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Team Z General Announcement Email – March 16 2017

In this email:

How to get L4 Masters Swim Team Apparel

We have new L4 team apparel that you can now order online.  Below are the instructions for ordering short and long sleeve shirts with the L4 logo, and also sweatshirts and hoodies.

Note that the initial order will only be open for the next ten days, and then will periodically open again the future for two-week periods.

The initial deadline for the order at the time of this post is Friday, March 24 2017.


  1. Enter into your browser
  2. Enter the Code “l4swim”
  3. Add items to cart, click on cart to check out.

Team Z Race Gear Update – March 2017

If you missed out on pre-ordering your Team Z race gear; good news you still can get some items. Coach Ed ordered several extra items. If you have already pre-ordered items you do not need to do anything.

If you need Team Z race gear head over to the Team Z store, pre-order section. The extra pre-ordered items and the particular sizes have been added to inventory and you can purchase them. The items will arrive early April. If you have any questions let me know.


Details about Pre-Ordering Team Z Race Kits (and other store info)

Team Z Fit Kit at RNR, Pre-orders for Team Z Jersey’s/other

Race season will be here before you know it. It’s time to start thinking about what Team Z race gear you need! New Zs – not everyone races in the performance gear. Many people use the tri shorts but ride/run in the green running shirt. Remember – these are things you can wear/use after you leave the team as well. So think of them as just a new set of workout clothes. Nothing is required, but I do honestly believe that at a minimum you will want to have the green shirt as well as maybe a hat or something. Everyone wants to feel a part of the team. J

It takes 8 weeks to get a jersey from a pre-order from Pearl Izumi. So if we submit by End of January (we will), we should have them by April 1 and we start racing in April.   Continue reading Details about Pre-Ordering Team Z Race Kits (and other store info)

2017 Kinetic Triathlon (Half and International are close to full). Get in while you can!

The Kinetic Half Iron and International Distance Race is filling up.

  • There are just over 100 spots remaining in the Saturday Kinetic Half Iron AND International.
  • Remember that this year Greg added an international distance to the same day/field as the traditional Saturday Half Iron.
  • It’s the same field limit (800) per day – not 800 for the int and then 800 for the half.  They are added together.
  • There are plenty of spaces in the Sunday Sprint Distance.

Remember that all triathlons are not “focus” or “A” races…   Continue reading 2017 Kinetic Triathlon (Half and International are close to full). Get in while you can!

Reminder for Team Z’s local weekend events/workouts (3/16 and 3/17)

A reminder for the local Team Z workouts this weekend.

I know things are quiet in terms of training for people – but I want to encourage you to make the run, the bike, or both. Just consider it a fun run and ride.  Let it get you outside and loosening up before the big push for the season starts in a few weeks. This weekend’s Poll, Please Vote:

We are looking for 20-25 Zrs for each day.  Friday afternoon we’ll look at the numbers and see where we are.  So, get out there and vote please!

  • If run numbers are decent – Karl and Jen have said they could put a short hash together (fun).
  • Ride numbers need to be decent for us to bring out the staff – the poll is critical.

The weather here is better than at the beach….

  • Saturday run temp (remember, 10 am so sleep in and grab some julio’s after!) – 48-50 degrees with calm winds.
  • Sunday ride temps 40-44.  Way warmer than last weekend!

This weekend’s Poll, Please Vote:


Details in this email for the weekend…

  1. Saturday Group Social/Fun Run (LOCATION AND TIME CHANGED) – 10 am at Uncle Julio’s
  2. Saturday Post Run Grub/HH at Uncle Julio’s 11:00 AM
  3. Sunday Group Ride – 9:00 AM at Poolesville HS – READ THE DIRECTIONS (Speed Traps)
  4. In addition to this email in your “in box”…three additional ways to access Team Z Activity Details and Directions


  1. The Group Run for Saturday: 10:00 AM at Uncle Julio’s in Ballston 
  • When.  10:00 – 11:00 AM
  • Where:  Uncle Julio’s
  • AWOL/Workout Leads: Kathy, Jen and Karl, Kyla

This weekend’s Poll, Please Vote:


  1. Saturday Post Run Grub/HH: 11:00 AM at Uncle Julio’s in Ballston 
  • When.  11:00 AM
  • Where:  Uncle Julio’s
  • AWOL/Workout Leads: Kathy, Jen and Karl, Kyla

This weekend’s Poll, Please Vote:


