WELCOME TO TEAM Z


Does triathlon team training in the DC, Virginia, or Maryland areas sound like fun? Team Z is an adult triathlon training program in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and Maryland that offers programs for people of all experience and fitness levels. We are  a supportive community of athletes ranging in age and ability level, unbounded by individual goals, training for Sprint to Ironman distance, finish line chasers to world championship qualifiers. We are a social organization with a major triathlon problem… whether you are a beginner triathlete or an experienced iron distance racer… Team Z welcomes you!



Upcoming Info Sessions

  • Tuesday, February 3 - 6:30 PM
    Claude Moore Recreation Center (Sterling)
  • Thursday, February 5 - 6:30 PM
    Arlington Oaks Recreation Room (Arlington)
  • Thursday, February 5 - 6:30 PM
    Metropolitan Luxury Apartments (Bethesda)
  • Saturday, February 28 - 10:00 AM
    DC Potomac River Running Store
  • Saturday, February 28 - 10:00 AM
    Claude Moore Recreation Center (Sterling)
  • Tuesday, March 17 - 6:30 PM
    The Bike Lane (Reston Town Center)
  • Thursday, March 19 - 6:30 PM
    Silver Spring Civic Center
  • Thursday, March 19 - 6:30 PM
    Arlington Oaks Recreation Room (Arlington)
  • Saturday, March 28 - 9:00 AM
    Arlington Oaks Recreation Room (Arlington)
  • Sunday, March 29 - 9:00 AM
    Metropolitan Luxury Apartments (Bethesda)

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The Week of January 26, 2015 – Recovery Week!

By: Amanda Harper
01.26.2015

Once again, you all rolled with the punches and came out in force this weekend. Thank you a thousand times for your support. It has been awesome to see so much energy these past few weeks. The attendance at the clinics has been through the roof and this weekend was no exception. I really have enjoyed meeting all the new Zers.  You have really are a huge addition to our team. Thank you for being part of Team Z.  A huge thanks to Bill Hellwig and the owner, Anne Mader, of the Bike Lane in Reston for allowing us to use their store as a launching point for the group run this past Sunday. As you may or may not be aware, we don’t align ourselves or are sponsored by any one particular business.  This autonomy allows us support the businesses and individuals that get our culture and are in alignment with our values. I have heard nothing but great things about the Reston Bike Lane. They are always so supportive and are willing and eager to support Team Z.  Kudos to the Bike Lane. Well done!
In this email:

Important Announcements and Reminders for this week
Overview of events and activities for this week
Look ahead for the Weekend Events
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Important Announcements and Reminders for this week

  • Ed will be back in town later this week. “Ed who?” We’ll Coach Ed Zerkle of course! Remember him? You know; The “Z” in Team Z. The guy who got married and is currently on his honeymoon….. cute dog….hot wife…..house in the suburbs….living the dream. Ring any bells? No?? ….Nothing….. (Chirping crickets).  Well anyhow, if you happen to come to a workout and see a guy with a super dark tan looking all relaxed and chill, it will probably be Coach Ed. Knowing Ed like I do, he’ll be super pumped to see you all and I know you will be stoked to see him.
  • I am monitoring the weather and will announce if there are changes to tonight’s activities. So far, the weather appears to be pretty tame, but we’ll see.
  • And speaking of tonight’s activities, a reminder about the Nutrition Clinic scheduled for this evening at 7:00 PM.

Here are the deets:

The Guest Speaker is Rebecca Mohning, who has TONS of experience in working with endurance athletes (and Zrs for that matter).  Rebecca Teaches for GW University and consults for corporations as well as Division 1 athletic programs.  The clinic lasts one hour – you do not need to bring anything with you unless you’d like to take notes.   This clinic always receives rave reviews from attendees!  Rebecca has probably helped at least 400 Team Zrs achieve personal, training, or race nutrition goals for the last decade. Come and meet her!

