After enjoying a half-marathon length training run through the dry, dusty Los Virgines hills, I came across LADailyNews report regarding the moratorium on National Park Service permits. Death Valley National Park placed a moratorium on cycling and running competitions until it can determine how safe they are. This action was announced despite the fact that race promoters have held 89 events in the park since 1990 without serious incident. According to spokesperson for race promoter/sponsor AdventureCorps Chris Kostman, “There have been no deaths, no car crashes, no citations issued, and only a few evacuations by ambulance after Read the rest of this entry »
Baseball pitchers can get beaned by hardballs that can cause devastating facial and brain injuries. Likewise, professional ice hockey players face injury from fast flying pucks, stick wielding opponents, hard ice and checks into walls and plexiglass. Virtually every country in the world has some workplace safety regulations. So it is no surprise that there is safety regulation in professional sports in the United States
The National Hockey League (“NHL”) required its newly acquired players to wear helmets starting in 1979, but it exempted veterans, the last of whom played without them until 1997. Cornell economics professor Robert Frank wrote about the economics of safety for the New York Times using the NHL protective headgear as an example. Helmets are required in the National Hockey League, but that’s a fairly recent development. According to Professor Frank,
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Last week lawyer Landau ran his longest race, over twice the distance of the 5 Kms. races he has been competing in since he returned to running in April. With the”Valley of the Moon VIntage Harvest Festival Sonoma vineyard 12 km. under his belt, the adventurous attorney signed up for the competitive Santa Monica 5,000. This race awards prize money, has a field of over 1,500 and draws top runners from all over the world. But the Herndon injury lawyer had his sights not on the best Southern California racers, but on testing his DUathlon fitness by running the last 3 miles of the 10 km race as well. In other words, Landau would have about 20 minutes between the end of the 5km and then catching the field at mile 3 in the 10km, since this was a “point to point” course finishing at the Santa Monica Pier. If he could pull off this “double” then it would demonstrate his DUathlon training was progressing toward the October 26th USAT National Championships in Oro Valley, Arizona.
Landau managed a 20:43 in the first leg, averaging 6:41/mile, and then 7:23 for the 2nd 5 km. Later that night, after visiting with family on the Left Coast, he hopped a “red eye” so as to be in Court in Manassas Virginia the next morning with a Warrenton family that was struck by a drunk driver near Nissan Pavilian. The “on the go” lawyer then traveled to New Jersey on Wednesday, participated in the second session of a Mediation in Connecticut and then celebrated his sister’s charitable giving award in New York City before hopping a late night train back to Washington, D.C., where he attended an anatomy course for lawyers presented by the Trial Lawyers Association of DC. Notes Landau, “the best trial lawyers, like the best runners and cyclists, are always trying to improve, test themselves and stay on the cutting edge of their field.”
For the second time this season, Doug Landau raced to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (“LLS”) in a challenging Duathlon presented by Bishops Events in Virginia’s bucolic Prince William County. Part of the Bishops Events Series, this Run-Bike-Run event to support LLS featured a challenging 5km cross country course at Pohick Bay Regional Park that racers had to traverse twice, with a curvy, hilly bike ride on jogging trails that went to Gunston Hall and Mason Neck State Park.
Before the race even started, Lawyer Landau had not one, but TWO flat tires. However, rather than being out of the race before it started, Landau had brought two sets of wheels (as well as an extra helmet, shoes and other gear). “Just like an injury trial, Social Security Disability or Workers Compensation Hearing, I always try to anticipate problems and come over-prepared, rather than under-prepared !” noted the Herndon Virginia acident lawyer.
After overcoming his mechanical issues and starting the race on time, the Herndon injury attorney kept to his plan of using this event as a hard training day in preparation for the US National Championships in 5 weeks. While Lawyer Landau managed to work hard to come out of the woods in second place after the first run, he was passed by several strong cyclists. Committing himself to a hard run, Landau managed to finish up in 3rd place overall, (official results) with a negative split on the 2nd run ! This was only the second time this year he has run a 10km. in competition. His run time was good enough to be listed as third all time for this course, and he is currently the first place male in the multisport series standings!
