All: Weekend Poll: Please Vote

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In this email for Team Z Activities this weekend

  1. Look Ahead for events that happen early next week
  2. Saturday Group Run ”“ 8:00 AM from  Anacostia Park/River Trail (don’t hate – this is a very pretty run
  3. Saturday – 3:00 PM Race Strategy, Transition, Rules clinic – for the newer triathlete.  Arlington Oaks Recreation Room
  4. Saturday – 4:30 PM Lake Placid and Maryland Race Planning Clinic (applicable to any triathlon if you are the certain type who likes this stuff – but its critical for people doing Ironman to start planning now).  Arlington Oaks Recreation Room.
  5. Sunday  Group Ride – 8:00 AM from Monocacy Middle School (last time for a long while, don’t miss it) . This one is the full on Covered Bridges Ride (awesome ride).  Plus some for those who need climbing.

All: Weekend Poll: Please Vote

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  1. Look Ahead for events that happen early next week – this is a RECOVERY WEEK

Monday:

*If you ever come to Arlington PRR runs, please look at the “location” on our website (links below).  There are “secret” parking areas which are not “obvious” and can’t be directly accessed from the store, although they are very close.

Monday Social Run and post Run Happy Hour (it may be a haul to get to Arlington, but all are welcome and these are well attended).  Bring your ID and a metro card, and join us for a point to point group run ending at a happy hour! We’ll run downhill from PRR Arlington to Heavy Seas brewery (about 3 miles) and kick of recovery week with a bang. (or skip the running and meet us at the bar! We’ll be trickling in around 7-7:15 PM)

  • This is a Run2HappyHour Event:  We will run from PRR Arlington at 6:30 PM and end at the happy hour – we will metro back.
  • Post Run Happy Hour is at Heavy Seas – Arlington

Tuesday:

All swims on as normal.

Wednesday:

  • There is an AM Swim at AU  (DC) and Lunch time swim at Wilson Pool (DC)

Recovery Week Runs and Post Run Happy Hours

Thursday:

All swims as normal on Thursday

Recovery week ride and happy hour

Friday:

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  1. Saturday Group Run ”“ 8:00 AM from  Anacostia Park/River Trail (don’t hate – this is a very pretty run

*Detailed Directions in the location on our website (see below).  Check them out, or you will get lost!

Please vote for our pace options on the poll.  We have a run leader who will be taking out the 15+ run/run walkers so don’t think “you are too slow”.  There is no such thing on this team.  SOME OF OUR WORKOUT LEADERS ARE THIS PACE.  We rock.  From World Champoons to Final Finishers. Get out there, you won’t regret it!

For those heading to the group run in Anacostia Park, you’re in for a treat. The view of DC from across the Anacostia River is spectacular.  Here is a link to the National Park Service website about Anacostia Park:

https://www.nps.gov/anac/planyourvisit/index.htm

So far, 12 of the projected 20-mile loop is completed. I think you’ll like the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail.

Be aware that this is a fairly new location for us, so give yourself a little extra time to get there. My suggestion is that you meet in the parking lot of Anacostia Aquatic Resources Education Center, also known as Anacostia Park-Section E.

The GPS Address is 1900 Anacostia FWY, Washington, DC 20020. (Aquatic Resources Education Center)

What:

Where:

Thus – Alexis will update this location with better details by the weekend – we will send the notice of the update over the yahoo groups.

When:

  • Time: Saturday 8:00 AM.

Scoop:

  • Run Distances:  0-14 miles
  • Guided Run:   Yes/no ”“ trail is easy to follow.

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3. Saturday – 3:00 PM Race Strategy, Transition, Rules clinic – for the newer triathlete.  Arlington Oaks Recreation Room

This clinic is focused on people who are new to our sport. Not necessarily new to athletics, but new to either triathlon or racing with Team Z.  We’ll talk about planning at a much higher level (than the details in #4 below). We’ll provide and review checklists.  We’ll talk about what to expect on race day, how transitions work, where do you go and what do you do when you arrive.  We’ll address the most commonly violated rules and provide suggestions for pre-race preparations, nutrition plans, etc.  The more, the merrier – come on and come all!

