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“DC’s Two-Parter” IM Fla and Miami Man B2B Race Report

Hey Team, Since Anne and I did both Florida and Miami this year, this is a two-parter. We knew it would be challenging, and then the change in venue threw another set of challenges at us, but it was one of the more rewarding experiences in racing on Team Z. Here’s part one! David (Colman)…

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Team Z’s Eileen Sullivan – Ironman Florida Race Report

  Ironman Florida race report “Eileen Sullivan, YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!!!”  Those are the words I had been looking forward to hearing for almost a year, ever since November 2017 when I signed up for Ironman Florida, which was the Team Z Ironman race for 2018.  It almost didn’t happen.  And then, it almost didn’t…

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Race Report: Townebank 8k

Following is a guest post by Team Zer, Lisa C., who recently completed her first 8k  in Virginia Beach, the Shamrock Townebank 8k.  Congratulations! We’ve all heard the phrase “Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.”   That was me and running and triathlon.   I did support for countless marathons/Ironmen over many years, including Marine…

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Race Report: The Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon

Following is a guest post by Team Zer, Eileen S., who recently completed her first half marathon in Virginia Beach, the Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon.   Way to go, Eileen!   Let this be the first of many happy half marathons! Kevin and I signed up for the Shamrock Half marathon as our very first…

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Don’t Dream it Be It, Val Dix’s Prospective on 2013 Ironman Lake Placid

I DID IT!!!  Those are the words that I repeated to myself so many times after I finished Ironman Lake Placid. It’s amazing how empowering those three little words are and it’s something that I hope all of you get to tell yourself and celebrate both within and outside of your triathlon careers in the…

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Don’t Dream it Be It Part III, Val Dix’s Prospective on 2013 Ironman Louisville

I did something a bit crazy and completed two full Ironman races just four weeks apart, one of them being one of the hottest Ironman races on the circuit. All of this, while being a very solid and proud Back-Of-The-Packer 16 hour+ Ironman finisher. Am I crazy?! Of course I am. I did not wake…

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Titanium Tina Ament – Congratulations!

We are so proud of you!   http://www.today.com/health/woman-becomes-first-blind-american-compete-140-mile-ironman-world-2D80210658

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Ironman Mont Tremblant – Club Champions

Way to go folks.   This is the award that you earned, and that you should have received at the ceremony on race day.     You guys kick butt, and you deserve the recognition!   These are cool awards, except this one has some French on it (wink).     I can’t believe that…

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Ironman Cozumel Info Report

I raced Ironman Cozumel in 2011 with the team, and I thought I would write this report to give our future participants some info and perspective on the race. Disclaimer:  the information I’m providing is to help you prepare for the race. Please don’t rely solely on this information. This is my perspective from when…

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Ironman Mont-Tremblant Race Report – Matt Watson

Matt Watson’s Ironman Mont-Tremblant Race Report Fair warning, I had 12 hours on the drive home to collect my thoughts so this is a long, long, long report. I’m up to 9 pages.   I put the acknowledgements up front.   Hopefully you will get a least that far. First off I have to thank…

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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