Wednesday, November 6, 2013

NYS Cyclocross championships!

A great day of racing at the Syracuse grand prix on Nov 2nd!  Congratulations to our teammates, in the cat 4womens race, Victoria placing 2nd and Jackie in 3rd. 
Victoria also raced later that day in the masters 35 women placing 3rd overall and 2nd for NYS championship and Angela Cherkis in 4th overall masters 35 and a bronze medal in NYS Championships!
In the women's masters 55, Karla won the overall championship Jersey and  Barb Padula won the silver medal!
Congratulations to all.  Full results for Syracuse GP on and

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Crossfire Results!

Here are the women's results from Crossfire at the Kapinus homestead on 10/20/13!  It was a great day for some fun, tough cross racing and some yummy treats afterward!  Congrats to everyone!

Women's Open Results
1 - Allison Yoho Grygus - HRRT 
2 - Delana Spaulding - Mission in Motion
3 - Jackie Hendrickson - Mission in Motion
4 - Jennifer Cohen - Syracuse Bicycle
5 - Tiffany Grygus - Mission in Motion
6 - Angela Cherkis - Mission in Motion

The Open Women's race start!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Crossfire Kids!

9 awesome kids raced at the 5th annual crossfire on Sunday!  What a blast watching these kids ride,  ride, ride all day!  They did multiple warm up laps , then raced , then cheered on their parents, and then some of them even went out and ride the whole adults course with their parents after the races!  We had a great time being entertained by their presence :)  the best part was watching them determined to do tge barriers even though they had the option to ride around them.  Thanks to former bmx champions George and Lorrie Elmy for donating their trophies.   The kids loved them!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Dave Panella Memorial Cyclocross Race and Benefit - Sunday, November 10th 10am-2pm

Dave Panella Memorial Cyclocross Race and Benefit
Sunday, November 10th  10am-2pm
Lion’s Club Pavilion- 1 Lions Way, Greene, NY
See RACE details at  

Special Music featuring:  Melanie & the Boys – Noon- 2pm

Brought to you by the TVC CROSS CONTINGENT & Mission in Motion Cycling Team 

Racing, Food, Drinks, Music, Social, FUN!  Bring your cowbells and voices to cheer on (or heckle) the racers as they climb the hill and jump the barriers!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

AVRE Race for Sight- Windsor, NY

The much anticipated Race for sight was held on Saturday, September 21st, it was originally scheduled for July, but our crazy weather in upstate New York postponed the event! Luckily, Saturday turned out to be a perfect temperature with sunshine! We only had to deal with a stiff headwind on the return portion of the course, this made for a tough race for those of us who were not able to stay with the lead group and we ended up time trialing alone into this wind, but it was a great workout and excellent training.

TVC , Ruud, Chenango Point and Mission in Motion represented!
There are two races to choose from, a 40 mile race for experienced licensed racers and a 26 mile citizens race. Delana, Stephanie, Jenn & I did the A race, I was able to stay with Delana & one other guy until halfaway back on the first loop but the hills and headwind were too much and I couldn't stick with the two of them. I continued along solo with out seeing anyone (except for the guy who was with Delana on the side of the road fixing his flat tire) still, no one in front or behind for the next 20 miles, then a few miles before the finish out of nowhere, the flat tire guy and Karla caught and passed me on the hard headwind portion, krud, there goes 3rd place, not sure what happened to my energy level, I had nothing left to keep up with them, I went from 5 minutes ahead to 5 minutes behind in just a couple miles.
I didn't see Stephanie until the bottom of the finish hill, and she did a great job climbing to the finish, while I crawled, thankful that the finish line wasn't at the top of the hill.

A Race women's results:
Congratulations to our sponsor Tami Tarbell (t-squared custom woodworking) for her 1st place finish in the A race!

