The Memorial Day weekend “Salute to the Military” Sprint Triathlon was greeted by sunny skies and dry roads after a week of rain and cold weather.
Despite the construction, the new course worked well with plenty of route markings and volunteers. With an Abrams Landau cycling-crash client finishing on the overall podium, many friends participating and lawyer Landau’s 14th overall finish (easily topping the over 50 crowd), it was a great way to spend the morning in Warrenton, Virginia.
The pool swim was bracing and a bit congested, but once on dry land, things sorted themselves out. Landau managed to pass 50 fast swimmers on the bike (~22 mph) and another dozen runners running just under a 7 min/mile pace before he “ran out of real estate!” People must’ve thought that the 100M time self-seeding signs were “aspirational!”
The Vint Hill station is a safe venue for racing, especially the little kids’ races that follow since the base has little weekend traffic and spectators can watch much of the action. Not a bad training race in the lead up to the Spring Duathlon National Championships in 3 weeks!
The Reston Bike Club (RBC) mid-week rides are now leaving from both the Reston and Herndon locations on Tuesdays AND Thursday evenings. Doug Landau joined the RBC group April 12th in order to get some miles under his legs outdoors before racing on the weekend. The weather was magnificent, and the route map pick-up and sign-in was expedited by the new online sign-up available on the RBC site. In other words, you can sign up for the 1, 2,3,4,5 or level 6 ride, download the route map and preview where you are going before you even get to the Reston Shopping Center or Herndon Parking lot. With SIX levels of rides, ride leaders, and reflective slap bands for additional safety, it makes sense as to why these rides are so popular. Herndon lawyer Landau was able to catch up with friends and get used to riding the roads of Western Fairfax County and Loudoun County.
Prior to the start of the ride, the President of the Reston Bike Club, Chip Magrogan, announced that there were 4 bike-on-bike crashes on the W&OD Trail last week. Riders need to be aware of not only vehicular traffic when crossing at intersections, but also exercise care when passing on the trail itself. While Landau uses a bell to signal when passing, an audible warning is essential, as many walkers, bikers, joggers and dog-walkers have ear buds and cannot hear a cyclist coming up from behind. When startled, they may step directly into the path of a biker, causing injury to both the cyclist and the pedestrian. Give loud warnings well in advance of passing, make sure that motorists make eye contact and stop when crossing a road, and do not assume that all the lanes will stop for you just because the first one or two are polite and are waving you through.
Remember that slower moving pedestrians have the right of way. Just because you are on a bike and can go 25 mph does not mean that you get to blow walkers off the trail. Just don’t do it. Be safe and let us know if you’ll be at a RBC ride!
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.
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.
Heroes Square was a fitting venue for the Brain Tumour Foundation Cayman Islands Charity 5K Walk/Run. Participants were treated to a warm, sunny morning with a course that took them by the ocean and then inland before returning from the bottom of Grand Cayman Island to the Courthouse finish line.
While attending a medical conference for internal medicine doctors and other health care providers, Doug and Melissa Landau didn’t think twice about participating in the 5K. They entered the race and made donations to this worthy group.
Brenda Archer, President of the Brain Tumour Foundation, and the other volunteers were most gracious at pre-registration and packet pick-up in the days leading up to this race. There were smiling faces at every turn and plenty of swag from Cayman National Bank. There were an array of competitors from folks who lived on the island to tourists and those, like Lawyer Landau, in town for business.
While Mrs. Landau was there purely for vacation and relaxation, Lawyer Landau was there to learn medicine and to race. Melissa enjoyed the friendliness that marks Caribbean running. Doug wanted to test his winter “mettle.” However, despite working hard, he was passed by a number of runners even though he went out with the lead group after the first mile. Averaging 7:30/mile, Doug was glad for the warm weather running, but not so happy with his relatively pedestrian pace.
Doug learned quite a lot in the lecture that he intends to use to help his injured and disabled clients. As for what he learned on the racecourse, he has a LOT of work to do if he is going to be back in top racing form by the start of the Triathlon and Duathlon racing season!
After volunteering to teach legal procedure and civics at Langston Hughes Middle School (LHMS) in Reston, Virginia, Lawyer Doug Landau saw a poster in the principal’s office for the Second Annual “Panther Pride 5K” on Saturday, February 25 starting at 10:00 am. (To read more about Doug’s volunteering at LHMS, click here).
