John Lysher & Doug Landau on the podium after the Colonial Beach Sprint Triathlon. Both Lysher, of Fredericksburg, and Landau have been past Virginia Triathlon Series season Age Group Winners

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John Lysher & Doug Landau on the podium after the Colonial Beach Sprint Triathlon.  Both Lysher, of Fredericksburg, and Landau have been past Virginia Triathlon Series season Age Group Winners
John Lysher & Doug Landau on the podium after the Colonial Beach Sprint Triathlon. Both Lysher, of Fredericksburg, and Landau have been past Virginia Triathlon Series season Age Group Winners

After visiting a client in Orange County Virginia, Doug Landau arrived in Colonial Beach in order to compete in both the  Virginia Triathlon Series Sprint Triathlon as well as the AquaVelo the next day.  Despite hours of driving, “my goals were not to get passed once I got out of the brackish water and to complete the bike course — both transitions and run — in under an hour,” notes Landau.

After a pedestrian swim, Landau ran up the pea gravel beach, jumped on his son’s bike (which had been retrofitted the day before), and took off on two wheels. He went back and forth with three other riders, but passed about 100 other competitors. One of those riders was penalized for drafting after the race was over.  Triathlons do not allow drafting off other cyclists, as it is supposed to be an individual time trial effort.  Once off the bike, Landau overtook the trio and passed 30 more runners. He accomplished his goal, finishing the land portion in under an hour and won his age group.  His friend John Lysher , who usually comes out of the water with a lead on lawyer Landau, also put in a strong performance and wound up on the podium.  Lysher has beaten Landau in races and in the overall series age group title in the past.  The Lysher family turned out in force in order to see John and his son compete as a relay the next day.

After a hiatus last year (from competing, not sponsoring !), Lawyer Landau is trying to race in enough events in order to qualify for the Virginia Triathlon Series (VTS) championship. Athletes must complete five or more races.  The points from their best five races are tallied for special VTS overall, master, and age group awards.  Some Maryland Triathlon Series events are counted towards the point tally, so it is possible to compete in several states, and have those scores added into your total. For complete race results, visit SetUpEvents.com  Landau has now completed two qualifying events in Virginia, finishing on the podium both times.

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