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April 2012 : issue 38

Published: April 1, 2012 •

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CNY Triathlon Club Newsletter
CNY Triathlon Club, Inc. | P.O. Box 434 | Dewitt, NY 13214 
April 2012 – Issue 38
In This Issue
Board Meeting Date and Location Change for April
2012 CNY Tri Club Membership
Member Orientation at the WTF
Trashman 2012
Cazenovia Triathlon 2012
Transition Clinic
Brick and BBQ
Become the Official Tri Club of Ironman 70.3 Syracuse
CNY Tri and Team USA
Call for Podium Results
Quick Links

Board Meeting

Our Board Meetings are now held the second Sunday of each month at 3pm.

Odd Months (January, March …) are held at Cicero (Circle Dr), Panera Bread.
Even Months (February, April …) are held at Dewitt (Erie Blvd), Panera Bread.
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!

Our Sponsors!

Advance Cyclery
Advance Cyclery



Bella Domani Logo
Bella Domani
Catering & Banquet Facility


The Bike Loft


The Bikery


Endurance Monster

Finger Lakes Running &
Triathlon Co.


Fleet Feet Sports Syracuse

Lake Effect Run Club

Lake Effect Run Club

Lake Effect Run Club Website

Physical Therapy & Fitness


National Aqua Service
National Aquatic Service


Onondaga Cycling
Onondaga Cycling Club



Syracuse Bicycle

T2 Multisport

Tiffany 2

3 Treasures Therapeutic Massage


2011 Board Members

Bridget Lichtinger, President


Deborah Armstrong, Vice President


Jill Poniros, Treasurer


John Ricker,  Secretary


Deborah Armstrong, Vice President

Volunteer Director


John Austin

Cazenovia Triathlon Co-Director

Mike Gasparek

Jamesville Event Co-Director

Cazenovia Triathlon Co-Director


Hilaireen Hall

Photo Director  

Stacey Keefe



Dave Knaebel

Equipment Manager


Jim Mirra

Jamesville Event Co-Director


Kristin Mullally

Oneida Shores Event Co-Director


Andy Degati

Oneida Shores Event Co-Director


Rich O’Neil

Race Volunteer Coordinator

Sean Severance

Board Member 

Debbie Sindone 

Newsletter Editor

All members of the Executive Board can be reached at:


Letter from the President 

Dear Fellow CNY Tri Club Members!


Who would have thought that we would be out riding and running in 80 degree weather in MARCH!  The WTF was like a ghost town because everyone was emerging from their cocoon to enjoy the warmth and sunlight!  It was awesome!

We received sad news about the passing of Carol Honors on Saturday, March 10th.  Carol was a CNY Tri Club member and came to the Wednesday Night Oneida Shores Tri training series.  Carol was battling brain cancer while training for the 2011 Iron Girl.  Carol had a genuine sweetness about her and an amazing positive attitude. A group of us met one morning to ride the Iron Girl course.  Carol was part of the group of riders and showed up with a huge smile.  She had to stop and take a lot of breaks, but she assured all of us “I am okay.  I am fine.  Go ahead without me.  I will catch up.”  She didn’t give up or turn around.  She kept going and never once was she not smiling.  She was happy.  Carol trained.  Carol gave it her all on race day.   She crossed that finish line and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.  In her obituary it says that one of her greatest accomplishments was starting and finishing the Iron Girl.  I feel honored that she was part of our community and inspired so many.
There is a great event coming up being sponsored by Endurance Monster.  Get to know other club members by coming to a Brick and BBQ on Saturday, April 21st.  All levels are welcome to come out to enjoy a great day and free food! You can RSVP for the event at –!/events/177914492326355/
Member Orientations are starting this month and will be going till the end of April (dates/times on the club calendar).  If you are a new to the club, come out and learn more about the training series, volunteer incentives, etc.  You earn your first five points just by attending! We will also have CNY Tri Club gear at the orientations to try on and purchase.  Make yourself known to all the land that YOU are a member of the CNY Tri Club by wearing the club gear.
Wednesday Duathlons start May 9th at Gillie Lake, Jamesville Beach and Oneida Shores.  We will need volunteers for set-up/tear-down , check-in/check-out, and bike spotters. Go to our website at to sign-up or email the date, location and position you would like to volunteer. 
Train hard. Train safe.
Bridget Lichtinger

Board Meeting


The April Board of Directors meeting will be held

at 3:00 PM at the Newhouse School, Syracuse University

on Sunday, April 15th.  


If you are interested in attending, email the board at:

executiveboard <at>

2012 CNY Triathlon Club Membership


Summer trainings are coming up fast!  Only current members will be allowed to participate in Wednesday night training, OWS, and all the other fun stuff the club as planned for 2012.  Be sure to renew your membership! 


