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Lawyer Landau 2016 Virginia-Maryland Triathlon Series Award Winner

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.

Lawyer Landau in his office holding up the T-Mat Transition Mat he received from the VTSMTS Team
Lawyer Landau in his office holding up the T-Mat Transition Mat he received from the VTSMTS Team

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.

Cycle for Survival

Cycle for Survival: Donate Now to Help Fight Rare Cancers

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.

Thank you for your support!

JOIN THE BATTLE.
Nicole “Sweating for You” Landau

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Lee Wills

Lee Wills: An Inspirational Story in Competitive Shooting

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 recovering from his recent surgery. This procedure would be his 15th surgery for his hands.
Lee recovering from his recent surgery. This procedure would be his 15th surgery for his hands.

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.

running

Best Type of Exercise for the Brain?

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.

Long moderate running or similar exercise is good for brain health & growth. Brain injury lawyer Doug Landau, shown here getting ready for the opening ceremonies at the DUathlon World Championships in Adelaide, incorporates long, slow distance running into his year-round training regimen. Lawyer Landau knew it was good for his endurance, but now he knows it is also good for his brain !While exercise is generally good for the brain, as it increases blood flow throughout the body and stimulates the centers charged with coordination, growth and homeostasis, some forms of exercise may be more effective than others at “bulking up” the brain. According to a remarkable new study, scientists compared the neurological impacts of different types of exercise: running, weight training and high-intensity interval training. The surprising results suggest that going hard may not be the best option for long-term brain health
Long moderate running or similar exercise is good for brain health and growth. Brain injury lawyer Doug Landau, shown here getting ready for the opening ceremonies at the Duathlon World Championships in Adelaide, incorporates long, slow distance running into his year-round training regimen. Lawyer Landau knew it was good for his endurance, but now he knows it is also good for his brain!

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

Just 6 weeks after injury, & without his run at full speed, Landau was still winning his age group, working as a volunteer & threatening for overall honors at races like the Warrenton Virginia "Salute to the Military" sprint triathlon at the former Vint Hill base.

Thankful for Another Great Year of Competition

After popping his soleus a half mile into the 5km run at the April Richmond Sprint Triathlon, lawyer Landau hopped the remaining miles & then hobbled onto the podium for his prize. The rest of the season required careful training, therapy, pre-race rest & recovery
After popping his soleus a half mile into the 5km run at the April Richmond Sprint Triathlon, lawyer Landau hopped the remaining miles & then hobbled onto the podium for his prize. The rest of the season required careful training, therapy, pre-race rest & recovery

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.

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Triathlon Race

Abrams Landau, Ltd. Signed on Again to Sponsor the 2017 Virginia-Maryland Triathlon Series

Virginia, DC & Maryland multisport athletes can plan their 2017 season now. They can train effectively throughout the winter knowing that they are already entered in their favorite events for the coming year.

Triathlon RaceAll of the races for 2017 can be found here at the Virginia-Maryland Triathlon Series (VTSMTS) website. There are 32 events, including long Half Ironman Distance, Olympic Distance, Sprint, Aquathon, Aquavelo, or Aqua Bike, and Gran Fondo options.

Lawyer Doug Landau is a long-time race series sponsor. He has a history of volunteering at races, directing events and sponsoring athletic events that benefit local and national charities. Landau is also not shy when it comes to racing himself, so expect to see him at a few of the events next year!

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.

Evolution Health & FItness owner Mark Lander & Doug Landau  are shown outside the Vienna Virginia gym, located a stones' throw from the caboose & the W&OD Trail

Giving thanks to members of the military and their families

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Doug Landau gave thanks to the clients, staff & friends of the Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd., as without them, we would not be able to assist those who need help with their injury & disability cases.

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).

Evolution Health & FItness owner Mark Lander & Doug Landau are shown outside the Vienna Virginia gym, located a stones' throw from the caboose & the W&OD Trail
Evolution Health & FItness owner Mark Lander & Doug Landau are shown outside the Vienna Virginia gym, located a stones’ throw from the caboose & the W&OD Trail

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

 

Top Herndon area multisport athletes Lynn Cuppernull & Justine Mayo were all smiles after the Herndon Turkey Trot at the Herndon Virginia Community Center

Herndon Community Turns Out for Annual Turkey Trot (& a Chance to Legally Run on Golf Course!)

Top Herndon area multisport athletes Lynn Cuppernull & Justine Mayo were all smiles after the Herndon Turkey Trot at the Herndon Virginia Community Center
Top Herndon area multisport athletes Lynn Cuppernull & Justine Mayo were all smiles after the Herndon Turkey Trot at the Herndon Virginia Community Center

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.

Dr. Camille D'Amato of Quality Chiropractic was available for post-race massage, stretching, adjustments and evaluation.
The always affable Dr. Camille D’Amato of Quality Chiropractic was available for post-race massage, stretching, adjustments and evaluation.

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

The fit, well-coached & spirited Arizona State University team was all smiles after their "scouting run" 2 days before the NCAA Championships, despite not being certain of the precise running course!

USA Triathlon Draft Legal Sprint Triathlon & Duathlon World Qualifying events change venue, format, time

Because of the wind & waves, the Race Directors at the Draft-Legal World Triathlon Championship Qualifier cancelled the swim. Before the race, top Mid-Atlantic competitors Tom Stroup, Doug Landau & Don White discuss last-minute changes in strategy.
Because of the wind & waves, the Race Directors at the Draft-Legal World Triathlon Championship Qualifier cancelled the swim. Before the race, top Mid-Atlantic competitors Tom Stroup, Doug Landau & Don White discuss last-minute changes in strategy in front of the levee that they would be running on during the event.

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.

The fit, well-coached & spirited Arizona State University team was all smiles after their "scouting run" 2 days before the NCAA Championships, despite not being certain of the precise running course!
The fit, well-coached & spirited Arizona State University team was all smiles after their New Orleans race “scouting run” 2 days before the NCAA Championships, despite not being certain of the precise running course!

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.

kessler & dkwl
Brooke Kessler was a top finisher. She & lawyer Landau compared notes about the NOLO race as well racing in the Mid-Atlantic. Brooke was the overall women’s winner at the Bethany Beach Triathlon, where Landau was the runner up in the Duathlon once again in 2016!

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.

Age group prize winners Paul Greenberg & Doug Landau are all smiles as the sun came out at the end of the 32nd annual Central Park DUathlon in the heart of New York City

Central Park DUathlon; Safe Cycling in the heart of New York City

Age group prize winners Paul Greenberg & Doug Landau are all smiles as the sun came out at the end of the 32nd annual Central Park DUathlon in the heart of New York City
Age group prize winners Paul Greenberg & Doug Landau are all smiles as the sun came out at the end of the 32nd annual Central Park DUathlon in the heart of New York City

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.
  • Disqualification
    – 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).