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November 2013 : issue 57

Published: November 7, 2013 •

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CNY Triathlon Club Newsletter
CNY Triathlon Club, Inc. | P.O. Box 434 | Dewitt, NY 13214 
November 2013 – Issue 57
In This Issue
Renew Your Membership Today
Kona Viewing Party
Resume and Cover Letter Writing Seminar
What’s Happening at the WTF
CNY Tri on the Podium
Quick Links

Board Meeting
Our new meeting schedule is as follows:


Odd Months (Jan, Mar, etc) we meet on Thursdays at 5:30 PM
Location: TBD
Even Months (Feb, Apr, etc) we meet on Tuesdays at 5:30 PM
Location: TBD
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 
As I write this letter another holiday comes to a close, Halloween, but I am already thinking about another holiday, Thanksgiving.  To me Thanksgiving is one of the best holidays but is often overlooked.  The commercializations of other holidays have us more worried about “Black Friday” than Thanksgiving itself.  This is the one holiday, as citizens of the United States of America, we can call our own.  It doesn’t matter if you are Christian, Jewish or Muslim you can celebrate Thanksgiving as a citizen of this great nation.  Thanksgiving gives us a chance to run turkey trots, eat a lot of great food but most importantly spend time with family and friends.  It also gives us a chance to count our blessings and be thankful.


And as President of the CNY Triathlon Club I would like to take this opportunity to count my blessings.  I would like to thank you for giving me this opportunity to serve you as President.  I love this club and all the opportunities it has given me that I am so proud to be your President.  I would like to thank our Executive Board and the Board of Directors who work so hard and do it because they love the sport of Triathlon and this club.  I would like to thank all of our Wednesday Night Site Directors and our WTF instructors for all of your hard work and dedication.  Our training would be obsolete if it were not for you!  And finally I would like to thank all of you, our members; if it weren’t for you we would not have a club.  If it weren’t for you we would not be ranked the third largest club in the country which is something to be very proud of.


I am blessed to be a member of this club; I am blessed to serve this club and I am extremely blessed to call you all friends.


I hope you all have a wonderful, safe and Happy Thanksgiving with your families and friends.


Maura Donovan


New Schedule for Monthly Board Meetings
Our new meeting schedule is as follows:


Odd Months (Jan, Mar, etc) we meet on 
Thursdays at 5:30 PM
Location: TBD
Even Months (Feb, Apr, etc) we meet on 
Tuesdays at 5:30 PM
Location: TBD


The November meeting will take place on
Thursday, November 14th at 5:30 PM at Kitty Hoynes.

Renew Your Membership Today!

Registration for 2014 is open!

To renew your membership go to

Kona Viewing Party


Laci’s Tapas Restaurant

Saturday, November 16, 2013

4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


Food will be served but we ask all guests to purchase their own drinks! Food will be served from 4-5:30 p.m., and drinks will be served from 4-6:00 p.m.


by Tuesday, November 12th

Attendance to this event is a max is 30 people so RSVP today!

Resume and Cover Letter Writing Seminar
Resume and Cover Letter Writing Seminar

Saturday, November 23rd

11 a.m. at the WTF


Has it been awhile since you’ve updated your resume and had to write a cover letter? Although you may not be looking for work at the moment, it is always helpful to be up-to-date on how to write an effective resume/letter in today’s tough job market. Bridget Lichtinger, Assistant Director and Career Counselor at Syracuse University, Newhouse School is offering a FREE 1-hour seminar to CNY Tri club members at the WTF on how to make a resume and cover letter stand out from the crowd.

Members are welcome to attend — even bring/drag your high school and college kid(s). If you are interested please email Bridget at

What’s Happening at the WTF
Don’t miss out on the great classes happening at the WTF!


Click HERE to see the schedule on our website.


Monday 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 6:00 p.m.

Yoga with Lisa Baker.  Lisa will teach a class that will keep you strong and centered throughout the winter.


Wednesday 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 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  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  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


SUNDAY Cycle at 10:30 a.m. with Sean Severance (starting November 17)
Every other Sunday starting November 17th   Sean will start out with an hour cycle and work up to 2 hours later in the season.  For complete list of dates see the Club Calendar.