Credit for a fun event goes to the folks at Bishops Events, the DCRRC timers and all the volunteers. In addition, fellow competitors were very helpful before and after the race, especially runner up female Eve Baker of Baker Editing Services, who, in addition to “Saving wayward apostrophes since 2004,” also serves in our nation’s armed forces.
A triathlon transition area with: streamers, training wheels, balloons on bike seats and fenders is an unusual sight in the multisport world. But in children’s triathlons, these sights and the smiles of the participants are what make it fun for volunteers, spectators and pint-sized racers. This morning’s Herndon Kids Triathlon had perfect weather, lots of local volunteers, cheering parents and grandparents.
Hosted by the Herndon Community Center on Ferndale Avenue, and open to children from 6-16, this event was an excellent introduction to multisport racing. The distances of the indoor pool swim, W&OD Trail bike ride and run were set in relation to each child’s age. This kids triathlon gives youngsters a great opportunity to compete in one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. The philosophy is completion rather than competition. Every participant received a t-shirt, swim cap, water bottle and medal. The ABRAMS LANDAU Herndon injury law firm, along with A-1 Cycling and Keller Williams Realty, was a sponsor of the event, and all 3 sponsors contributed volunteers on the race course. For the second week in a row, Brian Crow, and his professional timing team from TriPerformance, did an excellent job of tracking the times of over 200 children of all different ages, skill and experience levels. For official TriPerformance race results, click here.
With BOTH a sprint Triathlon and a Bike-a-thon going West from Herndon Virginia and benefitting worthy charities, the W&OD Trail had plenty of use this morning. There were volunteers, police and even a shoe “try-on” tent along the popular trail.
Herndon biker lawyer Doug Landau first took part in the Taylor Love Triathlon. After swimming at the Herndon Community Center, racers ran across the soccer field to their bicycles and headed West to the turnaround at Partlow’s in Ashburn.
Returning from Loudoun County, participants in this TriPerformance event left their bikes on the racks and ran East to the Herndon caboose, where they turned around at the starting point for the Herndon Band’s Bike-a-thon ! Runners then ran on the cinder part of the W&OD Trail past Crestview and turned around to head home on the horse path to the Herndon Community Center. Photos from the Green Lizard Bike Ride to benefit the band will be written up in a future post.
Here are some photos from today’s triathlon where Herndon lawyer Landau had the best transition combination, and second best bike and run splits, but finished in the runner up spot despite besting all of the teams. With temperatures in the 40′s, Landau lost feeling in his hands and feet at the bike turnaround, and did not get his heart rate 0r body temperature up until a mile to go in the run. By then, the eventual winner Brian Goebel had over 5 minutes on the Triathlon Trial Lawyer. The 42-year-old Goebel was escorted by police on the W&OD Trail, with red and white lights a flashing to warn others of his approach ! Safety for this event was further ensured by police at every major intersection and there was a pre-race bike inspection station.
Loco Racing‘s Todd Stuckey did a great job as the race announcer, and Brian and Alissa Crow and their team of volunteers in both Loudoun and Fairfax Counties were all smiles and helping hands. This is a fun race for newbies and experienced multi-sport athletes, as there were team, aquavelo and sprint categories. And, as if predicting the unusually cold morning temperatures, the race preems included a warm plaid blanket, long-sleeved shirt and a travel hot tea mug ! Three cheers for the Taylor Love Triathlon team !
Previously held at the Worldgate Sport & Health Club, the Taylor Love Triathlon has moved to the Herndon Community Center, Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 6:30 AM. TriPerformance Coach Brian Crow and his excellent team of timers and volunteers will once again stage this fun fundraising event. Herndon injury lawyer Doug Landau has participated with friends in the past, and has enjoyed Coach Crow’s other events in Ashburn Broadlands and South Riding in the past.