Delana Spaulding- 2nd place
Karla Eisch- 3rd place
Stephanie Tashjian- 4th
Marsha Kapinus- 5th
Jenn Corby- 6th

Tami, Delana, Marsha, Stephanie, Lorrie, Elizabeth & Jenn!
 Congratulations to our B racers! Lorrie Elmy who finished 3rd on a flat tire and Elizabeth Birth in 4th! Great job everyone!

We had a great time afterwards enjoying company and pictures with our teams :)

Excellent job to the AVRE race director Jenn Cubic, and all the road marshalls and volunteers for keeping us on the course safely and cheering us along!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Mission in Motion wins NYS medals!

What a perfect weekend of racing at the Chris Thater Memorial Criterium on August 24-25th! Congratulations to our NYS medalists! Emma Hoffman won a bronze in the junior women 10-12 age category!  On Saturday, Angela Ott took silver in the Masters 35+, Jo Cator, bronze medal in the masters 35+ and Marsha Kapinus, Bronze medal in the Masters women 45+! Congratulations to all our teammates to finished this tough 25 lap race against experienced, CAT 2, 3, and 4 women from the east coast and Canada!

Angela, Jo, Elizabeth, Tiffany, Ashely, Marsha, and Stephanie ready to race at the Chris Thater Memorial!
Action shot of Ashley at Thater 2013
Zoom zoom!

MIM on the move at Thater!

The start of the Junior race, including MIM's Emma Hoffman.

Young MIM Emma Hoffman!
Emma finishing her great race!
We are so excited to have Emma wearing the MIM colors!
NYS Criterium Champ medalists: Angela Ott - silver in the Masters 35+, Jo Cator - bronze in the masters 35+
NYS Criterium Champ medalists: Marsha - Bronze in the masters 45+

On Sunday, Tiffany, Angela, and Delana ran in the 5k, each posting speedy times for Mission in Motion.
Delana, Angela, and Tiffay, along with (CAT 4/5 winner) Bryan Grygus and Allison Grygus!

Over the course of the weekend, our team bakesale raised $550 toward the Lourdes mobile mammography units at Lourdes hospital for breast cancer. Thank you to all who volunteered and donated to this cause! Kathleen Rutishauser, teammate and sponsor "Daughter for Hire, took many amazing photos of the action throughout the race.  You can see all of the photos from the women's CAT 3/4 race here.

Tiffany and Angela manning the bake sale!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Mission in Motion to compete in 30th anniversary of Chris Thater Memorial Races!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRLog (Press Release) - Aug. 17, 2013 - BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- The Mission in Motion Women’s Cycling team is proud to be participating in both the running and cycling races at the Chris Thater Memorial Races for their tenth consecutive year! Last year 10 members participated in the criterium bicycle races, and 6 women participated in the 5K running race. This year Mission in Motion will be out in force once again to compete in our area’s premier bicycle and running racing events. Mission in Motion was founded in 2004 by women who were competing for different clubs and teams prior to organizing the first Central New York 501c3 women's race team. The decision to unite came from the desire to race for a cause, promoting women's health and breast cancer awareness. Mission in Motion competes in all aspects of cycling, running and triathlon races throughout the year. All proceeds earned (through race prizes and through fund raisers such as the Mission in Motion Coffee & Bake Sale Tent at Chris Thater Memorial Races) are donated in full to the Lourdes mobile mammography unit at Lourdes hospital providing health care to underserved areas of the Southern Tier. To date, we have donated $13,300 to Lourdes Mission in Motion foundation.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