The late starting time, warm weather and time recently spent at the
school brought Landau out to race for the first time this year in Virginia. Hoping to see if his “off season” post-surgical training was effective, Lawyer Landau toed the line with a goal of 21 minutes. Indeed, the overall winner was a middle schooler and the 3rd place runner was a member of the local high school track team. In between them was a dad pushing a jogging stroller, who passed Landau at the 2-mile mark and never looked back!
The Langston Hughes Panther Pride 5K promotes running among the student body and raises money to replenish the school’s Technology Fund. Langston Hughes Middle School is located at 11401 Ridge Heights Road in Reston, behind Sough Lakes High School. The event was professionally timed by the wonderful folks at Potomac River Running. There were lots of generous age groups and overall awards. This is a good race for younger runners as there were no roads to cross and the “out-and-back” format meant that participants knew the last third of the course (which was mostly uphill!).
Finishing less than a minute behind the winner, Doug Landau enjoyed the unseasonably warm, sunny weather over the twisty, undulating Reston course that took participants from Langston Hughes, past South Lakes High School under Soapstone Road and along the last third of the famous Reston Triathlon course. After teaching 8th graders during the week, Lawyer Landau finished 4th out of 112 entries, easily winning the over 50 category. Full results of the race can be found at here.
Having been discharged from Physical Therapy at Town Center Orthopedics just this week, Doug Landau was keen to test his current running fitness. So he signed up for the PreGame 5K Run with the goal of keeping his heart rate in the “Zone 4” Lactate Threshold range so as not to cause a flare up of his chondromalacia or risk injury after not running for a month and not racing for 2 months.
The PreGame run and walk was held at the National Conference Center on Upper Belmont Place, in Leesburg, Virginia. The Pregame 5k course was hilly and challenging, winding its way through the beautiful National Conference Center’s grounds along Upper Belmont Place. The start and finish are at the West Building. Participants and spectators welcomed the free, indoor parking as well as the lobby staging area. Run on a certified course, there were Food, Drinks, large screen televisions and Free Draft Beer (for runners over 21 !) afterwards in the warm Black Olive Bar.
After his hiatus from running and racing, Landau’s goal was to keep his heart rate in the 160s, not “go crazy,” and see what his time would be on a cold, windy, hilly course. Finishing in the top 10, lawyer Landau ran 21:06 (6:48/mile average) to easily win his age group.
Ending his 2015 racing season at a local race with DC Metro area friends, Doug Landau took part in the Christmas Caper 5K race put on by the POTOMAC VALLEY TRACK CLUB. This annual event takes place on the roads around the East Potomac Park Golf Course, located at 972 Ohio Drive SW, Washington, DC. The start & finish line was near the former location of the sculpture “The Awakening” that DC, MD & VA runners looked forward to seeing in the course of many races.
Held Saturday, December 17, 2015, the dry, flat USATF-certified course provided a potentially fast course for DC area runners. The PVTC, which holds itself out as a “club for all ages, all paces, and all ways,” puts one terrific indoor and outdoor athletic events year round. The PVTC was the 2013 & 2015 USATF Masters Indoor Track & Field Championship National Champion Team as well as the Host for the 2009 USATF Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Finishing out of the prizes (13th out of 115) in 19:40 (averaging 6:21/mile), behind his friend, competitive age group runner & YMCA athletics director Terry Mclaughlin, Doug Landau enjoyed getting a time from which to hopefully build for the 2016 season. McLaughlin, of the Fredericksburg-Falmouth YMCA, is a frequent track meet and road racer, and was a member of the PVTC National Championship team. He is also a race director and helps stage the popular Colonial Beach Triathlon. For 5km full results, click here.
Here comes the Judge! That was the title of last spring’s post about the 2014 Heroes vs. Villains Run for Justice 5K.
Always one to have fun, Virginia Lawyer Doug Landau ran this 5K in 2014 dressed as Swift Justice – donning a black judge’s robe and carrying a gavel! The year before that, he ran in another costume race. Lawyer Landau was Mr. Incredible, running with his wife, Elasto-Girl!
What will his costume be in 2015?
You will have to wait until it gets a little closer to race day to find out, but rumor has it there will be a Justice theme!
Here are the details about the 2015 Heroes vs. Villain 5K
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Doug Landau checking in at Hagg Lake for the National Age Group Olympic Distance Triathlon Championships. Also shown beginning the bike leg and post-race with Maccabiah teammate and age group award winner Steve Schloss of Muttontown, New York. This was a very challenging venue with narrow, rolling bike and run courses. The 2008 race will be contested in September, which should make for warmer water temperatures. Definitely a course to preview and hopefully the race directors will eliminate road traffic during this National Championship, to make it safer for contestants.