When: Monday evening at 7:00 PM

Where: Arlington Oaks

Address:  4490 N. Pershing Drive, Arlington, VA 22203

Google Maphttp://maps.google.com/maps/ms?source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=1078+N+Washington+St,+Easton,+Talbot,+Maryland+21601&t=h&msa=0&msid=116594248747559665195.000475c06f8844b568dfa&ll=38.875967,-77.108252&spn=0.024389,0.055661&z=15

Parking: please Park on N. Pershing or on 2nd St (at the end of N. Pershing just past the Recreation Room Building.  Parking in the lots next to the Recreation Room Building OR in the parking lots for adjacent apartment buildings will leave you at risk of being towed.

 

  • For all you folks who live or work in DC, I am soliciting suggestions for a different happy hour venue deep into the heart of DC.  My only caveat is that it be within walking distance from a Metro Station.  Dupont Circle, U Street Corridor, Foggy Bottom, Capitol Hill etc. You get the idea. Please shoot out your suggestions and I’ll make a decision sometime Tuesday for Wednesday’s Happy Hour.

Wednesday Arlington Happy Hour: Capital City Brewing Company – 6:00 PM.

Where:   The Village at Shirlington
Address: 4001 Campbell Ave, Arlington 22206
Phone:   703-578-3888
Website: http://www.capcitybrew.com/arlington.php

Wednesday West Happy Hour: Ilfornaio- 6:00 PM

Address:  Reston Town Center

11990 Market Street, Suite 106

Reston, VA 20109
Phone:    703-437-5544
Website:  http://ilfornaio.com/reston 

 

Wednesday MD/DC Happy Hour: TBD – 6:00 PM

Link to all weekday and weekend Team Z group activities: here
Link to pool schedule via the Lane 4 Masters page: here
Link to Regular workout location directions: here

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Overview of events and activities for this week

Monday

Monday Swims Practices (Require “all swim pass”):  Chinquapin Rec (Alexandria) @ 6-7:30 AM, Audrey Moore Rec (Annandale) @ 6:30-7:30 AM, Wakefield HS Pool (Arlington) @ 12:30-1:30 PM
Monday Yoga: Lyon Village Community Center (Clarendon) @ 6:00 AM
Monday Group Runs:  PRR (Reston Town Center) @ 6:00 PM, PRR (Arlington) @ 6:30 PM

Monday Nutrition Clinic: Arlington Oaks Room @ 7:00 PM

 

Tuesday

Tuesday AM Swims: Spring Hill Rec Center (Tysons/Great Falls) @ 5:15-6:15 AM, Providence Rec (Falls Church) @5:30-6:30 AM, University of DC – Vannes (DC) @ 6:00-7:00 AM, Chinquapin Rec (Alexandria) at 6-7:30 AM, Audrey Moore Rec Center (Annandale) 6:30-7:30 AM.
Tuesday Lunch and PM Swims:  Chinquapin Rec Center (Alexandria) 12:30-1:30 PM, American University (DC) 7:45-9:00 PM, Audrey Moore Rec (Annandale) 8-9:00 PM, Claude Moore Rec (8-9:00 PM), Stone Ridge School (Bethesda) 8-9:30 PM

Wednesday

Wednesday Swim Practices (Require “all swim pass”): Chinquapin Rec (Alexandria) @ 6-7:30 AM, Audrey Moore Rec (Annandale) @ 6:30-7:30 AM, Wakefield HS Pool (Arlington) @ 12:30-1:30 PM
Wednesday Happy Hours:  Arlington Happy Hour: Capital City Brewing Company – 6:00 PM, West Happy Hour: Ilfornaio in Reston- 6:00 PM, ZMDC Happy Hour-TBD

