September 2010 CNY Triathlon Club-Member Profile
Tell us about yourself:
I grew up in Liverpool. Like a lot of my friends, I was determined to leave Syracuse as soon as I graduated high school. When the time came, I headed to the University of Maryland. I absolutely loved it down there, but if I was going to grad school, it made more sense to finish my degree at a state school to save money. With that I transferred back closer to home and finished my bachelor’s degree in political science at SUNY Oswego. During my time at Oswego, I learned to love hockey, I looked forward to the Bridge Street Run every year, and I survived the ice storm of 2003. From Oswego I went on to law school at Syracuse University. Although I loved my time at Syracuse, I still hadn’t learned to appreciate this area, and in 2006 after graduation I moved to Dallas, TX for a job in a real estate law firm. Dallas was a lot of fun but a complete culture shock at the same time. I can confirm they really do say “Y’all”, cowboy boots can be worn with any outfit and everything really is bigger in TX. While Dallas was big and exciting and everything I thought I wanted, I started to miss Syracuse. Living in Dallas made me realize that while growing up here, there were so many things I had taken for granted – like having four seasons and Wegmans. After three years away, I decided to move back to Syracuse for good and I couldn’t be happier. I currently am living back in Liverpool and I work at Syracuse University in the Office of Sponsored Programs.
How long have you been involved in Triathlon and what made you take it up?
This is my 4th season doing triathlon. I first got started in triathlon when I moved to Dallas, TX. Being new to town, I wanted to get involved in something to meet people. Several friends had done the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training to train for a marathon and had a great time, so I decided to check it out. For those who know me, they know that running is not exactly my favorite discipline. At the meeting, the marathon team went first but I just wasn’t sold on the idea of running 26.2 miles. That is when the triathlon team put on their presentation. I was sold, I could swim and bike, which I enjoy, and only had to run a little bit.
Who is your Hero?
My sports hero would be Dave Scott, six-time Ironman World Champion. My real hero is my brother, and all the other men and women serving overseas in our armed forces.
What is your athletic background?
At a young age, I was involved in competitive swimming but gave it up when I became involved in equestrian events. I rode horses competitively all through high school and competed in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association for SUNY Oswego my Junior and Senior year of college. I also rowed crew in high school and rowed at the University of Maryland my freshman and sophomore year of college.
What are your Triathlon strengths and weaknesses?
At this point, swimming is still my strongest although my cycling is catching up. Running is still my weakness, although I am excited that I have improved enough where I don’t completely hate it. You have to focus on the positives.
What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most?
My first triathlon was the olympic distance at Pacific Grove in Monterey, California. It was an interesting event to say the least. When we arrived at our hotel in California we were informed that a surfer had been attacked by a Great White just outside the bay we would be swimming in. To make matters worse, the seals (otherwise known as shark food) swam in the bay and on our practice swim they were swimming right beside us. I don’t know if you have ever really looked at yourself when you are in your swim cap and wetsuit but you kind of look like a seal. Anyway, the day of the race finally came and I was determined to push the images of jaws from my mind. That wasn’t the end though, on the way over to the race that morning while we were riding over, there was a little accident and I tore up my knee. Luckily nothing serious just some scrapes and a lot of blood, which of course made me think of the shark again. In the end, I raced and finished my first triathlon without any other issues and nothing but smiles. On top of that I got a personal congratulations from Dave Scott. Not too bad of a first experience and in the end I was all smiles despite the bandage on my knee.
What is your favorite race and why?
I really enjoy each race I do for different reasons. Iron Girl is always a fun race. The crowd is incredible and it is just a different experience to be out there with all women. I also like it since I started participating in the Iron Girl series in Dallas and it followed me home to Syracuse. Last year I even convinced my mother to do the race with me, a woman who had never even run a 5k.
I also participated in the River Cities Triathlon in Shreveport, Louisiana which had the best goodie bag of any race I have ever done.
What was your worst race and why?
I really haven’t had a terrible race experience as of yet and hopefully I won’t, knock on wood!
What are this year’s goals?
To finish the Syracuse 70.3
In five years you hope to … :
still be competing in triathlons and maybe even placing in my age group.
Something most people don’t know about you:
Something most people in the Tri Club probably don’t know is that I am a huge Syracuse Basketball fan. I love going to games at the Dome. That’s me and Wes Johnson – remember him?