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Good, Clean Fun at the Herndon Community Center

Want to keep an eye on the kids while training ? Want everyone to return home from the gym clean, chlorinated ,and exhausted ? Then the Herndon Community Center Pool is the place for you and your family.

Looking for active fun this winter for the whole family?

Consider at trip to the Herndon Community Center.

The indoor pool puts out floats for kids.  Herndon lawyer Doug Landau used to take his children to the pool and let them clamber on top of the fun shaped “aquatic playgrounds.” All the while, lawyer Landau would run in the water with his “AquaJogger” flotation belt, benefiting from a full, non-impact workout while his children exhausted themselves in the water trying to stay on top of the inflatable dog, castle, dragon, alligator, and other fun characters.

If you go to the Herndon Community Center Pool, you can make use of the family changing rooms, diving well, hot tub, entry ramp for handicapped users, and bleachers for “landlubber” spectators.

Landau was able to hose down his kids in the family changing areas, and bundle them up during the cold winter months. Often times, instead of putting them back in their clothes, he put them in their pajamas, and two or three would be asleep before the short ride home to Franklin Farms was over.

There are discounts for kids, seniors, and Town of Herndon residents. The Herndon Community Center issues punch passes to make multiple visits by various family members reasonable, and there are also classes in the water, in the classrooms, and the gym.

The staff is friendly, and Landau’s kids took swim lessons on Sundays. These swim lessons, overseen by Kerstin Severin, have served them well to the present day. In fact, Landau’s son worked as a lifeguard for Northern Virginia Pools at several Loudoun and Fairfax County facilities, including Franklin Farms — thanks to his experience at the Herndon Community Center Pool, The Hotchkiss School, and the Froggers Swim Team.

For “clean,” chlorinated, low-impact family fun, consider the Herndon Community Center when the floats are afloat this winter.

 

At a bar before 9 AM on Super Bowl Sunday ! Doug Landau enjoys a British Premier League game during the PreGame 5km awards ceremony at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia

PreGame 5km to be Test Race for 2016

At a bar before 9 AM on Super Bowl Sunday ! Doug Landau enjoys a British Premier League game during the PreGame 5km awards ceremony at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia
At a bar before 9 AM on Super Bowl Sunday ! Doug Landau enjoys a British Premier League (Football) game during the PreGame 5km awards ceremony at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia

Having been discharged from Physical Therapy at Town Center Orthopedics just this week, Doug Landau was keen to test his current running fitness. So he signed up for the PreGame 5K Run with the goal of keeping his heart rate in the “Zone 4” Lactate Threshold range so as not to cause a flare up of his chondromalacia or risk injury after not running for a month and not racing for 2 months.

The PreGame run and walk was held at the National Conference Center on Upper Belmont Place, in Leesburg, Virginia. The Pregame 5k course was hilly and challenging, winding its way through the beautiful National Conference Center’s grounds along Upper Belmont Place. The start and finish are at the West Building. Participants and spectators welcomed the free, indoor parking as well as the lobby staging area. Run on a certified course, there were Food, Drinks, large screen televisions and Free Draft Beer (for runners over 21 !) afterwards in the warm Black Olive Bar.

After his hiatus from running and racing, Landau’s goal was to keep his heart rate in the 160s, not “go crazy,” and see what his time would be on a cold, windy, hilly course. Finishing in the top 10, lawyer Landau ran 21:06 (6:48/mile average) to easily win his age group.

After a "cool down" jog around the Haynes Point golf course, Herndon injury lawyer Doug Landau was all smiles at the PVTC 5km road race

Potomac Park Provides Flat, Fast Course for Winter Runners

After a "cool down" jog around the Haynes Point golf course, Herndon injury lawyer Doug Landau was all smiles at the PVTC 5km road race
After a “cool down” jog around the Haynes Point golf course, Herndon injury lawyer Doug Landau was all smiles at the PVTC 5km road race

Ending his 2015 racing season at a local race with DC Metro area friends, Doug Landau took part in the Christmas Caper 5K race put on by the POTOMAC VALLEY TRACK CLUB. This annual event takes place on the roads around the East Potomac Park Golf Course, located at 972 Ohio Drive SW, Washington, DC. The start & finish line was near the former location of the sculpture “The Awakening” that DC, MD & VA runners looked forward to seeing in the course of many races.

