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Three regional championship podium finishes, two national championship races and a series podium spot make for a successful year of multisport racing. While constrained by injury and travel, 2016 saw numerous award-winning competitive performances. Though not permitted to compete at the World Championships because of happy family events (his kids’ wedding, college and medical school graduations), Landau overcame an early season injury (torn soleus) and late season surgery (double inguinal hernia) to nevertheless have a great sporting year. Here are some of the highlights:
USAT Duathlon Mid-Atlantic, New England AND SouthEastern Regional Championship Runner Up.
Virginia & Maryland Triathlon Super Series Age Group Runner Up
Age Group Prizewinner at over 20 Duathlons, Triathlons, Track & Road Running races throughout the East Coast
Qualified for the 2017 World Championships at the USAT National Duathlon Championships
Podiums at every MidAtlantic Duathlon Series race he entered
Raced in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, Georgia, Louisiana, Florida, California, Oregon, Nebraska & Washington, D.C.
Before gobbling up turkey, gravy, pie and stuffing, several hundred Fairfax County residents turned out 8 miles East of the Landau Law Shop on the W&OD Trail in support of our military. The event was the Giving Thanks 5k, a unique race for those who wish to give thanks to service members and their families who have sacrificed in service of our country. Lest we take our freedoms and safety for granted in a world full of turmoil, it is good to be reminded that the cost of freedom is not “free.” This race was a family oriented 5K / 1 mile on Thanksgiving morning to give thanks to the fallen and wounded service members. With a son in the Navy who has been treating and operating on wounded Marines, Sailors and other members of our armed forces, Doug Landau was motivated to support, participate and contribute. (Service members are broadly defined as members of the Armed Service, State Department, Intelligence Community or other US Government Agencies).
Thanksgiving is a time for assembling with family and friends and “Giving Thanks” for the many freedoms we enjoy in the United States of America. We enjoy these freedoms in large part because of the sacrifices made by those who have answered the call to serve the U.S. Government and sacrificed life and limb. This 5K and 1 Mile event is intended to provide a venue to gather families of the fallen and wounded with those who would like to express their gratitude by participating in this event. There were moving ceremonies both before and after the running events, and the awards ceremony was conducted at the memorial. Herndon Virginia law Doug Landau ran hard over the hills that kept all but one runner over 6 minutes per mile pace. Finishing 16th overall, and runner up in the 50-59 age group, despite running 7:10/mile pace, Lawyer Landau was presented with both a certificate and a Fandango movie card !
The events were held in Vienna and proceeded on hilly local streets and on the relatively flat Washington and Old Dominion recreation trail Thanksgiving morning to benefit the fallen and wounded service members and their family. The charitable 501(c)3 Beneficiaries included:
TAPS – Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) offers compassionate care to all those grieving the death of a loved one serving in our Armed Forces. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort 24 hours a day, seven days a week through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones. (CFC ID# 11309)
Fisher House Foundation
The Fisher House Foundation provides free or low cost lodging to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers. (CFC ID# 11453)
Giving Thanks for the Fallen and Wounded Service Men/Women and their families
The Annual Herndon Turkey Trot is a fun family event where winners may come home with Thanksgiving holiday pies or birds! Starting at the Herndon Community Center, runners and walkers were able to warm up inside the gym before setting out to cover the 5K trail course, which winds around the Town of Herndon Centennial Golf Course. Instead of the the usual early morning start, and getting up a “O dark stupid,” this event began at 4:00 p.m. in the afternoon. Refreshments (including hot stew from Jimmys Old Town Tavern), entertainment, and services from local businesses were available.
As the race was only a few blocks from the ABRAMS LANDAU law shop, Doug Landau was able to roll down Center Street to the venue. Finishing 25th out of 753 finishers, lawyer Landau was able to get the runner-up spot out of 41 in the 50-59 division. Averaging under 7 minutes a mile, Doug waited for the kids at the front of the starting line to take off, and then when it was safe to go, he steadily passed other racers, especially on the grassy parts of the course. Bringing home a pumpkin pie after a swim, shower & massage (courtesy of the Dr. Camille D’Amato of the Quality Chiropractic Office), Doug was then able to attend a showing of the new movie “Loving,” fed, clean & changed!
