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Team Z takes on the Fat Bet – Triathlon Fitness Across Washington, D.C. Area

From “Granny” I just checked Fatbet to see if I had time to lose any more weight. Turns out the challenge ended three weeks ago.  Oops.  It’s a bit late, I know, but congratulations to all of the participants. It was a long winter’s fight for sure. Whether we posted only once or twice, persisted…

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Team Z Voted Top 25 USA Triathlon Club by USA Triathlon

After only 7 years – we crack the list of the top 25 clubs in the country.  We could not be more proud of our members – we appreciate the effort you continue to invest in order to make our club as special as it is!

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USA Triathlon Press Release – Paratriathlon effort to include Team Z

Hey folks.   This has been in the works for some time.   And the details are not hammered out, and we do not have any participants yet.   However – we are soo looking forward to this.   The Given Limb foundation provided a $65,000 grant to USA Paratriathlon to engage wounded warriors at…

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Press Release – Team Z Voted Best Triathlon Club of 2012 by Competitor Magazine

PRESS RELEASE Contact:”¨Dan Cruz, Manager of Public Relations, Competitor Group dcruz@competitorgroup.com”¨858”768”6425 Competitor Magazine Announces Annual “Best of” Winners The annual reader survey published in the January issue of Competitor recognizes the top stores, events and products for athletes

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Press Release – Competitor Magazine Best Triathlon Club of 2013

Congratulations to all of the Best of Competitor winners! Every year, we ask our online readers and social media followers from around the country to nominate their favorite races, specialty shops, clubs, charity programs, coaches, products and more.  Competitor  is pleased to announce the 2013 winners. Triathlon Club Team Z Washington, DC area Read more…

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Team Z Featured in “Active Life DC”

Link to original article here: http://www.activelifedc.com/triathlon/featured-club-team-z-triathlon-training/111820 In this edition of our Featured Club segment, we turn our attention to Team Z, a triathlon training club that holds workouts throughout the VA/DC/MD area.

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Team Z Member Kate Morse, I Tri to Beat MS

From the day I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), I focused my ”¨competitive nature on three goals: staying as active as possible; beating MS; ”¨and finding a cure. More importantly, I want to encourage others living with MS ”¨to stay active too. Not everyone with MS will complete a triathlon but, if I ”¨have…

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Alexis and Cat interview at the Scope it Out

Link to Video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ma0J1bn2lM Every year our Triathlon Team participates in a race called the Scope it Out 5k in Washington, DC.  As a team, we dress up in red shirts and red beanie caps that say “Catch the Polyp” in huge white billboard letters.  When we run the race – we are “all over…

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Ryan Pettengill, Sarah’s Slams

Link to Article:  http://triathlon.competitor.com/2011/12/training/saras-slam-should-you-always-race-in-a-wetsuit_45088 The buoyancy of a wetsuit is a beautiful thing for weaker swimmers, but whether donning neoprene all the time is a good idea is up for debate. We’ll let Sara McLarty take it away with this month’s challenger, Ryan Pettingill, a coach with Washington, D.C.’s Team Z. Sara: Just because a…

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Competitor Magazine article by Jene Shaw

  Link to Article:  http://triathlon.competitor.com/2011/03/news/road-trippin’-day-2-d-c-trail-run-and-yoga-and-swim-oh-my_23879 Follow Triathlete magazine Senior Editor Jené Shaw as she drives cross-country in search of cool triathletes and interesting triathlon-related stuff throughout the nation. Click here to read past Road Trippin’ Triathlete articles. 9 a.m. D.C. Tri Club President Steve Carlson met me for a trail run in Rock Creek Park,…

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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