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Race Support

We’ve talked about how our team sets an annual race calendar and that it is up to the individual as to what races they choose to participate in each season (whether it is on our team’s calendar or not). No matter what races fit your personal schedule and goals we do encourage you to participate in as many team events as possible. Why? Simple…

Pampering!

You will learn to expect a higher level of service when you participate in a Team Z event. When you arrive at a race site you will expect to find a “Team Z HQ”. Our HQ typically consists of rental tents (think big white ones) with plenty of chairs and tables for you and your family or friends.

We will provide breakfast around 2 hours before each race start. We’ll have fresh coffee, toasted bagels, waffle stations, baccon, fresh fruit, oatmeal, and tea. While you are out racing we’ll continue to take care of your friends and family as we switch gears to preparing burgers, dogs, brats, chicken and the like. Veggie burgers are available on request and we’ll be happy to help you cook anything you bring if you have special needs.

Outside of the normal meals you’ll have refridgerators with soda, seltzer, and adult beverage along with ice cream or other treats. We even have a tv on site when the big games are in the mix.

Social is driven by food, shelter, and comfort. That’s always our goal – to make you and your family truly enjoy your experience when participating with Team Z. This is why we like to call ourselves a social organization with a triathlon problem!

At many team races we will also coordinate team dinners the night(s) before the event. Some time its as simple as a few reserved tables in a restaurant.   Other times it is as involved as a 200 person dinner in a banquet room with a panel of professional triathletes taking Q&A.  At big time travel races (like Ironman events or other out of town travel) we will work to leverage the size of our team to negotiate discounted travel and lodging.

At logistically challenging “spectator” events like an Ironman – you can expect Team Z to set up “cheer stations” on the course. These are places that your family and friends can drive to an expect to find shelter, food, drink, a chair, and even access to restrooms. We’ll hire our private port o pot to make sure your mom and dad don’t need to curb the number of adult beverages they enjoy while watching you swim, bike, and run for up to 140.6 miles!

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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