Team MPI Newsletter

November 12, 2019

An Interview That can Save Your Life

Heidi Dohse was well prepared for IRONMAN 70.3 Tempe, but during the swim, things felt very off. The lifelong heart patient listened her body and sought help from swim support. She shares what happened.

It's the Holiday Season

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The big race is done. The off season is here! NOW what? Coach Mandi shares her approach that began when she was a rower and one that she has continued through triathlon. 

Team MPI Racing


Salt Fork Fall Trail Challenge

November 9, Cambridge, OH

Jim Jeitler

Michelle Jeitler - PR!

Oswego Veterans Day 3 Miler

November 9, Oswego, NY

Teresa Mech

St. Croix Coral Reef Swim (Five-Mile Race)

November 10, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

Scott Heintzelman


Syracuse Half Marathon

November 10, Syracuse, NY

Lisa Crockford

Mo Mannal

Tami Stone

Beth Tucker - PR!


Lights on the Lake 5K

November 17, Liverpool, NY

Lisa Crockford

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

Athlete Spotlight


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.


Congratulations to Coach Kelly Ryan  🙌 who earned her USA Triathlon Paratriathlon Coach certification.


She is also an IRONMAN Certified Coach and USA Triathlon Level 1 Certified Coach.

Upcoming Events

Team MPI Coaches Retreat West

Tempe, AZ

Friday, November 22



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. 

Sessions include:

  • 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

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