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September 2013 : issue 55

Published: September 4, 2013 •

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CNY Triathlon Club Newsletter
CNY Triathlon Club, Inc. | P.O. Box 434 | Dewitt, NY 13214 
September 2013 – Issue 55
In This Issue
The Cazenovia Triathlon
WTF Opening Oct 21
Fall Trashman
Call Out for Podium Finishers
Team RWB Eagle Ride
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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Multisport Physical Therapy(Click here for coupon)


T2 Multisport

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Véloved Bicycle Repair Company

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Letter from the President 
On Monday, September 2, 2013 history was made.  After four unsuccessful attempts of trying to swim from Cuba to Key West without a shark tank, Diane Nyad tried it one more time.  On her fifth try she swam 110 miles in less than 53 hours and on September 2nd she swam to shore on a beach in Key West.  As she got closer to her finish line the US Coast Guard boats guided her to shore and many fans waded into the water to cheer her on.  As she stood up out of the water her first words were, “You should never, ever give up”.



Due to the fact that Diane had announced that this would be her last attempt she refused to give up but she also turned to some experts for their help.  She had a group of swimmers and divers ahead of her keeping the jelly fish away.  She also hired an expert who works with jelly fish to come up with the mask she wore to protect her face and this person also kept watch for the jelly fish as Diane swam.  Diane was also lucky that there weren’t any shark sightings during her swim.


This story showed me that sometimes you have to turn to other people for help in order to accomplish your dreams.  It could be your coach, your family, your friends or the person keeping the jelly fish away from you but most importantly It taught me giving up isn’t an option.


As the tri season comes to a close and we reflect on races that we completed, are there any goals that you set for yourself last year that weren’t accomplished this year?  I know I had a couple of goals that weren’t accomplished.  However, I can’t look behind me I have to move forward and “never, ever give up” and I encourage you to do the same.  Just because the nights are getting cooler and the days are getting shorter does not mean that training is over … training has just begun for next year’s goals.   Mark your calendar for October 21st, opening day at the WTF!!



Happy Training!

Maura Donovan

PS:  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped out with the Cazenovia Triathlon.  This race could not take place without our awesome volunteers and the participants too.  It was a fabulous event!  And a special shout out and thank you to Sam Sampere and Rich O’Neil for all of your hard work!

Board Meeting
 The September Board of Directors meeting
6:00 PM on Sunday, September 15
at the Winter Training Facility, Shoppingtown Mall, Dewitt.
If you are interested in attending, email the board at:

executiveboard <at>

CNY Triathlon Club’s Cazenovia Triathlon and Aquabike
270 racers completed one of the numerous triathlon or aquabike races, on a challenging course, at the 13th Annual Cazenovia Triathlon and Aquabike, Central New York’s premier multisport event. Each year, the race continued to improve, and this year was no different. Spectacular weather greeted the races along with smooth waters and calm wind conditions.


New this year included a dedicated swim warmup area, a transition area which removed the unpopular uphill bike start, new flagging, fencing and buoys, tons of volunteers, some great swag, and several new corporate and business sponsors. The Caz Tri backpacks have been seen all over town, including sightings at the Fair and the Green Lakes Endurance Run amongst other places!


Our club thanks all the participants, the volunteers who made the execution of this race so amazing, and all our sponsors, including Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists, Burdick GMC, Sun Chevrolet, Byrne Dairy, The Rabin Law Firm, and Gannon’s Isle. Please visit the Caz Tri website for a complete list of race sponsors.


We would also like to add a special thank you to Bike Loft East for their amazing bike race support team.


After completing the race, our athletes were greeted with beautiful spread from Angotti’s Family Restaurant and ice cream from Gannon’s. The ice cream was the highlight of the race for most athletes. Long gone are the pint glass prizes, replaced by gorgeous custom handcrafted ceramic creations by local ceramist Sarah Wilson.


Please keep August 10, 2014 open for the 14th installment of this race. Look for even more enhancements. Tell your friends – we want them to race, too! Questions and comments can be directed to



Sam Sampere

The Winter Training Facility (WTF) Opens Mon, Oct 21st!

Just because the weather is turning cooler doesn’t mean we stop training! The WTF will be opening on Monday, October 21st for club members to keep their fitness up over the winter season and to have a little fun!

There is no registration needed. Just show up for a great workout. The WTF is located in the Community Wing of Shoppingtown Mall. For more details go to:

2013-2014 Class Schedule (subject to change)

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 6:30 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 6:00 p.m. Cycle with Rich O’Neil. 

Rich will start with base building in Nov, Dec and January. 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

Save the Date for the Fall Trashman!


Save the time and date for this year’s Fall edition of the Trashman…

Saturday, October 5 at 9:00 AM
We will meet at Jamesville Beach Park and, after an hour of clean up of Apulia Road, we will embark on a leisurely Fall bike ride.  You can either tour the Syracuse Ironman 70.3 course or choose a shorter option.
We hope to see you there!

Attention All Podium Finishers!!


It has been noticed recently that the Podium Finishers section of the newsletter disappeared.  So, lets bring it back!  We are calling out to anyone who has had a podium finish so far in 2013. (Triathlons or duathlons only, please!)

Please send the following information to

  • Your name
  • Race name, distance, and location
  • Date
  • Place you finished
  • Time

First Annual Team RWB Eagle Ride

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.

P.O. Box 434
Dewitt, New York 13214
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