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October 2013 : issue 56

Published: October 3, 2013 •

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CNY Triathlon Club Newsletter
CNY Triathlon Club, Inc. | P.O. Box 434 | Dewitt, NY 13214 
October 2013 – Issue 56
In This Issue
WTF Opening Oct 21
Fall Trashman
CNY Tri on the Podium
Quick Links

Board Meeting
Unless otherwise noted, our Board Meetings are held the secondSunday 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!

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Letter from the President 

35 years ago the first Ironman World Championship was held.  Since the beginning this event has grown into an awesome race filled with drama and inspiration.


Every year this race brings together the best of the best and gets other triathletes thinking, could I do that?  The best part of this event is the history, this race started as a challenge between friends to see who were the best athlete swimmers, cyclists or runners?


The original Ironman was conceived in 1977 when athletes from a runners club and a swim club started a discussion about which sport created the best endurance athlete.  During this discussion John Collins a commander from the US Navy joined in stating that the five time Tour de France winner Eddy Merckx could be the best athlete.  And after the discussion Collins and his wife suggested the ultimate race to settle the debate once and for all, combine the three events.  According to history, Collins announced the event later that year at a swim club banquet saying:  “The gun will go off about 7am, the clock will keep running and whoever finishes first we’ll call the Ironman”.


With only 15 athletes competing the very first Ironman, Gordon Hailer, finished in 11:46:58.  The following year, still just 15 athletes competing, fans welcomed the sixth overall finisher and the first female, Lyn Lemaire at 12:55:38.  This same year Barry McDermott, a journalist for Sports Illustrated,did a 10 page spread on the race and the following year there were hundreds of race applications.


After 35 years Kona Ironman still remains the greatest event of the sport for triathletes.  Few of us will ever get the chance to race there but I am sure all of us have dreamt of crossing that finish line.  This year we can all cheer and dream on October 12th!  Don’t stop dreaming, don’t stop trying all it takes is one step forward!

Happy Training!

Maura Donovan

Board Meeting
 The October Board of Directors meeting
4:00 PM on Sunday, October 13
at the Winter Training Facility, Shoppingtown Mall, Dewitt.
If you are interested in attending, email the board at:

executiveboard <at>

Renew Your Membership Today!

2014 Membership is OPEN!  Go to to sign up.


Membership registration is for the 2014 calendar year, so renew today and you will be all set through December 2014!

WTF Update of classes

Monday at 12:30 p.m. LUNCHTIME Cycle with Helene Schmid from Véloved Multisport Coaching. 

Helene will lead an hour cycle class that will make you feel a little less guilty about that 3 p.m. snack at the vending machine.


Monday at 6:00 p.m. Cycle with Sam Sampere.

Get there early because Sam’s class fills up quickly! Sam will provide you with a great workout, but also a few laughs!


Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. (starting Oct. 29) Yoga with Lisa Baker.

Lisa is a certified yoga instructor and triathlete. Lisa will teach a class that will keep you strong and centered throughout the winter.


Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. LUNCHTIME Cycle with Helene Schmid from Véloved Multisport Coaching. 

Helene will lead an hour cycle class that will make you feel a little less guilty about that 3 p.m. snack at the vending machine.


Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Cycle with Rich O’Neil. 

Rich will start with base building in Nov, Dec, and Jan. Starting in Feb., Rich will pick up efforts to get you ready for outside riding.

Thursday at 6:00 p.m. BEGINNER cycle with Helene Schmid from Véloved Multisport Coaching. 

This is a beginning cycling class for those that want to learn how to use an indoor trainer, be more efficient on the bike, shift gears properly, clip and unclip with clipless pedals, grab their water bottles while riding, learn various workouts for indoor training, and most importantly learn to love your bike!

Saturday at 9 a.m. Cycle with Helene Schmid from Véloved Multisport Coaching. 

Helene will give you a great weekend workout to get you ready for race season!

FIRST SUNDAY of each month starting November 3rd YOGA at 10 a.m. with Bridget Lichtinger

Talkin’ Trash!


