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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…

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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…

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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…

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What is, how do we use it on Team Z (and why): Whistle Fartleks

On a normal build cycle ”“ our workout structure looks like this.   We have a recovery week, then we do a “reverse build”.   Week 1 is harder than week 2, then we head into a recovery week again.   This way we are always doing our hardest runs (think that first Saturday Long…

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Team Z – Reminders for this weekend – Tips for racing in the heat and setting your mind right to begin the swim.

In this email: Racing or training in the heat Reminders about swim “mental prep”, Swim Strategy, and Execution.     =================================================================  Racing or training in the heat I am so glad we are racing on Sunday and not Saturday.   Saturday – 96 degrees with a real feel of 102. Mild wind at 5mph.  Humidity…

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2016 – A new Season, First Race? ! ? !

HELLOOOOOOOOO TO THE LARGEST, MOST FUN, MOST ENERGIZED GROUP TRIATHLON TRAINING PROGRAM MEMBERS ANYWHERE IN THE CIVILIZED WORLD.   Civilized world being defined as (but is not limited to) Arlington, Alexandria, Bethesda, Silver Spring, Washington DC, Herndon, Sterling, Reston, or Fairfax.   In general – Northern Virginia, Maryland, and DC.   Sometimes I find myself…

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Packing for a Triathlon, Transition reminders, tips, and tricks

Athlete Question:   Coach Ed, can you offer any guidance about what to use for a transition bag and/or how to pack for T1 and T2, at least at a general level?   I realize we will customize it to our needs, but what are the best practices and lessons learned? Z:   When you…

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What’s the deal with Whistle Fartleks in our track workouts?

*Track Coaches ”“ you do not need a whistle, be aware of your surroundings and do not use a whistle or even a loud voice (get creative) if there are games on the fields,  a quiet neighborhood 6 am setting, etc.   Do not become a nuisance.   Be smart, and if you have questions…

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Team Z – Triathletes “Art of Racing in the Rain”

“A dog who is prepared will be reincarnated in his next life as a human.   That which you manifest is before you.” This according to Enzo – the main character of the book “The Art of Racing in the Rain”.   In the book, Enzo (who is a dog) believes in the Mongolian legend…

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Bike Position Rules: An insider’s Guide to a Complete Understanding of the Cycling Rules

The USA Triathlon Commissioner of Officials, Charlie Crawford, has prepared a webinar on the topic of: Bicycle Position Rules: An Insider’s Guide to a Complete Understanding of the Cycling Rules.  If you are interested in watching, please check out the below link. http://www.usatriathlon.org/events/usat/2014/07/charlie-crawford.aspx

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Growing up, I was never even remotely athletic, a distinct liability in a sports-mad country. Moreover, I grew to associate the idea of people being “sporty” with people who were generally obnoxious, who loved to lord their athletic prowess over others.

Triathlon, therefore, was a revelation for me: very ordinary people who were able to achieve extraordinary things. Team Z is the essence of triathlon in that regard, an amazing mix of experienced athletes (who turned out to be quite nice people) and absolute beginners, all sharing their different journeys. The team is full of people who push me when I need to be pushed and who push me when I don’t think I want to be pushed. Because the team pushes me, I’ve become something I never would have believed I could become: an athlete.

Mark Mullen

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Never say never on Team Z! I never thought I would do a triathlon let alone a half Ironman. I told anyone who would listen that the only way I would ever run another marathon was if it was in an Ironman and since I was never going to do an Ironman I had nothing to worry about. Well, so much for my “never” list. With the support of Team Z, I have raced numerous short distance triathlons, several half Ironmans, raced my best injury free marathon (I beat Oprah’s time), and signed up for an Ironman.
Regardless of your experience, speed, motivation, and goals there is a place for you on Team Z. When I joined the Team in December 2011, I did not know what to expect. My old game plan was to go as fast and as hard as possible regardless of the consequences. I do not recommend this strategy. I somehow always fell to side with an injury and burned out long before I reached the start line. This all changed when I joined Team Z. With the help of the coaches and my teammates, I am learning everyday how to find balance physically, set reachable goals, listen to my body, and enjoy the experience. I have a good friend on the Team that says that all the training and hard work is the journey. Race day is the victory lap. Gotta Love Team Z!

Kathy Hsu

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In 2009 I ran the Disney Marathon with my mom, accompanying her on her first 26.2 mile adventure. I remember standing at the start next to her and saying, “just think, those Ironman people have to do this after swimming 2.4 miles and biking 112”¦..freaking lunatics!.” Two years later with a couple of sprint and Olympic triathlons under my belt, and after a couple of glasses of wine, I started to wonder, “Maybe I can do an Ironman too?” So I pulled the trigger, dropped the cash, and signed up for Ironman Cozumel. This followed by immediate panic. “Oh dear God, what have I done? I haven’t the slightest clue how to train for an Ironman.” A couple months later, by chance, I ran into a Z’er outside of my work and as we started talking Triathlon, she told me about Team Z. “Why not? It can’t hurt” I thought to myself. So I joined. It didn’t take me long to realize that this team had everything I wanted: knowledgeable and supportive coaches, structured training plans for all levels and abilities, fantastic teammates, and most importantly cold beers ready for you after every race!

Scott Leary