Questions?  Contact membership <at>


Member Orientation at the WTF

Summer is just around the corner. That means Wednesday night tri-series; the best benefit of your CNY Tri membership! The Wednesday night series takes place at three locations; Oneida Shores, Jamesville Beach, and new this year, Gillie Lake. This is your opportunity to participate in a mini-triathlon as much as once a week. Whether it’s the life-guarded open water swims, practicing your transitions, or training with your friends, this can be a key part of your training program. 


If you are new to the club you might not know that we have grown from just over 200 members in 2010 to more than 1100 last year making us one of the largest memberships in the country. This is incredibly exciting however, as you might imagine, it poses some challenges. It was not unusual to have more than 300 members attending any one Wednesday night series last year – and lots of them were new to the sport. 


To ensure the safety of all our members we will be instituting a new member orientation this year. *ALL MEMBERS ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND.* 


We promise to make it both informative and fun and it won’t be just about Wednesday nights! Below is a list of dates, times and location as well as the outline for the orientation. To sign up, simply go the CNY Tri website calendar and add your name in the comment section of the session you would like to attend. Your will earn your first 5 points just for attending the orientation (see volunteer incentives below.) 



*Tuesday, April 3rd at 6:00 p.m. 

*Saturday, April 14th at 10:00 a.m. 

*Thursday, April 19th at 7:00 p.m. 

*Sunday, April 29th at 4:00 p.m. 


All sessions will be held at the Winter Training Facility, located in the Shopping Town Mall (Dick’s Sporting Goods wing) 



*Meet and Greet – this is a great time and place to get all your questions answered. 


*Your Member Benefits – did you know that your membership comes with purchasing discounts at several local businesses? And there is so much more! 


*Wednesday Night Tri Series Overview – the greatest benefit of your membership; an opportunity to learn, practice, network and get in those open water swims. 


*Safety Rules and Regulations – our number one priority! 


*Volunteering – we are a volunteer organization and we need your help to make things happen – learn what your can do, how to do and get pumped about our new incentive program! Your will earn your first 5 points just for attending the orientation. 


*Caz Tri – our biggest club function of the year! 


*What do you get for volunteering? Prizes range from CNY Tri Club gear (Tri top/shorts), 2013 CNY Tri Club membership, hats, shirts, Endura Cycling jacket, and so much more! Prizes will be awarded at the end of the year club picnic on Sunday, August 26 at Jamesville Beach. 


We look forward to meeting you! 


Questions about the orientation can be directed to membership at

The Trashman 2012



Now that spring is here, we want to put out the word that we will be holding our annual Club spring service project –The Trashman- on Saturday, April 28th at 9:00 AM. 


Our club is an Onondaga County Adopt-A-Roadway organization. As such, we commit to cleaning up a little part of Onondaga County which is special to us- the stretch of Apulia Road south of the entrance to Jamesville Beach.  We will gather at 9:00 AM on Saturday the 28th outside the park. After an hour of trash pickup, we will mount up and ride.  Ride the full 70.3 bike course, or a shorter loop TBD.  Bring your running shoes if you want to be a true Trashman and run after your ride!


As a thank you for participating, we want to offer something to you. This year we will be sponsoring three open water swims at Green Lakes and three open water swims at Jamesville Beach during June, July and August. The swims will be free of charge to club members, but be limited to 100 swimmers per event.  All of last years’ swims sold out. If you are a Trashman volunteer this year, however, you will have priority entry into an OWS of your choice before sign up is opened to the general membership. Of course, you will also earn volunteer points in our volunteer incentive program.



We hope to see many of you on Saturday, April 28th. Bring work gloves, old clothes, and footwear. Get dirty, ride, and have fun. Let’s show the residents along Apulia Road that the CNY Triathlon Club cares, and we are not just a bunch of crazed triathletes interfering with their ride home on Wednesday nights or their Sunday trip to church on 70.3 race day.



For more info, see, or email Trashman <at> 

Cazenovia Triathlon 2012

Entries into the 12th Annual Caz Tri are again ahead of prior years’ pace and entry fees will increase at the end of this month!   

This year’s Caz Tri will again be 2 race distances in 2 disciplines: Sprint & Intermediate / Triathlon & Aquabike (all races are USAT Sanctioned) as well as The Hoffman Rd. Hill Climb, a novice swim wave (in the Sprint Tri only) special youth rates, a relay entry option in the Sprint Tri (only) for male, female & co-ed teams, and Cazenovia College dorm room rentals for Caz Tri racers & guests.

