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January 2014 : issue 59

Published: January 6, 2014 •

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CNY Triathlon Club Newsletter
CNY Triathlon Club, Inc. | P.O. Box 434 | Dewitt, NY 13214 
January 2014 – Issue 59
In This Issue
Renew Your Membership Today
Swim Clinics and Triathlon Camps
Member Profile
CNY Tri on the Podium
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!

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Letter from the President 
Did you know that New Year’s Resolutions had religious origins?  The Ancient Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of each year.  The Romans began each year by making promises to the god Janus.  And knights too the “peacock vow” during the medieval era at the end of the Christmas season each year. 

According to 45% of Americans make resolutions; 38% never make resolutions and 17% sometimes make resolutions.  Of the percentages that make resolutions 8% are successful.  The top 10 resolutions made each year are:

  1. Lose weight
  2. Get organized
  3. Spend less, save more
  4. Enjoy life to the fullest
  5. Stay fit and healthy
  6. Learn something exciting
  7. Quit smoking
  8. Help others in their dreams
  9. Fall in love
  10. Spend more time with family

So what are your resolutions?  Your first priority of the New Year should be to renew your CNY Triathlon Club Membership.  Then in order to stay fit and healthy and live life to the fullest participate in spin and yoga classes at the WTF.  You could help others achieve their dreams by volunteering with the CNY Tri club during the summer Wednesday Night Trainings and at the Cazenovia Triathlon.  Or you could register for the Cazenovia Triathlon too.  I think they sound like great resolutions!


I personally am looking forward to 2014 and all that it has to offer me.  I have not come up with my resolutions yet but I am sure that a few of mine are on the top 10 list.


Even though you may not make resolutions I know we all set goals for ourselves each triathlon season.  I hope all of your goals are met and your dreams come true in 2014.  On behalf of the Executive Board of the CNY Triathlon Board I wish you and your family a Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year!!  Here is to 2014!!


Maura Donovan


January Board Meeting
The January Board meeting will take place on Monday, January 13 from 7:00 to 8:15 PM at the Winter Training Facility at Shoppingtown Mall.
Future meetings will take place on the 2nd Monday of the month from 7:00 to 8:15 PM at the Winter Training Facility at Shoppingtown Mall.  If you are interested in attending, please contact the Board at

Renew Your Membership Today!

Has your membership expired?  Memberships run from January 1 to December 31, so if you haven’t renewed yet, head over to our website to register again.

To renew your membership go to

Swim Clinics and Triathlon Camps
Swim Clinics – Syracuse – 3 session program – Jan 19th, Feb 2nd, Feb 23rdThe Right Fit MultiSports is excited to announce winter clinics to be held in Syracuse at the South West Pool (behind the Southwest Community Center). Two programs are on offer (Technique Essentials and Technique, Speed and Open Water Essentials) and you can select which program best suits your needs. The programs will be lead by both Karen and Lynn Festa who is an open water specialist and swim coach also with extensive experience. Programs will be limited to 20 participants.


Program A – Technique Essentials – 1:30-3:00 PM

 – Cost $80.

 Click Here for Details and Registration information 


Program B – Technique, Speed & Open Water Essentials – 3:30-5:00 PM 

– Cost $80.


Participate in both programs – 1:30-3:00 PM/3:30-5:00 PM – Experienced athletes that wish to revisit technique essentials and also get the benefit of applying their knowledge to racing might be interested in participating in both programs. Since this will involve three hours of swimming per session, athletes must have a certain level of endurance to participate. A 10% discount will be offered if registering for both. Email Karen for a discount code.


Women’s Triathlon Camp – The Adirondack Experience – May 29th – June 1st

Spaces still exist for our second women’s only camp. Based in the Lake Placid region of NY, this camp will combine training with workshops and other fun activities that the Adirondack region has to offer. This camp is a perfect lead in to any athletes looking for guidance in the sport and also for those doing a half ironman or ironman race in 2014.  More details available here 

Member Profile

Name: Annie Porter 

Tell us about yourself.  

I am 28 years old.  I live in Syracuse where I work as a criminal defense lawyer.


I have been in the Syracuse area for six years.  Before that, I attended college in Charleston, South Carolina after my small town upbringing in Lyons, New York.  It was in Lyons (hometown of Jim Boeheim- known for little else) where I met my high school sweetheart who is now my husband.

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

My triathlon addiction began in 2010.


I began running competitively in high school.  I use the term “competitively” loosely; I was not very good, but running was just something I did.  While in college, I sustained a very bad, right foot “lisfranc” injury and could no longer run.


After a year or so of feeling sorry for myself, I started to swim laps and ride the stationary bike at the local YMCA.   When I could finally run again, I decided I would put the three together and I signed up for my first sprint triathlon. 

Who is your Hero? 

I am racking my brain trying to think of someone in the athletic field so that my answer will mesh with this bio, but my hero has always been Thurgood Marshall.  No amount of swimming, biking, or running comes close to his achievements.


What is your athletic background?

When I was young I was on every backyard team my brothers didn’t kick me off of.  As I got older, I realized my hand-eye coordination left something to be desired (I couldn’t tag a ghost runner in baseball) and decided to stick to track.  I tried a few different events and even managed to win a sectional title for pole-vaulting (it was not a competitive year for pole-vaulting).


In college I threw caution to the wind and signed up for rugby.  As it turns out, I didn’t need hand-eye coordination, just the ability to tackle and an appreciation for cheap beer.  My foot injury is a rugby injury, but it was worth it.


What are your Triathlon strengths and weaknesses?

It depends on the race.  The run leg is my best friend during a sprint, but my worst enemy in a distance race.  With the swim it is often the opposite.



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

My first triathlon was Green Lakes.  I had never done an open water swim and I had never worn a wetsuit.  I remember thinking that if I got close enough to a kayak I would ask to be dragged back to shore.  I am glad I stuck it out.


What is your favorite race and why? 

Green Lakes is my favorite race, probably because it was my first.  I also love to train there; the trail running is a nice change from running on pavement.


What was your worst race and why? 

Without a doubt the 2013 Syracuse 70.3.   The heat got the best of me.


What races are on your race calendar for 2014?

Green Lakes, Syracuse 70.3, and Ironman Lake Placid.


What are this year’s goals?

This year is all about the Ironman.  I have some times in mind, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself.


I met Steve Plante in 2010 when I was training for my first triathlon.  He told me that the first time I do a triathlon or try a new distance, my goal needs to be to finish.  If you want sound advice, go to Steve Plante.


My goal is to stick to the training plan and finish.


In five years you hope to…:

Stay in contact with all of the great people I have met through CNY Triathlon and triathlon training.  I love triathlons, but the working out and racing is only half the fun.  Being able to let loose and goof off with the great group of triathlon misfits I’ve met helps me keep everything in perspective.


Something most people don’t know about you:

I failed my driver’s test four times.

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 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>


Debbie Sindone
Publisher & Editor
CNY Triathlon Club, Inc.

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