What/When/Where and the Scoop:

  • Saturday  3:00 PM Race strategy, Transition, and rules clinic (tailored for the newer triathlete)
  • Clinic  Leader:  Ed
  • Directions, address, bathroom warnings, and Google Maps found here.  
  • (Or go to members.triteamz.com and “Events, Locations, search on “Oaks”)
  • Or use the URL:  https://members.triteamz.com/locations/arlington-oaks/
  • 4490 N Pershing Drive is the address for GPS.  However it takes you slightly past the recreation room so please look at the google maps.  This is a “sales” or “management office” for the condo association and it looks like a little house with collumns out front.
  • It is also across the street from the retirement home if you need another reference point.
  • Bring a pen and paper if you like to take notes.
  • Bring a beer if you want to start happy hour

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4. Saturday – 4:30 PM Lake Placid and Maryland Race Planning Clinic – Arlington Oaks Recreation Room

This clinic is applicable to any triathlon if you are the certain type who likes this stuff (planners, list makers, etc).  You can get away without these tools for short course racing and it may even be “too much” and take the fun out of it for some of us, especially if our reason/drive for racing is less about optimal performance and more about fun.

But, what we discuss and review in this session is critical for people doing Ironman.  Even though much of this may be “obvious” or “no brainer” planning tools/suggestions – everyone leaves the clinic with the sense of urgency to start planning now.  Planning is Key for Ironman.  Practicing the plan before Ironman is highly suggested.  Trusting the plan is the goal so that Execution is seamless and free of stress in the days leading up to the race and straight on through to the finish line.

  • Saturday 4:30 PM  Race strategy, Transition, and rules clinic (tailored for the newer triathlete)
  • Clinic  Leader:  Ed
  • Directions, address, bathroom warnings, and Google Maps found here.  
  • (Or go to members.triteamz.com and “Events, Locations, search on “Oaks”)
  • Or use the URL:  https://members.triteamz.com/locations/arlington-oaks/
  • 4490 N Pershing Drive is the address for GPS.  However it takes you slightly past the recreation room so please look at the google maps.  This is a “sales” or “management office” for the condo association and it looks like a little house with collumns out front.
  • It is also across the street from the retirement home if you need another reference point.
  • Bring a pen and paper if you like to take notes.
  • Bring a beer if you want to start happy hour

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5. Sunday  Group Ride – 8:00 AM from Monocacy Middle School

I know we’ve been out this way a bunch – but is has been for a reason.  And this is last time for a long while that we will be out here as a group. Don’t miss it…  this one is the full on Covered Bridges Ride (awesome ride).  Plus some extra add ons for those who need climbing. (cough cough).

THIS IS A BEGINNER FRIENDLY RIDE AND SO PRETTY.  Vote if you are coming and are for any reason interested in teaming up with a ride leader and potentially other riders. We will have a fun, easy, no drop paced group – that is a promise.

Ride Notes from your Ride Leader Mary Pickering:

Surprise!  A flat ride!  This weekend’s ride offers some of the flattest riding we do on the team, with distances from in the teens to 60 taking in a variety of old covered bridges along the way.  And don’t forget to stop and admire the peacocks at the corner of Wilhide and Angleberger.

And … surprise!  Climbing!  You didn’t think we’d given up on this climbing lark, did you?  We’re throwing in the first climb from IH8URA (Hamburg Rd) for those of you doing MoM.  If you haven’t ridden Hamburg before, it’s a hard steady 3 mile(ish) climb with some parts that kick up steeper and a switchback or two.  Hamburg is a reasonable approximation of the last climb for MoM.  You just have to be patient and keep good form (sit up to get up!).  And if you can distract yourself, it’s one of the prettiest roads we ride on.  The road at the top is a fun ride back to the flat.

Here are your options for those of you going long:

  • If you’re training for IMLP only, your training calls for 90, so do 60 + 30 of the covered bridges ride.
  • If you’re training for MoM only, do the 60 covered bridges + IH8URA 20 for a total of 80.
  • If you’re doing both and are tired from a couple of weeks of really hard riding, you don’t have to do Hamburg, but we don’t come back this way before MoM and I think it’s the closest to the final MoM climb that we have.  So if you’ve not climbed Hamburg before, I do recommend it.
  • If you want, you can peel off the 60 covered bridges ride straight onto IH8URA and cut 5 miles off.  Your call, but you’ll have to do the math.  The cuesheets will have everyone coming back to the parking lot.

Looks like another glorious day for cycling – see you out there!

What:

Where:

Read the location notes for hints regarding bathrooms, arrival, last minute supplies.

When:

  • Time: Sunday 8:00 AM.

Scoop:

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