The Active Times, February 2014


11 Essential Items for the Beginner Triathlete
Don’t cross the start line without this must-have race day gear

The Active Times, February 2014
By Alison Kreideweis, Co-Founder & Coach – Empire Tri Club

Training for your first triathlon is almost a fulltime job in itself. You hardly have time to brush your hair, let alone figure out exactly what gear you’re going to need on race day. Plus, with all the latest and greatest gizmos and gadgets out there, it’s not an easy arena to sift through.

Does three sports in one race mean you need three times the gear? Not necessarily. You’ll need more equipment than what a typical running race might require (that’s a given), but much of the gear designed for triathletes is made specifically for transitioning from one sport to the next, eliminating the need for excess items.

Aside from the obvious gear like a bike, running shoes and a bathing suit, there are a few other things you’ll need in order to successfully cross your first tri finish line. The good news: you don’t need to go out and break the bank with all the latest and greatest equipment. Triathlon races may not be cheap—inevitably you’ll need to splurge on a few big-ticket items—but by investing in the right gear you can save money and shave seconds or even minutes off of your finish time.

To help direct your focus towards what you really need, we’ve created a list of 11 essential items for the beginner triathlete. You can also check out our race checklist to ensure you don’t forget anything on race day!

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10 Tips for Exercising in the Winter! Health & Wellness Newsletter, February 2014
Written By Alison Kreideweis (Co-Founder & Coach, Empire Tri Club)

Evidence shows that people who workout through the winter are less likely to gain weight & suffer depression than those who don’t. Additionally, breaking a sweat can actually increase your energy levels, stimulate your senses, and decrease tension and frustration. Plus, cold weather workouts can be invigorating!

So don’t let winter drag you down! If you’re looking for motivation, inspiration, or innovation to get you moving, here are 10 tips for exercising in the winter that can help you keep your fitness goals on track…

Try a new class – Barre Method? Metcon 3? Shockwave? There are tons of innovative new group fitness classes out there! Why not use this time to try out a new class? If you belong to a gym, download the group fitness schedule and keep it on your desktop. Don’t have a membership? Score a class-pass through Groupon, Classivity or FiTIST… or contact a gym about a trial membership or daily guest pass.

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LiveSTRONG, February 2014

 | By Lynette Arceneaux
Contributions from Empire Tri Club Coach Chris Mosier

Every runner hopes to avoid injuries, boost fitness and improve health, but — newbie or pro — all runners are vulnerable to some missteps that can dash those goals. Don’t fall prey to hubris. “Any runner who reads the list of mistakes will agree with every tip the experts offer,” says Matt Fitzgerald, sports nutritionist and author of “The New Rules of Marathon and Half-Marathon Nutrition,” “but there will be those who believe, with every fiber of their being, that they don’t need to follow [the advice] because it just couldn’t possibly apply to them.” Read on to make sure you’re not sabotaging yourself with some of these common running mistakes.

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Competitor “Best Of” Awards, January 2014


For the 2nd year in a row, the Empire Tri Club was voted the “Best Triathlon Club” in the Northeast by  Additionally, the Giro di Santa (Empire Tri Club’s charity bike ride held in December) was voted the “Best Cycling Event” in the Northeast for 2013!

Click here for a list of all the winners in our region.

Every year, asks their online readers and social media followers from around the country to nominate their favorite races, specialty shops, clubs, charity programs, coaches, products and more.

Competitor Group is the world’s largest active lifestyle sports platform, with a customer base of over 7 million endurance enthusiasts and athletes. CGI’s portfolio of media assets span the full range of  the expanding endurance industry and include a robust digital community on the web and on mobile across the Competitor Endurance Sports Network of websites.

CGI operates 83 events around the world, including the flagship Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, the TriRock Triathlon Series, the NFL Run Series and the Muddy Buddy Series, collectively delivering more than 600,000 professional and amateur participants in 2012.

