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 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.
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!
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.
Lawyer Doug Landau has been a proud supporter and participant of the Virginia-Maryland Triathlon Series (VTSMTS) for years now. The Abrams Landau staff wanted to congratulate Doug on becoming a 2016 Series Award Winner! He participated in 5 races in 2016 and placed in the top 5 in the 2016 VTSMTS Series.
He participated in 5 races in 2016 and placed in the top 5 in the 2016 VTSMTS Series. Doug received a T-Mat Transition Mat and a plaque from the VTSMTS Team. The 2016 race results are all listed here.
Registration is now open for 2017—all of the races can be found here at the Virginia-Maryland Triathlon Series website.
Abrams Landau, Ltd. has a long history of helping injured athletes, such as bikers injured by cars and trucks; runners and walkers injured by motor vehicles; and bikers injured by defective bicycle components. If you or someone you know or care for has been injured and become disabled as the result of a bike, car, truck, recumbent bicycle or motorcycle crash and there are questions about legal rights and remedies, e-mail or call us at ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd. (703-796-9555) at once. Also, you can download a free copy of Doug’s e-book 10 Mistakes That Can Derail Your Bike Injury Case here.
Mr. Landau’s youngest daughter Nicole—who was hired by IBM while working as an undergrad in the William & Mary Admissions office—is putting some “sweat” into raising money to fight rare cancers. Her grandfather, Mr. Landau’s father Norman J. Landau, died suddenly and prematurely from pancreatic cancer, so this is a cause she is passionate about.
Cycle for Survival—the movement to beat rare cancers—is a cause that’s near and dear to me. I’m riding on February 25th, and I need your help to meet my fundraising goal.
What my father calls a Monday night, and my sister calls a side-gig, I call a fundraising event. I will be riding stationary bicycles with the IBM DC team, sweating to earn your support.
100% of every dollar you give will fund pioneering rare cancer research led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Approximately half of all people fighting cancer are fighting a rare cancer. These are diseases we know: from leukemia to lymphoma, pediatric cancers, brain, ovarian, and pancreatic cancers, among many others. However, because these cancers are considered “rare,” research is often vastly underfunded.
That’s why I need your help: rare cancer patients deserve more effective treatment options—and fast.
Though we can’t all be doctors (like my lieutenant doctor brother!) or researchers, we can arm them with the resources they need to combat these diseases. Please visit my fundraising page (through the button below) to make a donation and help make that happen.
Landaus don’t like to ask friends and family to support our exercise addiction, but this is a method I cannot deny to bring awareness and support to a well-deserving cause.
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 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.
Studies in animals and humans have shown that physical activity generally increases brain volume and can reduce the number, and size, of age-related holes in the brain’s white and gray matter.
Exercise also augments adult neurogenesis. Neurogenesis is the creation of new brain cells in an already mature brain. In studies with animals, exercise, in the form of running wheels or treadmills, has been found to double or even triple the number of new neurons that appear afterward in the animals’ hippocampus, a key area of the brain for learning and memory, Continue reading →
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.