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The Weekend of July 10, 2015 in Team Z

Woot Woot?   One day when I was chillin’ in Kentucky Fried Chicken.   This dude walks in looking strange and kinda funny, went up to the front with a menu and his money. He didn’t walk straight”¦kindof side to side. He asked the ol lady”¦ “yo yo, is this Kentucky Fried?”.   The lady…

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The Weekend of July 3, 2015

Oh say can you seeeeeeeeeeee”¦.. Happy Fourth of July! Hope you get to enjoy some QT with the Three F’s ”“ friends, family, and fireworks.   PLEASE VOTE ON THE POLL ON THE MEMBERS WEBSITE!!! https://members.triteamz.com/polls/   In this e-mail: Saturday UNOFFICIAL Long Run ”“ 8:00 AM ”“ Peirce Mill, Washington, DC Sunday Bike Fit…

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The Weekend of June 26, 2015 in Team Z

Low-key weekend for those in town with some key workouts and clinics ”“ and best of luck to those riding the Gran Fondo. Be thankful you aren’t in Coeur d’Alene (unless you are in Coeur d’Alene ”“ then STAY HYDRATED and be smart and safe with your racing ”“ as one pro tweeted, jump in…

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The Weekend of June 19, 2015 in Team Z

It’s another race weekend – this time in Bath County, Va!  For team members who aren’t heading to the race, we’ll have a Saturday group run and a SUnday group ride.  Check out the deets below and  PLEASE VOTE ON THE POLL ON THE MEMBERS WEBSITE!!! https://members.triteamz.com/polls/   In this e-mail: Saturday ”“ 8:00 AM…

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The Weekend of June 5, 2015 in Team Z

NEW POLLING FEATURE ON THE MEMBERS WEBSITE! https://members.triteamz.com/polls/   Ahhhh a nice low-key weekend for training. That doesn’t mean skip your workouts! It means go out and enjoy yourself at a nice pace, taking a little extra time to rest, enjoy your friends and family, maybe indulge a bit”¦.whatever makes you happy  🙂 In this…

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The Weekend of May 15, 2015

This weekend has some great events for newbies and vets, and another weekend of racing (and training!) at IMCHOO 70.3! Come out and enjoy the weather and enjoy your teammates!   *****VOTE ON OUR WEEKEND POLL HERE!***** In this e-mail: Saturday Hash Run 10:00 AM Vienna Caboose, Vienna, VA Sunday Team Time Trial 8:00 AM…

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The Weekend of May 8, 2015 in Team Z

It’s Kinetic Weekend! This is a team favorite ”“ fun way to kick off the season, lots of forgotten memories for those of us who took “enjoy a beer or two after your race” too seriously”¦.. For those staying in town, we have a brick workout for you! Don’t be intimidated ”“ do your best…

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The Weekend of May 1, 2015

NOAA says it’s going to be a beautiful weekend in the DC area ”“ Team Z has two fantastic runs and rides to choose from, as well as an extremely informative clinic and a couple of great races. Great out and join the fun!   *****VOTE ON OUR WEEKEND POLL HERE!***** In this e-mail: Saturday…

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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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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