Cynthia did her first triathlon in 2013 when she turned 40 (after having three kids, so it’s never too late!), and was immediately hooked! She joined the DC Tri Club the next year to become a part of the community, learn more about the sport, and meet fun people who shared the same passion. Throughout her triathlon journey, she’s lost 50 pounds, completed one full IRONMAN so far (Lake Placid), 8.33 half iron distance races, many shorter races, and met an amazing community of triathletes in the process.

As a co-leader of the Women’s Group, Cynthia loves to connect with other women interested in triathlon and support them in reaching their goals. She also serves as the DC Tri Club’s Administrative Support person, supporting the operations of the club and the Board of Directors. She took on the program management of the Off-Season Spin Program in 2020 after participating for two years in DC and MoCo OSP sessions.

Cynthia is an experienced running group leader and coach (RRCA certified), an indoor cycling instructor (Schwinn certified), and an AFAA/NASM-certified Group Fitness Instructor, merging her passion for leading group workouts with her love of fitness. She currently coaches PWR and EDG cycling and Aqua Fitness at Life Time Athletic, and is a coach at Orangetheory Fitness Gaithersburg. She is also in progress with her USAT Level 1 Triathlon Coach Certification.

In her “day job”, Cynthia works in the performing arts and live events field, so let her know at OSP if you have ever played an instrument! She has a side hustle managing social media in the tri world, for organizations such as the IRONMAN Foundation, USA Triathlon Foundation, RACE-MANIA Summit & Expo, and more. She lives in Montgomery County with her three kids and loves to travel the world for work and for fun.



A lifelong swimmer with an endurance running background, Taryn jumped into triathlon over a decade ago while cross-training for a marathon. After fostering a quick love for the sport, she has since completed numerous races at each distance to include podium finishes in the Olympic and 70.3 distances. Today, Taryn is an experienced USA Triathlon Level 1 coach, USMS Level I and II certified Masters coach, and dietetics student with a specific interest in sports nutrition and weight management. Over the years she has coached all levels of multisport athletes, pool and ocean swimmers, and endurance runners. She also serves as an organizer and mentor in a Virginia triathlon club which specializes in supporting women new to the sport. As a coach, student, and endurance athlete with 20 years as a military spouse, Taryn understands different ways of balancing training and racing goals alongside the dynamics of professional and personal life. She believes that triathlon has enriched her life in myriad ways. Helping athletes experience that same source of joy while growing along their individual paths in the sport is what motivates her as a coach.

Raul Fainchtein PROGRAM COACH

Raul was a competitive swimmer in high school, active runner since 1979, active cyclist since 1984, and a triathlon participant since 2000. He has been a member of Team USA and qualified to participate in ITU World Championship Aquabike long course in Almere, Nederland in 2020 (cancelled) and 2021. A certified indoor cycling instructor since 2012, Raul has been consistently been logging over 150-200 cycling miles/week between indoor and outdoor cycling during the COVID lockdown. Professionally, Raul has a Ph.D. in physics working at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory since 1987.

Lauren Belisle PROGRAM COACH

Lauren has been involved in endurance sports since 2012 and has coached cycling since 2015. During non-pandemic times, she uses her Spinning® and TRX® certifications to teach at Wired Cycling in DC. She’s completed dozens of triathlons and represented Team USA in the aquabike event at the ITU Multisport World Championships in 2017. Her favorite place to ride in the DC area is the Prince William Forest and Naked Mountain, and she loves fatbiking when she can escape to snowy New England.