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Cold Weather Marathon? Why a trash bag won’t do the trick.

Veterans ”“ feel free to offer your ideas and suggestions.   It just took me forever to write this.   Outlook crashed after you learn to be a warrior so I had to start over. I do not have the energy to proof read ”“ have fun with this. I know everyone will learn something….

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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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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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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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So you want to be an ultrarunner? Come to this weekend’s Ultra Running Info Session

Current Team Z members who are  interested  in attending the Ultra Running info session, it will be Saturday, January 10, at 12:00pm tomorrow at the Endurance Athlete Center (510 West Annandale Rd., Falls Church, VA 22046). AND, if you come early, join your teammates at Smashburger around 11:30 for lunch following the group trainer ride….

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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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What to expect after the big triathlon race

I was doing some homework I had assigned myself and I came across this email that I wrote almost 10  years ago (August of 2006 – after our team had raced Ironman Lake Placid). It’s old – and it’s made the rounds once or twice. But I’m certain there are many of you that have…

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Bike Tire Pressure Discussion

This from Mark Mullen – Team Z Ride Leader One question I hear a lot from newer cyclists and even from a few experienced ones is: what tire pressure should I be using?  And it is a little confusing.  Most tires give you a range (and it can often be quite wide) or simply a…

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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