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Training For Ironman: Month Two

This November, Hicksville resident Marlo Signoracci will head to Florida for Ironman, a demanding, long distance triathlon that includes biking, running and swimming. Here, she shares her story as she prepares for one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there.

Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success.

I just returned from a five day triathlon camp in Clermont, Florida with teammates of the Children’s Tumor Foundation Endurance Team and the South Shore Triathlon Coaching Team. I learned quite a few things internally and externally about myself over these few days that will continue to take me on my journey to the Ironman.

The camp consisted of swimming, biking and running alongside USTA certified coaches as well as professional triathletes. I had the opportunity to spend some time with Leslie LaMacchia, a professional athlete as well as full time attorney at law. With my quest for the Ironman, balance is always in the back of my mind. I am a fulltime working woman, involved in local community organizations, a mother of one, a wife and now I have committed to the biggest goal to date. So sitting down with her gave me some insight on how to continue to be very organized, flexible and just go out and follow your dream. She is an inspiration to many athletes, especially this one, and makes it look easy to “do it all.” I look forward to our continued friendship and the fact she will be at the finish line when I cross in November.

There were also many veteran athletes returning to this annual camp. Some Ironman, some marathoners, and some who are aspiring towards the Ironman. Their knowledge is priceless and all are willing to share with rookies like me. At camp, during one of the 25 mile bike rides I had a moment where I was feeling stressed, scared, and that I wasn’t able to do this. We were heading down steep hills with traffic coming in all directions. Most of my bikes rides that I have been on last season were in remote areas where traffic isn’t an issue. Race day the roads are closed. I was never taught any bike skills just go out and ride. During this moment I was lucky enough to have a veteran triathlete behind me who talked me through it, followed me through the end of the ride. It did not end there. When we returned to our hotel, he sat with me gave me some skills to practice on my next ride but also the words to combat the mental part of this journey to take with me forever.

But the largest takeaway from the experience I took away was understanding and the need for me to have patience. The last day of camp I spent quality time with my coach Anthony Beck from South Shore Tri Coach. We went out for a six mile run, followed by a series of stretching techniques, yoga (a first for me) and some quiet time to meditate. During this time we discussed the overall experience of the camp, our game plan for the upcoming season of races and the need for me to slow down and have patience. With a type A personality I want everything now. I am fast paced and sometimes I miss things because I am moving too fast. Anthony is teaching me to incorporate meditation into my lifestyle as a way of clearing my head. Meditation is not a quick cure-all. You will start seeing changes right away, but really profound effects are years down the line. Nothing worthwhile is achieved over night. Meditation is tough in some respects, requiring a long discipline and a sometimes painful process of practice. You may get discouraged, give up, and swear that no such changes could ever occur. Patience is the key. Patience. If you learn nothing else from meditation, you will learn patience. Patience is the essential for any profound change.

What an amazing week at camp. My journey continues.

News

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. That’s just what a Hicksville baker is doing, except in her case it isn’t lemons, but a gluten-free diet. Her lemonade stand of choice is her brand new gluten-free eatery, “Jac’s Bakeshop and Bistro,” which held its grand opening on April 12.  

“I’m a baker who can’t even eat wheat or eggs,” said owner Jaclyn Messina, chuckling at the irony.

There’s a lot you can do in 99 minutes. You could cook dinner, play a non-stop soccer game, watch a romantic comedy or hang out with Odysseus, Achilles and Hercules. If you chose the last option, Hicksville High School’s upcoming theatre production of The Iliad, The Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less  is the place for you.

The mouthful of a title says it all. The cast will take on over 80 characters as they speed through all of Greek mythology, including popular tales such as The Iliad and The Odyssey, in a little over an hour and a half.


Sports

Vito Sciascia was recently named Hicksville Soccer Club’s Volunteer of the Year at the 2014 Long Island Junior Soccer League 2014 Kick-off Convention.

Sciascia started coaching travel soccer in 1998 for a boys team, the Flash, who later changed their names to the Muddogs. He could always be found at various sporting fields trying to recruit new soccer players. He would make each of these boys feel important and there was always room for another player. He tried to never turn a child away and when other coaches were having trouble with a boy he would take them on his team, no one was ever too much for him. Sciascia found the good in all those boys and they in return respected him. He took them to many tournaments and solicited enough sponsorship so that it was never a financial burden on their families.

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its first tournament on Thursday April 4. Twenty golfers came out on on a crisp but sunny morning. Charlie Hong was the only man to score under a 40, with a 38 and won for low overall score. Jim O’ Brien  scored a 41, and won low overall net in a tie-breaker with Mike Guerriero.

Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more. The league is a 100 percent handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season.


Calendar

American Legion Meeting

April 21

HS Theater in the Round

April 24-26

Science Fair

April 26



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
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