Thursday

Thursday AM Swims: Spring Hill Rec Center (Tysons/Great Falls) @ 5:15-6:15 AM, Providence Rec (Falls Church) @5:30-6:30 AM, University of DC – Van Ness (DC) @ 6:00-7:00 AM, Chinquapin Rec (Alexandria) at 6-7:30 AM, Audrey Moore Rec Center (Annandale) 6:30-7:30 AM.
Thursday Lunch and PM Swims:  Chinquapin Rec Center (Alexandria) 12:30-1:30 PM, American University (DC) 7:45-9:00 PM, Audrey Moore Rec (Annandale) 8-9:00 PM, Claude Moore Rec (8-9:00 PM), Stone Ridge School (Bethesda) 8-9:30 PM
Thursday Yoga: Lyon Village Community Center (Clarendon) @ 6:30 PM

Friday

Friday Swim Practice (Requires “all swim pass): Chinquapin Rec (Alexandria) at 6-7:30 AM

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Look Ahead for This Weekend’s Events

**Note: Subject to change and final details come out in the weekend email which is always published on Wed or Thur.

Saturday

Group Hash Run: Potomac River Running Reston. 10:00 AM start time.

Beerz and Gearz Clinic: Lyon Village Community House, Arlington, VA. 5:30 PM start time

Sunday
Team Time Trial: Prince William Forest, Triangle, VA. 8:00 AM start time

 


The weekend of January 24 in Team Z

By: Amanda Harper
01.23.2015

As you probably already know, the weekend weather is projected to be a mess, especially Saturday.

With many of you having a long run on your training plans, it would suck not be able to run outdoors – however, with so much uncertainty about what to expect Sunday morning, we don’t think doing a Red Nose Run with all that is involved is a good idea for this weekend.

 

Here is what we’re going to do:

 

– The Saturday Belle Haven Ride will now become a Saturday Group Spin at The Endurance Athlete Center. We had a blast the last time we had a group spin here. The more the merrier!

– The Sunday Red Nose Run will now be a REGULAR group run from The Bike Lane at Reston Town Center. Reston offers access to the W&OD Trail, which we’re told is usually we-maintained and has mile markers. It also allows you access to restrooms and a ton of options when it comes to post-recovery grub. We’re hoping the sun melts off any black ice and it is an uneventful – but fun – running. Let’s all cross our fingers that the weather cooperates so we can have this run outdoors!

 

This weekend is a very fluid situation, especially for Sunday morning. Thank you once again for your patience as we figure this all out. If there are any other changes, you’ll know in plenty of time so that you can make other arrangements. Let’s make the best out of the cards we’ve been dealt and make it a fun weekend!

 

VOTE ON OUR WEEKEND POLL HERE

In this e-mail:
Saturday Group Ride – 9:00 AM Endurance Athlete Center, Falls Church, VA

Saturday Sports Psychology Clinic – 2:00 PM – Endurance Athlete Center, Falls Church, VA

Sunday Team Z Group Run – 9:00 AM or 10:00 AM – The Bike Lane, Reston Town Center, Reston, VA
Monday Nutrition Clinic – 7:00 PM – Arlington Oaks, Arlington, VA
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Saturday Group Spin – 9:00 AM – The Endurance Athlete Center – Falls Church, VA

 

When:  Saturday, 9:00 AM -1:00 PM (4 hours max)

 

Where:  The Endurance Athlete Center

 

Address:  510 West Annandale Road, Falls Church, VA

 

Google Map:  http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=510+West+Annandale+Road,+Falls+Church,+VA&aq=&sll=38.852542,-77.181702&sspn=1.082296,2.741089&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=510+W+Annandale+Rd,+Falls+Church,+Virginia+22046&ll=38.880961,-77.173698&spn=0.00887,0.021415&z=16

 

We’ll be on the second floor just above EAC. The place is huge and completely empty. You’ll even have access to bathrooms!

You can spin for up to 4 hours and leave whenever you have to go.

Coach Alexis will ATTEMPT to show a couple of movies and maybe throw in a spin session. Trust me, you’ll have a fun time and get a good workout completed and in the books.

What to bring: water & food (if you need it a power bar, gel, etc.) and a towel. No need to bring a mat or extra towel. It’s a concrete floor.