2013 New York State Time Trial Championship- Naples, NY

What a perfect day it was for a nice 2 hour scenic drive to wine country, Naples, NY for the Jonathan Dechau Memorial time trial and NYS TT championships!  Sunny, warm and just beautiful :)  We (Pat & I) arrived by 9:30am to sign up, our start times were assigned as 10:56a, and 10:56:30.  For those reading who do not know what a time trial is, each person starts alone at their assigned time, in thirty second intervals in yesterday's case.  Here's a shot of Mariano Garcia waiting for his countdown.
There is no drafting allowed, soi f you catch the person ahead of you, you must stay a specified distance behind or to their side when passing so as not to gain any advantage of the draft.
We had PLENTY of time to get ready, socialize and warm up.  Yep, me just hanging out relaxing before a race :)
I noticed things were running a bit late, asked the riders in front of me what their start time was, I had about 6 minutes, rode back up the road and back instead of just standing hanging around waiting for my turn, got back with a minute to spare perfect!  But then, Pat tells me I'm in the wrong gear and better shift down.  So I click back in to ride a circle and shift it, then there's a car coming and I have to wait for it to pass before I can get back to the start line, they are all frantically waiving for me to come, I couldn't hear anything they were saying as the music was too loud.  I get there realizing I missed my start time, no big deal to me as I knew it couldn't be more than 10-20 seconds, but I guess it made the starters nervous as they were yelling, calm down, slow down, put your foot down!!  I was thinking in my head, I'm calm, no problem, I'll go whenever you want me to. we were the last riders to go anyway since we were the last to register.
So, I take off to enjoy the farm country, nice flat, slightly rolling roads, 11.8 miles out and back, it wasn't long before my husband went flying by me, looking good honey!

 I gave it my best shot, and finished with a smile on my face, the benefit of starting near last was that I didn't have to wait too long for results afterwards!

 It was great to see many of our club members winning medals in their age groups!  Congratulations to masters 55+ silver medalist Chuck Rhoades, 45+ bronze medalist, Andy Williams, 65+ silver medalist, Brian Beach, and lucky me, I also earned a silver medal in the masters womens 45+ category!

It was so relaxing to race for a change rather than officiate, although both are rewarding experiences!  See you at the races!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Binghamton Bridge Run 2013

5/5/13: The Mission in Motion team had a great showing at the 3rd Annual Binghamton Bridge 1/2 Marathon and 5k this year!  There were many PRs for the distance and the course on this amazing, sunny May day.  Also, big congrats to Lydia Werner for placing an amazing SECOND place in the 5k weaking MIM uniform!
Delana and Tiffany before the 1/2 marathon!

Jackie, Monjela, Delana, Tiffany, and Sue before the 1/2 marathon!

Delana running with the Murphy family during the 1/2 marathon!

Tiffany and Jackie looking strong!

Delana coming to the finish of the 1/2 marathon!

Tiffany and Delana are done!! Hurts so good!

Way to go ladies! Jackie, Delana, Monjela, and Tiffany post-race
The happy Hendrickson's after a great run!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Du the Lakes! Green Lakes State Park Duathlon- Fayetteville, NY

It was a perfect sunny, warm day in upstate New York for the Green Lakes Duathlon!  This was my third year participating and even though I had been down and out for 3 weeks, I couldn't pass up the fun doing this event with my friends!
For those who are not sure what a Duathlon is, it is a Run, Bike, Run event.  In this case, it is an awesome 3 mile trail run around Green Lake, followed by a 17 mile, road cycling time trial, then you finish with the same 3 mile trail run.  The atmosphere at duathlons is amazing, everyone is so wonderful, in a great mood, cheering everyone on, the super fast people encourage you as they speed by, and the announcing is fun at the finish, not to mention the cookies, pizza, oranges, bananas and snacks!  This year, we had 4 Mission in Motion team members competing, Angela Ott, Ashley Edwards (her very first du!) and Tiffany Grygus and me.  We started in waves, I was in the same wave as Ashley, hoping to be able to keep up with her on the run to have someone to suffer with!  However, Ashley FLEW on the trail run and I lost sight of her in the first mile!  It was a tough run for me, and I couldn't wait to get on the bike where I could make up some time.  This year I had the 7th fastest bike time of the women, woo hoo! it's a great feeling to be able to pass people on the bike leg, although I cringed when they all passed me back off during the final run :)  It's always a great experience and I enjoyed being there with my awesome teammates and husband!   Marsha

Ashley, Tiffany, Marsha, Angela with their finisher medals!

