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October 2010 : Issue 20

Published: October 21, 2010 •

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Oct 2010 20 ISSUE

CNY Triathlon Club Newsletter
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CNY Tri Club season finale
Kidz Tri 2010 Jamesville Beach
message from club President
kidz tri 2010 Jamesville Beach
Pre/post Syracuse 70.3
master swim class
Member profile for October
CNY Tri Club website


CNY Tri Club Photos
CNY Club membership
USAT Membership
Save 10%

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

Finger Lakes Running & Triathlon Co.
215 E. State St
Ithaca, NY 14850

Offer Expires: N/A



any one hour Swedish Relaxation, Deep Tissue, or Orthopedic Massage.


Robyn Low, LMT

112 Dewitt St., Suite 102A

Syracuse, NY 13203


Call for an appointment today!

one coupon per person please. Offer expires 09/30/10

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Visit National Aquatics

located on Erie Blvd
Syracuse , NY 13208
with current member
ship from CNY
Triathlon Club for
Save 10%

Multisport Physical


Save 10%

Present this coupon to either Syracuse Bicycle located on Erie Blvd East, Syracuse or The Bikery in Baldwinsville or the Bike Loft on South Bay Road North Syracuse and receive a 10 discount on items purchased in their stores. A valid CNY Triathlon membership is required.


Bella Domani

Catering & Banquets,LLC
Syracuse Bicycle
National Aquatics
Multisport Physical Therapy
The Bikery
The Bike Loft
YMCA Downtown
Finger Lakes Running &TriathlonCompany
Advanced Cyclery
2010 Executive Board

Sam Sampere
Vice President
Brad Crosby
Ken Hammond
Tom Stern
Director (Odd Year)
Bill Street
Director (Even Year)
Jim Mirra
Director (Even Year)
John Evans
Director Cazenovia Tri
John Austin
Volunteer Coordinator
Rich O’neil
Apparel Coordinator
Ann Austin
Director – Volunteers Jamesville Beach
Kelly Covert
Director – PR coordinator
Kristin Mullally
Director at large
Cheryl Pusztai
Director at large
Andy D’agati
Note: All members of the Executive Officers and Board of Director’s can be reached at
Standing committees
Due to a new year and election of new executive Officers and Board of Director’s our list of standing committees is being re-evaluated
Bike box loaner program
The CNY Triathlon club has two metal bike boxes for shipping your bike for that distant triathlon you have been wanting to do.
First , you must be a CNY Tri club member.
Second, call to reserve your box and it can be picked up from the following:
Syracuse Bicycles on Erie Blvd at
or at Multisport Physical Therapy on 1st Street suite B, Liverpool at

monthly Board Meeting

Next board meeting TBA

Club Events

  • Woman Support Group POC Kristin Mullally and Kelly Covert at
  • Masters open swim for CNY Tri members (see information below)
  • Total immersion Swim session starting 7 Nov 2010 downtown YMCA
Message from Club President

Dear CNY Tri members,

What an amazing year for our club. The club more than tripled in size(> 700 members) this season compared to last! I wonder what spurred this. The Iron Girl and Iron Man events played a role, but I am certain that something else is happening. What is it?

Out west, people seem to live more active and healthier lifestyles. You see people riding bikes to work and they don’t get honked at by cars. They walk, run, hike, etc. It’s routine, a way of life. That was my mission when I ran for president of this club; I wanted to transform this greater Central New York community into a community where an ‘outdoorsy’ active lifestyle isn’t looked upon as weird any more.

We made huge progress this year. Our Oneida Shores and Jamesville Beach series’ averaged more than 100 athletes each week! I cannot thank Jim Mirra, Andy D’Agati, and Kristin Mullally enough for their dedicated work.

In addition to these, the club sponsored new programs – Total Immersion swim clinics, Monday night tempo runs, partnering with the Onondaga Cycling Club for Time Trial Tuesday, etc. Look for these and more as we plan for the 2011 season. You can expect a meeting announcement soon. Let’s fill Bella Domani!

The highlight of my season was running down Erie Blvd. on 70.3 day. What a blast running faster than cars. What made my day really fun was not racing, merely participating to complete the distance. Because my run was so slow and not very strenuous, I chatted with people trapped in their cars all the way down Erie Blvd. Most seemed in good spirits and amused by ‘us’. I expect our club to grow even more next season. Triathlon is not a sport for the fanatic; it’s a sport for everyone.

I hope you all had a great season and were rewarded with the personal satisfaction of accomplishing something seemingly impossible, achieved new goals, or finally got rid of a nagging injury. What will next season have in store? You’ll have to renew your membership, come on out and see for yourself.

We had a great time at Blue Tusk the other night. Thanks to Meghan and Katie for planning that. They are already planning our next outing at Applebees. I would love to see more of you come out for that.

It’s time to start planning for our elections. We have board members stepping
down and empty slots to fill. We are looking for a newsletter editor, someone with web page skills, etc. If you have some talent or special interest and would like to serve on the board, please send an e-mail to me at: president<at>


Sam Sampere

President CNY Triathlon Club 2010

Classes for runners and triathletes will start, Tuesday, 21 September 2010. Check website for times.
Kidz Tri 2010 Jamesville Beach

Here are our future triathletes

Pre/post Syracuse 70.3

Syracuse, N.Y. is no stranger to triathlon. Our location provides easy access to hundreds of summer races from the Finger Lakes region to the Adirondacks. As home to one of college basketball’s most famed coaches, Jim Boeheim, we also have an inherent sense of team spirit and an overall can-do attitude. But the arrival of an Ironman race stirred up something more in our central New York community.

