Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
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.
“I meet my goals and maintain my health. I stay mindful of what is important to me and seek balance in all endeavors. With gratitude, I am fully present to this moment in time.”
Staying on the path this month was crucial with what was in store for me. I had my first official training day also known as a half Ironman. 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride, 13.1 mile run. It was time to put all the hours of training, learning about nutrition, and mental preparation to the test.
I left for Syracuse the day before the race with a few of my close triathlete friends. We had planned this day back in September. My first Ironman branded event. Driving up there through the mountains and fresh air just took my breath away. It’s amazing what is on the other side of the bridge and north!We got up there in plenty of time to pick up our packets (Race details, your number and the chip that tracks your timing all day). Took a little spin on our bikes to make sure nothing got loose on the ride there. Checked our bikes in at registration and then headed to the hotel for an early dinner and early to bed.
3:15 a.m. came quick. Beautiful race morning. Arrived at the site at 4:45 a.m. With 2,500 athletes and families I wanted to make sure I was there on time. Met my triathlon family of friends for a pre-race talk. It always helps to have friends by your side on a day like this.
7 a.m. the gun goes off and I am in the water. 1.2 mile swim in the flat Jamesville Beach lake. Could not ask for better swimming conditions other than a bright sun to site off of. Once I was able to move away from the pack of swimmers, it was just time to settle in and enjoy the water. Swimming is my strongest of the three events. 42 minutes later I was out of the water.
Started out on the bike knowing I had 12 miles of hills to climb. That took me almost an hour! Knowing my goal in mind, I had some time to make up and I pushed the bike. Down hills were spectacular and the views on the course were breath taking. Saw some fellow Long Island Triathletes on the course which made the time fly by. 3.27 hours later I was done! I was able to make up the time and then some. All those bike workouts paid off.
Running….well not the easiest of runs. It was very hot at this point and not a lot of shade on the course. Some flat terrain, large hills and uneven pathways which made for a challenging course. I followed my plan and made it through the run in 2:38 hours.
Overall, a fabulous day with an ending time of 6:58! My goal was 6:59 and I did it. I took away a lot from this day. Hard work pays off. Staying on track will take you to the finish line. Always have fun. Lastly, a race is a celebration!
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 00:00
Sabina Lotlikar never imagined she’d find herself competing in a pageant. The 19-year-old from Hicksville was more used to spending her time cooking, playing video games and working out than walking in heels in front of hundreds of people. But that all changed this year when Lotlikar decided to compete in the Miss LI pageant, an experience she describes as unforgettable.
“It was so nerve-wracking because I’ve never done anything like this, but I’m so glad I went through it and was dedicated to it. It was amazing,” she says.
Sunday, 17 August 2014 00:00
When it comes to photography, it’s been a long road for Hicksville’s John Micheals. What started as a hobby in childhood, has now returned as an irreplaceable form of self expression.
“It’s a way of expressing myself. I’m very comfortable with it. It’s a way of expressing myself and being me without any qualifications,” he said.
Micheals’ journey in photography started with snapping pictures with a Kodak as a kid growing up in Queens. As an undergrad at City College of New York, he took art classes and his photography took a back seat as he became an art teacher. When he retired in 1996, he picked up the camera again, taking classes at Nassau Community College and getting his certificate in photography. He dropped photography again when family priorities arose, and got behind the lens again in 2009.
Thursday, 07 August 2014 00:00
The fields of Kevin Kolm Memorial Park were filled with nearly 200 soccer players on Saturday for the annual ‘Soccer For A Cause’ event. The event was put together by the Mastermind Unit in sponsor of the Michael Magro Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting pediatric patients with cancer and their families.
“The Mastermind Unit is a non-profit organization that was founded by a group of guys who grew up playing soccer together in Hicksville,” said co-founder Bryan Alcantara. “This is our seventh annual ‘Soccer For A Cause’ event at Memorial Park.”
Thursday, 31 July 2014 10:08
Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its fourth tournament on Thursday, July 17. We had 34 golfers and only three who scored under 40. Low overall score was won by Charlie Hong with an impressive 34. Joe Sander scored a solid 49 and won low overall net with a 31.
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% 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. The league meets every Thursday at 7:30 a.m., but the formal tournament dates are only the first and third Thursday of the month through late October. We will have a final luncheon with prizes on our last meeting.