Giant Acorn Sprint race Age Group winners with their VTS/MTS cutting boards

Acorn Races a Late Season Hit with Mid-Atlantic Triathletes

Giant Acorn Sprint race Age Group winners with their VTS/MTS cutting boards
Giant Acorn Sprint race Age Group winners with their VTS/MTS cutting boards at Spotsylvania’s Lake Anna

Nuts? Sure, but fun. The Great Acorn races in Spotsylvania were fun for experienced and novice athletes of all ages. Cool temperatures and overcast skies meant comfortable racing conditions at the Virginia Triathlon Series race in Spotsylvania this weekend. Race directors and volunteers did a magnificent job, with participants from under 14 to over 70. The hilly course required athletes to start the bike and run uphill, but meant that both land-based events ended down hill.

Located at beautiful Lake Anna State Park, the Giant Acorn is an end of season ritual for hundreds of triathletes throughout the region. The lake was a bit too warm for wetsuits, but calm and sighting was easy. With a sandy beach and lots of activities for the kids, whole families could enjoy the late morning start and post-race food. The bike course is the same as the Kinetic Sprint that athletes covered in early summer, so improvement could be measured, just as is possible in the MTS races Watermans International & Sprint and then Rock Hall next weekend. Located about 100 minutes South of Washington, D.C., just 30 minutes South West of of Fredericksburg and about an hour North West of Richmond.

Connie Peterson Acorn podium 2016
James Madison University Physiology Professor & TeamUSA member Connie Peterson was a Masters Award Winner after very strong swim and bike legs.

When the announcement was made that the water was too warm for wetsuits in Sunday’s Giant Acorn sprint races, Doug Landau had to change strategy and work the swim harder than he had planned. Running full-tilt up to the transition area, lawyer Landau managed to pass several athletes out of the park, and then pass bikers during the rest of the 15.5 mile course, with only on cyclist passing him. Landau had a good transition off the bike and re-passed the one athlete who passed him. The Herndon injury lawyer even managed to pass several of the collegiate athletes during the run, with only one 20-year-old passing him. Giving full value the entire race, Landau managed to finish 19th out of over 450 finishers.

Needing top performances in his last 2 VTS/MTS Triathlon Super Series events, Doug Landau managed to top the AG podium in Spotsylvania at the Gian Acorn Sprint race
Needing top performances in his last 2 VTS/MTS Triathlon Super Series events, Doug Landau managed to top the AG podium in Spotsylvania at the Giant Acorn Sprint race. Lawyer Landau needs to win again next week at the Rock Hall Maryland sprint triathlon.

As the Virginia and Maryland Triathlon Super Series requires at least 5 race finishes in order to be eligible for Series awards, and Doug Landau has only 3 race finishes with only a few races remaining, and Half-Iron and Olympic distance races garner more points than the sprint races the disability counsel competes in, he not only must compete in the Watermans event, but also podium to get enough points to even make the top three positions. Lawyer Landau is currently in 8th position in his age group with the 3 races he has completed, while others have completed the necessary 5, and some even 10 or more !

Knowing he had to turn in a top performance, Landau managed to win his Age Group with a time that would have topped several other younger categories! Finishing the 1/2 mile swim in under 15 minutes, and averaging about 22 mph on the bike, Landau turned in a run in about 7:03/mile pace. Category winners received another useful VTS/MTS award: a cutting board! Landau looks for to next week’s VTS/MTS season-ending race in Maryland. Stay tuned to see whether lawyer Landau can garner enough points in sprint races to again be the best triathlete in his category again in this year’s Super Series standings.

The beneficiary of the Bethany Beach races is the Police, Fire & Rescue First Responders of this vibrant Delaware town

First Responders Bethany Beach Races

Overall winners of the Bethany Beach, Delaware First Responders DUathlon
Overall winners of the Bethany Beach, Delaware First Responders DUathlon

After last year’s runner up finish, Doug Landau determined not to let this year’s Bethany Beach “Sprinternational” distance DUAthlon come down to the wire. Therefore, he determined to go out fast on the opening 1 Km beach run, and really Hammer the 30 Km bike leg.

Even though the Herndon lawyer trains barefoot, he wore shoes. Wearing his TeamUSA kit, he was the fifth racer into the first transition area off the beach and boardwalk.

A lightning fast transition put him in about fourth place, heading into the bike, where no one passed the speedy Virginia triathlete. Lawyer Landau went by other participants while averaging 23 MPH.