For 2012 we will again host an Open Amateur Wave within the Intermediate Tri (only) for front of pack competitors (men capable of finishing under 2:40 / women under 3:00). Note Open wave entries compete for a separate prize pool for Overall and are not eligible for Age Group awards.  
Future announcements regarding the Open Amateur Wave, deals from our sponsors, packet pick up info, news & other new additions to both Caz Tri Intermediate & Sprint races are forthcoming at
Not going to race Caz Tri? We need plenty of volunteers. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Rich O’Neill: cazvolunteers <at>
Also, we’ll be announcing an April Caz Tri Committee meeting soon. If you’re interested in helping produce the Caz Tri contact cazdirector <at> and we’ll give you details. We have openings for several key positions for individuals or teams of individuals to share.
Caz Tri historically has been the major fundraiser for CNY Triathlon Club programs and has been singularly responsible in the club being able to contribute over $20,000 to local charities. We can’t do that without individual club member’s leadership so please consider joining us on the 2012 Caz Tri Committee. 
The 2012 Caz Tri Race Committee

Free Transition Clinic

A triathlon has a start line and a finish line – everything in between is a triathlon.  That is swim, bike, run, and transitions.  People underestimate the time savings that exists in transitions; I’ve seen folks train all year to shave off 10-20 seconds per mile on the run, only to throw all that hard work away in T1.

Join NWT coach and local triathlete Mike Corona for a FREE transition clinic at 5:30 PM on May 3rd at Green Lakes State Park.  Mike will share the tips and tactics he uses to be the first one out of transition – clearly he backs up what he preaches with results:

  • 2010 1st overall in T1 & T2, 2nd overall finisher, Du The Lakes Duathlon
  • 2010 1st overall in T1 & T2, 2nd overall finisher, Green Lakes Triathlon
  • 2011 1st overall in T1 & T2, 1st overall finisher, Du the Lakes Duathlon
  • 2011 1st overall in T1 & T2, 1st overall finisher, Green Lakes Triathlon
  • 2011 1st overall in T1 & T2, 4th overall finisher, Cazenovia Triathlon
What do you bring?

Everything you bring for a race:

  • Wetsuit
  • Bike
  • Cycling shoes
  • Helmet
  • Running shoes
  • Race belt
Speedy transition is not an athletic skill base that requires an adaptation like swimming, biking and running; therefore, anyone can become faster over a period of days!  Triathlon is ONE sport that people often confuse as three separate sports.  Every second counts!

Space is limited, so please register for this free event by emailing: jen_corona <at>

Brick and BBQ

Saturday April 21st

The event is a social training workout, not a race.

Endurance Monster has invited our club and other Tri clubs from the local area to a Brick (bike and run) and BBQ in Skaneateles! 

Come meet some of your fellow Tri peeps and get a great workout followed by beverages and burgers/dogs on the grill.

Be sure to wear your CNY Tri Club gear! Don’t have gear? Email me at: president <at> for more info.

Bike Ride Options

  • Option 1:  8:30 am departure – 41 mile ride around Skaneateles Lake
  • Option 2:  10:00 am departure – 15 mile ride around the Skinnyman bike course


  • Flat 2-4 mile loop run (start any time after your ride)


Endurance Monster will be offereing complimentary burgers, hot dogs and beverages starting at 12 noon.

All rides/runs will start and finish at Endurance Monster.  For address information or directions, please visit

There will be a transition area setup for you to rack your bike and/or gear.  There are also bathroom and shower facilities at the Endurance Monster for anyone to use. 

If you have not been to the Endurance Monster retail and performance center, please stick around for a tour of the facility and a chance to see some of the services including their dynamic bike fitting studio.

Take advantage of your trip to Skaneateles as the village has a variety of great shops and dining options.  There are picturesque parks and nature trails minutes from Endurance Monster for you and your family to take advantage of.

RSVP by joining the event on facebook


Leave a comment on the CNY Tri Club Calendar

Become the Official Tri Club of Ironman 70.3 Syracuse!
Officials recently announced that the triathlon club with the most members registered for the 2012 Ironman 70.3 Syracuse, scheduled for Sunday, June 24, will receive a team tent located next to transition with private bathroom facilities and will be named the Official Tri Club of Ironman 70.3 Syracuse! 
The Official Tri Club will also receive their own scheduled Athlete Check-In, as well as their own area in transition where registered members can rack their bikes and gear together.
The 2012 Ironman 70.3 Syracuse will have 100 qualifying slots into the 2012 Ironman World Championship 70.3, scheduled for Sunday, September 9.
If you are participating in the 70.3 be sure to email president <at> by June 1st so we can get the list to the race rep!
For more information regarding the event, please visit

CNY Triathlon Represented on Team USA

One of our members has some very exciting news! Last year’s results earned our very own Randy Hadzor All American status and a spot on Team USA for the ITU Standard Course Duathlon World Championships.  This event will take place September 22-23, 2012, in Nancy, France. 


Randy has posted the scoop on There is also a link to a Pay Pal donation page where the new motto is “Help turn pocket lint into plane tickets!” The Pay Pal page is:  


Randy also intends to compete in the Powerman World Championships in Zofingen, Switzerland September 2nd – which he qualified for as an individual at Powerman Muncie last year. 


