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Common Triathlete Mistakes

Triathlon Group Training Washington, DC A triathlon typically consists of cycling, running and swimming various distances. Training and participating in a triathlon takes a lot of hard work and dedication. However, it’s not uncommon for athletes to make mistakes when they’re first starting out and affect their ability to perform at their best. Coaches share…

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The 2018 Team Z Ironman Florida V.2 – HC Cheering Guide

Hi folks – Thank you for your patience.  Its pretty amazing that Ironman was able to pull of this change in venue in such a short period of time.  With a little bit of luck on our end, we were able to pull together a cool race day support experience for your family, friends, and…

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Preparing Yourself for a Triathlon in the Days Prior

Best Triathlon Trainers Washington, DC Triathlon training can be intense, exciting and nerve-wracking, depending on if the competitor has ever participated in such a race before. In the days prior to the triathlon, a competitor may have questions about how to organize themselves so they do not forget anything. In the midst of nerves, it…

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The Morning of and Moments After a Triathlon Race

Find a Triathlon Coach Washington, DC Preparing for a triathlon takes determination, time, perseverance, and making sure to find a triathlon coach Washington, DC offers at Team Z. On the big race day, there are certain things competitors should be aware of that can help the triathlon go more smoothly and efficiently. A part of…

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2016 – Packing Lists, Suggestions, Transitions – and more?

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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New for 2015 – Injury Prevention and Technique clinics

This message is from Kerri Kramer Webb who is a Zer, Physical Therapist and owner of the Endurance Athlete Center. Below is a description of all the latest and greatest injury prevention clinics that are being offered for 2015.   All these clinics will offer good and practical ways for you to avoid injury and…

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The week of 9/21 in Team Z MD/DC

Huge props to our IM Cozumel bound zers for completing one of their long ride/run weekends. Did you volunteer or participate in IM Maryland? I would love to hear your thoughts or read your race report. It should be an epic 2015 event for Team Z. We will dominate it! In this email: Important announcements…

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The week of 8/3 in Team Z MD/DC

In this email: 1. Important announcements for the week 2. Overview of Team Z MDC Clinics 3. Overview of Team Z MDC events and activities offered this week. 4. Directions to Team Z MDC Group workouts   Awesome thought of the week: Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. ”“George Addair…

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The all hands weekend 7/19-7/20

Posting this after the fact 🙁   so it is documented. What a weekend!!!! THE ALL HANDS WEEKEND… NOTE THAT WE CHANGED THE RUN LOCATION TO A PAVILION AT NEEDWOOD PARK. Miscommunication. Ed, Alexis, and I had a “who’s on first” conversation yesterday that was a result of my typo 6 months ago. We are…

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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