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!
Saturday, 30 August 2014 00:00
Who says a bride has to wear white on her wedding day? For South Asian brides, no color is off limits including brilliant reds, blues and golds. For the past 17 years, Vastra in Hicksville has been helping brides from New York and across the country find the perfect dress for their special day.
There’s no lack of Indian sari boutiques in Hicksville but according to Marketing Director Prachi Jain, what sets Vastra apart from the others is its emphasis on one of a kind, hand-embroidered Indian dresses.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
Many would consider it rude to play with your food. That is unless, you’re participating in the Long Island Potato Festival. The event, which was held in Cutchogue, NY, included a mashed potato sculpting contest which was dominated by Hicksville’s Sarah Tsang, who won first place in the youth division.
Contestants were allowed to use any tools and materials to help bring their creation to life. Sculptures were left on display throughout the day and voted on by festival goers.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
Somehow LSA, the Levittown Swimming Association, has always been a part of our Hicksville summers. My family’s introduction to the organization in 1975 began when our two older daughters tried out for the Parkway Swim Team, one of the nine teams that competed through July and most of August.
It was no small task for the younger girl, swimming her first full lap in the deep end of the pool to qualify at age six, but both girls made the team and donned the coveted gray tee shirts as the trees cast their shadows over the pool water at the end of practice.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
I’m convinced that the soul and the center of Hicksville is Cantiague Park. And why not? Every weekend it’s a beehive of activity ranging from tennis matches, hand ball games, basketball and baseball games, swimming, hockey and of course ‘the beautiful game’ called soccer. Cantiague has two professional soccer fields that are perfectly manicured and begging to be played on. And they were. This weekend was the finals of the East Meadow Soccer Tournament which is one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the nation, sponsored by the US Soccer Federation. There were 18 boys and girls teams in the finals and a large staff of referees.
Two of the refs were Steven Orozco and Randy Vogt who told me how soccer had been growing and has now become the second most popular participation sport in America with 25 million of us watching this year’s World Cup. I also met and interviewed Joe Codispoti who along with Tim Bradbury is the head coach of Rockville Centre United, a U16 boys club. This U16 team has a group of standout players led by Jack Graziano, AJ Codispoti and Pat Basile who have been playing together for six years.