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Team Z Featured in “Active Life DC”

Link to original article here: http://www.activelifedc.com/triathlon/featured-club-team-z-triathlon-training/111820 In this edition of our Featured Club segment, we turn our attention to Team Z, a triathlon training club that holds workouts throughout the VA/DC/MD area.

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Dropping into Grannies post 1

Triathlon is hard.

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Just working out some thoughts – I wanted to share with the team.

I just wanted to share some of thoughts on triathlon and your participation on Team Z, how expensive this sport could be, and pressure some of you may feel to enter events (Ironman is included, but even 5k’s and 10k’s).

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Team Z Member Kate Morse, I Tri to Beat MS

From the day I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), I focused my ”¨competitive nature on three goals: staying as active as possible; beating MS; ”¨and finding a cure. More importantly, I want to encourage others living with MS ”¨to stay active too. Not everyone with MS will complete a triathlon but, if I ”¨have…

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Alexis and Cat interview at the Scope it Out

Link to Video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ma0J1bn2lM Every year our Triathlon Team participates in a race called the Scope it Out 5k in Washington, DC.  As a team, we dress up in red shirts and red beanie caps that say “Catch the Polyp” in huge white billboard letters.  When we run the race – we are “all over…

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Ryan Pettengill, Sarah’s Slams

Link to Article:  http://triathlon.competitor.com/2011/12/training/saras-slam-should-you-always-race-in-a-wetsuit_45088 The buoyancy of a wetsuit is a beautiful thing for weaker swimmers, but whether donning neoprene all the time is a good idea is up for debate. We’ll let Sara McLarty take it away with this month’s challenger, Ryan Pettingill, a coach with Washington, D.C.’s Team Z. Sara: Just because a…

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Competitor Magazine article by Jene Shaw

  Link to Article:  http://triathlon.competitor.com/2011/03/news/road-trippin’-day-2-d-c-trail-run-and-yoga-and-swim-oh-my_23879 Follow Triathlete magazine Senior Editor Jené Shaw as she drives cross-country in search of cool triathletes and interesting triathlon-related stuff throughout the nation. Click here to read past Road Trippin’ Triathlete articles. 9 a.m. D.C. Tri Club President Steve Carlson met me for a trail run in Rock Creek Park,…

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Chris Wren in Tri DC

As a fellow member of Team Z, I have known Chris for a few years. The first thing you learn about Chris is what a great guy he is. That is, for as long as you can keep up with him, which isn’t very long. Chris can beat just about anyone on the team at…

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Team Z Athletes In the Newz – they Hike Kiliminjaro

Link to Article:  http://triathlon.competitor.com/2012/06/features/get-inspired-triathletes-hike-mt-kilimanjaro-raise-20000-for-orphans_54815 Our sport attracts a wealth of impressive age-group athletes with stories that remind us to keep moving when things get tough. Whether it’s bouncing back from a crash or helping others through triathlon, we’ll share some of our favorite stories here. Have your own story to tell? Email us at Shareyourstory@competitorgroup.com….

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Triathlete Magazine Club Profile Circa 2006

This is a blast from our past – our first post in the main stream – we were only 110 athletes then.  We just wanted to save this article for posterity as we continue to evolve as an organization  This article from 2006/2007.

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See the calendar & start today

Come to an information session and see what it's all about!

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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