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Good, Clean Fun at the Herndon Community Center

Want to keep an eye on the kids while training ? Want everyone to return home from the gym clean, chlorinated ,and exhausted ? Then the Herndon Community Center Pool is the place for you and your family.

Looking for active fun this winter for the whole family?

Consider at trip to the Herndon Community Center.

The indoor pool puts out floats for kids.  Herndon lawyer Doug Landau used to take his children to the pool and let them clamber on top of the fun shaped “aquatic playgrounds.” All the while, lawyer Landau would run in the water with his “AquaJogger” flotation belt, benefiting from a full, non-impact workout while his children exhausted themselves in the water trying to stay on top of the inflatable dog, castle, dragon, alligator, and other fun characters.

If you go to the Herndon Community Center Pool, you can make use of the family changing rooms, diving well, hot tub, entry ramp for handicapped users, and bleachers for “landlubber” spectators.

Landau was able to hose down his kids in the family changing areas, and bundle them up during the cold winter months. Often times, instead of putting them back in their clothes, he put them in their pajamas, and two or three would be asleep before the short ride home to Franklin Farms was over.

There are discounts for kids, seniors, and Town of Herndon residents. The Herndon Community Center issues punch passes to make multiple visits by various family members reasonable, and there are also classes in the water, in the classrooms, and the gym.

The staff is friendly, and Landau’s kids took swim lessons on Sundays. These swim lessons, overseen by Kerstin Severin, have served them well to the present day. In fact, Landau’s son worked as a lifeguard for Northern Virginia Pools at several Loudoun and Fairfax County facilities, including Franklin Farms — thanks to his experience at the Herndon Community Center Pool, The Hotchkiss School, and the Froggers Swim Team.

For “clean,” chlorinated, low-impact family fun, consider the Herndon Community Center when the floats are afloat this winter.

 

DC Bike Share allows tourists, residents, visitors, and commuters the opportunity to bike on a beautiful day.

You Can Use DC Bike Share to go to the Office of Workers’ Compensation

DC Bike Share allows tourists, residents, visitors, and commuters the opportunity to bike on a beautiful day.
DC Bike Share allows tourists, residents, visitors, and commuters the opportunity to bike on a beautiful day.

While nearly every worker who comes before the DC Workers’ Compensation Board would not be able to avail themselves of the DC Bike Share program, some might decide this is an economical, environmentally friendly, and fun way to get to the Wisconsin Avenue hearing location on good weather days.

Doug Landau tried a case earlier this week before the compensation judge, on a day when bicycling would’ve been a nice option.

The temperature was in the 70s, the sun was in the sky, and the hearing was in the middle of the day.

He might even have had a better time over the last several miles, due to the traffic jam on the Rose Avenue exit leading up to the Minnesota Avenue government building.

Lawyer Landau intends to ride his bike to court in the future, and has done so for pre-trial motions in Leesburg.  Loudoun County Circuit Court is not far from the W & OD Trail, which runs right by the Abrams Landau office.

With his shoes, his files, and other items — including his laptop — in a backpack, Landau simply stows his helmet in his backpack when he gets to court!

After a top cyclist ran into technical difficulty, he was able to avail himself of A-1 Cycling's mechanic expertise at the municipal parking lot in Herndon Virginia.

A-1 Cycle Helps Cyclists

After a top cyclist ran into technical difficulty, he was able to avail himself of A-1 Cycling's mechanic expertise at the municipal parking lot in Herndon Virginia.
After a top cyclist ran into technical difficulty, he was able to avail himself of A-1 Cycling’s mechanic expertise at the municipal parking lot in Herndon Virginia at a Reston Bike Club (“RBC”) Thursday evening ride. A-1 has a van with tools, supplies and a mechanic at RBC rides, which is great when you need some technical help quickly.

At a recent Reston Bicycle Club evening ride from the Herndon municipal parking lot, Northern Virginia cyclists were treated to free mechanical checks, air, and advice from the experienced staff at A-1 Cycle in the Clocktower Shopping Center, in Herndon, Virginia.

The folks at A-1 Cycle have  long supported Herndon-Reston area bikers. In fact, not only are A-1 Cycle mechanics found at Reston Bike Club (“RBC”) evening rides throughout the summer, they also provided support for the Bike to Work Day, held this past May.