***IF YOU WANT TO SPIN BUT DON’T YET OWN A TRAINER, PLEASE EMAIL ALEXIS ASAP. HE HAS TWO EXTRA TRAINERS. IF WE NEED MORE TRAINERS, THIS CAN ALSO BE ARRANGED. coachalexis@triteamz.com***

 

***Also, Alexis is in need of stereo speakers and possibly a receiver. Please let him know if you have a pair we can borrow for a few hours. ***

 

Here is your time frame:

8:15 AM- Start arriving and begin setting up your trainer and bike. Please try to arrive before 9:00 AM as it can get crazy.

9:00 AM- start of group spin and movie

1:00 PM- end of group spin and entertainment. Get some lunch with your buds or you can knock down some pins at bowling alley across the street.

 

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Saturday Clinic – 2:00 PM – Sports Psychology Clinic – Endurance Athlete Center, Falls Church, VA

 

STRENGTHEN YOUR MENTAL MUSCLES

 

We have all heard of “the zone”, where training/competition is effortless and we are not aware of having to think or try to make it happen. Ask any athlete, and he/she will tell you about striving to attain this slippery, ever elusive state of being. The reality is that most of us spend very little time in “the zone”, so performing well is about what you do in all those other moments, which are the majority of the time. This is where mental toughness, a state that allows a person to persevere through difficult circumstances, comes into play. Strengthening your mental muscles is essential for maintaining the focus, motivation, and confidence essential for consistently using your training systems and reaching your goals.

 

This workshop will introduce you to some of the most effective techniques for developing mental skills that can benefit you as an athlete and a human being. You will leave with some tangible tools that you can begin to immediately integrate into your athletic training. We will also have some time for questions and discussion.

 

Jennifer Lager, is a Clinical Psychologist and mental coach who helps athletes improve their mental game in multiple sports including swimming, running, triathalon, tennis, golf, figure skating, and gymnastics (to name a few). She is the owner of GAME- Get A Mental Edge, a performance enhancement business based in McLean, VA.

 

BRING PEN AND PAPER TO TAKE NOTES!
When:  Saturday, 2:00pm
Leader:  Dr. Jennifer Lager

 

Where:  Endurance Athlete Center

Address:  510 West Annandale Road, Falls Church, VA

Google Map:

https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=510+West+Annandale+Road,+Falls+Church,+VA&aq=&sll=38.852542,-77.181702&sspn=1.082296,2.741089&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=510+W+Annandale+Rd,+Falls+Church,+Virginia+22046&ll=38.880961,-77.173698&spn=0.00887,0.021415&z=16&output=classic&dg=brw

 

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Sunday Group Run – 9:00 AM or 10:00 AM – The Bike Lane, Reston, VA

 

When:  TWO START TIMES:  9:00 AM – for those running 16-20 miles (4 hours MAX)

10:00 AM – those running under 14 miles (3 hours MAX)

Where:  The Bike Lane at The Reston Town Center – we will meet at the store entrance.

 

Address:  11943 Democracy Drive, Reston, VA

 

Google Map Link:  http://maps.google.com/maps?q=reston+town+center,+reston,+va+the+bike+lane&hl=en&cd=1&ei=-1MWTO3rE5KWyASc4_XuBA&sig2=OrOl310Il0VAtHVfEYxKmQ&ie=UTF8&view=map&cid=15548497034476617431&ved=0CFIQpQY&hq=reston+town+center,+reston,+va+the+bike+lane&hnear=&ll=38.960009,-77.359564&spn=0.006841,0.02105&t=h&z=16&iwloc=A

 

*** Bill from the Bike Lane will arrange to open the store early so that we have access to bathrooms and a place to stash your stuff. Thanks Bill! ***

*** When you complete your run, you can go to lunch with your fellow Zers. There are a ton of options. ***

 

Directions:

From I-495 take the Dulles Toll Road (Exit 67, Rt. 267 west) to Reston Parkway exit (Exit 12). Turn right on Reston Parkway then left on Bluemont Way. Turn right on Explorer Street. Take your first right on Democracy Drive.

