Team MPI Newsletter
March 10, 2020
The selection of your main race(s) of the season should involve a more holistic view of the calendar. Here's how to set yourself up for success!
March 15, Sarasota, FL
🌟 Athlete Spotlight 🌟
Meet Noel Meltzer of MA/NJ
Training with Coach Gregg Edelstein
I split my time between northern New Jersey, where I work and have lived since 1983, and Newton, MA, in order to spend some time with my spouse, Mindy Carson. I have a Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry from the University of Georgia and have worked in the pharmaceutical business my entire career, currently as a senior medical science liaison for Vertex Pharmaceuticals in NYC.
I have been an avid endurance athlete for the past 25 years. I ran my first New York City Marathon in 1994 and have completed 18 more marathons in a variety of locations over the last 25 years. I will be running the New York City Marathon again this year. I have completed two triathlons and a century ride. For years I have said I wanted to try a longer triathlon and made 2020 the year that it will happen with IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman. The biggest challenge will be finding the time to train, especially splitting my time between New Jersey and Massachusetts plus travel for work. I love being outdoors.
My friends find it funny that I never seem to wear a jacket in the winter until it is in the 20s outside. From someone who was originally from southern California and then moved to the central coast of Florida and did not see snowfall until I was 21, it seems that I really prefer cooler weather – no plans to return to Florida.
When I signed up for Eagleman, I knew that I could get more from having a coach. I recently read “Coaches are the fastest way to increased performance and the best way to make performance sustained…We cannot tell ourselves the unvarnished truth nor can we grow as fast with heightened consistency without a coach.” (Hugh Blane in 7 Principles of Transformational Leadership). With that in mind, I looked for a coach that would fit my goals of completing my first half IM triathlon and met with Gregg Edelstein. It was a good match and I look forward to his continued coaching and advice as I prepare for that race on June 14.
Meet Amy Taylor of Rome, NY
Training with Coach Laura Henry
I am in the Air Force and work at the Eastern Air Defense Sector in Rome, where I am in charge of the network operations center.
I began doing triathlons in 2015 with “Iron Girl Syracuse” as my first, with my fiancé’s 26 year old daughter. I signed us up for classes at the YMCA in Oneida, where I have met many other awesome athletes and friends. Since then, I have done several sprint and Olympic triathlons and the 70.3 Lake George Triathlon.
I was a runner first. In the fall of 1999 I had most of my left lung removed due to a benign tumor, but it was enough for me to quit smoking. I ran my very first 10K less than six months after my surgery and since then have run many 5Ks, 10Ks, a Ragnar trail run, 15Ks and a half marathon.
I have also been an avid bike rider and have a lot of experience riding on the road. Among the many organized rides I've done, I have completed the Ride for Missing and Exploited Children Ride ten times and even participated in the national ride from Utica to the RMEC National Center in Alexandra, Virginia. In January of last year I even received my Spin certification and have been teaching Spin class at the military gym on base.
For me it was a clear progression to try triathlons and in January of 2018 I set my sights on a half Ironman. Mid-January I was in my doctor’s office complaining of stomach issues, later diagnosed with a double hit Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma or two types at the same time. I completed six rounds of aggressive chemotherapy and completed the last Syracuse Iron Girl between my 3rd and 4th round of chemo. However due to large amounts of steroids and not watching my diet I easily put on 35 pounds toward the end of treatments. So I am working toward getting all of that weight off, and still training.
This year, I signed up for IRONMAN Maryland with a good friend that I met through Master’s Swim Class. Another very good friend (Mary Houck) who I met through swim class, referred me to Coach Laura! I knew to do a full IRONMAN I was going to need some help. I am also signed up for the Musselman Half Ironman in July plus the Boilermaker 15K and a few other local events. I am so excited to be on the team. I can’t wait to see what this year has in store!
😨 Post-Workout Comment of the Week 😅
"Excited and terrified! Ended up going out harder than I planned, but it felt good in the beginning like it always does. Realized I might be in trouble 5’ in. On the rivet by 12’. Told myself if I could hold power to 15’ it was all downhill from there."
- Athlete working with Coach Allen Stanfield, after a 20 minute FTP test done at 4.68 w/kg (362w)!
Team MPI athlete post-workout comments are an important part of athlete-coach communication. They are often quite revealing and humorous in the aftermath of a workout gone well or awry!