Participants were asked to bring canned and packaged food. Lawyer Landau noted that the collection boxes were overflowing by the start of the race. One of the charitable beneficiaries of the race was the “Reuse-A-Shoe Recycling Program with Nike”
The program collects used running shoes which are ground up into small pieces, and used to make tracks, playgrounds, floor tiles, new shoes and apparel. This is a great way to get rid of all those old sneakers laying around and to “go green” by recycling. Bring one pair or bring ten, shoes are being collected at the Herndon Community Center to the end of November 2016.
When recycling shoes, please remember:
• Only recycle athletic shoes can be recycled
(running shoes, sneakers, etc.)
• All brands of shoes are accepted
• No shoes containing metal
• No cleats or dress shoes
• No wet or damp shoes
• No sandals or flip-flops
Because of the move to “draft legal racing” at world championships for even the fast, short sprint races, USA Triathlon held races for those who wanted to qualify for the World Championships in the swim-bike-run &/or run-bike-run formats in New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition to the Age Group hopefuls, the USAT 2016 Collegiate Women’s National Championship would take place afterwards on the same race course. However, as every race director knows, you must be flexible because sometimes events beyond your control will combine to cause changes in the plan.
The 2016 USA Triathlon Draft Legal Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon World Qualifying events were forced to a new, last minute venue due to the addition of a World War II Airshow at the same location. The new location for the races was also along Lakeshore Drive, just west of the Bayou St. John Bridge. This locale is used by hundreds of local athletes each Wednesday and Sunday for open water swim practice in Lake Pontchartrain. However, even the lake was an issue.
When Doug Landau arrived on Thursday, he was hard-pressed to find the running route. Even the outstanding and well-coached collegiate teams from Arizona State University could not be certain of the course. These talented young ladies came to compete in the USAT 2016 Collegiate Women’s National Championship. This unique format offers athletes the opportunity to compete in a draft legal format and vie for spots to the 2017 World Championships in their respective sports at their own race in New Orleans.
Lawyer Landau tested the Lake’s waters after running and found getting out, even with railings, treacherous and slippery. On Friday, the Herndon crash injury lawyer rode one lap of the bike course, noting the winds that were picking up and that college teams were swimming with safety buoys in the shallow lake’s waters. With a front coming in, the excellent PEMLA race staff made a decision based upon the safety of the athletes race day morning to change the event to a DUathlon.
While this played to Landau’s strengths, he had only brought shoes for one run, and it meant that the experienced draft legal racers would be able to form up a peleton. Landau actually lead for the first 5 min of the race, but he was unable to join the first bike group, and, lacking experience in this format, he struggled to work with other cyclists in his heat. Losing 3 minutes in the bike leg despite top transition times. By the time of the last 2.5 km run over the levee, Landau was too far back to qualify. Making a strong closing kick, he finished 11th out of 22 in his age group, three minutes back of his goal for the race.
While lawyer Landau will be going to the World Championships as part of TeamUSA in DUathlon in Penticton, Canada in August, he will not be going in September to Europe for the Sprint Triathlon World Championships. Landau was able to connect with other great athletes and friends from the VTS/MTS Super Series like Race Director Don White, TeamUSA member Tom Stroup, SportFit Coaches Beth Baumgartnen and Nancy DiPietro. It was a learning experience and lawyer Landau has greater appreciation for draft-legal multisport racing. With a few Fall road races on the East Coast remaining, Landau hopes to give full value and then rest, recover over the winter so as to have a successful 2017 racing season. And he thanks all those who made this year possible, family, friends, training partners, coaches, race directors, and of course, the clients of the Herndon Virginia law firm ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd.