Member Profile

Name:  Eric Hinman

Tell us about yourself.  I’m an entrepreneur from 9-5 and exercise in the morning and evening. I’m optimistic, passionate, and a creature of habit!  When I try something, I normally go “all in”! I enjoy entertaining, appreciate good food, and like to travel. I live in downtown Syracuse with my girlfriend, Jillian D’Amcio and six year old boxer, Madison.

How long have you been involved in Triathlon and what made you take it up?  I’ve been involved in triathlon for three years. My friend, Charlie Breuer got me into road biking, which eventually led to signing up for my first triathlon – Cazenovia. Triathlon has since become a lifestyle. 

Who is your Hero? Passionate people who take on challenging problems, overcome adversity, and succeed inspire me. Elon Musk comes to mind.

What is your athletic background? I played three sports in high school (including track and cross country) and played basketball for one year in college. In college, I become a regular at the gym. After college, I learned fitness isn’t how big your biceps are! I began crossfit-type workouts in 2008 and enjoyed the high intensity. I began supplementing the strength training with cardio, and signed up for some 5k’s, 10k’s, & 15k’s. In 2010 I tackled my first triathlon and was instantly hooked.

What are your Triathlon strengths and weaknesses? My strengths are the bike and run. My weakness is the swim. Someday, I’ll figure that portion out!


What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most? My first triathlon was Cazenovia sprint in 2010. I started swimming 3 weeks before the race. I had to sidestroke and backstroke my way through the swim. As I passed people on the bike, I couldn’t help but think I should be yelling “slow swimmer coming through”. I finished third and was excited beyond belief. It wasn’t until later that day, I learned there was another “elite” wave that had 20 people. They all had a faster time than I! Being a fierce competitor, it left me hungry for more, so I signed up for the Skinnyman. The most memorable thing I noticed about triathlon is how close-knit the community is. Everyone is friendly, helpful, and rooting for each other. It’s amazing to see competitive people all trading their secrets and helping each other.  I’ve met some of my closest friends through triathlon.


What is your favorite race and why?  My favorite race is Ironman Lake Placid, specifically my first one in 2012.  I participated in the race with many of my closest friends. We all shared in the uncertainty of how our mind and body would perform in a grueling endurance race. Entering the water with 2,500 athletes waiting for the cannon to go off, gave me butterflies I’ll never forget. Subsequently, passing through the village of Lake Placid on the bike and run, listening to thousands of people cheering, produced an adrenaline rush second to none. Having so many friends, family, and supporters at the race meant the world to me. When I crossed the finish line, it was empowering and a relief to have finally finished!


What was your worst race and why? My worst performing race was Kona 2013. Training consumed my life throughout 2013 and my fitness peaked at the perfect time (in October). I expected to perform well in Hawaii, even in non-customary conditions (heat + wind). The day before the race, I was sick. Unfortunate timing to say the least! During the race, I couldn’t keep anything down on the bike; it turned into a porta-potty crawl. Thoughts of quitting entered my mind. It was a mental battle to keep going, but the reward of finishing and earning a medal was well worth it.


What races are on your race calendar for 2014? IM Texas 70.3. IM Syracuse 70.3, IM Lake Placid, IM Kona (fingers crossed that I qualify!). I’ll also compete in some of the local races (Du The Lakes, Green Lakes, Cazenovia, & Skinnyman) depending on what my Coach, Mike Corona lets me do! I always blame it on him if I can’t race!



What are this year’s goals?  In 2014, I’d like to return to Kona. I’m out for personal redemption. I need to race well at IM Lake Placid to qualify.


In five years you hope to … :  Over the next five years, I’d like to continue living a healthy lifestyle; training, racing, eating healthy and continuing to meet all the wonderful people in the triathlon community. I’d like to make Kona an annual trip – who doesn’t love Hawaii?



Something most people don’t know about you: While racing, I think about how delicious chocolate milk is going to taste at the finish line. It motivates me to go fast! Also, I’m addicted to Justin’s Maple Almond Butter.

CNY Tri on the Podium


No podium finishers were submitted for this month.  If you want to be recognized for your podium finish, please send details to

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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