It may only be May, but the calendar is filling fast. Here are some of the races coming up:
Bridge Run, May 1
Fly By Night on May 7
Beers and Beasts on May 8
Rat Snake on May 21
Herald of Victory on May 29
Cooperstown Triathlon on June 4
Keuka Lake Triathlon (aquabike and duathlon, too) on June 5
Green Lakes Triathlon on June 11
Broome County Triathlon on June 25
And Monday, May 2, is our last meeting until October! We have a few businessy-type things to take care of.
The club will man a water stop for the Herald of Victory Marathon. One possibility is to do that at Jo Micalizzi’s house on Blackstone Ave., Binghamton, which is 4.5 miles into the race. Club members not running the race can also help by providing bike support.
Open water swim starts May 30 at Dorchester Park. Make Diana’s life easier that day by downloading the form from the BCTC homepage, filling it out and bringing $30 cash or a check made out to Whitney Point Swim Club and giving it to her at the meeting. The club will also need to buy life vests and a lifeguard buoy to go with our two kayaks.
We need commitments for volunteers for the Broome County Youth Triathlon. Diana has USAT waivers for volunteers to sign.
Our speaker will be Joe Hashey from Synergy Athletics.
A big thank you to Dirk Elliott and Bob Stocks for arranging two swim clinics this spring. The first focused on open-water swimming and the second taught stroke efficiency and included video of each swimmer. We had 14 people at the last one — a great turnout!
The April 4 membership meeting will be all about the bike. Andrew Williams from the Tioga Velo Club and Delana Spaulding from TVC and Mission in Motion will be speaking. Andrew is also a USA Cycling certified trainer. Meeting is at 6 p.m. at McGirks.
Need BCTC clothing? The Champion Systems store is up and running — but only until April 10. Instructions are posted on our FB page and group, and at the bottom of this newsletter.
Our club has agreed to man a water stop for the Herald of Victory Marathon on May 27. We don’t know where or when yet, but please let Joel know if you will be available. We’ll work out shifts as needed.
Diana will have forms for open-water swim (OWS), which starts May 28, Memorial Day. As a reminder: You must be a member of BCTC or the Whitney Point Swim Club. Then you pay a $30 fee — payable to the Whitney Point Swim Club — to cover the cost of the lifeguard for the summer. The OWS waiver can be printed from our web page.
Diana will also be looking for commitments for volunteers at the Broome County Parks Youth Triathlon, which is June 25. She’ll have waivers from USAT that need to be signed.
Run-bike-run will start, we promise, as soon as the days stay light a little longer. Probably in April. But stay tuned. In the meantime, we still run on Wednesday nights at 5:45 and 6 from the BU footbridge on Murray Hill Road.
TO ORDER APPAREL:
If you have ordered from Champion Systems in the past, just click on the link and on the left side of the page click on “Login Here” to enter your login ID or Email address then enter your password to get to our Spring 2016 store. If this is your first time ordering, then on the right side of the page click on “Access to Team Store”. You will be prompted to fill in your information to create an account and then to our Spring 2016 Store. As before you will prepay for your merchandise and after the store closes on April 10th the merchandise will be shipped to Bob Stocks in about five weeks. We will then get it to you as fast as we can. If you have any questions, reach out to Bob or Joel or Champion Systems has an excellent “Live Chat”
The seasons are in transition (little triathlon joke, there!), and because we all know the importance of a good transition, here are some events and activities that can help improve your upcoming race season.
How does your kit fit? If you need new apparel with the club logo, Bob Stocks will have the “fit kit” from Champion at the March 7 meeting at McGirk’s. After that, it has to go back. And we need to have a commitment for 10 items before we can set up a “store” with Champion (you order what you want and pay for it). If you can’t make the meeting but want to try on some of the items before you order, contact Bob.
No more doggy paddle. A second, FREE, swim clinic will be from 9 a.m. to noon on March 19 at the Whitney Point High School pool (Keibel Road). It is open to all members of the club, and if you aren’t a member, you can join at the clinic. This month’s session will focus on stroke improvement and likely will include videotaping.
Work out the kinks. Still have a few aches and pains from last season? The speaker at our March 7 meeting will be Chris Puglisi, owner/practitioner of Elite Chiropractic and Sports Care.