Can't wait for next year!

Mission in Motion Wins 3 Medals in NYS Road Race Championship

Women’s Cycling Team Wins Three Medals in New York State Road Race Championship

Mission in Motion Cycling Team wins silver and two bronze medals in the 2013 New York State Road Race Championship.


May 23, 2013 - BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Mission in Motion Women’s Cycling Team won three medals at the 2013 New York State Championship Road Race held during the Tour de Syracuse on Sunday, May 19.  Delana Spaulding took home the Bronze medal in the women’s Cat 4  for New York State.  Jennifer Corby and  Karen Holm won Silver and Bronze medals respectively for the Masters Women 45+ category.

The road race was held in Tully, NY on the second day of the two day Tour de Syracuse Omnium.  The race for category 4 and masters women was 36 miles long, running along Otisco Lake before climbing into the hills and ending near Song Mountain Ski Resort.

The Mission in Motion Cycling Team donates all money raised from cycling proceeds, race winnings and other fundraising efforts to Lourdes Hospital’s Mission in Motion Mobile Mammography van.  To date, the team has donated over $13,300.  Through event promotions and community development, outreach programs, and racing activities (such as providing volunteers for the Chris Thater Memorial Race), Mission in Motion Cycling Team plays a significant role in the region and its surrounding areas by promoting health awareness, race and bike safety, and physical fitness.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Skunk Cabbage 1/2 Marathon

Just wanted to give a quick update about my first race of the season, the Finger Lakes Runners Club's very own Skunk Cabbage Classic!  This year I completed the 1/2 marathon (last year I ran the 10k), and I am very happy with how my run went.

I've been training towards running goals primarily for this spring for a few reasons.  Trying to get in 100 miles a week to train for cycling races just isn't a realistic goal while also trying to complete a master's degree and work at the hospital.  It's much easier to spend the hours in my sneakers in the miles around my apartment than it is to get out into the Binghamton hills every day after working for 12 hours or having class all day or completing clinical hours.  Running gives me big bang for my buck (as they say!) and I have been able to maintain fitness over the winter (so when I do ride, it's not a huge sufferfest!).

Anyway, the race!  I didn't get the best warm up in (too many bathroom stops!) and I was worried about how my GI system would hold up (huevos rancheros for breakfast!).  But the starting gun went off and 1200+ of my friends and I made our way away from Cornell and into the back hills of Ithaca.  This course is hillier than the Binghamton roads I've been training on, however it didn't seem to slow me down too much.  I found some like-minded rowers-turned-runners and was able to chat through some of the middle miles with my new friends.  This is always helpful!  We made it through the 10k in just over 50 minutes and I was still feeling good when we turned around for home.

On my way back toward home, I made another friend, a college student who had been pacing off of me for a while. We traded running stories and suffered through the 15k together at about 1:15.  With each mile, we supported each other toward the finish and to my happiness we were able to run our last 2 miles sub-8 min pace.

My finishing time ended up being about 1:46.37, which is a big 1/2 marathon PR for me!  I am looking forward to the Binghamton Bridge Run to be another personal best in a month.  Thanks to my running buddies and to all of the Skunk participants!  And thanks for CJ, who also had a great 10k (finishing in about 44 min).

See you at the Binghamton Circuit Race! Cannot wait to hear about Battenkill!


Strava report of the race

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Mark your calendars for these upcoming team events!

Sunday, March 3rd at 10:00 am
This is not an official meeting.  It's just an exercise to get everyone working out together in a fun-relaxing atmosphere.  The snow still looks decent up at Marsha's so bring XC skis or snowshoes.  We will head outdoors first, weather permitting.  Then venture back in the eat and then head downstairs to spin for about an hour.  That's and have fun!  Bring a dish to pass.  

 Sunday, March 17th at 11:00 am:

Team training ride.  This will be a bike ride outdoors in any temp so plan to dress accordingly.  We will only move the ride indoors to trainers if it is raining within 1 hour of start time.  Again, bring a dish to pass so we can can refuel after the ride.  RSVP to me, Marsha, or the google doc.

