The number of miles that Baltimore triathlete Mary Lou DiNardo trains each week are only slightly more than her one-way commute to New York City, where she works.
DiNardo runs TKPR, a public relations firm in New York, but whether in New York or Baltimore, she gets in her miles for the Ironman Triathlon, for which she qualified at April's Louisiana Crawfishman half-ironman. For the past three months, DiNardo has averaged 150 miles on the bike, 7 miles swimming and 45 miles running each week.
"I've done the Ironman on Cape Cod. I've never competed in this heat or with this world-class competition," DiNardo says about the Oct. 19 Ironman in Hawaii. "I want to finish with dignity -- kind of upright and smiling. I would like to pace myself so I could have a really good run. That's my background, even though I've gotten better on the bike and swim."
That's a lofty goal for the 2.4-mile swim, 26.2-mile run and 112-mile bike that make up the Ironman.
"I keep an old junk bike in New York," says DiNardo, who keeps an apartment in the city during the week. "I know every inch of that 6-mile loop [in Central Park]. I come home every weekend, and that's when I make my long ride."
For her pool training, she belongs to the YWCA masters program in New York and the Towson State masters program in Baltimore.
And for her training on the roads while in New York, she employs the same loop in Central Park that she does for her biking.
"In Baltimore, I stay strictly in Loch Raven watershed," she says. "It's a nice contrast to Central Park."
DiNardo, 36, has been running for 12 years. She came to triathlons by accident -- as a result of multiple injuries that led to an 18-month layoff and to cross training.
"Running has always been my first love," says DiNardo, who won the New York Road Runners Club's Back to Work 4-Miler earlier this summer and won her age group in the Hartford Triathlon the following day. "I probably will return strictly to running in the next year. It's been a lot of fun and a real challenge to add these two sports."
NOTES: Baltimorean Ronnie Wong is running in this year's Sri Chinmoy Ultimate 1,300-Mile Race, which began yesterday in Flushing Meadow Park in New York, to help in the prevention of birth defects as part of the March of Dimes program. Anyone interested in making a contribution should call 752-7990. . . . Dave Berardi and Maureen Hall won their divisions of the Down Syndrome Airport Run 10K Sunday at the Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Linthicum. There were 625 finishers. . . . The weekend's top finishers:
Down Syndrome Airport Run 10K
Males: 1. Dave Berardi, 31:21; 2. Ken Fowler, 32:41; 3. Jim Clelland, 32:58; 4. Steve Egolf, 33:10; 5. Mark Patterson, 33:41; 6. Clyde Villemez, 35:27; 7. Scott Boetig, 35:35; 8. Bobby Genler, 36:09; 9. Dave Stein, 36:17; 10. Tom Keeling, 36:24.
Females: 1. Maureen Hall, 37:47; 2. Marge Rosasco, 37:58; 3. Marianne Jensen, 38:21; 4. Christine Gallo, 39:25; 5. Maggie Majaga, 39:36; 6. Geriann Bell, 40:23; 7. Cassandra Pickering, 41:15; 8. Yolanda Washington, 41:23; 9. Barbara Eggern, 42:16; 10. Patricia Malloy, 42:29.
Corporate Challenge award: Men -- 1. Westinghouse; 2. Chesapeake (AA) High School. Women: 1. Westinghouse; 2. Kennedy Institute.
RASAC Plumb Point 5K
At Aberdeen Proving Ground
Males: 1. Richard Schmidt, 17:28; 2. Nathan Boyer, 17:46; 3. Richard Norris, 17:52; 4. Brad Sullivan, 18:02; 5. Ben Moreno, 18:03.
Females: 1. Kathleen Cosenza, 21:55; 2. Betty Lou Tucker, 22:24; 3. Laura Smith, 24:05; 4. Marjy Rawle, 24:14; 5. Margaret Smith, 26:48.
Endquote: Jeff Darman, director of last week's Nike Capital Challenge in Washington: "Among the random prizes is the Democratic presidential nomination for 1992."
Saturday, RASAC Coon's Corner 15K, Harford Community College, 8 a.m., (301) 838-1931.
Saturday, MCRRC Cross Country Grand Prix #3, Derwood, 8 a.m., (301) 353-0200.
Saturday, BRRC A Place for Your Pace, Loch Raven, 8 a.m., 566-RUN2.
Sunday, The Great Subway Race 10-miler, Reisterstown Plaza Metro station, 8 a.m., 882-5455.
Sept. 25, Gas Mask Dash 2-miler, Aberdeen Proving Ground Edgewood area, 5:30 p.m., (301) 671-3220.
Sept. 28, BRRC A Place for Your Pace, Loch Raven, 8 a.m., 566-RUN2.
Sept. 28, RASAC Harmony Half-Marathon, 8 a.m., (301) 638-0235.
Sept. 28, Virginia 10-Miler, Lynchburg, Va., 9 a.m., (804) 525-5420.
Sept. 29, Bill & Vieve Gore YWCA Kids' Tri, Newark, Del., 1 p.m., (302) 368-9173.
Sept. 29, Zoo Zoom 5-Miler, Baltimore Zoo, 9 a.m., 566-RUN2.
Sept. 29, WRRC Union Mills 8K, Union Mills, 8 a.m.Sept. 29, United Way 10K, Washington D.C., 8 a.m., (202) 833-8365.