March 26, 2015

The Weekend of March 27, 2015

End of the month ”“ there is a quota you have to meet each month for run/ride workouts, so if you haven’t hit your quota each month, make sure you get to the workouts! OK I’m lying about the quota, but maybe setting one for yourself isn’t such a bad idea!


In this e-mail:
Saturday Bonzai Road Show ”“ 9:00 AM ”“ Bonzai Sports ”“ Falls Church, VA

Saturday Hash Run ”“ 10:00 AM ”“ Bonzai Sports ”“ Falls Church, VA

Saturday Swim Equipment Clinic ”“ 2:30 PM ”“ Sport Fair ”“ Arlington, VA

Sunday Team Time Trial ”“ 8:00 AM ”“ Prince William Forest ”“ Triangle, VA

Saturday Unsupported Ride for MoM-ers! ”“ 8:00 AM ”“ Culpeper, VA

Sunday Women’s Only Clinic ”“ 3:30 PM ”“ Falls Church, VA (See team site for location)


Saturday Bonzai Road Show ”“ 9:00 AM ”“ Bonzai Sports ”“ Falls Church, VA


This is a great event to grab some gear at sale prices. Ed sent out a reminder with some info:

  • Our show next Saturday is a great place to buy the best gear.
  • All of the new training and racing gear including bikes will be 20% off.
  • All of the close out gear from previous years will be 20% – 50% off.
  • Everyone stop by, say hello and have fun.
  • Many of the manufacturers will be on hand to answer questions.


When:   Saturday, 9:00 AM ”“ 4:00 PM
Where:   Bonzai Sports
Street Address:  2822 Fallfax Drive, Falls Church, VA 22042

Google Map Link:,+Falls+Church,+VA+22042/@38.8761716,-77.2086737,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x89b64b4502d9577f:0xefb16aa7c6b22ac9



Saturday Hash Run ”“ 10:00 AM ”“ Bonzai Sports ”“ Falls Church, VA
The hares are ready! Come for a run, stay for the roadshow. Whether you run fast or slow, our Hash runs are fun for all.


Leaders:  Hash Team 1

Where:   Bonzai Sports
Street Address:   2822 Fallfax Drive, Falls Church, VA 22042

Google Map Link:,+Falls+Church,+VA+22042/@38.8761716,-77.2086737,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x89b64b4502d9577f:0xefb16aa7c6b22ac9



Saturday Swim Equipment Clinic ”“ 2:30 PM ”“ Sport Fair ”“ Arlington, VA


The Swim Equipment Clinic this weekend is being held at Sport Fair in Arlington.   Please come if you would like advice/help picking out training suits, goggles, caps, or other swim related gear issues!   Sport Fair is a stand-alone building on Lee Highway.   If you are coming from DC the building will be on your left as you approach George Mason Blvd.   If you are coming from the Falls Church area the building will be on your right.   It has an aqua blue awning and parking can be tight so again leave a few extra minutes in case you need to find street parking.   There is a 7 Eleven right next door in case you need another landmark to look for.


Start time:   Saturday 2:30 PM


Address:   5010 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA




Google Map:,-77.129828&spn=0.001405,0.003476&t=h&z=19



Sunday Time Trial ”“ 8:00 AM ”“ Prince William Forest ”“ Triangle, VA


Long-running Team Z tradition! Sunday’s group ride will be a time trial format – 8:00 AM start (7:00 AM arrive) at Prince William Forest.  You DO NOT have to be fast. We will time you, but we do so to provide you with a baseline for comparison to future time trials. We will provide you with your overall time, time for each loop, and variance between loop times.


**NEW Zs, NERVOUS RIDERS** There will simply NOT be a better opportunity for you to get your feet wet than this ride.  PLEASE COME. PLEASE BELIEVE ME. Beginner friendly doesn’t mean flat with this ride. But that’s OK”¦beginners, you CAN do this! Even if you have to walk you WILL finish and you WILL enjoy it.


This ride is for EVERYONE, even if you have not attended the bike safety and etiquette clinic.  If you have trouble clipping in, this is still for you. If you don’t like riding around cars, this is still for you (there are hardly any). If you fall into this category, you are encouraged you to come and arrive by 7:00 AM, and get ready to ride. Mountain bike, hybrid, borrowed, stolen ”“ if you have a bike and want to ride with us, come out.  If you are nervous for ANY reason ”“ find a leader or coach by 7:00 AM and chat. They are there to help. You will be fine, and you will have fun! The entire time trial is 14 miles long, but this is a seven (7) mile loop. This means you can do one loop or two loops, whatever suits your ability and background. You can ride easy OR hard”¦YOUR CHOICE.  The point is to set a baseline and get a time – then watch yourself improve over the winter. There are more of these to come!


