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Lt. Zach Landau, USN, about to show his dad how to navigate a 2-person kayak

In Between Championship Races, What Does Lawyer Landau Do?

He goes to “Muscle Beach” in Venice, California with his son. Before deploying to the Pacific, Lt. Zach Landau and his dad decided to go weight lifting outside in the sun. Zach will be joining a division of Marines this week in KaneOhe, and will be a Captain. The “Landau Boys” decided to get out during Zach’s last day on the mainland and have some adventures. After lifting weights (for the upper body, as Doug was sore from the waist down after racing on Sunday), having their photos taken by tourists and sightseeing, this dynamic duo went to rent a sea kayak.

Lt. Zach Landau, USN, about to show his dad how to navigate a 2-person kayak
Lt. Zach Landau, USN, about to show his dad how to navigate a 2-person kayak

They paddled several miles and saw the California State Fish. The bright orange Garibaldi fish swims near the rocks where the sea lions sun themselves. The Landaus espied a ball stuck in the rocks, dislodged it and played with these agile sea mammals. After paddling in the bay, they lunched on the water and then headed back to the West Hills compound where 4 generations of Mrs. Landau’s family live together, for a home-cooked meal and “send off party.”

Lawyer Landau will not be running this week, in order to heal between races. He will do some light exercise, probably swimming, cycling and lots of stretching in order to have a good performance at this weekend’s World Championships.

Herndon injury lawyer Doug Landau under stormy skies in Omaha, Nebraska, after finishing the 2017 USA Sprint Triathlon National Championship

“Humble pie” for Landau at National Championships

Herndon injury lawyer Doug Landau under stormy skies in Omaha, Nebraska, after finishing the 2017 USA Sprint Triathlon National Championship
Herndon injury lawyer Doug Landau under stormy skies in Omaha, Nebraska, after finishing the 2017 USA Sprint Triathlon National Championship

After podium finishes at his last several races in Virginia, Doug Landau felt confident, despite injury, going into the 2017 Age Group National Championships. Getting to the Omaha Nebraska venue several days early, Landau and training partners were able to scout out the course, make their final preparations, in order to give full value on race day. Last year the conditions were very hot and dry, which played to Landau’s strengths. The Olympic distance race was on Saturday, with sunny warm weather. Landau cheered on Virginia Triathlon Series friends Gail Waldman, Stephanie Van Bebber & David Stubbs, who all qualified for the 2018 Triathlon world championships.

Unfortunately, the weather took a dark turn, and Landau’s roommate, perennial 60+ powerhouse Tom Stroup, warned that the swim might be wetsuit legal, and that rain and cold weather was predicted for their sprint race. Stroup and Landau went to the venue at 5 AM race morning equipped with wetsuits, skin suits, large plastic bags, seat covers (for their bicycles that had been checked in the day before), raingear and uncertainty as to how the day would go. Instead of tinted goggles for the sunrise glare and safe dry roads, Landau had to contend with a dark morning, and slippery streets.

Race announcer Tim Yount advised these top competitors to under inflate their tires, which Landau did, and to back off on speed around the turns. The announcement was made that the race would not be wetsuit legal, and so Stroup and Landau went with new Roka skinsuits. However, Landau had a pedestrian swim, and ran into T-1 at the back of the pack. He felt as though he had given a good effort in the water and swum straight lines, but there were some top class swimmers and he did not have his best transition. Once on the bike, he had to pass a number of people. Ringing his signature bell, and calling “on your left“ or “passing” Landau was confronted with a spray of water into his face, and sometimes narrow roads (due to the broken up concrete surface conditions). Upon getting into the second transition, the cyclist in front of Landau was in a crash with another biker, and Landau had to avoid them to get his wet running shoes on and take off down the flat running course. Landau has been battling lower leg injury since competing in several longer Olympic Distance events this season, so his right leg immediately seized, and so he was unable to “put the pedal down” as he had hoped. However, on the upside, he did not have to stop, despite the spasm in the leg, and was able to keep a seven minute per mile pace in order to pass several more competitors. After finishing the race, Landau had a protein shake and then went to the ice bath tent, in order to reduce post race inflammation so as to be able to return to hard training. IMG_1751He then helped himself to hot food in the VIP tent, bypassing the Normatech recovery systems, and sat in the rental car shivering for 30 minutes with all heaters going full blast! Even though he had checked out of hotel, he returned for a hot bath, knowing Stroup would still be in the room and he could still gain entry. Landau then returned to the venue to collect his bike, turn it into RaceDay Transport to bring back to Virginia, and get his pedals for next weeks race.

Landau knew from preliminary results available immediately after the race (due to the computer chip on his ankle) that he did not finish high enough to qualify for next year’s triathlon World Championships. However, when he returned to get his bike out of the transition area, he found out that he had been given a two-minute penalty for drafting. This was Landau’s very first penalty of any kind in any National Championship race. Landau’s friends all laughed because in group rides in Reston, Herndon, Ashburn and elsewhere, he is infamous for being UNable to draft, even when trying to do so. Landau feels uncomfortable getting close to other cyclists due to safety concerns, unpredictability of others’ actions, and his racing over the last 35 years in NON-draft legal races. In fact, Landau has participated in less than half a dozen draft legal races in his entire life! As he was heading to the airport to go to Los Angeles to participate in his son’s “sending off deployment” party that night, he did not challenge the officials call, but chalked it up as a new experience.

Lawyer Landau flies to Canada on Wednesday night in order to join TeamUSA and participate in the Sprint Duathlon World championships. Once again, as has been the case for the last several weeks, Landau will not do any dry land running during the week, but concentrate on healing the injured right leg through hydrotherapy, Graston technique, and massage. For the race, the team USA doctors have already been in communication with the Herndon Virginia multisport athlete, and they have agreed that taping both lower legs at 90° will enable Landau to race as best as he can, and prevent further injury.  

Bottom line, competing with the best, true athletes in the country in friendly Omaha, Nebraska was an incredible experience. Landau looks forward to representing the United States of America next weekend in international competition, and hopes to have a better result. Stay tuned!

With wine from Mountain Lake vineyards, Doug Landau made the podium despite injury at the Culpeper Virginia Sprint Triathlon

Culpeper Sprint Triathlon sees Lawyer Landau & Friends atop the Podium a Week Before the National Championships

With wine from Mountain Lake vineyards, Doug Landau made the podium despite injury at the Culpeper Virginia Sprint Triathlon
With wine from Mountain Lake Winery, Doug Landau made the podium despite injury at the Culpeper Virginia Sprint Triathlon, part of the Virginia & Maryland Triathlon Super Series.

In his final test of fitness before the 2017 USA Triathlon National Championships, Doug Landau competed in the VTS/MTS Series race at Mountain Run Lake in Culpeper Virginia. At the Culpeper Sprint Triathlon a warm half mile swim was followed by a hilly, challenging 16 mile bike course and an up-and-down 5 km. run. While the Herndon Virginia injury lawyer had won his age group in this same event last year, his injuries required that he be taped up & not run to full capacity in order to avoid further damage.

Landau & Dr. Kur Sohn were especially concerned with the running uphill and overstretching his healing soleus. So Leuko and KT taping systems were used to reduce the range of motion about the ankles, but still allow for the plantar and dorsiflexion needed for pointing the toes during swimming. The LeukoTape held everything in place, even there was no wetsuit to cover it, and Landau had a good swim, strong bike and quick transitions. His “flat-footed” running, however, was painful to watch according to CBC Coach Stephanie Colburn ad Team FeXY member Stephanie VanBebber, who were filming athletes coming out of T-2 on to the hilly run course. Normally Landau runs on his tippy toes, but he has had to run without lifting his heel, without his custom-made race flats, due to injury. Landau has to been doing race preparation run training, and his “running” is almost entirely in the deep water of the Franklin Farms pool. He is trying to keep his aerobic fitness by cycling and swimming in order to be competitive at the National Championships.

Hawkins hugAt Culpeper, Landau managed to win his category by a minute, despite his run form, and he collected another winner’s bottle of wine from the generous folks at Mountain Run Winery. His good friends Kim Shoop, Rob Colburn, Gail Waldman, Julie Rome, Beth Baumgarten also won wine. Landau and the Colburns then rendezvous at the wonderful “Moo Thru” ice cream stand about 20 minutes East on Route 29, where many triathletes congregated en route home! Landau will again “tape up & gut it out” at Nationals, though he is more optimistic about the World Championships a week later, as the TeamUSA doctor will “fuse” both ankles by taping them completely, as lawyer Landau will not be swimming, only running & biking, so less of a range of motion will be needed for the flat, Penticton Canada course. Stay tuned…

 

Velofit Kur Sohn

VeloFit PT & Abrams Landau Law Working for Cyclists and Athletes in Herndon

As many of our clients know, lawyer Doug Landau regularly races and has been a longtime triathlete. What many may not know, however, is that in between all his legal casework, successful races, and charity work, he takes the time to heal and recover. He’s not invincible! And he knows the importance of seeking professional help to properly address any problems.

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Doug has been to numerous physical therapists in his many years as an athlete, but no other physical therapist has understood his injuries like Dr. Kur Sohn, owner and founder of VeloFit. Like Doug, Dr. Kur Sohn is an avid cyclist and triathlete. He uses manual techniques, trigger point dry needling, and functional movement retraining in his one-on-one hour long treatments. VeloFit is also the only professional bike fitting service in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area that is fully serviced by a Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Whether it is through working in personal injury cases or treating physical injuries, both Doug and Kur share and act on their passion for helping fellow cyclists and triathletes. In addition, they are both located in the biking community in historic Herndon old town, right next to the W&OD trail. Fortunately for Doug, VeloFit is only a couple minutes walking distance from the Abrams Landau law office.

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Kur’s best advice for athletes is to take care of their bodies before their tissues break down, and to not seek treatment or help once the pain gets even worse. He notes, “Tissues will always tell the truth, no matter how your body feels,” which is why it’s harder to get athletes to take more preventative measures earlier on.

If you’re ever in the neighborhood, whether cycling through on the W&OD trail or for your personal injury case, make sure to stop by the Abrams Landau office, VeloFit to learn more about physical therapy and bike fitting, Green Lizard Cycling for coffee, or Great Harvest Bakery for some fresh treats!

 

Children of all ages participated in the Tri It Now "Splash & Dash" and "Kids Tri DU' events at the George Mason University Prince William County Campus and Freedom Fitness Center

Stroke & Stride – Fun for Multisport Athletes of All Ages

Our friends at Tri It Now put on another fun event at the Freedom Aquatic & Fitness Center in Manassas on Sunday. With the George Mason University (“GMU”) Prince William County Virginia Campus a safe setting for children and adults to participate, there was something for everyone.

Children of all ages participated in the Tri It Now "Splash & Dash" and "Kids Tri DU' events at the George Mason University Prince William County Campus and Freedom Fitness Center
Children of all ages participated in the Tri It Now “Splash & Dash” and “Kids Tri DU’ events at the George Mason University Prince William County Campus & Freedom Fitness Center, located just of I-66 in Manassas, Virginia

Doug Landau was a “last minute” entrant in the adult “Splash & Dash” event. This race consisted of a 350 meter pool swim and a 5 km run. The swim was in a “long course” 50 meter lap format, and the huge GMU pool was set up to have only 7 wide lanes, so there was plenty of room for competitors, as they started swimming at 5 second intervals. The run was a 2-loop course from the fitness complex to the Hylton Performing Arts Center and back. Lawyer Landau’s goals were: swim his predicted time of 7 minutes, finish in the top 3, complete the course in under 30 minutes despite injured legs. With perfect weather and his new TeamUSA Worlds racing kit, Landau swam 7:09, was down by 1:20 after the swim & came back 1:05 for the runner up spot, and finished in under 28 minutes ! Doug noted that he had “run out of real estate” – had the race been another kilometer, he felt as though he could have won.IMG_1618

Ina Nenninger (in photo on right, about to get a peck on the cheek from “over 40” age group winner Doug Landau) one of the founders of Tri It Now, also staged a “Kids Tri Too,” for those are 6-14 prior to the adult race. After the adult race, there was a “Kids Can Du” run-bike-run event for children ages 5-9. Some of the children in the first race did the entire event in their swim caps, as once the bike helmet is clicked on your head, you are not allowed to take it off until you are done. If you “unblock’ before returning your bike to the rack in T-2, you will be disqualified.

One of the youngsters that raced with his swim cap on heads to the finish line !
One of the youngsters that raced with his swim cap on heads to the finish line !

In addition to friendly volunteers, knowledgeable staff and events for everyone, the Tri It Now venue enables participants to change, shower afterwards, or sit in the hot tub or swim some more at the Freedom Center pool and indoor water park. Families were able to enjoy the perfect morning on this state University campus, where there was almost no vehicular traffic and plenty of police presence. Doug Landau wholeheartedly recommends Tri It Now events for new triathletes and duathletes, as well as those introducing multisport to their children. Tri it now !

The DMSE Classic medical team successfully taped up both Doug Landau's lower legs in order to prevent further injury as he recovers in preparation for both the National AND the World Championships next month.

Sports Classic – Weekend of Running Enables Lawyer Landau to Combine Passion of Helping Injured Victims with Racing all over the Country

The DMSE Classic medical team successfully taped up both Doug Landau's lower legs in order to prevent further injury as he recovers in preparation for both the National AND the World Championships next month.
The DMSE Classic medical team successfully taped up both Doug Landau’s lower legs in order to prevent further injury as he recovers in preparation for both the National AND the World Championships next month.

While most of the lawyers from around the country attending the national convention in Boston were still in their beds, Herndon Virginia’s Doug Landau was at the starting line of the 2017 DMSE SPORTS CLASSIC this weekend. Lawyer Landau has a streak spanning over three decades of successfully racing while attending this annual national legal education program. Starting at the Merrimack College campus, the race took runners through the streets of Andover and North Andover, Mass. Landau had studied chemistry at the Phillips Academy at Andover in 1976, and was keen to show his bride the campus of this world class school.

The DMSE Sports Classic (formerly known as the Runner’s World Classic) was founded and managed by Dave McGillivray Sports Enterprises. There were races for runners of all levels and for the entire family, as there were events ranging from a mile, 5km, 10km, to a half marathon. DMSE supports some wonderful Massachusetts-based charities. The friendly, knowledgeable folks at DMSE Sports are pioneers in what is now one of the most important aspects of the athletic industry – combining athletics with philanthropy. Nearly every DMSE endeavor has that unbeatable combination of fitness and fundraising, giving back to the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston Children’s Hospital, Lazarus House and many others. The DMSE team do a terrific job organizing, planning and putting on races in New England. The Andover races featured friendly staff and volunteers and plenty of goodies for runners, walkers and their families. Landau recommends participating in DMSE events, as they do an outstanding job in interesting venues!

The Landaus were challenged over the undulating courses. Lawyer Landau, nursing injured soleus muscles in his lower leg, got taped up by the medical personnel pre-race in order to avoid further injury four weeks before the U.S. National Triathlon Championships. The course wound through historic downtown Andover, past the famous grounds of Andover Phillips Academy, and through a tree-lined, shaded residential community, which sits on the banks of the Merrimack River, near Lake Cochichewick and the Shawsheen River, approximately 24 miles from Boston.

Melissa Landau had a good time and enjoyed the post-race food and festivities. Doug Landau had family in Andover, and was familiar with much of the course. His grandfather William Abrams was from Lowell, Mass., and he still has cousins in Cambridge, Boston & Newton. He finished in the top 10% and was off the podium with a pace of under 8 minutes per mile in this very competitive race. He will likely forgo running on dry land and concentrate on his swimming, cycling and aquatic exercise in order to heal for the upcoming National Triathlon Championships August 12th and Duathlon World Championships the next week. Stay tuned!

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A Successful Triathlon Race for Attorney Landau

It was a wonderful day for racing, with the sunny sky, light breezes, clean course, and beautiful weather the evening before the VTS MTS Rock Hall Mid-Atlantic Club Championship race last month. This is a very competitive race in the DellMarVa area, and the seafood & crab restaurants around this Maryland venue are outstanding.
Team Sportfit was out to represent their hard training and smart coaching. Doug Baumgarten was even there for his “stunt double” Doug Landau, with a spare bike when lawyer Landau broke his electronic shifting ride taking the seat off of his Quintana Roo QR6 tri bike! Lesson learned. The mechanics at the race, courtesy of Bonzai Sports, were unable to fix Landau’s electronic shifting, and were not even able to change the gear to make it a “fixie.” Landau nevertheless was able to average over 20 miles an hour on the bike, and put in a strong run, for fourth in the age group. More results here.
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‘Lids on Kids’ Featured in Trial Magazine + More Helmet Donations!

 

A snippet of the article featuring Lids on Kids in Trial Magazine!
A snippet of the article featuring Lids on Kids in Trial Magazine!

The July 2017 edition of Trial Magazine featured the Lids on Kids program!  The Lids on Kids program has been active for over eight years and works to spread awareness on brain injuries and aid in preventing brain trauma and injuries. This program, started by Herndon lawyer Doug Landau over eight years ago, involves visiting public elementary schools, presenting a presentation on brain injuries and safety measures, and donating helmets to over a hundred students. The helmets are made sure to fit each and every student and even come with stickers which will allow for free replacement helmets to be received if needed.

In addition to the Lids on Kids program, attorney Doug Landau recently gifted helmets to the Hotchkiss Cycling Society of Canaan, CT which benefitted the Pilgrim House Bike Mission. The Hotchkiss School was donating bicycles to its local communities and now they also have helmets to give to those in need of them!

Attorney Landau with store manager of the Hotchkiss School
Attorney Landau with store manager of the Hotchkiss School

Whether through the Lids on Kids program or through donations to local communities, the ultimate goal of spreading awareness on brain injuries and aiding in preventing brain injuries can and should be advanced!

If you know of a school or local group that could benefit from our helmet giveaway program, please email us at education@landaulawshop.com, or call our office (703-796-9555).

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Teaching Bike Safety and Brain Injury Prevention at Herndon Elementary School

Just in time before school ended and summer break started, the Abrams Landau team stopped by Herndon Elementary School last week to present its Lids on Kids brain injury prevention and bike helmet giveaway program to its sixth grade class. We were joined by Delegate Jennifer Boysko, a couple of her interns, Herndon’s community policing officer Denise Randles and The Connection’s writer Mercia Hobson. We definitely needed the extra hands in order to properly fit helmets for more than 100 students!

Lids on Kids bike helmet program
Lawyer Doug Landau with Herndon police officer Denise Randles, The Connection writer Mercia Hobson, and Delegate Jennifer Boysko with her interns.

After lawyer Doug Landau of Abrams Landau gave his presentation to Herndon Elementary School’s sixth grade class, the students lined up in front of our volunteers to be fitted with complementary Bell Herndon Policebike helmets. Each helmet has a special sticker on the inside to show that it was from us, so that if the helmets ever get damaged, the students can bring it to our Herndon office for a free replacement helmet. Each student was also given an Abrams Landau sport bag to put their helmets in with another sticker to write their contact information on it in case they lose their helmet.

With the help of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA) and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Foundation, lawyer Landau created the Lids on Kids program almost eight years ago now. The Abrams Landau team has gone to an average of 3-4 different local public schools each year since to teach children about the importance of brain injury prevention and to giveaway helmets.

Doug is passionate about teaching bike safety and brain injury prevention not only because he has represented many clients with traumatic brain injury but also because he is an avid cyclist and competitive triathlete who has suffered a concussion himself a few years ago. He often says, “If we can save one child from brain injury, then all the effort will be worthwhile.”

 

Hutchison Elementary School Lids on Kids

Putting More Lids on Kids in the Herndon Area

The Abrams Landau team was back at another local public elementary school last week for its Lids on Kids brain injury prevention and helmet giveaway program. Lawyer Doug Landau successfully showed his presentation to Herndon’s Hutchison Elementary School’s sixth grade class in their large cafeteria. He explained the importance of always wearing a bike helmet and showed real life examples of the injuries his former clients incurred while cycling.

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Fairfax County police volunteered their time and services as well, answering some questions from the children and helping to fit them with helmets. Interns from Delegate Jennifer Boysko’s office were also able to help out during this special event. With the help of the community, we were able to give out free bike helmets to more than 100 students at Hutchison Elementary School!

Later that same day, the Abrams Landau team took its Lids on Kids program to Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center’s Family

A snippet of our feature in this week's Herndon Connection.
A snippet of our feature in this week’s Herndon Connection.

Night. The topic for this Family Night was Summer Safety, and we presented on bike safety. We were able to fit and give out helmets to dozens more children at that night’s event.

Lawyer Landau’s work at Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center was featured in this week’s issue of Herndon Connection. You can find it on page 8 here.

We’ll also be at Herndon Elementary School this Tuesday, June 20 to present our Lids on Kids program! Stay tuned!

If you know of a school or local group that could benefit from our helmet giveaway program, please email us at education@landaulawshop.com, or call our office (703-796-9555).