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Training For Ironman: Month 6

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!

News

A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.

A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.

State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.

For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.  

“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.

However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”


Sports

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School

Hicksville native progressing through Mets system

The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.


Calendar

Spooktacular Halloween

October 17

Fall Festival

October 18

Veterans Casework Seminar

October 21



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