From Washington D.C.

Take I-66 west. Merge right onto Rt. 267 (Dulles Toll Road)/Dulles Access Road. When the road splits, stay in the right-hand lanes. Follow Rt. 267 (Dulles Toll Road) to Reston Parkway exit (exit 12). Turn right on Reston Parkway then left on Bluemont Way. Turn right on Explorer Street. Take your first right on Democracy Drive.

From Eastern Loudoun County

Take Dulles Greenway/Dulles Toll Road to Reston Parkway exit (Exit 12) and turn left on Reston Parkway. Follow directions above.

 

Parking:

Reston Town Center provides free and ample parking, with over 7000 spaces, available in six garages and one surface lot. Click here for a parking map PDF

 

Other pertinent info:

IF YOU HAVE A ROOF BIKE RACK, MAKE SURE YOU CHECK FOR CLEARANCE… THESE GARAGES HAVE LOW CEILINGS.

 

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Monday Clinic – 7:00 PM – Nutrition Clinic – Arlington Oaks

 

Come get to know Rebecca Mohning, MS, RD, LD, experienced nutritionist and owner of Expert Nutrition. The Nutrition Clinic is always a huge hit and well attended.  Rebecca has been working with collegiate athletes and other endurance training teams for years. She also consults for nutrition companies and teaches at the George Washington University. Come to learn, this will be one of the fastest hours of your life. You’ll learn a ton about nutrition for training, racing, and every day life.
Leaders:  Rebecca Mohning

 

When:  7:00 PM
Where:  Arlington Oaks Rec Room
Address:  4490 N. Pershing Drive, Arlington, VA 22203

Beware of parking – you can’t park in the A. Oaks lot without a permit, but there is PLENTY of street parking!
Google Map: 

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=116594248747559665195.000475c06f8844b568dfa&t=h&z=16


The week of January 19 in Team Z

By: Amanda Harper
01.19.2015

Hello Team! Coach Exclamation Point here!

 

What a crazy sick turnout we had for everything this weekend. We had massive crowds at both the Swim injury Prevention clinic and Advanced Heart Rate Clinic. There were close to 20 Zers who stayed for the Ultra Swim Info Session. And our New Z coordinator, Gabby Peterson, was blown away by the great attendance at the New Zers Brunch. We even had close to 30 Zers show up in the pouring rain this morning to run. However, I would have to say I was stunned to hear that there were 40 Zers at the Saturday Haymarket ride, including 5 new Zers!!

A huge thanks to all of you for the tremendous showing this weekend. You guys are Badass. Now no resting on your laurels. We have work to do! We have a full complement of workouts this week. We have our first red nose run of the winter season next Sunday (More details to follow). Let’s keep the momentum going!

 

In this email:

 

Important Announcements and Reminders for this week

Overview of events and activities for this week

Look ahead for the Weekend Events

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Important Announcements and Reminders for this week

 

-YES THERE IS  MONDAY AM AND PM BOOT CAMPS. Based on the strength tests you guys took at the Swim injury prevention clinic, YOU BADLY NEED TO BE AT THE BOOT CAMPS!

– No Monday Wakefield HS swim-Arlington County REC is closed due to the MLK Holiday

– Our Wednesday TC Williams Boot Camp Power Couple, Irwan and Melody, welcomed their second child to the world. Congrats to you both. Irwan and Melody need a ” Holy C**P”! What have we done” Break. NO WEDNESDAY TC WILLIAMS BOOT CAMP FOR THE NEXT 2- 3 WEEKS. I’ll let you know when they are ready to start up the TC Williams boot camp. If I can find a sub, I’ll let you all know.