Held Saturday, December 17, 2015, the dry, flat USATF-certified course provided a potentially fast course for DC area runners. The PVTC, which holds itself out as a “club for all ages, all paces, and all ways,” puts one terrific indoor and outdoor athletic events year round. The PVTC was the 2013 & 2015 USATF Masters Indoor Track & Field Championship National Champion Team as well as the Host for the 2009 USATF Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Finishing out of the prizes (13th out of 115) in 19:40 (averaging 6:21/mile), behind his friend, competitive age group runner & YMCA athletics director Terry Mclaughlin, Doug Landau enjoyed getting a time from which to hopefully build for the 2016 season. McLaughlin, of the Fredericksburg-Falmouth YMCA, is a frequent track meet and road racer, and was a member of the PVTC National Championship team. He is also a race director and helps stage the popular Colonial Beach Triathlon. For 5km full results, click here.

After taking over a month off fror running, Doug Landau is currently undergoing Physical Therapy for chondromalacia. Once he improves his balance and stability, he hopes to return to the highest levels of athletic competition in 2016

Request for Proposal “MEET COACH” AND “Deck Coach” for Aging Age Group Triathlete

After taking over a month off fror running, Doug Landau is currently undergoing Physical Therapy for chondromalacia. Once he improves his balance and stability, he hopes to return to the highest levels of athletic competition in 2016
After taking over a month off from running, Doug Landau is currently undergoing Physical Therapy for chondromalacia. Once he improves his balance and stability, he hopes to return to the highest levels of athletic competition in 2016

Having benefitted from some superb “Deck Coaches” – coaches who see you and help you during training sessions, I realize that in order to improve further and represent the United States at the highest levels of competition, I need a “Meet Coach.” A “Meet Coach” in my mind is a coach who actually sees you compete at Meets. That way the coach understands how the athlete performs under the stress of competition at state, regional and/or national competition. Some athletes do quite well in practice or at local races. But when they are fighting for a podium spot with top athletes and giving 100%, their form may change, mistakes may be made, and solutions may become evident to the trained eyes of an experienced multisport coach.

After taking off 6 weeks from running after last season (and noticing some knee symptoms), I was diagnosed by Dr. Tom Fleeter of Town Center Orthopedics with “chondromalacia,” which is simply wear and tear on the inside of the patella (knee cap). I have undergone 4 weeks of physical therapy, all the while continuing to bike, swim, do strength work and “run” in the deep water of the local Herndon Community Center pool.

My PT consists of mostly stability exercises, core work, stretching, one-legged balancing, and keeping my knees straight when squatting. This is quite different than other PT I have undergone for broken bones, torn muscles, plantar fascists, etc. For those maladies, there was ice, electro-stim, heat, Graston, ultrasound, massage, and whirlpool. At Town Center Orthopedics in Reston, I am doing all the work. No “passive modalities.” As they used to say when I was a grad student at Sargent College, “If it isn’t physical, it isn’t therapy !”

So back to my goals for the 2016 season. I am looking for a “Meet Coach” so that I can turn in the best performances possible. My “A” races include: USAT Sprint Duathlon (6/25/16) & Triathlon (8/14/16) National Championships; Sprint Triathlon Regional Championships (Jamestown, Va 6/12/16 ? Luray, VA – 8/20/16?); USAT Duathlon Series (Georgia – 4/17/16, Glastonbury, CT 5/22/16, Woodbine, MD – 7/17/16). My cycling speed is good, but my swimming has fallen off (from 21 min./mile to almost 30), and my top end running pace is not what it should be (7 min. miles instead of sub-6 for the 5km).

Lastly, I have had a high ham cramp at 6 championship level races. This never happens in training or other events. Figuring out the cause and cure will be critical to a successful 2016 season.

Otherwise, I am reasonably healthy, hard-working, with no vices that would derail multisport success. I do not expect to find a coach who will be at all of the “A” races, but if there is someone who could overlap on more than one, that would probably make all the difference.

So, I am looking for proposals from triathlon coaches who have worked with older age groupers in the shorter distance races. I am not at all interested in racing Iron or even Half Iron distances. I do not plan on doing another International Olympic distance championship race until 2017.

All serious inquiries will be considered, and if more data is needed as to my training regimen & race performances, I can send my Training Peaks & Polar HR information.

Let me know time, attendance, equipment/programs needed, and costs. Performance bonuses for meeting/exceeding objective metrics will be part of the package. Do not need daily, or even weekly meetings, but some “hands on” coaching will be critical to the success of this venture. Looking forward to seeing what comes of this RFP…

Please forward this to anyone who you may think would be interested. Thanks !

Kona Wo 2014 models have been recalled because of a fall hazard.

