the club and met many others during events. I believe it is one of the best things that has ever happened in my life!

Who is your hero? My dad. He has taught me so many things! He is the kindest, hardest working person I have ever known. I grew up with five brothers close in age (God bless my mom). She remained at home taking care of all the household tasks while my dad worked several miles away as a steamfitter in construction. When there was work it was very good but sometimes things got tight. My dad’s work ethic and devotion to family are astounding. He has a keen sense of nature and would spend hours with my brothers and myself walking through the woods behind our home telling us all about the animals, fauna and forest wonderland. During the hot summers he would take us to the beach or the local pond on Fort Drum to swim. His dedication to and appreciation of the little things in life, with the most congenial attitude, make him my hero for all his life stories he has gone through.


What is your athletic background? I believe I was born to move! I have difficulty remaining motionless. I am a bit adventurous and like to challenge my skills. I swam in high school with the backstroke as my event. I was a team member for track and field in high school with the 880 relay and 220 sprint being my running events with discus and high jump as my field events. (Those of us of a certain age will remember running these distances before the advent of the metric system.)

What are your triathlon strengths and weaknesses? My strength in triathlon is my passion for all three legs. I absolutely love each sport although I am not good at any of them. I thought that running was my weakest so I have tried very hard the last year to improve that. My time has not really improved although it certainly has helped my endurance. There is just so much technique involved in each leg, far different than anything I have ever experienced, that even with my swim and running background there simply is no comparison.


What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most? My first triathlon was Iron Girl 2010. I remember the empowerment that this event gave to beginner triathletes like me to complete three physical events and the sense of accomplishment that it gave me to venture forth to give back by volunteering at other tris and expand my races with the knowledge that support is available through the tri community.


What is your favorite race and why? This is a hard question because each tri I have completed has been fabulous for so many reasons but I must admit that Henderson Harbor is my favorite because it is in my beloved North Country on beautiful Lake Ontario. Moreover, community service and support are very important to me and I love most of all that this event supports Credo and the Watertown Children’s Home.


What was your worst race and why? My worst race was Delta Lake in 2013. I experienced very poor sportsmanship on the swim. My leg was actually pulled and tugged on to pull me back and I was also dunked next to a buoy by other swimmers. Fortunately I love to swim but this set off my race; I also had a new bike and was new to clipping in and out. The event itself is fantastic; however, my experience for that particular day was not.

What races are on your race calendar for 2014? 
My first race is Oswego followed by the swim leg of the Syracuse 70.3. I also have Henderson, Gillie Girl and Cazenovia on my race list. I am currently registered for the new sprint Incredoubleman in Sackets Harbor in September but if things go well for me I may bump up to my first 70.3.


What are this year’s goals? I plan on riding 62 miles for Tour de Cure and the swim leg of the 70.3. If all goes well I would like to do my first 70.3. I would also like to run my first full marathon–I am registered for the Empire State Marathon.


In five years you hope to … : Keep going strong, God willing.


Something most people don’t know about you. I have a twin brother.


What triathlon has taught you. Have faith in your skills and trust in your training.


CNY Tri on the Podium


If you want to be recognized for your podium finish, please send details

About the CNY Tri Club
The CNY Triathlon Club is a volunteer organization operated and led by members of the club and supported by its members and sponsors.
CNY Triathlon Club was formed in January 2000 to bring together people in the Central New York area to strengthen and advance the sport of triathlon, promote the educational pursuit of thetriathlon and general physical fitness, represent the sport of triathlon within the community, and to publish and disseminate information related to the sport of triathlon.

A Note from the Editor…

If any club member would like to contribute to our newsletter or help in editing and arranging it each month, contact me at newsletter <at>


Molly English-Bowers
Publisher & Editor
CNY Triathlon Club, Inc.

P.O. Box 434
DeWitt, New York 13214
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