The 32nd Annual Central Park Duathlon was to be another test of Doug Landau’s late season fitness and a chance for him to test out the “draft legal” Kestrel bike he intends to use at the World Championship qualifier a fortnight later. Last year lawyer Landau won his age group in this short “Run-Bike”Run” format race in the heart of Manhattan. This year, on a different bike that doe not have triathlon “aero bars” or deep rim racing wheels, Landau was hoping to give full value and get a great workout.
Starting at the Central Park Boathouse, athletes did an “out & back” 2.1 mile run, followed by a 2-loop 12 mile bike, finishing with the same run. Despite a slower bike leg, bicycle safety lawyer Landau managed an age group prize and even rode back to his sister’s midtown apartment for a day filled with soccer matches, chess games, table tennis and other fun with his New York City nieces and nephews.
While Landau has found racing in “the Big Apple” to be somewhat “rough & tumble,” without the sportsmanship seen in the Virginia Triathlon Series or other races down South, NEW YORK TRIATHLON (“NYTRI”) has been a leader in organization of multi-sport events since 1984 and claims the best safety record in the country. The race organizers set out and went over the rules and regulations designed for participants’ personal safety and enjoyment. Athletes were warned that failure to comply with these rules will result in penalties and/or disqualification. The safety rules and penalties were listed as follows:
RACE VIOLATIONS AND PENALTIES
2 Minute Penalties
– Riding in/out of transition area.
– Entering/exiting transition area under, over, or between barriers.
– Bicycle not on assigned bike rack.
– Drafting or “pack riding” violation.
– Bib number not visible at ALL times while competing.
– Unsecured helmet chin strap leaving or entering transition area.
– Verbal abuse of a volunteer or race official – No warnings will be issued!
– Entering the jogging lane while biking (extreme left lane – marked with double white line).
– Biking without an approved biking helmet.
– Wearing earphones/headphones during any portion of race.
– Unsportsmanlike conduct (will result in immediate disqualification).
Having run races on the golf course of his alma mater during reunions, Doug Landau had never run the “official” cross country course. That is, until the Hotchkiss Bearcat 5km, contested under cold, drizzling conditions over the up and down terrain. Accurately billed as a “beautiful and challenging cross-country 5K course held entirely on The Hotchkiss School campus in Lakeville, Connecticut,” there were events for runners of all ages, including the 5K race, 1K youth race, and a Tots Fun Run. Afterwards, participants young and old were treated to a BBQ lunch of grass fed beef hamburgers, Black Bean Burgers and more.
Track and Cross Country Coach Charlie Bell delighted in announcing the races and doling out the prizes for all 1K and Fun Run participants. Children’s activities included face painting and crafts. Charlie Bell is also an outstanding Math Instructor at the Hotchkiss School whom Doug Landau has known for many years. The net proceeds from the race benefits the programs and services of the Housatonic Youth Service Bureau (HYSB), serving the six towns of the Region One School District with free counseling, parent education, prevention programs and referrals. HYSB is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that the several hundred race entry fees support.
The race was won by a talented by Middle Schooler Kieren Haug (age 13 !) in 19:05, with whom lawyer Landau has run in Massachusetts and Connecticut, on the roads and track. Landau’s brother ran, as did his daughter and wife, making it a Landau “family affair.” Coming in 10th of 257 in 22:05, Landau was the fastest Hotchkiss School alum and oldest finisher in the top 20. While Landau had won the Alumni run, including one June running barefoot on the soft, wet grass, he now knows how hard the real cross country course is and hopes to improve upon his time and placing when he next toes the line behind the Harris House (Admissions Office). For full results, click here.
A week before the sprint TRI Worlds qualifier in New Orleans, Louisiana, bike safety lawyer Doug Landau had wanted to ride his borrowed bike before the 5K at the Fairfax County Government Center in order to get some more “saddle time” on the terrific UCI draft-legal Kestral electronic shifting bike Doug Baumgartner found for him, since his Triathlon bike would not be permitted at this USAT supplementary qualifying race. Because the 2017 ITU Sprint Triathlon World Championships are “Draft Legal,” aero bars are not permitted, for safety reasons, to extend beyond the bike’s handlebars. So Herndon injury lawyer Landau has been training and racing over the last fortnight with a “legal”Kestral bike rented from SportFit Lab in Herndon, VA.
