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Please scan the table of contents, if nothing is of interest to you…please  vote on the first poll listed below before you delete. *Please vote on these new/re-run polls:  Shamrock Pre Race Pasta Dinner, DC RNR Pre Race Pasta Dinner,  Are you racing Shamrock or DC RNR, Are you entered in IML for 2017, are…

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Ironman 70.3 NC has opened

We had more than 70 people vote that IM 70.3 NC would be their end of the season A race for 2017.   The race is on Oct 21 (Saturday) 2017.   Assuming everything stays the This is a flat course.   Even the swim (haha).   It is flat.   The bike course is…

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Wondering if you should race Ironman 70.3 NC?

As a team we had more than 70 people vote that IM 70.3 NC would be their end of the season A race for 2017.   The race is on Oct 21 (Saturday) 2017. Assuming everything stays the This is a flat course.   Even the swim (haha).   It is flat.   The bike…

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Are you behind on long run mileage? No fear – start from here! What did you say about other gear?

In this email: I’m behind on the winter training for the March Races ”“ What do I do?   NO FEAR ”“ START FROM HERE What is the deal with recovery weeks and no group workouts? I’d like some help in how to shop for, or buy, a new bike”¦ I’d like some help with…

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Important Announcements regarding Team Z Winter Training, plus more!

Hi folks. Yesterday I posted the “Weekend Workout Locations” file for Dec ”“ March.   Anything that is orange means I have not confirmed permit, speaker, or location.   This is a plan, it will likely change but not a ton.   You can plan on the orange events, though I will keep you in…

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Winter Clinics, Socials, Ride Schedules – and more.

Hi folks. Yesterday I posted the “Weekend Workout Locations” file for Dec ”“ March.   Anything that is orange means I have not confirmed permit, speaker, or location.   This is a plan, it will likely change but not a ton.   You can plan on the orange events, though I will keep you in…

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Choosing your Team Z Winter 2016/17 Training Plan

Take a look below ”“ start noodling your plan.   Note that these selections are up on our website now.   You can change your categories as applicable – members.triteamz.com, Dashboard, Calendar Options.   You may also print out the hard copies ”“ https://members.triteamz.com/files/?dir=%2FMonthly%2BTraining%2BPlan%2BHard%2BCopies Note- I caught these errors and made the change on the…

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Team Z General Announcements – Race Lodging, How to read workouts, and much more

A number of questions answered, PLEASE take the time to read the table of contents, then act accordingly on what is of importance to you.   This email will be stored in our blog under Coach’s Communication, Team Z General Announcements, and Annual Planning Resources. If you want gear from our store for Westfields or…

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Choosing your Team Z training plan for 2016

Choosing your training plan for the first half of 2016  *Just b/c you train easier than you are capable of, it does not make it wrong.   Just because you train easier than you are capable of, it does not mean you can’t race your ass off and crush previous personal records* After this email…

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2015/2016 Race Calendar Discussion

I wrote it folks ”“ I know there is a ton here.   And, as our team and race calendar continue to grow your choices in what races you enter increase as well.   Its just not so clear anymore ”“ so I don’t blame you if you need help finalizing your race calendar.  …

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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