A-1 Cycle has two Virginia locations:  One in the Clocktower Shopping Center in Herndon, and another on Sudley Road in Manassas. A-1 crews are friendly, knowledgeable, and give generously back to the biking community. Visit them today !

Spring LOCO Ride

loco rideThe 3rd LOCO ride is scheduled for Sunday, May 17.

A ride, not a race, the proceeds from this events will benefit Friends of Homeless Animals (FOHA).

FOHA strives to bring an end to the unnecessary killing of companion animals by providing a safe haven for abused and abandoned animals. They provide food, shelter, medical care, rehabilitation, and compassion to homeless animals. All this in hopes finding permanent, loving homes for the animals in their care. But most importantly, bring about a time when there will be no more homeless pets and every dog and cat can be guaranteed a loving home.

Riders will choose from three routes of 25 to 70 miles through Loudoun County.  There will be beautiful scenery, great support stops along the way with tasty homemade nutrition, and a choice of challenging or easier course options, depending on your goal.

Registration and more info here: http://transitiontri.com/loco-ride/

DC Bike Swap

A Bike Swap is a great way to pick up a new bike.
A Bike Swap is a great way to pick up a new bike and other cycling and fitness gear at a discounted price.

Looking for a new bike for the 2015 season?

Try out the D.C. Bike Swap on Sunday, May 17th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  The swap is hosted by Gearin Up Bicycles – 314 Randolph Place, N.E., Washington, DC  20002. Gearin’ Up Bicycles’ purpose is to create career development opportunities and teach essential workplace skills to teenagers from underserved communities, while encouraging cycling as a practical, healthy means of transport. Gearin’ Up provides access to quality, affordable, used bicycles for those in need and hosts various community outreach programs throughout the year.

What’s at the SWAP? Hundreds (thousands?) of discounted cycling and fitness products, prizes, giveaways, special events and so much more. Get ready for the summer and pick up all your cycling needs at the DC Bike Swap!

Admission is a requested $5 CASH donation at the door.

Whether you’re looking for road, mountain, triathlon, BMX, vintage, new or used, there’s something for everyone!

For more details visit Gearin Up Bicycles Facebook page.

L- R: quite the triathlon triumvirate ! editor-in-chief of Spokes magazine, Neil Sandler, East Coast sports injury lawyer Doug Landau, and Virginia & Maryland Triathlon Super Series director Greg Hawkins. Lawyer Landau has signed on to be a sponsor of the combined DC area triathlon race series again in 2015!

Athletes Lawyer Doug Landau Attends Washington DC Multisport Expo

L- R: quite the triathlon triumvirate ! editor-in-chief of Spokes magazine, Neil Sandler, East Coast sports injury lawyer Doug Landau, and Virginia & Maryland Triathlon Super Series director Greg Hawkins. Lawyer Landau has signed on to be a sponsor of the combined DC area triathlon race series again in 2015!
L- R: quite the triathlon triumvirate! Editor-in-chief of Spokes Magazine, Neil Sandler, East Coast sports injury lawyer Doug Landau, and Virginia & Maryland Triathlon Super Series director Greg Hawkins. Lawyer Landau has signed on to be a sponsor of the combined DC area triathlon race series again in 2015!

Constantly looking to improve his skills as both an advocate and an athlete, Oak Hill Virginia lawyer Doug Landau attended the 2015 Washington DC and Multisport Expo at American University. Attending lectures, networking, comparing notes with other athletes and lawyers, Landau says this is one of the highlights of the winter “off-season.”

At the DC Multisport Expo, lawyer Landau complimented Neil Sandler on an exceptionally good issue of Spokes Magazine. Spokes Magazine is Landau’s “go to” source for information regarding the mid-Atlantic biking, charity ride, century, and multi-sport event scene.

Neil Sandler, who does a great job not only with timely articles, engaging interviews, and timely coverage of cycling in multi-sport events, is also responsible for much of the excellent photography seen in this periodical. If you don’t get Spokes Magazine, and do any cycling anywhere in the mid Atlantic states, make sure you get a subscription today.

