Team MPI Newsletter
November 12, 2019
Team MPI Racing
November 9, Cambridge, OH
Michelle Jeitler - PR!
November 9, Oswego, NY
November 10, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
November 10, Syracuse, NY
Beth Tucker - PR!
Teresa Mech, a United States Marine Corps veteran, at the Oswego Veteran's Day 3 miler!
Having her shoe sucked off by the mud did not keep Michelle Jeiter (on the left; Half of TeamScience with husband Jim) from nailing a PR at the Salt Fork Fall Trail Challenge!
Scott Heintzelman at the finish of the five-mile St. Croix Coral Reef Swim!
Tami Stone and Lisa Crockford at the Syracuse Half Marathon!
Beth Tucker nailed a PR at the Syracuse Half Marathon!
Welcome New Athletes
Patricia Burke of Hingham, MA - Coach Laura Henry
Tina Fillman of Washington, IL - Coach Laura Henry
Emily Green of Madison, WI - Coach Laura Henry
Elridge Guillory of Houston, TX - Coach Mark Turner
Joyel Schaefer of Earlville, NY - Coach Laura Henry
Joseph Wojcik of Ladera Ranch, CA - Coach Mark Sortino
Meet Mary Houck
I’m a middle school science and math teacher, as well as a Cross Country coach in the Fall, and a Track and Field coach in the Spring. I’m a mother of three adult children, and grandchild number 5 is on her way! So on top of my career and training for races, I enjoy spending time with my family too.
I am excited to be working with Coach Laura Henry, and being a part of Team MPI. I’ve known Laura for a few years, since meeting her at a triathlon camp, and I decided to let Laura guide me to my goals for next year.
I live in Central NY State, in a small town called Fort Plain where I’m the only triathlete in the small village. I started dabbling in triathlon in 2012, after many years of marathon canoe racing that took me throughout the Northeast, Canada and Alaska.
In 2010 my canoe racing partner and I won a 500 mile, multi-day canoe race in the Yukon Territory, Canada. It took years getting to that place, but I felt I was tiring of canoe racing. A friend of mine encouraged me to try a triathlon, it was an Olympic distance, I placed second, and I was hooked. I hung up my carbon canoe paddle, bought a carbon bike, and set off for my first 70.3 in Geneva, NY, in 2014.
In 2016, I finished IRONMAN Lake Placid, and I’ve continued to do a number of 70.3 events in the following years. I’m looking to compete in another full IM in the next year or two, but for now, my focus is qualifying for IM 70.3 Worlds.
Along with triathlon, I enjoy hiking and climbing mountains. I grew up in the Adirondack Mountains, so it was natural for me to want to climb them. I’m an Adirondack 46er (number 4306 W) in both the summer and winter, having climbed many of the over 4,000 feet peaks numerous times.
Some of my biggest challenges in triathlon, and there are many, are time constraints, aging and injuries, and my mom who needs more caregiving from family. My commute to work is over an hour each way, so there are two + hours a day just spent in the car. Training early mornings is a challenge because I need to be at work by 7:30 am, so on days where there are two workouts, I’m up at 3:30 am to be able to complete them. I look forward to what the next year brings and I’m happy to be with Team MPI!
Meet Ivana Zupa
Originally from Switzerland and Croatia, I moved to California in 2013 for school and started running more regularly. I currently live in New York City and work in management consulting. I have completed multiple half marathons and a couple of marathons, most notably the New York City marathon last year.
Over the past year, I have had various injuries and illnesses that prevented me from exercising. My goal is to get back in shape and complete the Chicago and New York City marathons next year.
Fun fact: I love traveling. I am just coming back from Europe where I spent 10 weeks traveling across Croatia, Italy and Switzerland.
Ivana is training with Coach Laura Henry.
Friday, November 22
Open to ATHLETES & COACHES
Join Team MPI for a full day of instruction the Friday prior to IMAZ that will enhance your knowledge, introduce you to some of the best coaches in the country.
7 USA Triathlon and 7 USA Cycling CEU's for certified coaches.
Pandora’s Box of Coaching the Swim – Mark Sortino
Relationship of VO2max vs Training Prescription – Dr. Manuel Delgado Gaona
Building Your Coaching BRAND - Mark Turner
Functional Movement for the Multisport Athlete – Laura Henry
Three Athletes, Three Methods to IM Coaching – Gregg Edelstein
Multi-Sport Lifestyle - Increasing Positive / Decreasing Negative Effects on Overall Health – Dr. Amy Stanfield & Allen Stanfield
What It Takes to Be and Coach a World Champion – Aaron Scheidies