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June 2013 : issue 52

Published: June 3, 2013 •

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CNY Triathlon Club Newsletter
CNY Triathlon Club, Inc. | P.O. Box 434 | Dewitt, NY 13214 
June 2013 – Issue 52
In This Issue
The Cazenovia Triathlon
Wednesday Night Registration
Your Rights as a Cyclist
Silent Auction for a Green Lakes Triathlon Entry
Free Trial Membership at TruFitness
Member Profile
Quick Links

Board Meeting
Unless otherwise noted, our Board Meetings are held the second Sunday of each month at the Winter Training Facility in Shoppingtown Mall in Dewitt.  Times will vary depending on the time of year.

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
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T2 Multisport

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Letter from the President 

Dear Fellow Tri Members,

Its the beginning of June and in about 10 weeks the CNY Triathlon Club will be hosting the Cazenovia Triathlon, on Sunday, August 11th.  This is the triathlon clubs premier event and largest fund raiser and we need everyone’s help.  The funds we raise at this triathlon help us keep our membership costs down and also provide such things as the Wednesday Night Training Sessions, Open Water Swims and also the Winter Training Facility.  If you like all that the club has to offer register for the Caz Triathlon!


If you are looking for a new challenge, sign up!


If you are tired of doing sprint distances and you would like to do an Olympic distance, sign up!


You still have plenty of time to train for this event … if you believe it you will achieve it!


This race has something for everyone; sprint, Olympic, relay or an aquabike.  Don’t let fear stop you.  In 2001 I was a brand new triathlete, a “newbie”.  I had only competed in one sprint triathlon that took place in June of that year.  I decided I wanted to do another triathlon and chose the Cazenovia Tri.  After registering for the race I went and rode the bike course every week and by the day of the race I was able to complete the triathlon without any problems.  Don’t let fear stand in your way sign up!!


So you still can’t fit the triathlon on your schedule but you still would like to help, have you thought about sponsoring the event?  The executive board members of the triathlon club as well as the race directors of the event have been working very hard at obtaining sponsorship and also media spots.  If you own a company or work for a company that would like to support the triathlon with product or dollars please contact me at  No amount is too small and we would appreciate all donations.


And finally this event could not happen without VOLUNTEERS!  Would you like to volunteer for this event let us know.  Do you know anyone that needs volunteer hours send them our way!  Does your family get board just waiting for you to finish your triathlons?  Send them our way and we can put them to work!  Volunteers are vital to the success of this event!  You get a free t-shirt!!


Please let me know if you have any questions and remember to mark your calendar for August 11th!
Maura Donovan


CNY Triathlon Club


Board Meeting
The June Board of Directors meeting will be held

at 3:00 PM at Winter Training Facility, Shoppingtown, DeWitt

on Sunday, June 9th.

If you are interested in attending, email the board at: executiveboard <at>

The Cazenovia Triathlon

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Join us for the most exciting race of the year

In the beautiful Village of

Cazenovia, NY

The CNY Triathlon Club’s

Premier Event


The Cazenovia Triathlon

Sunday, August 11th

8:00 AM Start

Lakeside Park on East Lake Road

The day includes both sprint and Olympic distance courses

Don’t Miss out!

Register today at

Wednesday Night Registration and Cancellation Policy
This year the club had to institute a registration policy for Wednesday nights per the request of the county parks and to keep the training nights safe.  Last year we would have over 300 people attend a training night and that was too much for the volunteers and roads to handle.  The cap of 200 per site was instituted this year to ensure that training night’s stay manageable and controlled. 

As with every new system there are growing pains, but so far things seem to be going smoothly.  However, we have a few things we would like to ask our members to do for us.  The volunteers that handle the registrations work full-time jobs and it is very difficult for them to spend time during work hours responding and adding people to site lists that “forgot” to register.  Please try and remember to register before it closes. We rather you register and cancel later (if need be).  Registration opens for each week on THURSDAY at 8 a.m. and closes on MONDAY at 5 p.m.  This allows members 5 days to register for Wednesday night.  Please mark your calendars and register within those five days.


If you didn’t register or the site has capped and would like to be on the waiting list, email the


 to be added to the list.  If you didn’t register or was locked out there is no guarantee that you will be able to participate for that week.  You will need to get confirmation from the site directors.   If you do not hear anything from the site directors by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, this means you were not granted access to the training night.


