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The Weekend of April 18, 2015

Seems there’s going to be a little bit of running going on this weekend! Wish luck to your Team Z-mates doing their first (or second or third) ultra-running event as well as those running in Boston. Or, if you’re like me, wish yourself luck in getting out the door for a short jog.   *****VOTE…

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The Weekend of April 10, 2015

Wahooo it’s Cherry Blossom Weekend ”“ that’s the true sign of spring in DC, correct? The 10k, the beautiful trees, the allergies.   PLEASE TAKE NOTE ”“ we are CANCELLING the Riley’s Lock ride for Saturday. We will ONLY have the ride from Monocacy Middle School. Silly to do two team rides on the same…

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The Weekend of March 27, 2015

End of the month ”“ there is a quota you have to meet each month for run/ride workouts, so if you haven’t hit your quota each month, make sure you get to the workouts! OK I’m lying about the quota, but maybe setting one for yourself isn’t such a bad idea! VOTE ON OUR WEEKEND…

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The Weekend of 20 March 2015

It’s finally SPRING! THANK GOODNESS! Lots going on this weekend ”“ let’s get out in Team Z force! Tri-Mania is always a huge hit and Scope It Out was started years ago by a former Team Zer! YES – we have both the team run and team ride on Saturday. This is because the Scope…

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The Weekend of March 13, 2015

O.M.G. Are you actually going to be able to workout OUTDOORS this weekend? We have some good workouts and a great local race this weekend with quite a few Team Zers racing! Get out and cheer for your teammates if nothing else or help Alexis at the Team Z expo booth!   Please remember Ed…

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Changes to Weekend Plans for February 14 -15, 2015

Saturday there is chance of rain and snow until 2, then snow after.   Wind gusts in the 20’s with temps in the 20’s.   Sunday is high of 17 with real feel of -10.   Gust of wind in the 50’s. This is not good riding weather.     Saturday should be bearable for…

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The Weekend of February 13 in Team Z

This is the weekend of love”¦”¦lovin’ your bike seat and run shoes, that is. GET ”˜ER DONE. That being said, the weather COULD throw a wrench in our weekend plans so PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE keep an eye on your email in case there are last minute changes!   Valentine’s Day Superstitions”¦it is said the kind…

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The Weekend of February 6 in Team Z

Well, good ole’ Phil saw his shadow, which means six more weeks of winter or something like that ”“ so you might as well get used to it and just get outside for some training. Damn that Phil.   Guys ”“ PLEASE USE THE POLL when you are coming to a workout ”“ or if…

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The Weekend of January 30 in Team Z

Ed is back and digging out of emails ”“ while medicated. I’m medicated from surgery a couple days ago. So basically, interpret this email best you can, then turn to Alexis with any questions 🙂  (sorry Alexis)   VOTE ON OUR WEEKEND POLL HERE In this e-mail: Saturday Hash Run ”“ 10:00 AM ”“ Potomac…

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The weekend of January 24 in Team Z

As you probably already know, the weekend weather is projected to be a mess, especially Saturday. With many of you having a long run on your training plans, it would suck not be able to run outdoors ”“ however, with so much uncertainty about what to expect Sunday morning, we don’t think doing a Red…

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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