Lawyer Landau's transition area set up for lighting fast changes for this "Run-Bike-Run" format race
Lawyer Landau’s transition area set up for lighting fast changes for this “Run-Bike-Run” format race

Another fast transition off of the bike and onto the run course, put lawyer Landau on target for a top podium spot, as only one other racer passed him during the 7 km on foot. However, after finishing what he thought was a good effort, he saw the results. He was runner up again in 2016, as his run time for simply not were it needed to be. Landau knew going in that seven minute miles, or faster, were necessary to win a race like Bethany Beach. He knew that 7:45/Mile should not yield the top podium spot.

The beneficiary of the Bethany Beach races is the Police, Fire & Rescue First Responders of this vibrant Delaware town
The beneficiary of the Bethany Beach races is the Police, Fire & Rescue First Responders of this vibrant Delaware town

Still, for an 56 year old athlete, runner up is not too shabby. Landau intends to work on his sustainable top end running speed for the remainder of the season, and make preparations next year to consistently run under 7 minute miles.

Race Director Ken Racine and his crew did a wonderful job. Friendly volunteers, a fun pre-race party and great food after the races on the board walk make for a terrific time for racers young and old. There’s even a novice wave for first time triathletes, so that they do not have to worry about getting jostled or run over by seasoned competitors, and customized prizes for the age group winners. The Bethany Beach events should be on everyone’s race radar next year.

Did one of our earliest ancestors, "Lucy" fall from a tree and survive multiple fractured bones ?

Fractures Heal in Order to Survive – Evidence from Earliest Humans

Did one of our earliest ancestors, "Lucy" fall from a tree and survive multiple fractured bones ?
Did one of our earliest ancestors, “Lucy” fall from a tree and survive multiple fractured bones ?

“Lucy,” the early human ancestor who lived 3.2 million years ago, may have died from fractures.  And these broken bones may have been the result of a fall from a tree. This hypothesis was reported in the journal Nature after investigation from an anthropologist from the University of Texas.

During the evolution from quadruped to upright walking, early hominid ancestors  still could take refuge to escape predators and to sleep in nearby trees. Bipedalism allowed our early ancestors to see over the grass of the Savannah. Yet there was food and shelter in the trees. An analysis of Lucy’s skeleton remains demonstrated breaks in her right arm, left shoulder, right ankle and left knee. Researchers indicate these injuries are consistent with a fall from a high perch in a tree. An anthropologist at the University of Texas in Austin published findings in the journal Nature. Other researchers, including Lucy’s discoverer, contend that most of the fractures in Lucy’s bones came after her death, from the fossilization process and natural forces such as such as erosion.  

While working at Columbia-Presbyterian Neurological Institute in New York City, Doug Landau noted that when they took x-rays of monkey colony, many of the rhesus had healed fractures in their arms and legs. This indicated that monkeys actually miss a branch and fall from trees! Landau thought that the apes would never have survived in the wild if they missed a catch, branch or trunk like the cartoon character “George of the Jungle.”  However, these rhesus sustained broken bones that obviously healed well enough to enable them to survive in the wild.  

It is apparent that in our evolution, the swift healing of long bone fractures was important for ultimate survival. Especially in lawyer Landau’s healthy client population (such as endurance athletes),  fractures heal fairly quickly. The same is true for active, healthy  children and young adults who do not have co-morbidities like obesity, calcium deficiency or diabetes. If you have sustained a fracture, and you have questions about compensation for broken bones caused by the unsafe conduct of someone else, please call us or e-mail us at the Herndon law firm Abrams Landau, Ltd. We don’t “monkey around” with serious injury cases!

These blue Heartland bikes in Omaha are the equivalent of the shared "CitiBikes" of NYC and "Capitol Bike Share" cycles of DC. When used properly in the bike lanes, they have the 'right of way' over cars, trucks and even minivans

Who has the “Right of Way” ? The Biker or the Driver ?

These blue Heartland bikes in Omaha are the equivalent of the shared "CitiBikes" of NYC and "Capitol Bike Share" cycles of DC. When used properly in the bike lanes, they have the 'right of way' over cars, trucks and even minivans
These blue Heartland bikes in Omaha are the equivalent of the shared “CitiBikes” of NYC and “Capitol Bike Share” cycles of DC. When used properly in the bike lanes, they have the ‘right of way’ over cars, trucks and even minivans

In a recent case where a Northern Virginia cyclist was pedaling in a dedicated bike lane going through an intersection on a green light, the car driving in a travel lane to his left was turning right at the intersection. The unsafe driver turned right in front of the bicycle rider, permanently injuring the biker.  The question arose, “who has the right of way ?” In other words, who does the law give superior rights and who will be found responsible for the crash ?

