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Weekly Newsletter 10/10/14

It’s Kona weekend…and we’ve got some folks for you to follow! On Saturday, have fun tracking Carsten Hansen and GCTri alumni Missy Manning and Jared Tootel at the IRONMAN World Championships.

Congrats to Lauren Karstens (1:41, 2nd AG, new PR) for a great race last weekend at Jersey Shore Half Marathon. Good luck to those racing Steamtown Marathon and Staten Island Half Marathon.

Great news! We’ve re-scheduled the Tour de Defiant Brewery for Saturday 10/18. The trip will depart the 14th St. ferry pier at 10am. Lets hope we get nice weather so we can go and enjoy it!

Are you interested in ordering awesome GCTri race kits and cycling gear? Jen has ordered the Hincapie fit kit so that you can find out your appropriate sizes. Stay tuned for information pertaining to the arrival of the fit kit. We typically get it for a 1 week period and our sponsor Fleet Feet is kind enough to hold it at their Hoboken store. Simply stop in during their business hours, try stuff on and mark down your sizes. Jen will open the Hincapie ordering portal shortly thereafter. We do need to meet certain minimums so please order if you are interested.

Weekend rides: On Saturday, Raphael is leading an A+ ride leaving the 14th st. ferry pier at 7am. Nicole is leading a B ride to state line (~40mi) that departs the 14th st. ferry pier at 8:30am. Saturday looks like rain, so perhaps these will get switched to Sunday. Monday is Columbus Day and some folks may have off so please organize other rides on FB and the club calendar.

Weekly Newsletter 9/26/14

GCTri wishes many years of health and happiness to a fabulous GCTri couple – congrats Rich Bean & Nicci Schock on your wedding this weekend.

In typical GCTri fashion, we were out there this past weekend racing fast, and looking good while doing it! Check out these great results: At IRONMAN Maryland – Matt Bach (8:51, 1st OA), Christine Hadermayer (14:37 – her first IM!!!); at Newport Liberty Half Marathon: Gabe Rasure (2:22), Vito Ciraco (2:07), Jared Williams (2:05). At IRONMAN Princeton 70.3 – Mark Horton (4:45), EJ Burke (5:05), Jared Lando (5:08), Dave Calabrese (5:11), Christian Gargiulo (5:15), Jen Sheppard (5:17), Pete Cancila (5:35), Paul Zaragoza (5:39), Ray Josephs (5:46), Jim Englert (5:56), Juan Carlos Buenano (5:57), Lisa Mangino (6:01), Steve “the Mayor” Fulop (6:04), Des Johnson (6:08), Anthony Desantis (6:28), Meredith Ryan (7:01), Robert Budwilowitz (7:12), Heather Cameron and Jenny Zarzuela participated on Relay teams. At the Little Red Lighthouse Swim (6+mi swim) – Nicole Ogrosso (2:33). At City Challenge Hoboken – Dave Pietrangelo (28:00, 1st AG, 6th OA). At the Jersey City Party With Purpose 5k – Mike Menter (20:46), Lauren Kruk (2nd OA female – 22:21 – she must have a great mentor), Diane Berry (30:08). Please share your race results with us on the webpage Good luck to our folks racing Franklin Lakes Half Marathon and the Seaside Sprint Triathlon this weekend.

We’ve begun the planning process for the 2015 race season already. Designated club races that have been determined so far include: IM Mont Tremblant, Mont Tremblant 70.3, NJ State Olympic & Sprint. We’ve created a survey to help us determine what other races we should designate as “official club races”. I think everyone will agree, it’s always more fun to race with your friends. Please fill out the attached survey so we can make some other good choices for club races.

Next Saturday (10/4) we ride for beer! We are heading the Defiant Brewery in Pearl River, NY. Stay tuned for more details from Lisa Mangino. She is in the process of shoring up the details. She will post to the group with final information.

Weekend Rides: As a reminder all rides depart from 14th St. Ferry Pier unless otherwise noted. On Saturday, Lisa is leading a B+ drop ride up to state line (~40mi) departing at 8am. On Sunday, Nicole is leading a B ride up to state line (~40mi) or possibly to The Market leaving at 10am. Also, Shelley is looking to get a C ride together on Saturday or Sunday. Please respond to her FB post if interested. Happy traning.

Weekly Newsletter 9/19/14

It’s hard not to Tri harder when we’ve got so many teammates accomplishing big things! Congrats to Eva Kovacs who completed her 24th Iron distance race at Challenge Weymouth taking 3rd AG…you continue to amaze us. Congrats to Michael Zadroga for his finish at One More Tri (1:08), and to Derek Barens for his finish at Queens Half Marathon (1:35). Good luck to our teammates racing Little Red Lighthouse Swim, Newport Jersey City Half Marathon, IRONMAN Maryland and IRONMAN Princeton 70.3.

We’ve got 2 really cool events coming up that you will want to add to your calendar. On Saturday 10/4 we will be riding up to Defiant Brewery for a little bike and brew. Thankfully we can take the NJ Transit trains home. Also, we just added a special event at Fit Werx bike shop and fit studio on Thursday October 9th at 7:30PM. If you plan on attending, you must RSVP (either on the FB invite or the club calendar) so we get an accurate head count.