  1.  The Group Ride for Sunday: 9:00 AM at Poolesville High School
  • When:  9-12:00 AM, Sunday – noon is hard stop.
  • Where: Poolesville High School
  • Awol: Linda
  • Ride Leader: Dona Sumption, Jodie Hofacre
  • Sag Driver: Sara Greene, Misha
  • Cue Sheets: Click on Me
  • Print out the Staff list for Sunday’s Ride: Click on Me

This weekend’s Poll, Please Vote:


  1. In addition to this email in your “in box”…three additional ways to access Team Z Activity Details and Directions

First: Setting your Personal Team Z Home Page to represent Workout Locations and Activities

Second: Finding Information about Team Z Workout Locations or Training Schedules “on the go”.

Third: An archive of this email is captured on our member only website in the Coach Ed’ Communication Mailing List OR Coach’s Comms Blog Post.


Scope it Out: Shamrock important updates/action item

Detailed Post for Shamrock Weekend here.

 In this email:

  1. Local Scope It Out 5k
  2. Shamrock Race – Sunday Yard Arm Cancelled (new info TBA)
  3. Shamrock Sunday Weather and Pre-Race Reminder – BB&T parking lot
  4. Shamrock racers/spectators – please email me answers to the questions
  5. Shamrock racers – please let me know if this Race Roster is not correct 


Those racing the Local Scope it Out 5k – I want to wish each of you the best of luck.  I will be reaching out to you shortly…

Caroline Hemenway, Mike Schauer, Kara Bradach, Kate Hildreth, Luis Reinoso


For Shamrock Race Weekend: The happy hour planned for the Yard House (on Sunday, after the race finish) is cancelled.

  • In my head, I had the start time of the marathon and ½ marathon mixed up (the email is correct).
  • This resulted in my scheduling the happy hour on Sunday to happen before several people on our team would have even finished.  

After I receive your response to the questions at the bottom of this email I will communicate the final/appropriate time/location for the Sunday Post-Shamrock-HH/Grub.


For Shamrock Race Weekend: Sunday Weather and Pre-Race Reminder

You will have some time to wait before the race begins. Weather has improved a bit, temp 40 – 5 am, 45 – 11 am.

  • But wind chill is still at 32 and 36 respectively.
  • You are looking at sustained winds in the 20’s and gusts in the 30’s.

My suggestions (please build your own plan, let me know if you have a good idea I should share):

  • Plan/drop appropriate post-race clothes with the official bag check before you come to Team Z HQ.  This ensures access to what you need as soon as the race is over
  • Pre-race I will have the best shelter I can provide to keep you/family/etc warm (I’ll be there 5:30-8:30).  I will try to have something to nibble on to keep your tank topped off, and some coffee/etc to keep the bones warm.
  • You should have your race gear on or with you, ready to roll when you are at our pre-race HQ.  I would suggest you have ample clothing on top of your race gear to keep you warm as you walk to bag check, to our HQ, and back to the start line/wait for the start.
  • You can wear whatever clothes you like. But plan to have a family/team member take these clothes with them from HQ OR plan to use old clothes and leave them at the start line (they will be donated to charity by the race).


For Shamrock Race Weekend: Spectators and Racers – please answer the questions (send to me – not the entire list please)

  • Please also send me your expected finish time.  I’m going to attempt to track everyone. 😊
  • Please let me know if you think I’m missing someone.
  • Please let me know if you plan to be in town on Sunday after the race (staying until Monday); AND if you would like to come to a later afternoon team HH/Grub (probably 4/4:30, something like that).
  • If you plan to come to the later afternoon Sunday HH/Grub – how many people could be in your party?  I will try to plan something appropriate, and let everyone know when finalized.
  • If you are bringing a fellow Zr that is not racing (or are a Zr that is coming but not racing) – please send me their/your names so I can track (coordinate if necessary)
  • If you are brining family with you that is not racing – please send me their names so I can track and try to be aware – and possibly also coordinate

For Shamrock Race Weekend: Shamrock racers and/or teammates – please let me know if this Race Roster is not correct

2017 Team Z Shamrock Race Weekend

Please make sure to….

Vote on the shamrock race poll.  Please vote on the poll if you have not indicated that you are racing.  Please check (the poll name is long – “are you registered for the …. Va beach shamrock 8k, 13.1, 26.2?”  Please double check.

Get your dinner tickets on Event Brite

Race Website Link

In this email:

  • Weekend Map
  • Weather
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • Monday

Continue reading 2017 Team Z Shamrock Race Weekend