 

Link to all weekday and weekend Team Z group activities: here
Link to pool schedule via the Lane 4 Masters page: here
Link to Regular workout location directions: here

 

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Overview of events and activities for this week

 

Monday

 

Monday Swims Practices (Require “all swim pass”):  Chinquapin Rec (Alexandria) @ 6-7:30 AM, Audrey Moore Rec (Annandale) @ 6:30-7:30 AM, NO Wakefield HS Pool (Arlington)-CLOSED DUE TO MLK HOLIDAY

Monday Boot Camps: Lyon Village Community Center (Clarendon) @ 6-7:00 AM, City Sports (Silver Spring), 6-7:00 AM, Town Center Parking Garage (Reston) @ 7-8:00 PM

Monday Group Runs: PRR (Reston Town Center) @ 6:00 PM, Woodside Park (Silver Spring) @ 6:00 PM, PRR (Arlington) @ 6:30 PM

 

Tuesday

 

Tuesday AM Swims: Spring Hill Rec Center (Tysons/Great Falls) @ 5:15-6:15 AM, Providence Rec (Falls Church) @5:30-6:30 AM, University of DC – Vannes (DC) @ 6:00-7:00 AM, Chinquapin Rec (Alexandria) at 6-7:30 AM, Audrey Moore Rec Center (Annandale) 6:30-7:30 AM.

Tuesday Lunch and PM Swims:  Chinquapin Rec Center (Alexandria) 12:30-1:30 PM, American University (DC) 7:45-9:00 PM, Audrey Moore Rec (Annandale) 8-9:00 PM, Claude Moore Rec (8-9:00 PM), Stone Ridge School (Bethesda) 8-9:30 PM

Tuesday Group Spins:  Lyon Village (Arlington), Morse BAG (Alexandria), Bonzai Sports (Falls Church), Claude Moore Rec (Sterling), Fresh Bikes (Bethesda) ALL @ 6:30 -7:30 PM

 

Wednesday

 

Wednesday Swim Practices (Require “all swim pass”): Chinquapin Rec (Alexandria) @ 6-7:30 AM, Audrey Moore Rec (Annandale) @ 6:30-7:30 AM, Wakefield HS Pool (Arlington) @ 12:30-1:30 PM

Wednesday AM Track Practices: W&L High School (Arlington) or Coolidge High School (DC) @ 6-7:00 AM

Wednesday PM Track Practices: Westfield High School 6-7 PM, Yorktown High School (Arlington), NO TC Williams BOOT CAMP-IRWAN IS TAKING AN OVERWHELMED PARENT BREAK, Bethesda Chevy Chase High School (Bethesda) all 6:30-7:30 PM

Wednesday Boot Camps: Westfield High School 7-8 PM, Yorktown High School (Arlington), TC Williams High School (Alexandria), Bethesda Chevy Chase High School (Bethesda) all 7:30-8:30 PM

 

Thursday

 

Thursday AM Swims: Spring Hill Rec Center (Tysons/Great Falls) @ 5:15-6:15 AM, Providence Rec (Falls Church) @5:30-6:30 AM, University of DC – Vannes (DC) @ 6:00-7:00 AM, Chinquapin Rec (Alexandria) at 6-7:30 AM, Audrey Moore Rec Center (Annandale) 6:30-7:30 AM.

Thursday Lunch and PM Swims:  Chinquapin Rec Center (Alexandria) 12:30-1:30 PM, American University (DC) 7:45-9:00 PM, Audrey Moore Rec (Annandale) 8-9:00 PM, Claude Moore Rec (8-9:00 PM), Stone Ridge School (Bethesda) 8-9:30 PM

 

Friday

 

Friday Swim Practice (Requires “all swim pass”): Chinquapin Rec (Alexandria) at 6-7:30 AM

 

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Look Ahead for This Weekend’s Events

 

**Note: Subject to change and final details come out in the weekend email which is always published on Wed or Thur.

 

Saturday

Group Ride: Belle Haven Marina- Alexandria, VA.  Rides from 1-4 hours. 9:00 AM start time, ride ends by 1:00 PM – no exceptions and please pick the appropriate distance for your capabilities.

 

Sunday

Group Run (RED NOSE RUN #1-WOO HOO!): Lake Accotink Park, Springfield, VA- Runs from 5-20 miles.  9 am start.