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Weather on Friday 12/16 might affect our Saturday 12/17 Track Workout

The weekend email will come out shortly ”“ please vote on the poll if you plan to attend any of the events/clinics this weekend. Purpose of this email ”“ weather may affect our workout plans for this weekend.  There is a 30% chance of snow on Friday from 6 pm to 12 am.   There…

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The weekend of 12/10 and 12/11 in Team Z

In this email: Saturday Run Location and Clinic Location have changed due to conflicts with running in the city (two planned races that could upset our plans). Saturday Run will be from Vienna Caboose – 9 am.  8 am start for those running over 2 hours. I must leave and shut down the team run…

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The weekend of 10/29 and 10/30 in Team Z

Hello Folks!  Quick reminders for this weekend. First – Attendance has been decent for the time of year.  I reallyl appreciate that and I want to encourage you to keep on your game through this tranisition stretch.  Don’t wait until 2 or 3 weeks from now to pick up with your trianing plans, you’ll regret…

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Team Z All Hands Ride and Run – The weekend of 8/27 and 8/28

*Anyone who would like to help us with “grill and or kitchen work” – we could use the help.  (We need the help).  Yes some dirty stuff, and then cooking and serving pampered triathletes.   **Anyone who would like to help us with “on course support” – we NEED the help.   Either role above…

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The weekend of 7/9 and 7/10 in Team Z – Local events

Note 1 ”“ the local group run and ride for this weekend will both start at 7 am due to the heat. Note 2 ”“ There should be more of you taking advantage of the Saturday swim For Life event.   Ironman Lake Placid people especially ”“ this is a huge opportunity for you.  …

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Team Z Mid Summer All Hands Workouts and BBQue

Ok folks ”“ this is our big “end of the middle of the season” training weekend.   We throw down all of our bags of tricks and put on a mid-season celebration to send our Williamsburg people off in good form to race (next weekend) as well as honor the capstone weekend for our Ironman…

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Team Z Luray SwimFest and/or training weekend details

A reminder to please vote on the Event Brite  by clicking here   or copy and pasting this link into your browser:  http://teamzlurayandsyracuseraceweekend.eventbrite.com This Swim Event and Camping/Team Hang out has registration up until the race start on Saturday. EVERYONE CAN COME TO THIS, RACING OR NOT…TRAINING OR NOT. With race season in full swing,…

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VTSMTS Rock Hall Races and Team Z Local Race Simulations

THIS EMAIL AND POLL IS FOR BOTH LOCAL EVENTS AS WELL AS THE RACE WEEKEND EVERYONE ”“ PLEASE VOTE ON Eventbrite!!!! Eventbrite will also function as the weekend poll for all weekend events. We need you guys to fill this out for planning purposes. You guys gotta eat. Right? We must make sure there is…

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Sunday High Level Run Cue Sheet – Post Reston Lake Swim

More details to come, but we are going to try the run start from the swim start due to the numbers of folks participating.   Back up start location is “Sunrise Valley Elementary” ”“ should there be any issue with hanging around at the lake (which I doubt). Here are two files, both are found…

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The weekend of 5/28 and 5/29 in Team Z

*MoM people – we are still shy about 20 of you voting on the NEW and SECOND POLL that has dinner options/etc – please vote when you can to help us adapt our reservations/etc. This post for local events is based on people who voted on the poll before 2 am on 5/26 – for…

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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