Herndon Virginia injury lawyer Doug Landau has known Maryland Virginia Triathlon Super Series Director of Greg Hawkins for years. Landau has even hitched a ride home from the Jamestown Gran Fondo with the affable North Carolina resident.

When the Landaus met up with Hawkins at the Washington DC Multisport Expo, it was unclear whether they would be able to renew sponsorship of the VTS MTS Super series as the Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU had committed to “putting lids on the kids” to prevent brain injury in children, and lawyer Landau would be out of the country this Fall.

The Northern Virginia biker lawyer will be representing the United States at the Duathlon World Championships in Australia in October.

Given the training requirements necessary for success at the championship level, Landau has planned to focus on racing well in the Sprint Duathlon & Triathlon Nationals this summer. This means he will not be racing nearly every weekend as has been his custom in past seasons. Because the VTS MTS Super Series requires at least 5 races to qualify for overall series awards, it is unlikely Landau will compete in the requisite number of events.

Lawyer Landau will do the occasional sprint or road race in order to test his training and speed, but the focus in 2015 will be on peaking for the big races. This strategy led to a gold medal in 2005 representing the USA in Israel. So now the question is, “will history repeat itself ?!!?”

Stay tuned…

Michelle & Doug shown with low light conditions and a flash, (as with headlights on a car ), at the same exhibitor's booth at American University.

Safety Sport Clothing — Are You Seen?

 RUseeN's Michelle Gallen shown with VTS & MTS Super Series sponsor Doug Landau at the Washington DC multisport expo.

RUseeN’s Michelle Gallen shown with VTS & MTS Super Series sponsor Doug Landau at the Washington DC multisport expo.

“What what were you wearing when you were hit by the unsafe driver while you were jogging, biking, or rollerblading ?”

Michelle & Doug shown with low light conditions and a flash, (as with headlights on a car ), at the same exhibitor's booth at American University.
Michelle & Doug shown with low light conditions and a flash (as with headlights on a car ), at the same exhibitor’s booth at American University.

This is one of the first questions Herndon injury lawyer Doug Landau asks a new client. If the insured biker, jogger, or rollerblader was wearing dark clothing or camouflage, and the lighting conditions were poor, then the defendant driver may have an excuse and avoid responsibility altogether.

High visibility clothing is becoming ever more important, as the speed of bikers, rotors, rollerbladers, and vehicles increases. One of the reasons lawyer Landau attends the annual MultiSport Expo in Washington, DC is to learn about the latest product improvements in technical apparel and sports equipment. One product line that impressed the Landaus immensely was the reflective apparel company RUseeN.

This Reading Pennsylvania company’s motto is “Be proactive ! think safety and visibility!”

This is a message long espoused by Oakton area lawyer Landau. Anyone who has seen Doug race anywhere in the country knows that he is pretty easy to spot in a crowd, and from a far distance, even in low daylight conditions. “If you are going to be wearing a windbreaker, or tights, why not ensure that you can be seen and your clothes are made of high visibility, reflective materials?” he asks.

The consequences of being “invisible ” to motorists could be catastrophic. In one jury trial Landau attended in the Fairfax County Circuit Court, a young runner was struck, not just once, but twice, by two different vehicles, neither of which saw him. He was wearing black pants and a camo jacket at night.

RUseeN has the gear you need to be observed, and safe. They can be reached at 610-777-1289.

If you or someone you know has been injured while cycling, jogging, rollerblading, walking, or doing anything outdoors, and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).

Reston Bicycle Club Annual Swap Meet and Social

The end of February will   bring warmer weather.  Even if not, come out to the Reston Bicycle Club's 3rd Annual Swap Meet & Social on Feb 22 in Herndon.
February was not kind weather-wise.  The end of March should be safe for the postponed  Reston Bicycle Club’s 3rd Annual Swap Meet & Social — now scheduled for March 22 in Herndon.

NEW DATE!  Original event postponed due to weather!!  NEW DATE: March 22, 2015.  Details below!

Have you ever been to ArtSpace in Herndon, Virginia?

It’s a very cool community art gallery created and supported by art lovers in the Herndon area.  Located at 750 Center Street, ArtSpace is just down the road from the Abrams Landau, Ltd. office.

Later this month, ArtSpace will be the venue for the Reston Bicycle Club‘s 3rd Annual Swap Meet and Social.