Fairfax, Prince William & Loudoun County bike injury lawyer Doug Landau is often asked, “what rules are applicable to bike lanes?” Bikers at a recent Reston Bike Club weeknight ride disagreed as to whether cyclists in a bike lane are treated the same, or differently than when riding in a normal travel lane, for purposes of who has right of way.

The normal rule, which is not changed by the bike lane (which normally do  not continue through intersections, anyway), is that when changing lanes, the turning vehicle must yield to other vehicles already in the lane. (All pother circumstances being equal, turning is considered more hazardous than traveling straight ahead.) And cars should yield to bicycles, anyway. Virginia Code section 46.2-800 gives a cyclist the same rights to the lane as a vehicle. And pass them with adequate distance (three feet), as shown in the Virginia Drivers Manual, put out by the DMV.  

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.

Adding to his collection of awards from Triathlons, DUathlons & road races, Doug Landau won his age group at the Potomac Valley Games & South East Masters Track & Field Championships.

Potomac Valley Games at TC Williams High School are the sight of the 2016 USATF SouthEast Region Masters Championship Labor Day Weekend

Potomac Valley athletes, officials & spectators enjoyed great weather for the SouthEast Track & Field Championship
Potomac Valley athletes, officials & spectators enjoyed great weather for the SouthEast Track & Field Championship

While the annual Labor Day Weekend Potomac Valley Games are anticipated by Mid-Atlantic track and field athletes in top shape by the end of the summer racing season, this year’s open track & field meet for athletes of all ages was also the 2016 USATF Southeast Region Championship for Masters and the 2016 Potomac Valley Track Club Championship. Always on the lookout for a championship race, Alexandria injury lawyer Doug Landau signed up for the 5 kilometer track run in order to test his mettle against the best runners on the 400 meter track. The 5,000 meter run was the first event on Saturday, and with a 30-minute cut-off, it would be serious racers, unlike most road runs. Also, unlike nearly all the races lawyer Landau competes in, many competitors would be wearing track spikes, hip, shoulder and chest numbers in case of photo finishes!

As he had not donned his track spikes all year, Landau opted to run in road racing flats. He won his age group in a time 18 seconds faster than his winning time in 2015, averaging 6:43/mile. While not racing in any Triathlons or Duathlons until September 17th, Landau was pleased to collect the SE Regional Championship medal while working on his top end running speed. Landau hopes to compete in a half dozen multisport races before his 2016 season comes to an end. Lawyer Landau then intends to work very hard from November to April on his swimming, strength and indoor cycling with the VeloLabs classes at the Green Lizard so as to compete successfully at the 2017 Sprint DUathlon World Championships, as well as other international events.

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Adding to his collection of awards from Triathlons, DUathlons & road races, Doug Landau won his age group at the Potomac Valley Games & South East Masters Track & Field Championships.
Adding to his collection of awards from Triathlons, DUathlons & road races, Doug Landau won his age group at the Potomac Valley Games & South East Masters Track & Field Championships.

The Potomac Valley Games are contested over the holiday weekend at T.C. Williams High School, scene of the movie “ remember the Titans.” There were special awards for top finishers and Potomac Valley area athletes. Lawyer Landau has trained many times on this track, as he lived in Alexandria when he first moved to Virginia in 1982, and the ABRAMS LANDAU office used to be located at 520 King Street, in the Alexandria Courthouse Plaza. TC Williams High School is located adjacent to the Chinquapin Recreation Center and Pool, where Landau has also logged many miles in training. The School is located at 3330 King Street, Alexandria and was a fitting venue for the 2016 Potomac Valley Track Club Championship and the 2016 USATF Southeast Region Masters Championship.

Donna & Karen Smyers flank Doug Landau after the USAT Triathlon National Championships in Omaha, Nebraska last month. The decorated sisters appreciate the importance of rest and recovery after hard races and workouts. Younger sister Karen  Smyers has battled thyroid cancer, been struck by an 18-wheeler while training and also won the 1990 and 1995 ITU world championships and the Ironman World Championship. The New England triathlete was inducted into the Triathlon Hall of Fame in 2009.