Kona Bike Recall

Kona Wo 2014 models have been recalled because of a fall hazard.
Kona Wo 2014 models have been recalled because of a fall hazard.  (Image source: CPSC website)

Kona has recalled approximately 530 Kona Wo bicycles because of a fall hazard.

The affected cycles are 2014 models of Kona bikes with a charcoal black frame and silver decals.  The word “Wo” is on the top tube and the word “Kona” appears on the down tube and on the side of the seat.  See photo left.

The fall hazard is created by a bicycle fork which is prone to cracking or breaking.  Kona will provide a free replacement and installation of a new bicycle fork for affected consumers.

Contact Kona at 700-566-2872 or online at www.konaworld.com (click on 2014 Kona Wo Recall link under the Support tab).

For more information visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website.

If you or someone you know has been injured while using defective or recalled sports equipment and there are questions as to what laws apply, email or call Abrams Landau, Ltd. at once (703-796-9555).

 

Despite Crash, Doug Landau Emerges Without a Scratch !

Doug Landau survived this morning's car crash when this Prius slid on ice and went off the road.
Doug Landau survived this morning’s car crash when his family’s Prius slid on ice and went off the road.

This morning while driving to visit a teacher he has known since he was 5-years-old, Doug Landau travelled over a patch of black ice and skidded into the barriers and cables on a road curve. Narrowly missing a telephone pole, the Prius hybrid 4-door car skidded off the roadway, flipped in midair, struck the roof on some trees, and miraculously landed some 30 feet below, right side up !

When the car came to rest, Landau looked around. There was an inch or two of snow on the ground. It was 21 degrees outside, but his breath was not smoking, as none of the windows were even cracked. There was no glass, no airbag deployment or propellent. He did not perceive any fluids leaking. He unclasped the seat belt and checked himself over. No bleeding, fractures, pain, dizziness or even abrasions. Landau managed to open the door against the snow and brush, clamber up the steep embankment, in order to get away in case the car might have a gas leak and explode.

The driver of a small plow truck that was travelling down the road behind Doug Landau stopped and took this picture minutes after the white car came to rest in the gully below.
The driver of a small plow truck that was travelling down the road behind Doug Landau stopped and took this picture minutes after the white car came to rest in the gully below.

Once up on street level, Landau was able to speak to the drivers of the two other vehicles that had already stopped. His car was not visible from the road, but there were tire tracks and a debris field leading to the Prius. There had been a small snow plow following him that indicated they saw his brake lights go on, but that the Prius kept going straight as the road curved to the left down the steep hill into town. They thought whoever was in the Prius was “a goner” if he hit the pole, a tree head-on or landed on his roof. Luckily for lawyer Landau, none of those fatal events happened. Instead, the other drivers’ passengers had already called the police, because they had seen his car disappear off the side of the road and did not know he was able to climb out and up the steep slope to safety in front of their trucks !

Good police work includes close inspection of a crash site, debris field and damage to road safety devices like these wooden pole and cable curve barriers that Doug Landau's car went through when it crashed this morning
Good police work includes close inspection of a crash site, debris field and damage to road safety devices like these wooden pole and cable curve barriers that Doug Landau’s car went through when it crashed this morning

As luck would have it, the State Police were just 1,000 yards down the road protecting some utility work. They were at the scene within minutes, as was the ambulance and wrecker. The car could not be towed out by a regular tow truck. A wrecker with a long cable pulled the car up and out, and then loaded on the flat bed. Landau underwent a thorough physical and neurological exam. He exhibited no elevated heart rate, blood pressure, breathing or abnormal eye movements or sizes. There were no bruises, spasm, scratches, deformities, nausea or painful movements. Released after a time, Landau helped the State Police complete their report.

As Landau sat in one of the State Trooper’s cruisers in order to stay warm until his brother could take him home, the law enforcement officer noted there had been several similar crashes that day and that the Virginia injury lawyer was extremely lucky to have emerged uninjured. Landau was then able to get a ride with friends to the tow yard to finish paper work and then on to continue his trip South via his sister’s home. He is to be trying a disability case in the District of Columbia tomorrow afternoon for a client with severe cardiac compromise. Stay tuned for updates.

 

Frozen 5k 2

When Injured, Try Volunteering at the Races

Frozen 5k 1
Volunteering at a race provides a good perspective on what goes into putting on a fun, safe, and successful event. Lawyer Doug Landau is always impressed by the events run by Bristow Tri and Swim (BRATS) and Race Director Kent Barker.

Earlier this month, at the BRATS New Year’s 5K  Doug Landau was seen putting out cones for runners in the frigid weather and wee hours Sunday morning.