Run, run, run! March means the Parade Day Mile (March 5), the St. Pat’s 4-Miler (March 12) and the Forks XV (March 20) — the unofficial signal that spring has arrived. Wear your BCTC colors!
Get your points posted! If you haven’t updated your USAT Challenge log, please do it ASAP! You can only go back about 2 weeks, and the challenge ends in February (although it will be open for a few days for people to catch up). We are very close to catching the New England Tri Fit club (and we’re way ahead of Finger Lakes).
See you at the next meeting, 6 p.m. Monday, March 7, at McGirk’s.
Is the swim portion of your triathlon just something to “get through” before the race really starts? Then maybe it’s time to brush up on your open-water swim techniques.
Bob Stocks, a veteran triathlete and record-setting swimmer, will be sharing some of what he learned at a recent open-water swim clinic with Olympian Alex Meyer. Alex won a gold medal at the 2010 FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships in the 25-kilometer open water event. He placed tenth in the 10-kilometer open water event at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
There are two clinics, come to one or both.
9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 20, in the pool at Whitney Point High School, 10 Keibel Road (look for signs to direct you).
9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 19, in the pool at Whitney Point High School, 10 Keibel Road.
The event is free for BCTC members. The only way to participate is to have a current, paid membership. You can join at the event, just bring your membership form and cash or check for $30 ($20 student, $50 family).
Don’t forget your bathing suit!
Did you do a race you loved — or not — in 2015? Do you need recommendations on races to try this year?
At this month’s meeting, we’ll go around the table and share some recommendations. This will be a good chance to ask questions about going up in distance or doing a nontraditional triathlon (Rat Snake, anyone?).
We also expect to have a fit kit available from Champion. This will allow you to try on pieces of clothing before you order. We need a firm commitment on 10 items before we can officially open a “store” on the Champion website. Bob Stocks will have the details.
See you at McGirk’s at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 1.
There are two reasons to love December. One of them escapes us, but the other is the USAT National Challenge Competition!
It’s an online competition running from December through February. You sign up, log your miles (swim, bike, run), and help your team achieve glory!
This will be the third year Broome County Triathlon Club members will compete.. It’s low key, but fun to see how we fare against other clubs our size in the U.S. It’s also fun to see the internal competitions between friends.
Check it out here http://www.racetracker.ca/usat/index.cfm. If you are interested in joining our team, email Joel with your USAT member number (yes you have to be a USAT member as well as a BCTC member) and your birth date to email@example.com. Then start logging your miles starting December 1st.
Last year’s participants are automatically signed up. Just use last years password to sign in. Contact Joel if you forgot your password or how to log in.
We hope to be racking up some big miles this year!
VOTE AT NEXT MEETING
Our December meeting is 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at McGirk’s. The big news is that we will be holding elections, so it’s important that you cast your vote. We have the following nominations:
President: Joel Peters
Vice president: Kelley Hamlin
Treasurer: Ed DeSantis
Please consider nominating yourself to fill one of the open positions. The work isn’t hard, but it needs to be done.
P.S. — Diana has been secretary for three years. It’s time to vote her out of office! Let there be term limits! Somebody please run for secretary!
Bob Beavan will continue to manage youth triathlon
Diana Bean will continue to manage open-water swim
Linda Harding has arranged to have one of the BUMS coaches (that’s Binghamton University Masters Swimming) speak about the benefits of masters swimming. There are lots of opportunities to swim with BUMS, because they swim morning and evening at different locations.
NEEDED: Finishers medals
Do you have any finishers medals you wouldn’t mind parting with? Ed DeSantis will take them and donate them to a program that “awards” the medals to cancer patients who have finished their treatment.
For office, that is. (And on Wednesdays, but we’ll get to that in a minute.)
The November 2nd meeting (6 p.m. at McGirks) is when we’ll nominate board members and officers for 2016. Voting will be at the December meeting. Here is what you need to know about nominating or being nominated:
Don’t nominate someone without asking them.
Consider nominating yourself.
SEND NOMINATIONS TO: president Joel Peters at firstname.lastname@example.org
How do the board and officers work together? We talk via a closed group on FB, making it very easy to make decisions or get feedback on ideas. We also meet once a month in the off-season, typically the week before the membership meeting and usually at 5:30 p.m. at Wegmans. Meetings are always productive and well-attended. Obviously, new board and officers can set up communications and meetings any way they want.