Recovery After Hard Training; Hit the Pool

Donna & Karen Smyers flank Doug Landau after the USAT Triathlon National Championships in Omaha, Nebraska last month. The decorated sisters appreciate the importance of rest and recovery after hard races and workouts. Younger sister Karen Smyers has battled thyroid cancer, been struck by an 18-wheeler while training and also won the 1990 and 1995 ITU world championships and the Ironman World Championship. The New England triathlete was inducted into the Triathlon Hall of Fame in 2009.
Donna & Karen Smyers (L-R) flank Doug Landau after the USAT Triathlon National Championships in Omaha, Nebraska last month. The decorated sisters appreciate the importance of rest and recovery after hard races and workouts. Younger sister Karen Smyers has battled thyroid cancer, been struck by an 18-wheeler while training and also won the 1990 and 1995 ITU world championships and the Ironman World Championship. The New England triathlete was inducted into the Triathlon Hall of Fame in 2009.

Recovery after hard training is critical to long term athletic success. Doug Landau often tells newer multisport athletes that getting good sleep and naps is as important as intense interval and “brick”workouts. When it comes to post-workout recovery, competitive athletes will try almost anything. Landau has suffered through such modalities as: ice baths, foam rollers and even yoga classes!

However, most every Monday after a race weekend, you will find him running with a flotation belt in the deep end of a pool, “running in the water” as part of his “active recovery” regimen. In addition to “water running” for the last 28 years, Landau has been using swimming to recover more quickly after races and hard workouts.

Getting in the pool, lake, ocean or pond enhances recovery and is unlikely to cause injury.  Lawyer Landau notes that getting into the pool helps him to feel better and recover faster from the other stressful training that he does each week. Water running, swimming and aquatic exercise helps Landau recover “actively” from running, cycling, and weight training workouts. Getting in the pool helps the Virginia injury lawyer reduce soreness, inflammation (specifically, c-reactive protein which is a biomarker for inflammation according to the International Journal of Sports Medicine). This “hydrotherapy”, getting into a cold water pool, tub, or even a nearby lake, has many beneficial effects:  

  • Cold water is definitely helpful for reducing joint and tissue inflammation. Dr, Allen Delany would have Landau get into an ice-baths after his hardest workouts!
  • Warm water can also help loosen joints and tissues and be a great way to speed bloodflow! 
  • Being buoyant and floating in water reduces the overall stress on your body. It is hard to injure yourself in an aqueous environment, that’s why NFL quarterbacks and multi-million dollar race horses rehab on submerged treadmills & in pools. 
  • Hydrostatic pressure reduces inflammation. And inflammation is something you really do want to reduce whenever possible.
  • The “3-D” resistance when immersed in water involves much more concentric muscle action, vs. the more damaging eccentric action. The “Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness” (or “DOMS”) and discomfort associated with “negative exercise” (i.e., lowering a weight with gravity or running downhill) is much reduced when exercising in the water.

Evidence tends to suggest active recovery helps you recover quickly. The secret is to make sure the “recovery” is not so hard that it adds to an athlete’s training load. Key indicators are keeping the “active” portion low intensity and the heart rate within the lower end of the aerobic zone.

On a recovery day or at the end of a killer workout, experiment with going for a short easy swim. Landau will often use an alternating breast and back stroke swim session of no more than 40 minutes to recover from harder, earlier workouts or a tough weekend race. He finds that “shaking out the legs” helps promote recov ery and reduce soreness. Lawyer Landau suggests, ‘TRY IT, YOU MIGHT LIKE IT !”

Can you find lawyer Landau in the 2015 TeamUSA World Championship  photo?

Lawyer Landau to Represent Herndon, Virginia & the USA at the 2017 Duathlon World Championships 

Can you find lawyer Landau in the 2015 TeamUSA World Championship photo?
Can you find lawyer Landau in the 2015 TeamUSA World Championship photo?

Having tested himself against the best “Run-Bike-Run” athletes in the world, Herndon Virginia lawyer Doug Landau qualified to represent the USA in Epenticton Canada in August of 2017 at the ITU DUathlon World Championships. Lawyer Landau will once again be a member of TeamUSA in the Sprint Duathlon competition, which is being held on the day of his 33rd wedding anniversary ! Landau hopes that the date will again prove lucky for him, as he hopes to improve on his 12th place finish in Adelaide, Australia at the 2015 World Championships.  

With a new bike, electronic shifting and the experience of world championship racing on the other side of the world, Landau hopes to finish in the top 10 next year. He will likely race less frequently, and try his hand at several international competitions. In 2016 he only raced in the United States, concentrating on the USAT Regional and National Duathlon Series events, as well as the Virginia and Maryland Triathlon Super Series. In 2016, Landau was on the podium in every single race he entered other than Nationals and a mid-week race in Connecticut, when he competed in 3 races in 3 states in 6 days !  Feeling healed from his soleus injury, Landau intends to give full value the rest of this racing season and next year.