This annual event is an opportunity for bike enthusiasts to get their hands on gently used “must have” equipment, as members of RBC prepare for warmer weather with a little “spring cleaning.”

Herndon bike crash attorney Doug Landau believes the Swap Meet is a win-win — those looking for equipment can pick some up at a reasonable price, and those looking to upgrade, downsize, or just clean out their garage can do just that!  Recycling gently used cycling equipment is great for the entire community.

And, there will be free beer, wine, and soda!

Here are the details:

  • Date: Sunday, February 22, 2015  Weather canceled this event.  New date:  Sunday, March 22, 2015
  • Time: 3-6 pm
  • Place: ArtSpace Herndon – 750 Center Street in Herndon, VA
  • Cost: Bring an appetizer to share.
  • RSVP: Click here.

Hope to see you there!

 

Bike Insurance for Cyclists and Their Bicycles

Doug Landau and Jay Paul
Experienced Richmond-area insurance agent Jay Paul, pictured with attorney Doug Landau, can help bicyclists and other athletes secure adequate insurance to protect their expensive equipment as well as themselves from risks associated with cycling, racing, transporting equipment, etc.

When you spend $5,000 to take part in an Ironman or other endurance sports competition, the last thing in the world you want to happen is your bike to get lost, stolen, or crushed. You also do not want to be fighting with your insurance company because the Airline Agent (with no bike racing experience) cannot believe anyone would pay more than $500 for the right bicycle!

Experienced Herndon bicyclist and lawyer Doug Landau receives inquiries each year from frustrated bike racers, triathletes, and bicycle tourists.

So what can a conscientious bicycle rider do, when he or she owns an expensive bicycle with costly components, attachments, and gear?

To find the answer to this pressing question, lawyer Landau went to Richmond to meet with Jay Paul, an experienced insurance broker and multisport athlete himself.  Jay Paul has completed triathlons, Xterra races, running events. Jay is also on the board of the Richmond Sports Backers.

His company has a number of special insurance products that are just perfect for Ironman athletes, cycle tourists, bike racers, or shorter distance triathletes who have invested a lot of time, effort, and money in making their bike – and themselves – the best they can be.  Coverage for trip insurance, the bicycle itself, the athlete, and even those situations where a bicycle crash is the fault of no one but the rider, are all products Jay is capable of explaining and providing.  For an athlete who travels to international races or competes in several major events each season, these insurance products make sense as an investment to protect their equipment and peace of mind.

Landau explains, “One of the things I like about Jay Paul is that he is located here in Virginia, and actually “walks the walk” and “talks the talk”.  He understands the needs, concerns, and liabilities of cyclists. It is a good fit for the needs of so many of my clients, fellow athletes, and callers.”

For more information about Jay Paul and the products available, click here.

Exciting Family Fun at George Mason University

Doug Landau and fellow soccer coach /parent
Doug Landau, along with a fellow soccer coach and parent, at a recent UVA-GMU soccer match held on a rainy night on the Fairfax campus of GMU.

Recently, in-state rivals George Mason University and University of Virginia battled in the rain at the GMU Fairfax campus.  Both schools have excellent soccer programs and are nationally ranked.

Although it had been several years since Herndon sports injury lawyer Doug Landau had been on the campus to see a match, this promised to be an exciting game. Scoreless through the first half, University of Virginia got a goal and pulled in front of the GMU team.  Thereafter, series of yellow cards lead to a red card to a UVA player, and the visitors playing “down a man.” Despite their disadvantage, the visiting team from Charlottesville managed to hang on to the win.  The Cavaliers won despite the home crowd, the weather and the GMU home-field advantage.

“At $6 a ticket (less if purchased in advance or for group sales), this local athletic match is a good value for families and teams. Plus, many of the players on both sides are products of our excellent club system and high schools. And, the parking is free of charge!” notes Landau.  Lawyer Landau enjoyed the game with a friend and fellow soccer parent/coach .

Just as when he goes to court, Landau tries to anticipate all contingencies.  For trials, the Herndon law firm prepares early and prefers to be over-prepared.  For the GMU vs. UVa game, Landau brought extra dry clothing, towels and his oversized golf umbrella, to the delight of everybody sitting around him.  For more information about George Mason University sports, click here.