Additionally, CGI operates 5 publishing properties dedicated to running, cycling, triathlon and the world of multisport including Velo, Inside Triathlon, Triathlete, Women’s Running and Competitor with a combined monthly circulation of over 700,000.  More about CGI




Compete Sports Diversity Award

Empire Tri Club Coach, Chris Mosier, was recently named Athlete of the Year at the 2013 Compete Sports Diversity Awards in November 2013


Additionally, Chris’s accomplishments were recognized in the following publications:

2013 Top LGBT Sports Moments

The launch of Trans*Athlete was listed on San Diego Gay & Lesbian News’ Top LGBT Moments in Sports in 2013. Read the entire list of great LGBT moments from 2013 here.

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Top 13 Chicago LGBT sports moments from 2013

By Ross Forman, Windy City Times
January 1, 2014

6. Chicago native Chris Mosier, a trans triathlete, was named the 2013 Athlete of the Year for Compete Magazine, it was announced in mid-November.

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The Town Journal, June 2013

Northern Highlands alum builds a place for team within the triathlon


Alison Kreideweis, right and her cousin Jessica McDonald built Empire Tri Club together, turning their passion into a career.

As a former soccer and swimming standout at Northern Highlands, Alison Kreideweis always loved the camaraderie that developed out of playing team sports.

It was something she missed in her post-school days, but fortunately, since then she’s been able to build that same sense of morale via her exposure to what’s often considered a loner sport — the triathlon. The sport changed her life. Not only did she meet her husband through it, but Kreideweis (formerly Alison Cooper) has parlayed the sport into a career.

The Upper Saddle River native created her own business alongside her cousin Jessica McDonald. Empire Tri Club, now in its third season, is a place for tri-athletes looking for proper training to convene, with a team-mentality that adds that much more to the experience.

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LGBT Nike Sports Summit 2013

Empire Tri Club Coach Chris Mosier was selected to attend the 1st ever LGBT Nike Sports Summit in Portland, Oregon in June 2013. The summit was a group of 100 people – coaches, administrators, policy makers, lawyers, media, athletes, and reps from different sports leagues – working together to create and execute a plan to end homophobia & transphobia in sports by 2016.

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Fitness Magazine, April 2013

10 Training Tips for Triathlon Beginners

Just signed up for a tri? Go you! Wondering what to do next? Just start right here.

By K. Aleisha Fetters
Fitness Magazine, June 2013


The Need-to-Know Tips for Newbie Triathletes

Triathlons used to be for elite athletes. Not anymore. More than 1 million everyday athletes — more than 38 percent of them women — took the starting line in 2011, according to USA Triathlon. That’s up more than 40 percent from 2000.

“Women are getting ballsy,” says Alison Kreideweis, cofounder of the Empire Triathlon Club in New York City. “They love its challenge, atmosphere, and enormous fitness gains.”

Fitness gains, indeed. A triathlon’s swim-bike-run power combo practically guarantees a better body. Plus, the sprint distance (half-mile swim, 12-mile bike, and 3.1-mile run) eliminates some of the intimidation and is popular with tri beginners. It’s the best way to ease into your first race, ensure a great experience, and become a lifelong triathlete, Kreideweis says.

Read on for 10 tips to get the most out of your first sprint triathlon.

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News Channel 4, April 2013

After the tragic bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April 2013, Empire Tri Club Co-Founder Alison Kreideweis was interviewed in a news feature following the event.  The Empire Tri Club Co-Hosted a “Run for Boston” with Team Takbo in Central Park to remember and honor the victims and families.

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Fox 5 News, July 2013

Empire Tri Club Co-Founder Alison Kreideweis was interviewed in a Fox 5 News special in July 2013, for a feature on the rise of youth triathlons.  The clip featured Young Tri Founder Caitlin Begg, and was moderated by Fox 5 newscaster Duke Castiglione, which aired the week before the 2013 Aquaphor NYC Triathlon.

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Fox 5 interview