Did you find Herndon Virginia’s best Triathlon Trial Lawyer in the TeamUSA photo ?

An injured triathlete's legs are recuperating as he is relegated to the couch after being struck by a car on Dry Mill Road in Loudoun County, Virginia. While biking around Leesburg is popular with athletes training for Ironman events, unsafe motorists can cause season-ending injuries by failing to drive defensively.

Dry Mill Road Bike Crash Caused by Car Pulling Out into Ironman Cyclists’ Path

An injured triathlete's legs are recuperating as he is relegated to the couch after being struck by a car on Dry Mill Road in Loudoun County, Virginia. While biking around Leesburg is popular with athletes training for Ironman events, unsafe motorists can cause season-ending injuries by failing to drive defensively.
An injured triathlete’s legs are recuperating as he is relegated to the couch after being struck by a car on Dry Mill Road in Loudoun County, Virginia. While biking around Leesburg is popular with athletes training for Ironman and other multisport events, unsafe motorists can cause season-ending injuries by failing to drive defensively.

While training for upcoming Iron Man triathlon competition, a biker had left Reston, Virginia in order to get a long ride out in Loudoun County.

He was riding first in a group of three, on the downhill grade on Dry Mill Road.  Conditions were dry and clear.  His high-end carbon bike was in perfect working order.

Then suddenly, and without any warning, a car pulled out from a new housing development in order to beat the truck that was behind the biker. There was no sound, no lights, and no yelling from the car.

There was no time to do anything.

The cyclist, who was an experienced racer, triathlete, and Reston Bike Club rider, remembers hitting the car, flying through the air, and being conscious of the entire event.  The biker, an elite athlete accustomed to the pain of an IronMan competition, experienced excruciating pain in both hips and legs. In his own words, it was “crazy pain”.  He remembers — and was haunted by — the sound of his body hitting the car.

This August 2015 Dry Mill Road crash left the cyclist writhing in pain as his friends called for help.

The Loudoun County Sheriffs were called to the scene and the Defendant was charged with “Reckless Driving.” A court date was set for the traffic citation in the General District Court of Loudoun County, Virginia.

The Defendant contested the charges at the Leesburg Courthouse, and while the investigating officer and cyclists testified, the Loudoun County judge could not find the evidence necessary for “Reckless Driving.”

As the prosecutor did not seek the lesser charge of “Failure to Yield the Right of Way” or “Improper Driving,” the Defendant did not have to pay any fine or courts costs at all!

The team at the Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU could not believe that this Defendant was found “not guilty.” The transcript from the Loudoun Traffic Court was read and re-read in disbelief.

Following the crash, the Plaintiff was transported by ambulance to INOVA Fairfax Hospital where he was diagnosed as having suffered a severed artery in his right leg, along with significant contusions and abrasions to his entire body, including his hands, back, and arms.

Although he was wearing his bike helmet at time of incident, his bike was crushed and even his carbon bike shoes were broken, something his lawyer Doug Landau had never seen before in all of the bike crash cases he has investigated.

The client’s PTSD symptoms post-crash, and being couch-bound (he could not ascend the steps in his own home initially), his mental outlook took a nose dive as well. His two teen aged kids and wife had to take over many of his household activities.

The Herndon bicyclist suffered in excess of $41,000 in damages, not including additional medical treatment costs or lost wages as a Global Senior Technical Architect.

However, the elderly Defendant driver carried the minimum liability coverage required for motorists in Virginia, $25,000. According to lawyer Landau, the biker’s case was worth much more than $25,000, so he sought compensation for the man’s injuries under the Herndon cyclist’s own Underinsured Motorist (UIM) Coverage.

Since the Herndon Ironman had a $50,000 UIM policy, Landau was able to get an additional $25,000 for his injured client and friend.

The ABRAMS LANDAU team hired an investigator to do an assets search to see if the unsafe Defendant driver could pay a judgment in excess of the low policy limits. Determining that he could not, the case settled for the combined policy limits of $50,000.

This case underscores the need to have the proper levels of insurance to protect your loved ones and yourself.

In addition to the personal injury settlement, the Herndon bike rider had a property damage claim of $14,540 for his bicycle, equipment, and clothing. This claim was settled after the liability insurance adjuster recovered from his shock when Landau’s office sent the evidence of the costs of the expensive equipment this Triathlete lost in the crash.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a bike crash and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).