Site Directors:


If you have to cancel then email  as soon as you know.


More information and registration links can be found on the club website at – under the Club Training tab.


Cancellation Policy

If a site is going to cancel BEFORE 4:00 PM, we will send out an email and post an announcement on Facebook.


If we have to cancel AFTER 4:00 PM, it will be an on-site decision and it will only be posted on Facebook.


Members are to use their own discretion and won’t be penalized if they don’t show up due to the bad weather.


Also remember, the following people are the ONLY people who will announce a cancellation of the Wednesday Night Trainings on Facebook:

  • Thomas Stern
  • Ginny O’Connor
  • Mindy Lu Gavvney
  • Bridget Lichtinger
  • Stacey Keefe
  • Mike Gasparek
  • Eric Prager
  • Sammy Vega
  • Maura Donovan

Your Rights as a Cyclist
Riding season is (finally) in full swing, and we are putting more and miles on our bicycles out on the road instead of on the trainer. PLEASE remember: there are some people who drive their cars like we bicyclists don’t have equal rights to the roadways. What can you do?
You must bring plenty of bling, like flashing lights and neon tights. Double check, in case of a wreck, that you’ve got the right insurance to fix any occurrence. Know your rights, so if in a fight (likely a pickup truck) you don’t get . . . screwed.
OK – I know, the rhyming is stupid, and bad, but the point is: be prepared! Be careful, but don’t forget: almost EVERY bicycle accident is caused by someone other than the bicyclist! Are you prepared? Anyone with questions about insurance, bike laws or anything else related to accident preparedness can contact Ben Rabin for suggestions. Call (315) 448-BIKE (2453) or email
Ben is on the CNY Tri Club Board of Directors, is training for Ironman Lake Placid, and is always available to talk to members about any legal aspects of bicycle riding

Silent Auction for a Green Lakes Triathlon Entry
The Rabin Law Firm is a sponsor of the upcoming Green Lakes Triathlon on Saturday June 8th. As part of the sponsorship, Ben Rabin is generously giving away two entries in a silent auction to help the Livestrong at the YMCA Cancer Survivor Program.


If you would like to bid to win one of the entries, send your best bid to by Sunday June 2nd at 6PM. The two bids with the highest donation amount will each receive one entry and will be contacted next Sunday. Minimum bid is suggested at $70 and all proceeds will be donated to the Livestrong YMCA Cancer Survivor Program.

Two Week Free Trial Membership at TruFitness
This is a great opportunity for the CNY Triathlon Membership.  Every member of the CNY Triathlon club will receive a two week free trial membership at TruFitness on Onondaga Hill.  TruFitness offers its members State of the Art Cardio equipment, Nautilus equipment, Theraputic spa pool, sauna, personal training, steam room and group fitness classes which include Trx, boot camp, pilates, yoga and more . 

TruFitness is open 7 days a week and is located at 4651 Nixon Park Drive in Syracuse.  You can checkout their website at


Head up to TruFitness let them know you are a CNY Tri member and take advantage of this great offer!

Member Profile

Name: Gina Pauline

Tell us about yourself.  

I have lived in Syracuse since the summer of 2006. I am originally from Yonkers, NY (about 15 minutes outside NYC) but have had the opportunity to live in many places thanks to my education and career in the sport sector! I currently work at Syracuse University as a faculty member in sport management.

I have a great family that includes my husband of ten years Jeff, our three kids Gabriella (7), Dominic (4), and Tyler (4), as well as our newest addition, a chocolate lab puppy, Bailey who is 6 months.  Being a mom of three young children, and working full time, certainly is a balancing act, and keeps me on the go at all times but I wouldn’t change it for the world!



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

I have been involved in triathlon for about 2 years now. When I was in college, I had always wanted to do a triathlon but never had the opportunity to do so. One of my research lines as a faculty member focuses on volunteer management.  In 2010, I decided that I was going to do a research study on volunteer motivation and satisfaction at triathlon events. As a result, I ended up going out to Syracuse 70.3 and once I saw the event, spoke to the volunteers, it reignited the interest in doing a triathlon and more importantly, getting back into shape. After having three kids and not working out at all (for almost 4 years) when our twin boys turned 1, I decided that I was going to do a sprint triathlon 9 months later. In looking back on it, this was one of the best decisions I made not only for my own personal interests but also to be able to keep up with my kids, especially the boys as they are in constant motion!