On Saturday October 5th at 9:15 AM, we will hold the Fall version of our Trashman community service Adopt-A- Roadway project. We will gather at Jamesville Beach for an hour of clean up along our favorite Onondaga County roadway, Apulia Rd.

This fall we will be start cleaning our newly expanded area of responibility- a 1.75 mile stretch from Coye Rd south to Palladino Rd. So we’d love to see a great turnout for this. Wear old clothes (no shorts) and bring a pair of heavy duty work gloves.

Of course, we will be having our Trashman bike ride. Ride the infamous 70.3 course, or a shorter 20 to 25 mile route. Or run if you choose.

The Trashman happens rain or shine. Bike or run optional.
Also, there will some random prizes for a couple of lucky Trashmen!

Member Profile

Names:  Genaro Armand Manzano (son extraordinaire) and Jeannie M. Larrea (mummie!!!!!)

Tell us about your family:  We are originally from New York City, born and raised in the Bronx.  After a sabbatical in South Australia, we relocated to the Syracuse area in December 2012 for a new life and job opportunity.  We love the outdoors and trying new things.  Besides all the swimming, biking, and running, we are snowboarders too and can’t wait for the pow days to hit the slopes, in the dead of winter.


How long has each of you been involved in Triathlon and what made you take it up? 

Jeannie:  I am a late to the start line triathlete.  I started training for my first triathlon in 2010, but then was side tracked with an injury.  I completed my first triathlon in June 2011 and have done a few since.  Other injuries sidelined me all this winter so I had a late start to the season.  I started all of this to keep up with my son, who is a ball of energy and thrives on activity and movement.  It is important to me to have a common bond with your child and share something special.  Sports are our thing.  We are our biggest fans!

Genaro:  He was always a hyperactive child and nothing kept him still.  Always wanting to try new things, we thought it would be cute to sign him up for an Ironkids event in St. Petersberg, FL in 2009.  He is a natural at the sport, now completing over 25 events since the age of 9.  I have served as his coach, confidant and training partner this entire time.  Triathlon is something we do as a family.  The challenge of all 3 events and what it takes to complete them is what drives him to continue in the sport.


Who is a Hero for each of you? 

Jeannie:  I just adore Chrissie Wellington.  Besides being an amazing athlete, she is just so down to earth.  Her smile and personality are infectious.  Genaro and I met her during her book tour in May 2012.  Genaro is in love with the British culture and brought his Union Jack pillow to the event.  Chrissie signed it and took a picture with us.  Her background as a mere mortal, turned into one of the greatest female athletes of all time, is truly inspiring.  In addition, her charity work and her ability to continuously give back make her a hero in my book.

Genaro: Genaro’s favorite triathlon team is the Browlee brothers.  They are the epitome of the sport and while competitive, they are family first. He just admires their accomplishments and can’t wait to see what else they pull off in the future. He hopes they will compete in longer distance racing.


What are each family member’s Triathlon strengths and weaknesses?

Jeannie: I have been a swimmer all my life and found it easier to change from pool swimming to open water swimming.  In the metro area, open water swims are in the ocean so the calm lake waters of CNY is soothing.  I learned how to ride a bicycle in 2007 so there is still so much for me to understand about cycling.  And I was never a runner.  I was always intimidated by athletics till my early 30s so this is a challenge all around.

Genaro:  Genaro, bar none is a cyclist. He learned how to ride 2 wheels before he was 4 years old and has never stopped since.  He loves everything about biking and prefers to ride the 2 wheels more than anything else. Swimming and running are secondary. While he is good at the other two disciplines, he just started working on them this last year.


What was each family member’s first triathlon and what do they remember most?

Jeannie: Stamford Connecticut KIC IT Triathlon.  Olympic distance.  No coach, no program.  Just trained as best as I could.  I finished close to last.  Genaro met me on the run course (as he does now all the time) to help me through the finish line.  I could have not finished it without him

Genaro:  Ironkids, St. Petersberg, Florida.  Barely could swim, biked an amazing split, walked most of the run, 39:31 was his time.  The entire family was there to cheer him on!


