August 6, 2015

This Weekend in Team Z

Here are the polls for this weekend’s events and for next weekend at Luray.  Please, for our planning, let us know which events you’ll be attending.


In this email:


  1. Details, Direction, and Information for all weekend activities
  2. Announcements for this week



  1. Details, Direction, and Information for all weekend activities


  1. Details, Direction, and information for the Saturday 10 am Hash Run from Whitlows
  2. What is a hash run?
  3. Details, Direction, and information for the Saturday 11 am Post Hash Brunch (and tomato based beverages) and New Z focus (be there new Zs, come get your wedgie!) (kidding)
  4. Details, Direction, and information for the Saturday  1:30 PM Cycling Technique and Bike Maintenance Clinics at Fast Track
  5. Details, Direction, and information for the Sunday 8 am Group Recovery Ride from Falls Church High School
  6. Details, Direction, and information for the Sunday 1:30 PM Woman’s only clinic at Fast Track
  7. Details, Direction, and information for the Sunday 3:30 Swimming Injury Prevention Clinic at Fast Track
  8. Details, Direction, and information for the Sunday Morning “re-run” for Team Z Kickoff


  1. Announcements for this week


  1. Heads up 20/120 weekend update.   The 120 mile ride will be held (same place) in Nokesville on Saturday.   The 20 mile run will be held Lake Accotink on Sunday.  
  2. I need a volunteer or two or three to bring their bike and shorts and shoes to the cycling clinic on Sunday. It won’t hurt, I promise ”“ consider it a private lesson. I will lecture and the demo is an awesome way to help communicate to everyone.   Including you, on the bike.   Beginners are needed for sure ”“ the newer the better I promise.   One more experienced cyclist is also welcome.   Email me at if you are interested.
  3. NO MORE GROUP SWIMS ON TUESDAY AND THURSDAY AT AU ”“ nobody is coming.   The workout shall disappear!
  4. Savageman Practice Weekend – Cliff Hamal will be leading an unofficial and unsupported ride on the Savageman70 bike course on Aug 29 (which could shift to the 30th).   This will be a very long day-trip, and cover the hardest half-iron bike course in all of triathlon.   It is strongly advised that people racing in September use this as an opportunity to see the course.   You do not have to be racing to participate.   You do have to be ready for long and severe hills.   Complainers welcomed, but they have to keep peddling.   THIS IS NOT FOR BEGINNERS.   Contact Cliff for further information and to sign up,
  5. Next week ”“ Arlington Track workouts will be on Tues and Thursday ”“ W&L at 6 AM and Wakefield HS at 6:30 PM.   We will attempt a boot camp at 6:30 on Tues/Thurs ”“ we just need to find out if the one guy who used to (years ago) run us out of there has left.
  6. Luray Camping Details ”“ More to come, but yes there is no Z specific spot. There never was ”“ we were just the first to camp there (with permission).   Then one year, another person popped in.   Then 10, then 40”¦now It is a virtual Chanty Town.   You do not need reservations, there will be designated camping spots but they are first come first serve, camping is free, I highly suggest ear plugs or other (ipod?) type of white noise b/c Chanty Towns can become Chanty-Town-Like.   But regardless ”“ awesome fun weekend.
  7. Ironman Long Swims ”“ Traditionally we add 30 minutes before or after some of our swim practices as we approach Ironman to allow for additional volume.   Those swims will start approximately 5 weeks before your race.   You will have about 4 weeks and 8 swims of up to 90 minutes.   Which pools and the exact times will be announced shortly.   Estimated start date is Aug 27 (A Tuesday).
  8. Ironman Choo Choo Bike Transport ”“ I will be hauling bikes to Chattanooga.   If anyone would like their bike and bag transported, please let me know ($125 pays for gas, tolls, hotels).
  9. Free Ironman Arizona Entry for First Responders – This is from Old School Zr Edwin Merrigan. Edwin owns a few Firehouse Subs restaurants and thier Public Safety Foundation is putting together a team of first responders to race Ironman Arizona in 2016.   They are going to offer free race entry for a few individuals who sign up.   The charity raises money to help buy equipment for first responders.   If anyone is interested, please contact Edwin directly.   Below is the link with more info.