How much work is involved? That’s a question best answered by the person currently holding the position, so ask! Those names are on our website, under club info.
Why should you be a board member or officer? Because a club like ours thrives on new ideas, new energy and new members. Susan Schultz and Diana Bean have been officers for 3 years and are ready to step down. Treasurer spot is now a two-year appointment.
Now, for the other running:
Back by popular demand — or the whining of a few individuals — Wednesday-night runs will start on Oct. 21. We’ll post the info each week, either Tuesday or early Wednesday morning, but essentially it will always follow this format:
We meet at 5:45 p.m. at the foot bridge that leads to Binghamton University from Murray Hill Road (near the rugby fields). We do an approximately 2-mile warmup (we loop up Murray Hill to Washington then back around) and return to the foot bridge to regroup and pick up latecomers at about 6 p.m. Then we do about 4 miles on campus.
We have different pace groups, and we don’t leave anyone behind. At least not on purpose.
In the winter — and yes, we ran even through the worst of last winter’s weather — the University is about the best-lit and best-plowed place you can run.
Congratulations to our award-winners!
If you missed the October meeting, these people won great swag from local merchants, all based on their club participation:
Mike Ramsden — 40 and under
Noelle Chaddock — new member
Bob Beavan — over 40
Josh Demarree — high points
Dirk Elliott — member of the year (he is instrumental in making open-water swim happen)
6 p.m. Nov. 2. at McGirk’s. John from Oakdale PT will be our presenter.
Unless you’re headed to somewhere warmer, the 2015 triathlon season has ended and it was a summer of firsts: BCTC members Kat Hores, Nick Gillotte and Mike Ramsden did their first Ironman. Kelly Hoyt did her first sprint. Noelle Chaddock did her first Try a Tri. Carol Hamlin did her first intermediate-distance race (on the only windy, wet and cold day of the summer!) And Jamie Hoyt went to Austria to compete in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. Those are just a few of the firsts and personal bests our club members achieved this year!
This year we hit 100 members and acquired two kayaks. The club just purchased its second kayak with a grant from USAT. We now have made open-water swimming safer for swimmers and easier for Jerry, Dirk and the lifeguards who make that weekly swim workout possible. We still need to buy a couple of lifejackets next year — if anyone has any to donate, that would be great.
Our first meeting of the off-season will be at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, at McGirk’s. This is a chance to bring some ideas for off-season group training, such as our Wednesday-night runs or Friday-night yoga classes. It’s good to mix things up and we’re looking for suggestions. As for Wednesday-night runs, they’ll start in a couple of weeks (if we still want to do them). Those who piled on the layers and showed up through the misery of February and March last year agreed that without the group, none of us would have been out there. But it made “spring training” so much better!
Awards will be given at the October meeting for new club member, volunteer of the year, etc.
Thinking ahead: We will nominate new board and officers at our November meeting and vote in December. But it’s not too early to think about who those people should be (please ask them before nominating them). Having new leadership is always good for a club, so consider raising your hand. It’s not a lot of work and there are plenty of people to help with the details. And it’s fun to know you’re helping pave the way for new triathletes.
We’re pleased to announce that we have been awarded $400 by USAT for the purchase of a second kayak! We’ll still have to kick in some money for paddles and life jackets, but this is a big deal for all of us who do open-water swimming at Dorchester Park. The club bought one kayak this summer, and Jackson Taylor lent us his as a second — for which we were grateful.
BCTC gained it’s 100th member for 2015 just this week. Welcome Shelley Reynolds, whom some may know as a bike racer and founder of Mission in Motion.
Broome County Triathlon Club made a great showing at Ironman Lake Placid. Congratulations to all the finishers: Jamie Hoyt, Kat Hores, Nick Gillotte, Mike Ramsden (with a broken toe!), Kelley Hamlin, Tilghman Smith, Mike Guenther, James Wilson, Scott Robinson and Dusty Andrus — and if someone’s name is missing, it’s not intentional!
James Wilson then raced IM Mount Tremblant two weeks later, with Ryan Heinlen. And Scott Robinson is racing another IM … somewhere. Scott! Help us out!
