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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!

sportfit triathlon vtsmts

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.
BRATS podium 5.27.17

“Salute to the Military” Triathlon

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!

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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Supporting Madison High School Track & Field

Fairfax County Public School’s Madison High School held a 5K a few weeks ago to raise money for its Boys & Girls Track teams. After driving back from the annual Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s convention in West Virginia, lawyer Doug Landau was eager to see where his fitness was on the 5K (3.1 miles) gently rolling course with every mile marked. The finish line was on the school’s track.  Times were slow despite the light breeze on this rolling loop course; the overall winner holding a 6:30/mile pace. Lawyer Landau broke 22 minutes.  Race results will be posted here.

By winning the “over 50 category,” and finishing 4th overall at the local high school in Vienna, Landau won gift certificates to “Glory Days” restaurant. Upcoming events in April include: the Hagerstown, MD Duathlon on April 15th; the Virginia Triathlon Super Series Richmond Sprint Triathlon at the Collegiate School April 22nd; and the Westfields Sprint Triathlon at Cub Run Recreation Center in Chantilly, VA on April 30th. These races will help Landau get faster for the following Age Group races: the US Sprint Duathlon National Championships in June, the US Sprint Triathlon National Championships in August, and a return as a member of TeamUSA for the ITU World Championship Sprint Duathlon. We’ll see if lawyer Landau improves over the next several months!

Melissa and Doug Landau at the Brain Tumour Foundation Cayman Islands Charity 5K Walk/Run

Landaus Participate in Brain Tumour Foundation Cayman Islands Charity 5K

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.

Melissa and Doug Landau at the Brain Tumour Foundation Cayman Islands Charity 5K Walk/Run
Melissa and Doug Landau at the Brain Tumour Foundation Cayman Islands Charity 5K Walk/Run

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!

panther 5k

From Civics Teacher to Panther Racer—Lawyer Landau Returns to Langston Hughes Middle School

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

Doug Landau shown with one of the many smiling, helpful Langston Hughes PTA Panther 5K race volunteers that made the run through the trails of the Reston Triathlon course fun for runners and walkers of all ages, sizes and speeds.
Doug Landau shown with one of the many smiling, helpful Langston Hughes PTA Panther 5K race volunteers that made the run through the trails of the Reston Triathlon course fun for runners and walkers of all ages, sizes and speeds.

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.