Member Spotlight: Mark Syzmanski

01 Mar 2016 5:11 PM | Deleted user

Mark Syzmanski first began competing in the sport of triathlon in 1997.  His daughter’s 8-year old friend wanted to do a Publix Family Fitness Weekend Triathlon in Daytona Beach.  At age 36, he was working behind a desk and couldn’t run a mile.  He figured his body was designed to do more than this and he entered.  He finished 77th out of 79 total entrants.  Despite finishing at the bottom of the race, he was hooked.

Over the years, Mark has found that committing to a race continues to motivate him to train hard.  He also notes that training for races has helped him become more successful in other areas of life.

As a 19-year veteran of triathlon, Mark lists St. Anthony’s Triathlon in St. Petersburg, FL as one of his favorite races.  He has also raced the USA Triathlon National Championships in Burlington, VT and Milwaukee, WI each of the past 5 seasons.  He has done both the Sprint and the Olympic distance races at these events on successive days each time in 2014 and 2015.  He also lists Lake Logan, NC is a beautiful place to race and a great way to escape the August heat of Florida.  

Mark still loves the excitement that can be felt moments before starting the swim.  He also loves trying to set new personal records.  He has raced in many states over the course of his career, but would one day like to race the Boulder, CO Olympic distance race.

After 18 years, his advice to newcomers to the sport is to set reasonable goals, strive to improve some each year, and make multisport a lifestyle. Additionally, he recommends cross training and having fun in the off-season. Finally, finding a good training partner is very helpful.

Mark has improved his cycling dramatically over the years and attributes Power Cranks to be very effective for these gains.  Despite finishing near the very bottom of his first ever race, Mark is now a podium regular.  In 2015, Mark was ranked 348 out of 2765 men in the 50-54 year old age group, narrowly missing out on being named a USA Triathlon All-American (top 10% of age group).  In 2016, Mark enters a new age group with the goal of being named a USA Triathlon All-American.

Mark has been a member of G3 since 2011 and is one of its most accomplished members.  Good luck Mark in 2016 and beyond.





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