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June 2014 : issue 64

Published: June 5, 2014 •


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CNY Triathlon Club Newsletter
CNY Triathlon Club, Inc. | P.O. Box 434 | DeWitt, NY 13214 

June 2014 – Issue 63 
In This Issue
Cazenovia Triathlon
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


T2 Multisport


Véloved Bicycle Repair Company

Letter from the President 
Dear CNY Triathlon Club Members,

Throughout the past few years I am sure that you, like me, have noticed that every weekend you could sign up for a different race. You have so many choices–whether it be a full or half marathon, a 5k, a full or half triathlon or a sprint triathlon. There are so many–how do you decide?


Today I am asking you to choose one, the Cazenovia Triathlon. The Cazenovia Triathlon, which is hosted by the CNY Triathlon Club, is held on Sunday, August 10.
This race is Central New York’s premier triathlon, located in beautiful Cazenovia, NY. This race offers something for everyone, sprint and Olympic distances, as well as aqua bike courses and a relay for the team players. How can you say no?
What is holding you back?
It offers a great bike course with fantastic views that challenges you. And if this is holding you back, we are offeringno drop rides throughout the summer to get ready for the race. Take advantage! Sign up and support your club!
I have done this race twice and it is one of my favorites. It is a well run and organized event. It is held at a great location. Sign up, what are you waiting for? And as an incentive, if you sign up between today and Father’s Day you have the opportunity to win a Polar HRM.
Support the Cazenovia Triathlon, it’s our tri!
Maura Donovan


No Drop Rides The CNY Triathlon Club is hosting “No Drop Rides” on the Cazenovia Triathlon course. This is an opportunity to ride the course with a bike leader and, no matter what your riding level, you will not be alone. Our bike leaders, Sam Sampere, Ben Rabin and Tanya Woldbeck Gesek, will help you with the climbs and your gears. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity.

The following are the “No Drop Ride” dates (they begin at 6 p.m.):

Monday, June 9 – Swim & Bike

Wednesday, July 16 – Swim & Bike

Open Water Swims The following are the dates for our open water swims during the 2014 season. Please remember that registration for the open water swim is required and we are limited to 100 spots per date. Registration opens two weeks prior to the swim dates. And as a reminder, we also need volunteers for all of these dates.

June 14 – Jamesville Beach

July 5 – Green Lakes

July 12 – Jamesville Beach

August 3 – Twilight Swim at Green Lakes

OCC Bike Ride The Onondaga Cycling Club is hosting a ride on the 70.3 course starting at Jamesville Beach after our open water swim onSaturday, June 14 at 9 a.m. The cost of the ride is $20 and it includes lunch. To register, go to or
Syracuse 70.3 Homestay The Syracuse 70.3 organization is looking for volunteers to host professional triathletes over the June 22 Syracuse 70.3 weekend. This is a great opportunity for CNY Triathlon Club members. If you are interested and you agree to host an athlete you will coordinate with Tim Taber (host captain) to determine the athlete’s needs. Outside of a place to stay, nothing out of the ordinary is required. If you are interested in this great opportunity, email Tim Taber at

Important Information
Keep in Mind
For the Wednesday night trainings, please remember there are no signups this year, but each site can only allow 200 members to participate. Why? Safety reasons and neighborhoods. It isn’t the OWS (open water swims), but having 200 cyclists and runners out on the roads that limits the number of members that can participate.
Also, we strongly urge each member to volunteer one Wednesdayduring the summer. It’s vital for athlete safety and important to build club camaraderie. The site directors are volunteers and are out there every Wednesday for three months. One Wednesday per member isn’t a lot to ask.

June Board Meeting
The June Board meeting will take place on Monday, June 9, from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. 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

Member Profile

Name: Lynn Douglas



Tell us about yourself.

I’m 51 and reside in Camillus. I am a Vermont native and moved to the Syracuse area in late 1995, from Connecticut. With 28 years of tenure, I work for Verizon as a Service Manager. My team provides contract governance and technical support for 17 worldwide healthcare clients. Locally, I’m proud to be on the Mountain Goat committee and board. I was probably one of the first 30 members of the CNY Tri Club and a club officer for a few years. I’m a dog lover and I’m destined to get another dog in my life, perhaps in 2014……


How long have you been involved in triathlon and what made you take it up?

I’ve been involved with triathlons since 2002. Close friends of mine had just started doing triathlons and they were having a ball and feeling the benefits of cross-training. With my running background, I decided to join in the fun, and added swimming and cycling to my training. I was confident I could swim, with work, having grown up on Lake Champlain and having ridden the hills of Burlington, Vermont, on a 10 speed bike when I was a student at the University of Vermont.


Who is your hero?

My local hero is Samuel Clemence, age 75. Sam is a soulmate Lake Placid Ironman training partner. Ironman pal Rich O’Neil and I went to Sam’s retirement party recently as he retired as a Syracuse University Meredith Professor within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. I was deeply touched to hear firsthand about his enthusiastic transfer of knowledge, inspiration, passion, critical thinking and integrity to his student base over the years. He has shared this same positive spirit and tenacity through his accomplishments with his triathlon “students” and family.

What is your athletic background?

