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Common Triathlete Mistakes

Triathlon Group Training Washington, DC A triathlon typically consists of cycling, running and swimming various distances. Training and participating in a triathlon takes a lot of hard work and dedication. However, it’s not uncommon for athletes to make mistakes when they’re first starting out and affect their ability to perform at their best. Coaches share…

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“DC’s Two-Parter” IM Fla and Miami Man B2B Race Report

Hey Team, Since Anne and I did both Florida and Miami this year, this is a two-parter. We knew it would be challenging, and then the change in venue threw another set of challenges at us, but it was one of the more rewarding experiences in racing on Team Z. Here’s part one! David (Colman)…

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Team Z’s Eileen Sullivan – Ironman Florida Race Report

  Ironman Florida race report “Eileen Sullivan, YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!!!”  Those are the words I had been looking forward to hearing for almost a year, ever since November 2017 when I signed up for Ironman Florida, which was the Team Z Ironman race for 2018.  It almost didn’t happen.  And then, it almost didn’t…

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The 2018 Team Z Ironman Florida V.2 – HC Cheering Guide

Hi folks – Thank you for your patience.  Its pretty amazing that Ironman was able to pull of this change in venue in such a short period of time.  With a little bit of luck on our end, we were able to pull together a cool race day support experience for your family, friends, and…

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Team Z 2018 Miami Man Weekend Itinerary

2018 Miami Man Team Z Itinerary Event Brite Link for Miami Man Weekend (all events, including pre-race dinner) Overview: Race Site – Larry and Penny Thompson Park and Zoo 12451 SW 184th Street Miami, Fl 33177 Pavilion 2 Coach cell: Ed Zerkle: (703) 200-3081. Packet Pickup – Larry and Penny Park Friday Bike Pick up – Larry and Penny Park Friday Team…

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The Morning of and Moments After a Triathlon Race

Find a Triathlon Coach Washington, DC Preparing for a triathlon takes determination, time, perseverance, and making sure to find a triathlon coach Washington, DC offers at Team Z. On the big race day, there are certain things competitors should be aware of that can help the triathlon go more smoothly and efficiently. A part of…

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Preparing Yourself for a Triathlon in the Days Prior

Best Triathlon Trainers Washington, DC Triathlon training can be intense, exciting and nerve-wracking, depending on if the competitor has ever participated in such a race before. In the days prior to the triathlon, a competitor may have questions about how to organize themselves so they do not forget anything. In the midst of nerves, it…

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Updates for NC 70.3 – new finish line area, and I need to ask for some help in the morning after swim start

I need help.   We can set up (drop off) our team tents, chairs, some grub and drink in a designated area on the finishing stretch.   We cant do that until 9 am.   I need to be out on the bike course at 9 am for first riders. I would like two people…

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Team Z Ironman 70.3 North Carolina Cheer Guide

Link to PDF to be shared with your family

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2017 Team Z Ironman Louisville Cheer Guide

Same email/post as yesterday morning – same file that was posted last night.   This is final. Team Z 2017 Ironman Louisville Cheer Guide: This is the final version of this document (linked below)  which includes the names and portraits of our athletes. Scott  will not like me sending this.   But our entire Cheer…

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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