Landau showed up at the Sport & Health club in Gainesville, VA in order to help his friend and Race Director Kent Barker, and to say “thank you” in a tangible way for all of the excellent races that BRATS puts on in Bristow, Warrenton and Vint Hill.

While Landau has been a volunteer at the children’s triathlons that are staged at the former Vint Hill base, he volunteered for this road run as he is presently not running at all. Instead the Loudoun/Fairfax injury lawyer is himself starting physical therapy for chondromalacia.

Normally lawyer Landau uses the winter months for longer “base building,” and would be putting in long miles to build up his “base” for the summer competition season. However, those plans have changed in light of recent knee symptomology. Landau has still been working diligently on his swimming form, strength, and core training. Ever the optimist, he hopes to be cleared to resume running soon.

Frozen 5k 2
One of the perks of volunteering at this particular event was the police escort as Landau picked up a mile and a half of  cones at the conclusion of the race!

Landau enjoyed his volunteer experience, especially as he had a police escort. He and the other helpers could be seen after the last runner picking up over a mile and a half of orange cones. One of the good things about this race is that the award ceremony is inside the sport health club gymnasium, so there were real facilities, a place for participants to shower, change, relax, stretch warm-up and cooldown, despite the cold weather.

Ken Barker and his experienced crew put on a number of terrific races including the “salute to the military,” the “summer sizzler,” the Montclair triathlon, children’s races, etc.

Every serious racer should have to volunteer each season, as it is important to see what it’s like from a race volunteer and director’s point of view. Very often directors only hear the complaints, and very few of the compliments, for a well-thought-out and logistically safe event.

It takes a lot of planning behind the scenes to manage a safe, competitive, and enjoyable event for over 400 participants.   Barker pulls it off consistently.  Most participants don’t see all the time, effort, and money that goes into an event well in advance of race day.

Landau also feels it is important for lawyers like him to support sporting events, not just with money and their participation as competitors, but also by giving of their most valuable resource — their time.

Hoping to be back on the starting line soon, and preparing to be on the podium at both the National Championships in Duathlon AND Triathlon, Landau thanks Barker for the experience, and looks forward to seeing his friend again soon.

An unseasonably warm December day made for an excellent Toys for Tots 5K to benefit the Marines

Toys for Tots Santa’s Workshop 5K

An unseasonably warm December day made for an excellent Toys for Tots 5K to benefit the Marines
An unseasonably warm December day made for an excellent Toys for Tots Santa’s Workshop 5K to benefit the Marines

Last month’s Toys for Tots Santa’s Workshop 5K on the Manassas, Virginia campus of the Northern Virginia Community College raised twice as many toys for the United States Marines to give out for the holiday season compared to the year before.

The Bristow TRI & Swim (BRATS) race crew did an excellent job on an unseasonably warm December day, without the presence of Founder and President Kent Barker, who was called away on business to Japan.

Doug Landau was pleased to help the US Marines raise money to buy toys for their families for the holiday season.
Doug Landau was pleased to help the US Marines raise money to buy toys for their families for the holiday season.

After court in the Prince William Circuit Court that Friday, Doug Landau bumped into Parker and his race director as they were laying out the course.  Lawyer Landau has participated in many BRATS races, and they’re always professionally staged, enjoyed by runners young and old.

Landau finished 11 out of 220 participants, good for making the top 5%, and another age group win. The Bristow area run crew is staging a number of winter races, especially in the area of the Freedom Fitness facility at the Manassas George Mason University campus. This facility is a gem hidden in Prince William County. The winter races held there enable participants to walk inside this large athletic facility, shower and change afterwards. Lawyer Landau has been known to combine a post race swim, bike ride, or weight workout!

Kit’s Miracle Mile

The team at Abrams Landau was saddened to learn of the death last month of Francis Christopher “Kit” Callahan.

Kit was the founder of the “Miracle Mile,” a run/walk created to rejoice and celebrate the success stories of survivors of traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Not only was lawyer Doug Landau a participant at George Mason University, but his law firm, Abrams Landau, Ltd,. was a proud sponsor of this event whose purpose was to raise awareness of brain injury in the local community.  Kit’s hope was that through awareness of the consequences of TBI, others could be saved from this disability and all it entails.

Abrams Landau continues to support brain injury awareness through ongoing involvement with Brain Injury Services, as well as through our Putting Lids on Kids program in local elementary schools.

Read more about Kit here.

Our heartfelt condolences go to Kit’s family, friends, and all who knew him.