When:   Sunday, 8:00 AM starts the festivities. Arrive before 7:00 AM”¦ pretend this is a normal ride and we are rolling at 8. But the reality is that we will check in as many people as we can down in the lower lot from 7 to 7:30. Then we all roll out of parking lot at 7:30 AM for a 2.6 mile warm up to get to the start line.  The actual time trial starts at 8:00 AM from the start location (look at the Google map). It’s easy, you can’t get lost, there will 100 of us all going the same direction.


Where:   Prince William Forrest Park, Triangle, VA


Timers/Registration:   Joy Wolf, Misha O’Hanlan


Leaders:  Marti Howar, Tony Stocker


Address:  18170 Park Entrance Road, Triangle, Virginia”¦GPS users, this gets you CLOSE”¦just follow the directions below”¦


Directions:   Take I-95 South (32 miles south of Washington, D.C.). Enter Triangle, Virginia near the Quantico Marine Base. Take rte 619 West (exit 150).   The park entrance is less than 1/4 mile on the right hand side of route 619 West. Follow signs to the visitor center.   DRIVE PAST the visitor center and down telegraph road.  The parking area is another .25 miles down the little hill – at the very end (Look at the google map please)


Parking:    LOOK AT THE GOOGLE MAP! We will park in the lot at the END of Telegraph Road, PAST the Visitors Center.  When you enter the park, you will go through the entrance gate/building. There will be nobody there.  Drive STRAIGHT until you see a round about with the visitor center.  The visitor center is noted on the map. Just to the right of the visitor center is a road that continues straight. Drive STRAIGHT down this road for .25-.5 miles to the pavilion/grass field at the bottom. Park there.  The parking area is noted on the map. LOOK AT IT PLEASE.  Each car that comes to the park must pay $5 – it’s to help support the park, and it’s important that we do it. However, the Visitors Center (where you pay) will not open until 9:00 (after we’ve rolled out), so please make sure you pay the $5 before you leave.  CARPOOL!


Google Map:,-77.350252&spn=0.01287,0.033023&z=16



Saturday ”“ Unsupported Mountains of Misery Ride ”“ 8:00 AM ”“ Culpepper, VA


See below email from Mary Pickering:


Hi All,

How’s your MoM training going? If you’re a bit worried about how it’s going, I hope this helps – I took a look at my training log from 2014 and by this time of the year, I’d ridden outside exactly once. This year, I have to use the fingers of both hands and will soon start on my toes. So, it’s doable if you’re up to around the 50 mile mark and have plans to get to 75-80 by MoM time.


But now is the time to get serious. So I want to start throwing in some tougher hill training, so I’ll be “leading” a coach-sanctioned but unsupported ride out of Culpeper on Saturday, March 28 at 8 am. Yes, this is a recovery weekend, but we’re working around my calendar and that’s what works for me. Culpeper is also great training for IMLP too, so if it fits in with your training plan, get your IMLP mates together and come along!


By “leading,” I mean that I will have cue sheets for 48 or 64 miles and will give a St Crispin’s Day speech at the beginning, but that’s it. As an unsupported ride, we’re on our own – no waiting for latecomers, no sags, nobody waiting in the parking lot for you to come in, no ride leaders. This is for experienced cyclists only (though you don’t have to be fast!) – Culpeper is hilly and those hills have been the recipient of many an invective over the years. But it’s great training for MoM, and let’s face it – you wouldn’t have signed up for something called Mountains of Misery unless you love hills, right?


For an unsupported ride – make sure you have your Road ID, at least two tubes and CO2  cartridges,  plenty of water and food, a cell phone and money/credit card for emergencies.  Plan on riding with a buddy – you’ll find those hills a lot more enjoyable.


I may lead more of these MoM/IMLP-oriented hills rides in April/May, so stay tuned. Plan on getting to Monocracy on April 11 though and make sure you at least get in the 20 mile IH8URA option that goes up Hamburg – great MoM simulation.


If you have any questions, email me off the list –







Sunday ”“ Women’s Only Clinic ”“ 3:30 PM ”“ Falls Church, VA


All the ladiez in the house”¦

For those of you who are attending the women’s only clinic this Sunday- we will be compiling a list of questions to ask panelists and get the conversation rolling. If you have questions that you’d like answered during this session, please e-mail them to Lisa F.   See the team emails or team site for her email address.
The Women Only clinic features  a panel of veteran Z Ladies, not to mention plenty of wine and good food. This will be a casual clinic on the topics of bicycles, physiology, products, experiences, perspectives, whatever”¦ literally ANYTHING that you want to discuss. It is your opportunity to ask ANY female specific questions that you ever wanted answered but were too embarrassed to ask! Or too confused to ask. Sorry guys- you will have to watch March Madness or something as this clinic is for women only. This clinic is offered at the discrete location of the Linda D’s house.
When: Sunday, 3/29, 3:30 PM

Where: Linda D’s House

Street Address: Yeah, like we’re posting her address online.   Check out the team website or emails for her address.