What are this year’s goals (family and individual)? 

Family: To take our training and nutrition to the next level.  We want to be serious athletes in the sport and learn how to do this properly.  It is game time for us!

Jeannie:  I want to do IRONMANS.  YES, more than one.  Actually, in my lifetime, I want to travel the world doing them all.  While there are so many sports out there people can enjoy, this is what captivates me the most.

Genaro:  Genaro wants to compete at an elite level and up the game. He wants to compete on a national and international circuit, while balancing his freshman year in high school.



What, if any, kinds of family workouts do you do together?

We try to work out as a family. It is imperative that family quality time comes first. I came into this sport as a way to keep up with my child, now we workout as part of our routine. We make a point to schedule time and make it work for our family.


What keeps the entire family motivated and keeps you coming to the tri events and participating?

We just love the atmosphere, the people and the excitement of it all. It is also important to us that we give back and volunteer whenever we can because we couldn’t race and compete without the wonderful people who give up their time to keep us going. Every time we attend an event, we learn something new, share a laugh and have a great time. It is part of our life.


Tell us about competition between family members:

Of course, Genaro is naturally competitive. There is no competition; he wins except when mom has to be mom!  Then I win and I am right :))



In five years where do each of you wish to be? 

Jeannie:  I wish to be an ironmom and all around long distance endurance athlete. I want do so many things and explore the world in my early 40s. My son will be off to college and I have to start some new adventures. Kona is just the tip of the mommy and son list of “to do’s”.

Genaro:  By then, he will be 19 and just starting to live his adult life. Knowing Genaro, he won’t define any of that until he is older, but I am sure it will involve athletics and healthy living.


Something most people don’t know about each of you: 

Jeannie:  I want to have the opportunity one day to safety patrol the snow mountains in the EU or out West. Ideal dream come true: Avalanche control in the back country. I am in love with snowboarding as much as I enjoy triathlon.

Genaro:  He secretly wants to live the life of the 3 blokes on Top Gear UK. His backup plan…a race car driver. I wish I was 14 again.


CNY Tri on the Podium


Congratulations to the following members who had a podium finish…or two or three!  If you want to be recognized for your podium finish, please send details


Ginny Burton
Race: Gillie Girl Distance: Sprint Location: Gillie Lake
Date: July 21, 2013 Place: 2nd F60-64 AG Time: 1:51:02
Ginny Burton
Race: Timberman Distance: Sprint Location: Lake Winnipesaukee, NH
Date: August 17, 2013 Place: 2nd F60-64 AG Time: 1:49:50
Ginny Burton
Race: Memorial Hermann 70.3 Distance: Half Ironman Location: Galveston, TX
Date: April 7, 2013 Place: 3rd F60-64 Time: 8:01:47
Molly English-Bowers
Race: Cayuga Lake Triathlon Distance: Intermediate Location: Taughannock Falls State Park
Date: August 4, 2013 Place: 3rd in 50-54 AG Time: 3:14.57
Candy Gibb
Race: Green Lakes Distance: Sprint Location: Fayetteville
Date: June 8, 2013 Place: 3rd in AG Time: 1:29
Ben Rabin
Race: Corporate Triathlon Distance: Mini-Sprint Location: Jamesville, NY
Date: August 22, 2013 Place: 3rd Overall Time: 48:36


Michael Sherman
Race: Cayuga Lake Triathlon Distance: Sprint Location: Taughannock Falls State Park
Date: August 4, 2013 Place: 3rd in AG Time: 1:29:31
Peter Winkler
Race: Keuka Lake Tri Distance: Intermediate Location: Penn Yan, NY
Date: June 2, 2013 Place: 2nd in AG Time: 3:23:11
Peter Winkler
Race: Finger Lakes Triathlon Distance: Intermediate Location: Canandaigua, NY
Date: September 8, 2013 Place: 1st in AG Time: 3:16:46


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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