2018 was the inaugural year for the Lightning Warriors Youth Triathlon Team with about 10 youth athletes practicing on Long Island and racing at various local and national races. The team was founded by Noah Lam. Noah also serves as the Head Coach.
The Steve Tarpinian Memorial Fund donated funds to the Queens Metro Triathlon Team managed by Eric Stein. The funds are being used to support destination events such as the States, Nationals, and a few other high profile events. This year’s Nationals are taking place in Mesa, Arizona. Some of the donated funds have helped to tune up their fleet of bikes and for uniforms for their newest members.
The Steve Tarpinian Memorial Fund awarded two students with a $1000 Scholarship on August 10, 2017. Each student completed a triathlon grant through the Steve Tarpinian Memorial Fund and then submitted a compelling application for a $1000 Scholarship. Thank you to all of the students who applied for the Scholarship. Each student inspired us in different ways which made the final decision very difficult. We are hopeful that some of the Scholarship funds will be utilized in a way that inspires other youth to ‘try’ triathlon!
Congratulations goes out to Zachary Lam and Todd Warshawsky – the 2017 Recipients of the Steve Tarpinian Scholarship!!!
The Steve Tarpinian Memorial Fund granted triathlon entries to 22 students throughout Long Island and Queens in 2017. These students participated as individuals and relay teams in several different triathlons throughout Long Island.
Congratulations to the Long Island and Queens students who applied for and were granted a free triathlon entry from the Steve Tarpinian Memorial Fund. Here is the list of our Inaugural Steve Tarpinian Memorial Fund Grantees and the schools and districts they represent:
I’ve been running for many years, all through high school, college and after college as well. As a top-level competitor there are many things that I have learned which have helped to improve my performance. As a runner there is nothing more important than being consistent and dedicated to your sport. If I wasn’t happy with my times, I would always try something else to improve them.
I have learned important things from coaches, and from my own research and experience:
By Vicki Edwards, East End Tri
The sport of triathlon can be very expensive. If you go to a tri specific store, you can be talked into so much equipment it will make your head spin. Will you need it all? No, not right away. If you decide to stay in the sport, you will slowly accumulate everything you need.
For that first triathlon, what do you really need? Let’s break it down.
By Vicki Edwards, East End Tri
I don’t know how it happened. It felt more like punishment for losing a bet. It felt like self-inflicted torture. Why would anyone want to swim, then bike and then run IN THE SAME DAY??? These people were crazy and I was crazier for agreeing to do it.
I didn’t know about training so I just did some runs, a few bikes and swam in my pool. I never put them all together or trained any of the disciplines back to back. I figured if I could run for 3 miles, bike an hour and swim for 15 minutes I was good to go. Transition? What is that?
The swim stroke is one continuous cycle; there is really no first or last phase in the swim stroke. If one phase is performed incorrectly, the entire stroke suffers. However, we can break down the swim stroke into 5 phases to better understand how the stroke works to propel and accelerate your body:
- swim suit
- goggles to protect the eyes
- swim cap to protect hair
- body of water to swim in
Items that are very helpful for swim training and to perfect your technique include: