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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…

 

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!

Doug Landau Richmond Triathlon

Thanks to Race, Volunteer Landau Gets Onto the Podium

The Richmond Tri Club Sprint was to be Landau’s first three-sport race of the season. Starting with this Virginia-Maryland Triathlon Series (VTSMTS) event, he had hoped the indoor “open water” swim would help gauge his condition after a double hernia surgery in December.

Doug Landau VTSMTS Richmond Triathlon

The Richmond Tri Club Sprint is put on by the wonderful folks at VTSMTS along with the Richmond Triathlon Club. It is a very competitive race and also the club championship (with an enormous trophy with the winning team members’ names engraved on it for posterity!), so bragging rights were on the line. While Landau is still missing his top end speed, he was hoping to survive the swim, pick off the field on the bike and then finish off those that remained ahead of him in his category on the 2-loop run course around the Richmond Kickers complex. Last year, he popped his soleus muscle after coming out of the second transition (hopping the rest of the race to the finish!), which took several months to heal, so Landau was approaching this first triathlon of 2017 with some trepidation.

This year, Landau had a slow swim, but a blazing fast first transition. However, not a quarter of a mile out, he noticed something rubbing and a strange sound coming from the rear wheel. Apparently the QR toolbox holder was rubbing against the wheel. He stopped cold to see if he could fix it, and a race volunteer came over to see what was the matter. While his competition was whizzing by, Landau studied the problem: this rubbing could cause a flat, a crash and a season-ending injury. The volunteer eventually diagnosed the problem, and they used rubber bands from lawyer Landau’s wrist to try to hold down the offending loose piece that could’ve caused a flat tire. Landau soldiered on, with only a slight rubbing against the wheel when he shifted his weight back from the nose of his saddle. Fortunately, the wet conditions also helped ameliorate the friction and heat problem. Landau normally likes dry roads, high temperatures and wide-open roadways.

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Fuji Bikes Recalled Due to Fall Hazard

Advanced Sports International recently recalled Fuji bicycles due to a fall hazard posed to users. The recall states, “The rear wheel freehub can slip while pedaling, posing a fall hazard.” There have been four reports of the freehub slipping while pedaling. Fortunately, no crashes or injuries have been reported.

This recall involves Advanced Sports International’s 2017 Fuji bicycles with Oval Concepts Rear Wheels. They were sold at Fuji Bicycle and Authorized Oval Concept dealers from April through October 2016 for between $2000 to $8000.

Consumers should immediately stop riding the recalled bikes and contact Advanced Sports International to receive a free replacement freehub body. You can contact them at 888-286-6263 or online at fujibikes.com or ovalconcepts.com and click on “Recall Notice” at the bottom of the page for more information.

If you or someone you know or care for were injured while using a defective sports training product, and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).

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NFL Faces Lawsuit Over Federal Drug Violations

The National Football League (NFL) faces a lawsuit from former professional football players for federal drug violations. They are suing the league in U.S. District Court in Northern California, claiming they suffer long-term organ and joint damage, among other illnesses, due to the improper and deceptive drug distribution practices by NFL teams.

The Washington Post reviewed the sealed court documents from the lawsuit and found that NFL teams “violated federal laws governing prescription drugs, disregarded guidance from the Drug Enforcement Administration on how to store, track, transport and distribute controlled substances, and plied their players with powerful painkillers and anti-inflammatories each season.”

The sealed court filing includes testimony and documents by team and league medical personnel, describing multiple instances in which team and league officials were made aware of abuses, record-keeping problems and violations of federal law. The filing asserts that “every doctor deposed so far… has testified that they violated one or more” federal drug laws and regulations “while serving in their capacity as a team doctor.”

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Register Now for the 2017 Vasa Ride in DC

It’s that time of the year again! Join the Swedish Embassy for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association’s (WABA) 2017 Vasa Ride on Sunday, March 19th. This annual event is a tribute to Sweden’s famed ski race and festival Vasaloppet. The Vasa Ride is a great way to start the year for any bicyclists in the Washington, D.C. and Maryland area. Lawyer Doug Landau has participated several times since 2008 and highly recommends it, so register now here!

Riders can choose from a variety of routes ranging from 16-miles to 59-miles. Check in and rides start from the House of Sweden, 2900 K Street NW, Washington, D.C. Check in and start times vary depending on the ride you chose to participate in. For the first time ever, this year’s Vasa Ride will also feature an 8-mile family-friendly ride starting from 10:00-10:30am ET.

After the rides, all Vasa Ride participants are invited inside the House of Sweden for warm blueberry soup—a traditional Swedish treat and Lawyer Landau’s favorite part of the event! For more information, click here.

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$1500 Trek Disc Bicycles Recalled Due to Fall Hazard

Trek has issued a recall on its 720 Disc bicycles and wheelsets due to a fall hazard. According to a press release, the company reports hearing of 10 incidents where either the wheel spoke contacted the bike’s brake caliper or the spokes broke at the hub. There has been one reported injury involving a broken vertebra.

This recall involves model year 2015, 2016 and 2017 Trek model 720 Disc bicycles and Bontrager Approved TLR disc 700C 24H Front and Rear Wheels with silver spokes. These models were sold nationwide from November 2014 through October 2016 for between $1,500 and $1,900 for bikes and March 2015 through November 2016 for aftermarket wheels for between $80 and $90. About 800 bicycles and 300 wheels were sold in the U.S.

If you’ve purchased any of these items, please immediately stop using them and return the bicycles to a Trek retailer for a free inspection and free replacement wheels. You can contact Trek at 800-373-4594 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online at www.trekbikes.com and click on Safety & Recalls at the bottom of the page for more information.

If you or someone you know or care for were injured while using a defective sports training product, and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).

Lee Wills

Lee Wills: An Inspirational Story in Competitive Shooting

It is not only our clients who discover us; we often discover the incredible stories behind our clients’ lives. In this case, the son of one of our clients has an inspirational story of triumph and compassion.

Lee recovering from his recent surgery. This procedure would be his 15th surgery for his hands.
Lee recovering from his recent surgery. This procedure would be his 15th surgery for his hands.

Lee Wills, now 17 years old, was born with a condition called Bilateral Syndactyly/Polydactyly, which left him with 14 fingers and webbing in between. He’s had numerous surgeries since and the doctors said he’d never be able to write. However, he followed in his father and older brother’s path and picked up competitive shooting. Lee was even the youngest competitor at the 2011 U.S. Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) Single Stack Nationals where he participated as an 11-year-old. (Click here to watch a short video about Lee Wills).

Lee’s mother Karla Wills is a workers compensation client of Abrams Landau, Ltd. She had undergone two major spine surgeries from a workplace injury. Lee helped his mother during this process by driving her to her doctor’s appointment at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. They had to make many stops along the way because she couldn’t sit for long periods of time because of the back pain caused by her on the job injury.

While receiving treatment at the Walter Reed Medical Center, Lee saw soldiers with missing limbs suffering from agonizing pain. Lee’s own experiences, and what he witnessed while at the center, prompted him to fundraise for the Wounded Warrior Project. He and his brother first reached out to the USPSA Mid-Atlantic States–regional director and eventually raised thousands of dollars for this organization.  Wounded Warrior is a worthy organization lawyer Landau has long supported and it is a recipient of funding through the Virginia & Maryland Triathlon Series, which he helps sponsor.

Lee continues to be passionate about gun safety and doing his best at shooting competitions. He not only overcame his own obstacles, but also reached out to help others overcome theirs. Doug Landau and everyone at the “Law Shop” salutes Lee Will’s courage, skill, charitable efforts and work effort. We look forward to hearing about his future success after he heals up from his latest surgery.