 Sunday, April 7th at 12:00 pm:

TEAM MEETING!!!  Please make every effort to be here since.  It is important that we show cohesiveness as a team and we only ask this of you twice a year (this meeting and the Thater).  We will meet first (I set time later to avoid conflicts for the church-goers and from-afar travelers) so that anyone who has plans can take off after the meeting.  We will, as always, eat so bring a dish to pass for during the meeting.  After we have met and pigged out, we will work it off with an outdoor group ride.  Please RSVP to Jackie, Marsha or the google doc.  

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Mission in Motion Cycling Team makes their 2013 Donation to Lourdes Mission in Motion Mobile Mammography Unit

The Mission in Motion Cycling Team presented Lourdes Hospital with the team’s largest annual donation.


Feb. 18, 2013 - Binghamton, NY - The Mission in Motion Cycling Team presented Lourdes Hospital with the team’s largest annual donation. Members of the team presented a check for $3,146 on Friday, February 15th at Recreation Park in Binghamton. According to team director, Marsha Kapinus, the team has donated over $13,300 to date. The money raised comes from a combination of race proceeds (including the Waverly Glen Challenge and the Crossfire Cyclocross race), race winnings, bake sales and other fundraising efforts. The donation goes specifically towards Lourdes Hospital’s Mission in Motion Mobile Mammography Van.

Members of the MIM team and Loudes Hospital administration

The Lourdes Mission in Motion Mobile Mammography Van, a breast care unit, sets the Lourdes mission of comprehensive health care in motion by reaching out to women in the community. The unit provides breast exams, digital mammograms and pap smears, all in a location that is convenient for you.

Tiffany in the mobile MIM van!

Through event promotions and community development, outreach programs, and racing activities (such as providing volunteers for the Chris Thater Memorial Race), Mission in Motion Cycling Team plays a significant role in the region and its surrounding areas by promoting health awareness, race and bike safety, and physical fitness.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Cyclocross 2012

Wow, it's really been a while!  I just wanted to take a few minutes to talk about my 2012 season of cyclocross.  

Critz Farms 'Cross:

From left: Tamela, Delana at Critz 2012 
This was a very fun course and it was only enhanced by free Chobani at the end! I started my seasons with 2 races, the Cat 4 Women's race and the Open Women's race.  The Cat 4 race was one of the most fun races I've had on a bike.  A few of the other ladies shot of the line like a rocket, and it was all I could do to stay attached.  We made it through the first lap, however, and all of a sudden I found myself in front.  So soon?  The race was only 30 minutes and that would only be 3 or 4 laps, but still I was surprised to find myself in the lead.  I came past Chris and he said, "Pace yourself."  I thought - could I be going too fast? Everything feels okay.  I am not gasping for air.  Legs are hurting, but not screaming.  I think I'm okay. So, onward I went. I kept my eyes forward and my breathing even. I could see the racer behind me, and she wasn't catching me.  I was holding steady. Two more laps. One more, still steady.  And here comes the finish? Could it be? A win!

Me after the barriers, Open Women, Critz 2012

The open women's race proved to be harder, but I held out for the entire time and crossed with a happy smile on my face. What a fun first weekend of racing!

Kirkland Cyclocross (NYCROSS Series):
A great MIM showing at Kirkland 2012! Delana,  Mary Beth,  and Barb

The next day we headed up north to Kirkland, NY, for the first NYCROSS race of the season.  Again, I signed up for both the Cat 4 Women's race and the Open Women's race. The Cat 4 was again a 30 minute race.  I was unsure how this would feel. After all, I had raced twice the day before and it's hard to predict how those legs will feel after only one night's rest...  But they held up their end of hte bargain, and I was able to finish the race in front  for the second time in a row.
Kirkland Cross, Cat 4 2012

Awesome handmade mugs as awards at Kirkland Cross 2012!

