Name: Mimi Satter
Tell us about yourself.
I moved to Syracuse in 1980 to work for a law firm. I met my husband, Terry Mundy, and we had three daughters, all of whom are now adults, although somehow still in school. (Julia is a PhD student at Cornell; Lily is in med school in NYC; and Rosa will get her BA in Dec.) We live on Frank Long Rd in Pompey, known to really serious bikers, which is just off Sweet Road and one-half mile from the 70.3 bike route. I am no longer with the firm I moved here to join, now practicing labor and employment law on the union/employee side in a small, athlete/family-friendly firm I helped create.
How long have you been involved in Triathlon and what made you take it up?
I did the swim leg of Green Lakes in 1998 at the request of a neighbor. For the rest of the story, see the section below on my real first race.
Who is your Hero/heroine? All the women who have done Iron and Gillie Girls as first timers, accomplishing far more than they ever dreamed possible.
What is your athletic background?
I grew up in the pre-Title 9 era, with no scholastic sports teams for girls. I swam during the summer on a town rec team until I was 14 and that was it. I have always ridden a bike and started bike commuting (due to lack of a car or public transit) when I went to law school in DC.
What are your Triathlon strengths and weaknesses?
I say often that my greatest strength is being old. There are just not that many women in the 60+ age group. In fact in the 2012 Syracuse 70.3, I could say I won and lost, as the only woman in my age group. I am also a confident swimmer. I am slow compared to my Masters group, but pretty decent among triathletes; and I trust I can swim almost any distance in open water. I used to say running was my weakness, but I think I have become pretty even in running and biking.
What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most? In 1998 my neighbor Kim asked if I would do the swim leg of Green Lakes. She would bike and Susan would run. I trained as if for the Olympics, fearful I would be the weak link of the threesome. After doing my piece and while waiting for Kim and Susan to finish, I decided to do the full race the next year.
Five months later I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had three operations and was well into chemotherapy when, because I participated on a team in 1998, I received a registration form for Green Lakes. Initially I thought it was one more thing I could not do because of the cancer – but then it occurred to me that I had the perfect excuse for being slow. So I registered, hoping I would feel up to it, and I started to train. I ran/biked early in the AM around my neighborhood for 2 weeks, took off a week for chemo and to recover somewhat and then started over on the training. The chemo ended 3 weeks before the race. I have no idea what my time was nor if I was really last. I know only that a kind woman talked me through the run and I finished – proud, strong and feeling totally victorious.
What is your favorite race and why? The Syracuse 70.3 in 2010 because I did it with my sister. It was a real challenge for both of us. Janie lives in Chapel Hill, NC. All summer we exchanged training emails and anxiety. She came up for the race and more anxiety. Janie is a much faster swimmer, but I caught up with her in Fabius. (After all, we were biking “my” hills and neighborhood.) We biked the final 40 miles and did all the run together, literally crossing the finish line holding hands. Then we collapsed.
What was your worst race and why?
A women’s half marathon in Central Park several springs ago. I trained all winter here – in snow, cold and ice. It was 90 degrees for the race. I am totally heat-phobic when it comes to running and had a miserable time. It also did not help that I tripped in the first mile, trying to run too fast. Moral: Always run your race at your pace.
What are this year’s goals?
To finally do some weight training.
In five years you hope to …
Still be racing and having fun.
Something most people don’t know about you:
I am pretty domestic. I have a large vegetable garden and grow as much as possible of our food. I can tomatoes and raspberry jam, grow sprouts and make my own yogurt and granola (my race morning breakfast!). I make a fabulous raspberry pie, quite tasty apple pie and all our ice cream. I knit and sew.