Fatal biking accidents caused by unsafe drivers claim the lives of innocent bikers. While the Courts cannot bring back the fallen bicycle rider, they can asses responsibility and help pay for what was taken from their families.

“Dangerous Driver” Kills Cyclist

Fatal biking accidents caused by unsafe drivers claim the lives of innocent bikers. While the Courts cannot bring back the fallen bicycle rider, they can asses responsibility and help pay for what was taken from their families.
Fatal biking accidents caused by unsafe drivers claim the lives of innocent bikers. While the Courts cannot bring back the fallen bicycle rider, they can assess responsibility and help pay for what was taken from their families.

An Ohio cyclist was killed when he was struck by a vehicle driven by a 64-year-old man who had recently been advised his poor eyesight made it unsafe for him to drive.

The family of the 19-year-old cyclist filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver claiming he was a “dangerous driver who knowingly endangered the community.”

Abrams Landau, Ltd. has had cases in which the defendant driver had restrictions to night time driving and pinned our client to another car, causing permanent damage to her knees.

When a driver operates a vehicle in violation of their restrictions, or drives despite not having a valid operator’s license and a crash occurs, there may be additional ramifications.

If you or someone you know or care for has been injured in a crash involving another driver who posed a known danger on the roads, and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).

Top Virginia & Maryland Super Series racer (AND race organizer) Don White & Series sponsor Doug Landau, pose in front of the VTS/MTS tent at the USAT National Championships pre- race expo in Omaha, Nebraska.

Virginia’s Best Triathletes Get Ready to Race National Championships

Top Virginia & Maryland Super Series racer (AND race organizer) Don White & Series sponsor Doug Landau, pose in front of the VTS/MTS tent at the USAT National Championships pre- race expo in Omaha, Nebraska.
Top Virginia & Maryland Super Series racer (AND race organizer) Don White & Series sponsor Doug Landau, pose in front of the VTS/MTS tent at the USAT National Championships pre- race expo in Omaha, Nebraska.

The best triathletes from all over Virginia arrived in Omaha, Nebraska to compete against the best multisport athletes from all over the United States and other countries at the USAT Triathlon National Championships.  In order to compete in the Olympic Distance event, athletes had to qualify and state, regional and international champions assembled at Levi Carter Park. The swim course actually takes athletes into neighboring Iowa, and Carter Lake will be the Championship venue again in 2017.

Despite the weather and storms that forced Doug Landau’s flights to be turned back to Kansas City, the Herndon injury lawyer was able to get in at 4 AM EST Thursday night so as to take part in the VIP bike tour Friday morning, ride the run course & then take part in the official swim practice in the “zero visibility” green lake water.  Lawyer Landau was able to check on his bike at the RaceDay Transport tent, get his VIP registration packet & spend time with other Virginia athletes, like the well-trained SportFit Lab gang and their upbeat coach Beth Baumgartner. The Herndon, Virginia based SportFit Lab conducts morning swim practices at the pristine Claude Moor Pool in Loudoun County, with Coach Beth walking the deck to give immediate feedback as to form.

SportFit Lab Coach Beth (center) & Virginia triathletes are all smiles despite foreboding skies at the US National Triathlon Championships race venue
SportFit Lab Coach Beth (center) & Virginia triathletes Julie Rome & Doug Landau are all smiles despite foreboding skies at the 2016 US National Triathlon Championships race venue in Omaha, Nebraska

As a long-time sponsor of the popular Virginia & Maryland Triathlon Super Series,  Landau was thrilled to see the VTS/MTS tent at the National Championship Race Expo, with big Don White showing attendees the great variety of race distances, varied venues & infamous shwag. A regional race calendar such as that offered by the Virginia & Maryland Super Series should have national exposure. As an aside, Don White has been at the top of the overall and now masters listing for the series. Lawyer Landau, with only 3 races (best 5 count towards scoring) under his belt, is currently in the top 10 in his age group. The multistate lawyer and racer hopes to move up in the standings after racing at the VTS Great Acorn (Spotsylvania, VA)  & MTS Watermans (Rock Hall, MD) sprint races. This will be a challenge, as greater points are awarded for the Half-Iron and Olympic Distance Races. In other words, Lawyer Landau will have to win his age group at the remaining 2 VTS/MTS Series races in order to have a chance of reaching the podium in the overall age group standings. While over his soleus injury, he needs to get rested for the big Sprint Championships Sunday & then regain his lost “top end” speed for the remaining 2016 races.