Mary Eggers


A different beat

Thank you to the amazing Alex Tong for our new design! Alex is one of my friends and athletes and he has an eye for sport and art. I am so honored he redid the look around here. If you are from Rochester you’ve seen his photography at the #TrailsRoc events, and now many of the GTRC events as well. If you need design work, Alex is your man.

Thank you so very much Alex!!!!!!!!

Mary Eggers marches to the beat of a different drum.” My friend said to me over the phone. He works in the bike industry… a life involving units sold versus units made, travel here, there and everywhere, spending more nights in hotels than I understand is even possible. “It must be nice!”

I smiled. It’s true. I am proud of that. By accidental design everything I am doing is done to the beat of that drum. It is nice.

I think we all have the opportunity to do that. To create that. It’s easier for some than others. Mine just came because I was tired of playing by the rules. But that’s how I was brought up. My own rules. My own music. I credit my parents. They instilled within me the deep desire to be happy before being rich. They taught me that happiness IS being rich.

“You can be happy living in a cardboard box.” My father always said, “Spend your life doing what you want to be doing.”

A week or so ago my inbox was flooded with suggestions for me to apply for the “Women for Tri” panel that was recently announced. It does seem perfect for someone like me. I have a platform and a voice in this sport. I have been here for 20 years. I have great friendships and sincere networks. Advancing women in this sport is something I am passionate about and of course support.

Then I read the purpose of this panel:

“to research, brainstorm, create and put into action strategies, which will further develop female participation. Ironman and Life Time will also form an Ambassador Team that will mentor and help cultivate new athletes while providing support to first timers throughout their training and competition journey.”

Wait, wait, wait. This is what I do every day with my business. This is what I am involved with to a large degree as I learn the process of writing the accreditation plan for our colleges’ nursing program. I understand firsthand the time, effort and work that goes into a project such as this. It’s not a small project, it’s complicated, layered and takes great time and resources.I just cleared my plate, and I just refilled my cup. I don’t have the energy to volunteer to do this for a large company….. for free. If this were a position that would be contributing to my 401K or health benefits I would be the first one to line up to apply. This kind of work takes time and energy that I just don’t have.

 I wish I did have the time and the energy, I think it’s a great idea for those who have that available. I think it’s a great way to get involved and learn what this process is about. I have nothing but positive feelings towards Ironman, WTC, Competitor Group….. all of them. I have been around this sport since before there were timing chips and I have been part of its evolution. I have seen things come and go….. failures and successes. I love all of it.

I have given myself away before and I am just not willing to give it away again. My energy is for my family, myself, my athletes and our students.

I march to the beat of my own drum after all. I need to be where I need to be for once. I promote women in triathlon through my business, our swim camps, training camps, and at a local level. If you are applying and need my recommendation….. please ask. I am happy to give it to you.

It felt good to not apply, like really good. That old feeling of needing to have my hand in every pot has vanished. We’ve got really good things going on right here. My heart and soul in terms of sport are with our Valor Triathlon Project athletes and coaches. We are small and we will stay small. We are our own bosses and we run the show the way we feel is right.

This drum plays one hell of an awesome song.

Swim Camps and 1-1 sessions:

I am back to doing 1-1 stroke analysis sessions. As you will read below we have some great new software to really improve what we can do and what we can send you home with. Sessions are $100, held at Nazareth College and done whenever you and I find a time that works. During the hour we will video, work on stroke mechanics and we will look at that video, which you will go home with.

Our January 18th and 25th swim camps have sold out. We made a lot of improvements to our camps this year, beginning with the size of them. We cut it down to 8 swimmers. That’s crazy from a business perspective I suppose, but it’s FANTASTIC from an athlete standpoint. 8 swimmers is the number that for this camp…. allows us to get really personal.
We also got some great new software. We will be using FINIS stroke lab and recording via underwater iPhone, which makes the video you take home awesome, accessible forever, and eliminates five steps I need to take to get the video from camera, edited, and to you. During our camps we record your stroke, analyze it, and go through lots of drills to help you improve your swim.

During February we are also offering 2 “next level” swim camps. These will be for the swimmer (of any ability) who wants to work on open water starts, learn how to draft, and take swimming to that next level AND include stroke analysis. I will be announcing those dates later this week.

Ahhhhh… it’s good to be back. New look, new terms, new goals and aspirations. Personally, athletically, business. It’s good to be back.