What is your athletic background?

My athletic background has truly revolved around swimming! While I played a little tennis and the typical soccer, as a child, the pool is where I spent the majority of my time growing up! I have been swimming competitively since the age of 7. I started swimming just for a summer club and by the time I turned 10 I was swimming year round and dragging my family to swim meets all over the place! I swam competitively at Binghamton University and was blessed to earn 4 All-American honors in the 100 and 200 butterfly.  Interestingly, I swam very little freestyle (less than ¼ of each practice), until I started doing triathlons, which now is pretty much all I do! Not sure I could even do a 200 butterfly right now! After finishing up my swimming career, it took me 10 years to get back in the pool and start swimming laps again!


What are your Triathlon strengths and weaknesses?

Certainly the swim is by far my strongest leg of the sport. As far as the weakness, this is a moving target still. In my first year it was definitely the bike, and last year, it was the run so it is a toss-up! And of course there is always room for improvement in the transitions J Certainly, lots of room to improve still, which is why I love the sport.



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

My first triathlon was 2011 YMCA Livestrong Green Lakes. I had thought I was so well prepared for the race as I had been running, swimming (in a pool), and had been mostly riding spin bikes at the gym. I had not gotten on my road bike until about 2 weeks before the race nor had I ever done a brick workout. The race started, and I took out the swim pretty hard, which that year was based on seed time so I was battling to stay in the front with the men. Of course I got hit several times! I got out the water more winded than I had expected and realized that this was going to be harder than I thought. My transition was fairly slow (another thing I didn’t practice). I got out on the bike, and about ½ mile out of the park, went into the gravel and went flying off my bike! I remember a few of the guys passing, and saying, “You’re doing great, just keep going”.  As I got back up, I was pretty scraped up, and realized that I had lost my water bottle. I kept going yet questioning why I was out there doing this. I ended up finishing the bike, and off on the run I went. At that time, I was really winded and had to just keep talking myself out of stopping. When I got close to the finish, I saw my husband and kids, which helped me finish. I crossed the finish line, where I was then escorted over to the medical staff to treat all of my cuts and bruises from the fall. I left Green Lakes very sore, all bandaged up, and for about 2 days, I wasn’t sure I would ever do a triathlon again. J.


What is your favorite race and why? 

This is a tough question as I have several favorite races that each have their own meaning to me. I think the one that always stands out in my head, has nothing to do with a PR or how I felt during the race but rather the experience of completing it. After having a terrible first race, somehow, I convinced myself that I was going to do Ironman 70.3 Syracuse in September 2011 (yes, only three months after my first race ever and having no clue what I was doing). After putting Green Lakes behind me, I signed up for a half ironman! I worked hard to get myself ready to race and certainly logged many more bike miles before that race. The morning of the race it was FREEZING but I will never forget how excited I was to embrace the journey of completing my first long race. My husband and daughter as well as my parents were there to watch me start the race and cheered me on as I came in from the swim.  They were then there at different points during the run and the bike. During the entire race, I was very calm, soaking it all in, and truly enjoying the experience. As I finished the race I will never forget seeing my friends, husband, and mom at the finish line, all ready to embrace me with big hugs! It meant the world to me to have them there. The feeling of accomplishment after completing that first 70.3 was incredible as I felt that I had reached a goal that I would never dream possible after having three young children and certainly from where I started just a few months prior.



What was your worst race and why?

2011 YMCA Livestrong Green Lakes (See above)


What races are on your race calendar for 2013?

This year is pretty low key for me as I have been really limited with my training the last few months due to work and family life. Currently I only have two races on my calendar but hoping to add a few more: Musselman sprint and Toughman (70.3 distance).  Both of these are favorite races of mine so certainly excited to be part of them again!



What are this year’s goals?

My goals are just to continue to improve my fitness level, work on my weak links in the sport, and most importantly to have fun out there!


In five years you hope to … :

Still be competing, improve on my age group rankings and hopefully by then (or sooner) do my first full Ironman.

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…
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