Sunday, August 21, 2016

Xterra Syracuse Triathlon 8/14/16 - Kara's race report

Xterra Syracuse Triathlon 8/14/16

After riding my road bike for most of the year, this triathlon caught my eye with a mountain bike and trail run.  Sometimes it's nice to race in the woods!  The triathlon look place at Green Lakes State Park.  The swim course was a short 400 yard course, that we did twice. This I was a little nervous about the mountain bike as I haven't ridden it a ton, and never in a race.  It turned out to be the perfect course for my comfort level with a lot of double track and some single track that wasn't too technical.  I found it a lot harder to pace myself on a mountain bike compared to on the road, so it took me a couple of miles to find my legs on the run. The 6 mile run course looped around the green lakes, and had some short but steep hills for extra fun. I ended up finishing 1st overall in my age group. Overall, I think this may have been one of my favorite triathlons. Nice venue, not an overwhelming number of racers (~120), and I really love trails. Hope to be back here next year! 

coming out from the swim!
finishing strong!
Kara 1st in age group!

great race!

Syracuse Ironman 70.3 June 19th, 2016 - Kara's race report

Syracuse Ironman 70.3 June 19th, 2016

Never having done a Half Ironman, I started training for this race in about February with my sister-in-law and teammate, Kathleen. The night before the race, we camped in my parent's RV right at the race site, the Jamesville Reservoir. With an early morning start, it was a huge advantage to be right at the park for an extra hour of sleep. The start of the swim started a bit rough, as I felt a bit crowded with limbs flying everywhere. For about the first 200 yards I was fighting the urge to panic and grab onto a kayak. I was repeating my "just keep swimming" mantra in my head and finally the swimmers started to spread out a bit. The rest of the 1.2 mile swim was uneventful, and I was relieved to finish a couple of minutes faster than my predicted time. Next came the 56 mile bike, starting with a steady 12 mile climb. The next 30 miles were steady rollers throughout the countryside of Onondaga County.  Just as your legs were starting to feel it, they threw one more steady uphill (Skyhigh Rd, aptly named), before the descent back to the park. I was glad when I safely crossed the railroad tracks just outside of the park that I managed to wipe out on a month prior during a training ride. I rolled into transition 5 minutes ahead of my schedule. I started out running well for the first 3 miles, until I hit the first hill. As temperatures reached 94, I knew it wasn't going to be a great running day. I accepted that I was going to be walking up the hills and running the rest of it. I couldn't have been more thankful to the best fan at the course, standing on top of the hill with a nice cold garden hose.  I finished with a total time of 6:47:24.  I was hoping to be faster, but I was more than happy to have finished!
Kara finishing 70.3!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

IronGirl Tri race report from Leah

My best race this year was irongirl triathlon. I came in 17th on the bike overall out of 800!!!! And 109 overall for all 3 disciplines.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Tour of the Battenkill Gran Fondo- May 21, 2016, Marsha's race report

Tour of the Battenkill Gran Fondo- May 21, 2016

I've had the honor of working this race since the beginning and seldom have the opportunity to participate, but as luck would have it, the Fondo was scheduled as the last race of the day allowing me to finish registration for all the other races and jumping into my team kit in time for the Fondo to begin!  It was a perfect weather day, doesn't get any better, blue skies and sunshine, no humidity!  My wonderful teammate Kathleen Rutishauser and her awesome husband, Rich  made the drive from Whitesboro to join me in the Fondo!  We had a wonderful time climbing the epic hills and tactfully descending the dirt roads in the rolling Battenkill valley countryside.  Upstate NY has the best farm country!

We had such fun enjoying it all that we had no idea how many riders were in front of us but found out afterwards that Marsha finished 3rd in the women and Kathleen was 5th out of the 28 women who finished the 26 mile Fondo!

After that, we enjoyed chugging a quart of the best chocolate milk in New York from the Battenkill Creamery!  We earned it!
Before the race started!
successful racers! Marsha and Kathleen
Milk celebration!

Herald of Victory Marathon and Ride for Life- May 29th, 2016

Herald of Victory Marathon and Ride for Life- May 29th, 2016

4 Mission in Motion riders and 3 runners took on the Marathon course on the hottest day in May!

Delana Spaulding, Heather Ludwig, Gwen Riker all conquered the running marathon of 26.2 miles!

Amoreena Wade, Marsha Kapinus, Jennifer Corby, & Kara Gorgos represented the team riding in the Ride for Life.

Tiffany Grygus cheered on the team runners at the Otsiningo Park turnaround giving them an extra boost of energy!

Mission in Motion before the start - Jennifer, Heather, Marsha, Delana and Amoreena
Delana and Carla at on the 201 bridge!
Delana blowing kisses to her fans

Heather looking strong!

Delana and Carla at the end!

June 25, 2016 Broome County Triathlon - Marsha's race report

Broome County Triathlon- Whitney Point, NY - June 25, 2016

I usually decide whether I'm going to do this triathlon 2 weeks prior on very little training, but this year, we were blessed with excellent weather all Spring, so I got a jump on training and actually trained on the course a few times prior to the race this year.  I'm not a swimmer, so I do the side stroke in order to be able to breathe the entire time while watching the other swimmers so I can follow their direction and not have to keep sighting the boueys.  My transitions are definitely slow trying to peel off the tight wetsuit while standing on tired  shaky legs!  My favorite part of course is the bike leg, since i'm slow in the swim, I have a great opportunity to pass a lot of people on the bike (which I know some of the will pass me back on the run) but it's still fun to see them and cheer them on with each passing.  Triathletes are a wonderful breed of people, so much fun, and always friendly while still very competitive.  This year I finished 3rd in my age group, just behind my friend Diana Bean of the Broome County Triathlon Club!

2016 Butternut Valley Time Trial, July 30, 2016 - Marsha's write up

Butternut Valley Time Trial- July 30, 2016

Always doublecheck your event directions and never trust the GPS :)  Thankfully I left an hour earlier than planned, I typed the race address into the cell phone and didn't realize there was the exact same street address in another town another hour North of the race!  Luckily, I knew the race official and texted them that I would be late and they were kind enough to schedule me for the last start time of the day.  I arrived in time for a 5 minute warmup and enjoyed getting to see everyone on the return leg as I started out on the course.

CNYC never fails to put on an awesome race event complete with good roads, awesome volunteers and great food after the race!  4 teammates participated in the event, all earning podium spots!

Victoria DuBois placed 1st & Elizabeth Birch placed 3rd in Cat 4 women
Tamara Tarbell placed 1st  & Marsha Kapinus placed 2nd in Masters women 45+

Marsha, Tami, Victoria and Elizabeth

Tami and Victoria jump for Joy!

Kingdom Trails 2016!!

Several Mission in Motion - William H Lane ladies trekked up to Vermont to ride the amazing mountain bike trail system of Kingdom Trails. The trails were in superb condition this year, and we had a blast as always! See some of the pictures below :)

The Mission in Motion -William H Lane team!

Pat and Marsha Kapinus

Marsha and Carrie!

Victoria and Cory

Elizabeth Birch

Lorrie, George and Amoreena photobomb 

Elizabeth, Lorrie, Marsha, Amoreena, and Delana at lunch break

Marsha ready to dominate Kitchel!

Amoreena, Marsha, Elizabeth and Lorrie


Amoreena, Delana and Elizabeth