Fayetteville: East Area Y offers programs for triathletes

Whether you're an aspiring or experienced triathlete, the East Area Family YMCA is prepared to help you achieve your goals. The center is currently offering swimming clinics, running and cycle classes for a successful triathlon finish.

"A lot of people are just becoming more and more aware of the importance of being well," said Executive Director Chris Nucerino. "[They] see this as an avenue to give themselves a goal and work towards it. A lot of people want that competitive feeling as well, even if it is against themselves."

According to Nucerino, triathletes struggle the most with swimming, saying it can be the hardest part of a triathlon. As a result, the Y designed a stroke clinic for the novice to the experienced.

Hydro Running is a zero impact alternative for advance runners who are either recovering from an injury, looking to reduce risk, or gain a performance and fitness edge. A brick workout is when two of the three events in a triathlon are combined. For example, trainees will participate in a swim workout and then immediately following, begin a cycle training program.

"This helps athletes work on their transitions like they would do in the real event," Nucerino said.

Other programs the Y provides include informational sessions on topics such as as how to change a flat tire, purchase a wet suit, bike, etc. And Family Prime Time is also available to take of their children while they train.

Nucerino, who is this year taking on the tri-challenge himself, said beginners should expect to train five days per week for 12 weeks prior to their goal event. Advice he gives -- and follows -- is to have fun, pair up with a partner, set a goal of an event and log your training.

"For myself, I've lost 35 pounds and have started for the first time to enjoy running," he said. "I'm getting too old for basketball but have that competitive drive still. This is a way for me to get that."

Nucerino, 40, said he plans to sign up for the Y Triathlon or the Skinny Man, which is held during Labor Day weekend in Skaneateles.

For more information on the Y's triathlon training, visit ymcaofgreatersyracuse.org/eastarea or call 637-2025. Programs are open to both members and nonmembers.

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