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.