However, as there were too many people waiting for packet pick up, Landau had ride after the race. As Coach Beth Baumgarten advises, sometimes you just have to “go with the flow.” So lawyer Landau ran Shalene’s 5K for postpartum depression, then jumped on the BikeFit Kestrel for 3 more laps, and after a quick “T-2” finally ran a wee bit more!. Landau managed runner-up overall in 21:12 and enjoyed watching the kids in play on the: moon bounce, rock wall, pumpkin and face painting stations.
The race was a very family friendly event, with walkers and strollers welcome. This USATF sanctioned event had plenty of police protection and the course around the Government Center has very little vehicular traffic on early weekend mornings. Shelane’s Run was a fund raiser and raised awareness for postpartum depression disorders. Representatives from various postpartum support organizations had booths set up at the event.
It was a lovely day for a brick and biking on the closed loop course while the orange comes and cops were still out made for safe cycling. Lawyer Landau was surprised to be in contention the entire race, and was pleased with the effort, if not the time. Click here for full results. Leaving for “the Big Easy” Thursday, he has a few hard workouts before a 72-hour mini-taper. Landau cannot afford a slow swim, as was the case in Omaha, Nebraska at the National Championships, if he wants to race against the best in the world. Stay tuned !
MTS Super Series competition in Sunday’s cold, salty water, under overcast skies was much better for athletes than the downpours that lead to Maryland flooding during Saturday’s racing. One of the most fun races in the Maryland and Virgnia Triathlon Super Series is the Watermans Sprint Triathlon in Rock Hall, Maryland. From the friendly little town on the Bay to the restaurants and bars where you can sit outside and enjoy fresh seafood and cold drinks walking distance from the Finish Line, the Rock Hall events should be on every mulstisport athlete’s race schedule.
Herndon Virginia area lawyer Doug Landau camped out this year with top Loudoun County triathlete Steve Bradley. Bradley & Landau trained together through the winter with HPC’s CompuTrainer classes, which has helped both Masters Athletes with their strength, consistency and bicycling efficiency. The “indoor cycling season” starts in October. Landau maintains that it is safer to train indoors than to risk mayhem in the dark, cold and wet streets and trails of Fairfax County.
The Watermans Sprint Triathlon takes place on the edge of the Eastern Shore of Maryland in Kent County. Landau & Bradley could see Baltimore from their campsite, as it is only 18 miles from Baltimore “as the fish swims” ! Rock Hall is one of the friendliest, most laid back towns anywhere. For you History buffs, it is also full of history. George Washington took the Annapolis Ferry to Rock Hall nearly ten times before heading to Philly on horseback to during his efforts on behalf of America’s Independence!
The U-shaped swim took place in Rock Hall Harbor on the Chesapeake Bay, protecting athletes from any serious wind or chop. There were plenty of safety personnel on the water, the boat traffic appeared to have been halted, and athletes were helped up out of the water by friendly volunteers. The wet suit legal event enabled triatheltes and aqua-velo competitors to get in one more race before it is too cold to swim outside. Lawyer Landau worked hard on the swim to finish in under 15 minutes, but then felt like he was figting with a “tar baby” when trying to get his little-used wetsuit off in the first transition.
Once on his new bicycle, he could see why the bike course is a triathlete’s dream. Wide open roads, washed off by the rain, with wide shoulders throughout most of the course. Multi- Sport athletes were treated to huge expanses of countryside. With only a few “false flats,” this course is truly pancake flat! Landau managed to average 23.5 mph on the bike. The one loop run course was also pancake flat and took athletes through the quaint neighborhoods and side-roads of Rock Hall, MD. Landau managed to pass a number of athletes on the bike, and several more in transition. Able to see runners ahead due to the course layout, the Herndon injury lawyer was able to pass a few more athletes on the run, despite stopping to tie his shoes ! His average running speed was under 7 minutes per mile.
