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The Week of June 8, 2015 in Team Z

Three team races and a local brick workout in one day may be a first for Team Z. This upcoming Sunday will be a very busy one for us with lots of moving pieces. All the deets will be released in a few days, so please check the website and your emails.   Important Announcements…

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The Week of June 1, 2015 in Team Z

Let’s see those race reports from Rock Hall and VA, Wine Country Half Marathon. I’ll bet they will be awesome to read. Can you believe that in two weeks, we have the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim, Eagleman and Challenge Williamsburg all on the same weekend? Team Z green will dominate! In this email: Important Announcements…

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The Week of May 25, 2015 in Team Z

Monday, May 25, 2015   Happy Memorial Day and thank you to those currently serving as well as our veterans past and present for your service to our country. You rock! The Wilderness Ride/of Misery weekend was spectacular. That area of Virginia is stunningly beautiful. Congrats to all of those who participated this weekend in…

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The week of May 4, 2015 in Team Z

A huge thanks to all the Zers who helped make Monticelloman so awesome. Who knew such a relatively small group of highly motivated Zers could make such a positive impression? Should it really surprise anyone that we stand out by cheering for everyone and cheering with enthusiasm? You’d think more people would pick up on…

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The Week of April 27, 2015

Thanks to all who showed up or contributed to the Crawfish Boil to support the fight to cure Multiple Sclerosis. It was great to see so much support for a cause that’s so personal to us.  Congrats to our Zers who completed the Westfield’s Triathlon. This race traditionally attracts a lot of newbies and it’s…

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The Week of April 20, 2015

We have a ton of stuff going on this weekend. There is a team race, Crawfish Boil, hash run, group ride, an open water swim opportunity and a very cool new clinic that I’m sure all of you would find helpful. More deets to follow in this weekend’s email. In this email: Important Announcements and…

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The Week of March 30, 2015

Did you know that all of you current Zers potentially just made 40+ new friends? I kid you not. That’s how many new Zers and alumni joined Team Z this past weekend. Woo hoo! Welcome New Zers and welcome back Team Z alumni! It’s awesome to have you all on the team.  If you’re new…

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The Week of March 23, 2015

It was a very good weekend. I’m exhausted, but it’s the good kind of exhaustion where you feel like all the work was worth it. Both RNR DC and Shamrock were awesome in different ways. Honestly, sometimes it’s just nice to get out of the DC area. Now I’m rambling. Congrats to all of our…

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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 Week of March 9, 2015 in Team Z

50 degrees is the new 70 degrees. It’s amazing how warm 50+ degrees can feel when one has been dealing with temperatures below 20 degrees. What a spectacular Sunday. I’m hoping that March is a lamb and not a lion because I can’t wait for the spring season to arrive. Guess what? IT’S ROCK N…

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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