For rides this weekend: on Saturday, RJ will be leading a 45mi A/B ride to Piermont departing the 14th St. Pier at 8am. Perhaps we will grab a muffin at Bunburry’s or the Filliing Station. I’d like to remind all members that everyone has the ability to add a ride to the calendar. If you aren’t happy with the ride selection, please post your ride on the club calendar or on FB and I’m sure you’ll get some company out on the ride. Happy training!

Weekly Newsletter 9/12/14

As expected we had more amazing super strong finishes by our very talented team members last weekend. At Mighty Hamptons: Dave Pietrangelo (2:20, 5th AG). At IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships – Kevin Portmann (4:13, 16th AG), Cristian Gonzalez (4:37). Skylands Olympic – Jen Sheppard (2:54, 2nd Female OA); Skylands Sprint Tri – John Palmer (1:34, his first triathlon!); IRONGirl – Cheryl Wickham (1:56); Toughman Half – Lyndsey Dore (7:06); Lake Hopatcong 1mi OWS – Jenny Zarzuela (42min); Quarterman – Dave Saraceni, Kristine Papamichael; Gran Fondo NJ – Diane Berry. Good luck to those racing Tri AC and any other races this weekend.

We continue to prep for IRONMAN Princeton 70.3. If you haven’t signed up for the picnic yet – please sign up here –

Come hang out with the club members when they aren’t wearing spandex! The next club social is Thursday 9/18 @ 7:30pm. We will announce the location early next week. We hope to see you there!

Here are your weekend rides: on Sunday Jim Englert is leading a 65mi “A ride” to Rockland lake leaving 14th st. pier at 10am. For those of you that hate football, Nicole will be riding at 1pm on Sunday (distance and pace to be determined later). If you want other options – post a ride on FB and see if you get any company. Happy Training.

Weekly Newsletter 9/5/14

GCTri’s talented athletes were at it again last weekend! There were many great race times had at the 2N’s 5k Anything is Possible Race (at South Mountain and from many virtual locations). Even better than the race times, was the fact that we were out there supporting our good friend and teammate Glenn Hartrick as he continues his recovery. Congrats to Diane Berry, Deirdre McGuinness (2nd AG), and Tom Porrovechio for a job well done at the Six Flags Triathlon. Good luck to those racing this weekend at Toughman, Gran Fondo NJ, IRONGirl, & Skylands Triathlon. Best wishes to Kevin Portmann and Cristian Gonzalez on strong races at IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships!

Mark your calendars! The September social is scheduled for Thursday 9/18 @ 7:30pm. As we get closer we will announce the location (if it’s nice, hopefully we will be outside).

IRONMAN Princeton 70.3 is just around the corner. We hope to have another huge cheering section to support the over 20 team members that will be competing. Bring your favorite cowbell. We will be having a huge picnic after the race. Please sign up and let us know what you will be bringing for the big post-race bash. Picnic Sign up

There are a couple options for you this weekend for rides. On Saturday Jared is leading a 56mi course preview for the Princeton 70.3. The group will be meeting at Mercer County park at 8am. Also on Saturday, RJ will be leading a 40mi “B ride” to State Line (or possibly to the Filling Station for a muffin). This ride departs the 14th St. Pier at 8am. If you haven’t made it to the track workouts yet – you are missing a great opportunity to get faster! Thursday morning rides are still going, but front and rear lights are mandatory for safety since sunrise is much later now. Happy Training!

Weekly Newsletter 8/15/14

Congrats to our competitors last weekend. At Staten Island Duathlon – John Palmer (1:05, 2nd AG); Staten Island Triathlon – Juan Carlos Buenano (1:07, 4th AG). Good luck to those racing IRONMAN Timberman 70.3, IRONMAN Sweden, IRONMAN Mont Tremblant, Tri the Wildwoods and Ramapo Rally. We are expecting nothing less than a team podium finish at Timberman – no pressure! Please remember to share your results with us on the GCTri website –

This summer we’ve added a bunch of new members! We would like to welcome: Darla Mercado Coyle, Gabrielle Rasure, Bri-Ann Ladowski, Eric Prendergast, Dana Ushler, Vladimir Penaloza, Jamie Moreng, Lauren Karstens, Mike Menter, John Palmer, Tara Barlow, Caron Claes and Meredith Rodriguez. Sorry if I missed anyone. We hope to see you at the club workouts and socials.

The August social will be held on Thursday the 28th at 7:30pm at Pier 13. Stop by and meet some of the club members when they aren’t sweating and wearing spandex.

Tuesday track workouts continue to be wildly successful. If you want to get fast, you really should join us. Thursday bike hill repeats are also going strong. With a later sunrise, please be sure you have front and rear blinkers for safety. There will be a 50mi (Piermont) “A ride” on Saturday departing the 14th st ferry at 8am. Happy Training.