The Taylor Love Sprint Triathlon starts off with a 400 meter indoor pool swim. The Bike Course will leave the Herndon Community Center (“HCC”) via Ferndale and heads West to Ashburn Road, turns around and returns to the HCC. The Bike Course will be supported by our terrific local police to make the trip to Ashburn and back enjoyable and safe. The 5k run is on the roads and trail in Herndon around the Community Center West of the Landau Law Shop.
Landau has been seen training on both the cinder W&OD Trail that goes by the Herndon Community Center and the turf field at the Hutchinson Middle School near the Worldgate club in preparation for DUathlon Nationals next month. Lawyer Landau’s goal is 70 minutes at the Herndon Community Center, before heading off to take part in the Green Lizard Bike Ride to raise money for the Herndon High School marching band.
This multisport event honors local resident and pediatric cancer warrior, Taylor Love. In her short, heroic life, Taylor has battled 2 cancers (Neuroblastoma and chemo-induced leukemia), received a bone marrow transplant, fought through kidney failure, undergone countless surgeries, pokes, tests and scans.
Recent examination of how athletes are lengthening sports careers, achieving new records and victories have got me thinking about what is fair on the playing field. At the elementary school playground where I grew up, the games were not fun unless the teams were fairly matched. Picking sides often resulted in “the best and the worst against the 2 middle” or other forms of equitable selection. But what happens when “natural selection” and its attendant mutations give one athlete a huge advantage at birth ? I am reminded of the famous Shakespeare quote, “some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.”
The author of Outliers, The Tipping Point, and Blink, Malcom Gladwell, wrote about “Man and Superman: In athletic competitions, what qualifies as a sporting chance?” in this week’s New Yorker magazine. In this excellent piece, he explores athletes with unusual genetic advantages, advances in surgical techniques to extend and improve athletic performance (i.e., the Tommy John surgery), and drugs, blood banking, altitude training, etc. I commend this article to anyone interested in the current state of athletics, the health of professional sports and its participants. There is also an interesting podcast at NewYorker.com/Go/Outloud Both article and podcast are thought provoking.
Herndon bike safety lawyer and avid cyclist Doug Landau does not mince words when it comes to bike safety.
“Bike helmets save lives. Period,” says Doug. “Why anyone would ride a bike — or get on a skateboard, rollerblade, longboard, etc., for that matter — without protecting their brain from traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a mystery to me.”
Maybe for some riders, the “cool factor” (or lack thereof) dissuades them from donning a helmet.
A recent article in the New York Times suggests that, at least for some fashionistas, the options for helmets that are “cool” as well as functional may be expanding.
Lawyer Landau does not care what the helmet looks like, as long as it fits properly and is designed to protect the head and brain in the event of an accident. And, if the life of one person who would not dare to be seen in a plain helmet is saved because he or she was wearing a designer helmet in an accident, then that is a good thing!
What do you think?
Today’s 30th edition of the always sold-out Reston Triathlon was won by my friend, XTerra & road multi-sport champ (and and now a FeXY Team Triathlon Coach) Eric Sorensen in just a minute over 2 hours. The National Anthem was played on the violin by my friend and client Pavel Pekarsky of the National Symphony Orchestra clad in his wetsuit! Drs. Dennis Sager (Internist & FAA physician) and Tom Fleeter (Town Center Orthopedics), also gave generously of their time and skills in the happily little-used post-race medical tent. Once again there were lots of familiar faces of friends, clients and training partners.
The weather was superb, the volunteers were plentiful and everyone was still buzzing about all the great shwag. Other than the rough road on Reston Parkway (over which the Reston Triathlon Association had no control), the course was clean, dry and a showcase for Reston Virginia. Publishing his goal of an hour for the bike leg and BOTH transitions, Herndon lawyer Doug Landau clocked 1:00:10, with his 2 transitions seconds faster than the overall winner. With a pedestrian swim and run, lawyer Landau finished 30th overall, while #608 Melissa Landau, had one of her best Reston races, putting on a sprint at the South Lakes High School track. The Landaus saw many friends volunteering, on the course and cheering along the course. The race committee worked very hard to provide participants with a top flight event, and the volunteers were omnipresent.