There is a renewed sense of pride in Syracuse. When Ironman announced that their 70.3 was coming to town, a number of groups put things in motion to strengthen the community for the arrival of the high-profile race.

Local running and cycling shops evolved into full-fledged triathlon service centers offering everything from training programs to opportunities for athletes to try out new gear. Area gyms encouraged members to cross-train by taking on a triathlon. Over the past 12 months, the employees at these facilities became more than customer service reps, retailers, and fitness instructors-they became friends, confidants, and fans of those embarking on their first (or most serious) race.

Hosting a race of this caliber was also an opportunity for Syracuse to show off. Hundreds of CNY Tri Club members helped shape the 70.3 course. Over the winter, we recruited friends and family to join us in training for the race, or we encouraged them to help support it as a volunteer or sponsor. When the snow melted, we took to the streets to start riding the proposed route and offered suggestions to make the course more scenic and bike-friendly.

Support came in other ways, too. A local ski resort paid homage to the triathlon community by mowing a huge M-dot into the hill alongside Route 91 on the course. Along another part of the course, a country general store changed its sign to read “70.3 Pit Stop” and spent the summer catering to the needs of triathletes who passed by on training rides.

Author Lisa Barnes, on the left, Gold Gym , Dewitt

Master swim Class

Hi All,

I will be commencing a Masters Swim Program – specific to Triathletes
at the Granby Pool on Monday evenings from 7:15-8:15pm. It will be a
10 week session commencing Nov 1st – Cost $80

Who is this for? Triathletes who are looking to participate in a
weekly structured swim training program. Sessions will comprise of
technique work, drills and swim sets.

To Register: Email Karen at or Call

Please Note: This is not a learn to swim program and swimmers must be
able to swim a minimum of 200 yards.

Conducted by Karen Allen-Turner – Level 2 USAT Triathlon Coach

Thanks, Karen

Member Profile for October

October 2010 CNY Triathlon Club-Member Profile

Name: Doug Carbino

Tell us about yourself.

Well, here are the facts: I grew up in Auburn, N.Y, graduated from Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, I work in downtown Syracuse as a building engineer, and I live in Elbridge with my wife and 20 year old stepson.

After the good lord delivered me from a drinking problem in my early twenties I decided to take up running as a release. A few years later I started racing motocross and have been doing that for many years until this year, my first year as a triathlete.

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

As of October, it’s been about 11 months. I think the triathlon sport chose me. Motocross is inherently a dangerous sport and if you push it hard enough you will crash and eventually break something. Well, I did that at least 3 times: First time – broken wrist, second time – 2 ribs and a collar bone, third time – concussion and a pulled ACL. My third stint at Dr. Pietropaoli’s office is when Melanie, my physical therapist, suggested that I try a sport less dangerous, like triathlons. So I spectated the Skinnyman race last year and said, “Yeah! Swim, bike, run, that sounds about right.” And here I am.

Who is your hero?

I’ve got to give props to the lord, and I would have to say all kinds of everyday people have been inspiring me like Dan, Paul, Brad and Trish from Syracuse Bicycle, Kristen Roe, my 70.3 Training group, Sam and all the great people from the CNY Tri-club. Just real people out there doing their thing are my heroes.

What is your athletic background?

I have always been running from my 3 older sisters, to and from the refrigerator, and my girl friends’ parents. Then I decided to join the track and Varsity football team in high school.

What are your triathlon strengths and weaknesses?

I’m a decent runner. My stubbornness is a strength, together with my sweet Cervelo P2 that Brad Crosby set up. My weakness; my swim technique needs some fine-tuning, and I need bigger bike pistons.

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

YMCA Green lakes was my first tri, I got like 20th place overall and hearing my name called out for the fastest first timer Reiner/Rudy award was cool, so I was very excited about my new sport.

What is your favorite race and why?

I would have to say it is a split between the Labor Day Skinnyman race weekend and the Syracuse 70.3 at this point. The Skinnyman has such a great series of races over that weekend, but then there is so much to take in at the 70.3 event.

What is your worst race and why?

I haven’t had one yet! I honestly thought the Syracuse 70.3 swim was going to be my demise! I woke up at 2:30 a.m. race day morning and started to think about the swim leg and racing it with so many people and became overwhelmed with anxiety! So I wrote “Phil 4:13″ (short for “I can do everything through him who gives me strength- Philippians 4:13″) in marker on my wrist as a way to bring that prayer into the water with me. It must have helped. I had a flawless swim and finished in 36 minutes with a total time of 5:14:56 for the 70.3.

What are this year’s goals?

If you combine the footraces and the triathlons, I competed in about 18 races this year, so my goal is to do them all over again (give or take), and try to improve on my times for next year.

In five years you hope to:… Improve, stay injury free, do a marathon, and maybe a full Ironman or two.

Something most people don’t know about you:

Some day I would like to be skilled enough to perform a worship song… something like “I Still Believe” by Jeremy Camp.

In closing, 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 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 publish and disseminate information related to the sport of triathlon.

Our mission is to reach beyond ourselves and encourage others by sharing our experiences.

If any club member would like to contribute to our newsletter or help in arranging it each month it would be greatly appreciated. I can be contacted at
Connect, Communicate, and Share


James Mirra, Pubisher/Editor
CNY Triathlon Club, Inc

Box 434
Dewitt, New York 12314

CNY Triathlon Club, Inc | Box 434 | Dewitt | NY | 13214

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