Once again Landau was able to finish in the top 20 and be the best in his Age Group. However, the overall Series Standings have not yet been published. Currently Landau is in 7th place, out of over 200 athletes in his category. However, with only 4 races under his belt, Landau needed a top finish at the Rock Hall sprint in order to qualify for the 5 race Super Series minimum. Furthermore, to crack the top 3, the laughing lawyer needed to garner more points than he has won in any race so far this season. The longer races are accorded more points, so that an athlete winning their division in an Olympic Distance or Half-Iron race gets more “bang for the buck” than a sprint race winner.
Shown with Landau on the podium are his friends and top age group racers Bill Coquelin of Reston, Virginia, and Ben Foy, of Murrysvile, Pennsylvania.
One of the side benefits of the VTS and MRTS races is that they pump money into local economies and help charitable groups with fundraising. This event benefited two worthy charities. The first is the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is a watershed protection agency that fights to keep the water we swim in clean.
The Watermans races also event benefited Special Operations Warrior Foundation. The Special Operations Warrior Foundation provides full scholarship grants and educational and family counseling to the surviving children of special operations personnel who die in operational or training missions and immediate financial assistance to severely wounded special operations personnel and their families.
The Great Acorn races in Spotsylvania were fun for experienced and novice athletes of all ages. Cool temperatures and overcast skies meant comfortable racing conditions at the Virginia Triathlon Series race in Spotsylvania.
Race directors and volunteers did a magnificent job, with participants aging from under 14 to over 70. The hilly course required athletes to start the bike and run uphill, but meant that both land-based events ended down hill.
Located at beautiful Lake Anna State Park, the Giant Acorn is an end-of-season ritual for hundreds of triathletes throughout the region.
The lake was a bit too warm for wetsuits, but calm, and sighting was easy. With a sandy beach and lots of activities for the kids, whole families could enjoy the late morning start and post-race food. The bike course is the same as the Kinetic Sprint that athletes covered in early summer, so improvement could be measured, just as is possible in the MTS races Watermans International & Sprint and then Rock Hall the following weekend. Located about 100 minutes South of Washington, D.C., just 30 minutes South West of of Fredericksburg and about an hour North West of Richmond.
When the announcement was made that the water was too warm for wetsuits in Sunday’s Giant Acorn sprint races, Doug Landau had to change strategy and work the swim harder than he had planned. Running full-tilt up to the transition area, lawyer Landau managed to pass several athletes out of the park, and then pass bikers during the rest of the 15.5 mile course, with only on cyclist passing him. Landau had a good transition off the bike and re-passed the one athlete who passed him. The Herndon injury lawyer even managed to pass several of the collegiate athletes during the run, with only one 20-year-old passing him. Giving full value the entire race, Landau managed to finish 19th out of over 450 finishers.
As the Virginia and Maryland Triathlon Super Series requires at least 5 race finishes in order to be eligible for Series awards, and Doug Landau has only 3 race finishes with only a few races remaining, and Half-Iron and Olympic distance races garner more points than the sprint races the disability counsel competes in, he not only must compete in the Watermans event, but also podium to get enough points to even make the top three positions. Lawyer Landau is currently in 8th position in his age group with the 3 races he has completed, while others have completed the necessary 5, and some even 10 or more !
Knowing he had to turn in a top performance, Landau managed to win his Age Group with a time that would have topped several other younger categories! Finishing the 1/2 mile swim in under 15 minutes, and averaging about 22 mph on the bike, Landau turned in a run in about 7:03/mile pace. Category winners received another useful VTS/MTS award: a cutting board! Landau looks for to next week’s VTS/MTS season-ending race in Maryland. Stay tuned to see whether lawyer Landau can garner enough points in sprint races to again be the best triathlete in his category again in this year’s Super Series standings.