I was the captain of my small high school cross country and track teams. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed many sports including skiing (my passion), cross-county skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, kayaking, waterskiing and scuba diving in addition to swimming, biking and running. I would love to try winter hiking in the future. I’ve enjoyed building on distance over the years. You all know that once you do your first 5K run, your interest and crazy aspirations turn to the next goal and others often inspire you or talk you into more. I’ve run 11 marathons (excluding Ironman), including a couple of Boston marathons, and have completed numerous triathlons, including Lake Placid Ironman twice. Some of my PRs are: 10K, 45:37, Auburn Great Race; half marathon, 1:40, Tucson; marathon, 3:43, Mohawk Hudson; half Ironman, 5:27 Tupper Lake; Ironman, 12:35, Lake Placid.


What are your triathlon strengths and weaknesses?

I’d have to say running is my strongest sport, not because I am fast but because I’ve been through so many miles that I’ve learned what my body can and can’t do. Furthermore, I have thoroughly enjoyed the mental outlet, cardio value and social benefit of the sport. I’m excited that I still have plenty to learn and to improve with my cycling and swimming.


What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most?

My first triathlon in 2002 was the St. Croix VI sprint triathlon on a rented mountain bike. I remember the island-start swim and large waves with tropical rain pummeling my back. I was thrilled that I wasn’t doing the slick-road half Ironman course, including the “Beast.” I also had a ball when I met and chatted with pro Joanna Zeiger’s husband out on the bike. He was doing his first tri too.


What is your favorite race and why?

Ironman Lake Placid 2005. I had massive butterflies in my stomach as I arrived in Lake Placid. I vividly remember hitting the point that I knew I was ready for the race–I had gone to Placid Planet around 5 a.m. the day prior to the race to get my derailleur tweaked and I cycled out onto Mirror Lake Drive alone to work through my gears when I saw the fog lift on Mirror Lake to reveal the red tetrahedral buoys at the swim turn. What a pure, unexpected and glorious fog-lift “sign” to know I was ready! Also, I burst out laughing on race day when I was in the water with the helicopter overhead and the swim was so tight my first strokes were the dog paddle. I knew my family would laugh at me if they saw me on TV. Lastly, after the race I was so amazed and fulfilled by the athletic goals set and results accomplished by other people after I shared my Ironman journey story with them.


What was your worst race and why?

Thankfully, I haven’t had many bad race experiences. For my first marathon, the Vermont City Marathon, after having been encouraged by Lindsey Reider and Eric Prager to run the event, I gratefully ran 22 miles with Bobby Angotti. I crossed the finish line happily only to have my entire thighs and calves seize up with cramping. I had to be carried away; I quickly learned about electrolyte replacement.


What races are on your race calendar for 2014?

Nationals, Olympic distance in Wisconsin; Henderson Harbor tri (love this one); Skinnyman and others.


What are this year’s goals?

I am focusing on Olympic distances, speed work and perhaps a half Ironman, which is in tune with my training buddy Monique Cuyler. Professionally, I am working on my PMP (Project Management Professional) certification by year’s end, which is a large commitment.


In five years you hope to… :

I hope to enjoy great health and new athletic accomplishments with varying locations and venues, as part of a balanced life. Another Ironman may be in the future…2015? I’d like to continue to inspire and assist others to achieve memorable athletic accomplishments, at any level.


Something most people don’t know about you:

I once roller skated for 24 hours for a charitable cause when I was a teenager. That might have been my first endurance experience.


What triathlon has taught you:

Triathlon has brought thorough enjoyment to me alongside great friends! The triathlon journeys have been such an important part of my life and balance. The hard work, laughter and memories have been amazing. Triathlon buddies over the years include Sam Clemence, Rich O’Neil, MJ Reinhart, Karen Allen-Turner, Lynn Festa, Monique Cuyler, Robin Cottrell, Ann Haley, Marlene Cleary, Sue Shopiro, the Ginny and Bob Burton cellar cycling crew and my Camillus neighborhood running ladies.

Club Discount


HITS Endurance is offering club members a 50% discount on registration to the North County Triathlon in Hague and the Hunter Mountain Triathlon. When you register, enter the following code to get your discount: CNYSAVES.


For Hague, since we’re within 30 days of the June 20-22 events, the code will only be good through Friday, June 6.

This event is tucked away in the rugged Adirondacks, making it a perfect location for all Northeast area athletes. HITS North Country will be the setting for a breathtaking race unlike any other, which will begin in beautiful Hague, NY and encompass several local communities. It features one of the greatest open water swims in stunning Lake George, making HITS North Country a race to remember!

For Hunter, the code will be good through Aug. 9.


Be there when HITS Triathlon Series returns Sept. 13-14 for the Hunter Tri, an epic race with new “athlete-friendly” bike and run courses! Athletes will enjoy a swim in the pristine waters of South Lake and then bike and run through the majestic Catskills.  The roads are perfectly suited for speedy aerodynamic descents with turns while, on the other hand, rolling enough to sit up and enjoy the gentle beauty of the Catskill Park.For more information, visit these links:

CNY Tri on the Podium


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

Training Opportunities

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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 the triathlon 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
T2 Multisport
Manlius, NY

We will provide a free consultation (30 min.) for CNY Tri members.

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