Again, the Open Women's race was harder, but I found I was able to find a good rhythm and hold keep a few gals in front of me in my vision.  Over all, I was excited about my efforts of the weekend!  I even got to work on my sandpit skills!
Sandpit at Kirkland Cross, 2012

Up the run-up at Kirkland Cross 2012!

Uncle Sam 'Cross Day 1 (NYCROSS Series):

Next up was the Uncle Sam cross races in Troy, NY. We decided to go up for the Saturday races this year, and we were pleasantly surprised about the beautiful weather! 
Trying to stay warm while watching Chris race!

I again signed up for both races of the day, and suited up for the Cat 4 Women's race first.  I knew this course from last year, and was excited about the dry conditions this year.  With the gun, I was off and kept my cool through the first lap.  

A gal on a mountain bike went out ahead, so I kept my eye on her.  Gradually, I gained on her until eventually I was able to overcome her on the run up.  With that, I focused on holding ground for the rest of the race, moving as fast as I could while at the same time trying to minimize unnecessary mistakes that could cost me the race.  

Uncle Sam Cross, Day 1 2012: Cat 4 Women's race
I worked hard during the Open Women's race, attempting again to hold on to any racers that I could.  I happily did not finish in last place.  Another great weekend of racing!

'Toga 'Cross (NYCROSS Series, NYS Cyclocross Champs):

Our next weekend of traveling brought us to Saratoga Springs, NY.  The weather was colder, but cross racers are used to that after a while.  I signed up for both races, but was planning to go all out in the first race and hopefully win the NYS Champs in Cat 4 women. (Little did I know, they don't actually award Cat 4 cyclocross races with state champ medals!  You have to race in Cat 3 and higher to compete for the NYS Champs.)  The start of this race was a little tough for me.  I tried to keep my calm, but at the gun, I found myself jump off the line in a frenzy, unable to clip my shoe into the pedal.  It took me until the first climb to get my foot attached, and by that time I was sure that I'd lost myself the race.  Using some deep breaths and lots of focus, I was able to bring my heart rate down from screaming to steady pumping, and I felt myself relax.  I wasn't yet in the front, but there was still time.  After about a lap, I was able to move into the first place position and I decided that I "power 10" (rowing term!) was in order to solidify my place.  I worked hard for 10 pedal strokes, and then kept my output steady, again trying to move as fast as possible while minimize race-jeopardizing mistakes.  At the end of the race, I found myself in the first position and was awarded a handmade medal and some awesome swag for my efforts. 

A great podium at 'Toga Cx 2012
Chenango Forks Crossfire 2012: 

We had a great Mission in Motion showing at our annual Chenango Forks Crossfire race at the Kapinus homestead!  A great day was had by all and lots of good food to follow!
MIM ladies at Crossfire! From top, L-R: Kathleen, Elizabeth, Mary Beth, Angela, Delana. Bottom, L-R: Kim, Marsha, Jen, and Tiffany

MIM ladies line up at the start of Crossfire 2012!
Greene Cross: 

At this point in the season, I submitted for my upgrade to Cat 3 in cross.  I decided it was time to focus on one race a day and work hard over a longer piece of time.  In Greene, there were only two racers in the open women's category, but I was able to work with some men during the race who helped me keep my head in the game.   No photos of that race, but believe me when I say BRR!

Dave Panella Memorial: 

My final race of the season was the DPM, and again I focused on the Open Women's race.  My speedy MIM teammate, Dana, came up for the race, and I was excited to line up against her!  After the gun, I focused on keeping her in my sight, and overall I think the race was one of my best of  the entire season.  A third place finish was a perfect way to end my season! 
Start of the Open Women at the DPM 2012
Thanks for everyone's support this season!  I couldn't have done it without Chris and Teri this season!  Also, thanks for all of my Mission in Motion teammate support!  I am always excited to race with you ladies and look forward to more cross racing and road racing in 2013!