Any help you can send Randy’s way is appreciated!! Let’s show the world what Central NY multisport athletes are made of!!

Podium Results Wanted!

The CNY Triathlon Club wants to hear about your podium finishes.  During the triathlon season (May through October) we want to focus on your achievements in triathlons and duathlons.  However, during the off-season, we want to hear about podium finishes in running, biking, snowshoeing, etc.


If you have a podium finish (top 3 overall or in your age group), please feel free to share your accomplishments so we can share them with club members.  When you send your information, please include the following: 

  • Name
  • Race name
  • Race type (Triathlon, Duathlon, Running, Biking, Other)
  • Distance (Ironman, 70.3, Olympic, Sprint, 5K, 10K, etc.)
  • Net Time
  • Overall or Age-Group place that earned your spot on the podium

Again, right now you can send us results from any type of race, but come May, please limit your responses to triathlons and duathlons only.  Send any podium finish result information to secretary <at>

CNY Tri on the Podium!



Chary Griffin

New York State Snowshoe Championship in Winona Forest

Age Group Gold




US Snowshoe Championships in Frisco Colorado (Breckenridge)

Age Group Gold

Member Profile

Name:  Cindy Mueller 

Tell us about yourself.  

I grew up in Adams Center, NY (and lived to tell about the Blizzard of ’77!)  then moved out to Colorado after graduating from Cortland College.  I stayed in Colorado for about five years before coming back east to Syracuse and have been here for almost 25 years.  It would be hard to move somewhere else, especially if there wasn’t a Wegmans within spitting distance!  



How long have you been involved in Triathlon and what made you take it up?  

I entered my first triathlon in 2010.  After being a runner for many, many years, I have been finding out as I get older the need to cross train becomes oh so important.  Also, it was the same year I turned 50, so I thought it would be a great way to celebrate the milestone!

Who is your Hero? 

Anyone who completes an Ironman triathlon, especially those folks finishing within the last few minutes of the cutoff time ……

What is your athletic background?

Physical fitness was always a big part of my life –  I’ve been running since the late 70’s in some form or another – I’m fond of saying “my sisters and I ran when there wasn’t any cool max or cool running shoes just red and white Nikes and baggy sweats”.   My proudest moment came when I crossed the finish line after running the Marine Corps Marathon in 2004.  I had raised money and trained with Team- in-Training and couldn’t imagine a better experience for a first marathon!


What are your Triathlon strengths and weaknesses?

My strength is running and I really enjoy the swim – biking and biking and biking is my weakness…I’m trying to become one with the bike!

What was your first triathlon and what do you remember most?

My first triathlon was the Iron Girl Syracuse 2010.  What I remember most was the training – I was part of the “inaugural” Fleet Feet Tri Training program and because of the excellent coaches and training – I felt more than prepared on race day.  I had trained with so many great and inspiring folks that I came back to help coach the program last summer.  I will never forget both the incredible race and crowd support we received during the entire race.  It also meant a lot to me to have my parents and sister cheering me on that day… you couldn’t wipe the smile off of my face after I got my medal!



What is your favorite race and why? 

The Delta Lake Sprint Triathlon 2011 – it was a smaller very well-run triathlon – I felt great the entire race and came in 3rd in my age group to boot!

What was your worst race and why?   

Henderson Harbor Triathlon 2011 – The swim was really tough since the water was choppy – I felt like I had spent all my energies in the water and then struggled to get through the bike and run afterwards.

What are this year’s goals?  

I am planning to do the YMCA open water swim in June and my first Olympic distance triathlon at some point during the summer.



In five years you hope to … : Still be doing triathlons!!  And… I hope to own my own business….though I still haven’t figured out what that might be yet….

Something most people don’t know about you:  

 I am a wedding coordinator at Dewitt Community Church – it’s such a fun little part-time job!

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


Endurance Monster

Skaneateles, NY

Coupon is good for 20% off VO2 Testing for CNY Triathlon members
T2 Multisport

Manlius, NY

CNY Tri Members can get $25 off any of our group training programs (70.3, summer olympic/sprint). We will also provide a free season planner consultation (30 min.) for CNY Tri members.
Multisport Physical Therapy
Liverpool, NY
National Aquatics
Erie Boulevard, Syracuse                 
Syracuse Bicycle
Erie Boulevard, Syracuse               
The Bikery
Baldwinsville, NY                              
The Bike Loft
South Bay Road, North Syracuse 

Finger Lakes Running & Triathlon Co.
215 E. State St, Ithaca, NY

All CNY Triathlon Club members will receive $50 off of wetsuits and 10% off of all triathlon, swimming, cycling and nutritional products plus discounted bike fits.
3 Treasures Theraputic Massage



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