Congratulations to all who raced Cayuga and Fronhofer and this weekend’s Cazenovia. Be sure to let Joel Peters know about your races because the points do count! Email him at Joel.T.Peters@gmail.com.
Upcoming nearby races:
Aug. 23: Cazenovia Triathlon. Sprint and olympic tri plus sprint and olympic aquabike.cnytriathlon.org/cazenovia-triathlon/
Sept. 13: Finger Lakes Triathlon, Canandaigua, NY, sprint and intermediate distance. www.fingerlakestriathlon.com
Sept. 19: Cortland Tri for United Way. Triathlon, duathlon, try a tri.
Sept. 26: Great Lakes 100 Mile Triathlon and Duathlon, Barker, NY (at Camp Kenan, on Lake Ontario). 100-mile tri, du and aquabike. Also a 50-mile tri.
Many of our club members have been training for Ironman Lake Placid, which takes place on July 26: Kat Hores, Nick Gillotte and Mike Ramsden are doing their first IM. Mike Guenther, James Wilson, Dusty Andrus, Jamie Hoyt, Scott Robinson, Kelley Hamlin and Tilghman Smith are returning racers. (We may be missing a few names — send a message to the Tri Club on FB or e-mail and we’ll add you to the list.)
Other club members will be up there soaking up the atmosphere, ogling the bikes and volunteering at bike aid station No. 3 (beware the flying bananas!).
But before that is the ever-popular Musselman races: sprint on Saturday, July 11 and half-iron distance (and aqua bike) on Sunday, July 12. As usual, we’ll have a team tent near the finish line. Great place to store your cooler and post-race bag and relatives.
Other races this month include:
July 18: Nickel City Triathlon, Buffalo, NY, Olympic, sprint triathlon and sprint duathlon. http://www.eclipsemultisport.com/nickel-city-homepage
July 19: Delta Lake Triathlon, Rome. NY. Sprint, intermediate or double. atcendurance.com
Remember, when you do a race, send points-keeper-in-chief Joel Peters a note with the race, the distance and if you placed.He’s at email@example.com
This stuff adds up and could be worth a great prize at the end of the season! Also consider posting about the race on Facebook — those of us who had to stay home and mow the lawn that day really want to know what we were missing (and if we should sign up next year).
The Broome County Parks Triathlon escaped being a washout. A huge thank you to all who volunteered for the youth triathlon. Hope you had fun. We heard lots of good things from parents and kids.
And because summer is going fast, here are the races going on August. No guarantee there are still openings.
Aug. 1: Fronhofer Tool Triathlon: Friendly, well-run race with lots of support in a beautiful location. Bike course has a few hills, but also a covered bridge! Park right next to transition. Swim is two loops in Lake Lauderdale. Olympic distance and youth tri. Cambridge, NY. fronhofertooltriathlon.com
Aug. 1: Wilson Wet & Wild Triathlon and Duathlon, Tuscarora State Park, Wilson, NY. Sprint and Olympic tri; sprint du.
Aug. 2: Cayuga Lake Triathlon, Ithaca, NY. Sprint and olympic. http://www.ithacatriathlonclub.org/cltrace/
Aug. 5 and 6: Lake George Triathlon, Lake George, NY, Olympic and half and aquabike. http://www.adkracemgmt.com
Mid-August: Du’Nango for a Cure: Great day trip, probably doesn’t sell out. It is a 2.5-mile run, 14.3-mile bike, with a 2.5 mile run at the end. One, two or three person teams can register. Chittenango, NY. www.dunangoforacure.com
August 16: Peasantman: Peasantman is a medieval-themed triathlon with full, half and intermediate distances (and relays) that are just a bit longer than traditional distances. Penn Yan, NY. Still a small race; this will be its 3rd year. www.peasantman.com
Aug. 16: Timberman IM 70.3: At Lake Winnipesaukee, N.H. www.ironman.com
August 23: River Rat Triathlon: Small race (about 225 people), choice of swim or kayak. Course is 600-meter swim or 3-mile kayak/canoe, a 16.75-mile bike and a 3.3-mile run. Enter as individual or team; relatively inexpensive race (was $60 for individual at the close of registration last year). Clayton, N.Y. riverrattri.org
Aug. 23: Cazenovia Triathlon. Spring and olympic tri plus sprint and olympic aquabike.cnytriathlon.org/cazenovia-triathlon/