Reminder: April 17, 2017, DC Emancipation Day. All DC Pools will be closed. See DPR Schedule here.
Kits, Puppies, and Girls on the Run! (Volunteer Opportunities)
April 19th, 7:00 PM KIT SORT: 1423 K Street NW. 2 people to help sort kits for distribution to the team. The location is Richard’s office - Hugo Creative. Dinner provided. [EDIT: We have fulfilled this request, Thanks!!]
May 20th, 10:00 AM-Noon HUMANE RESCUE ALLIANCE: 1201 New York Avenue NE. 4-5 people to garden and plant marigolds (they fight mosquitos!). We’ll be donating the marigolds; $15 personal donations are encouraged but not required. We’ll also get a tour while we’re there. Who knows, you might take home a new friend…
June 4th, 8:00-10:30 AM GIRLS ON THE RUN: Freedom Plaza. Join Stevie Smith to help cheer at the GOTR Spring 5k. You’ll show up, make a sign, ring a cowbell and support the girls! You can also register as a 'buddy runner’ for a girl who doesn’t have a teacher or family member to run with. Volunteers need to be officially registered via this link for the "Pacers Cheer Team”
To be a buddy runner, register here: https://www.gotrdc.org/5K-Detail#show-volunteer. If you register, please also register via the team tracker.
Remember to sign up for volunteer opportunities, put your input on the Volunteer Tracker, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
April 23: Ride the Drive Car Free Day
Join your teammates for a car-free ride of Skyline Drive on April 23. During this event, Skyline Drive will be closed to motorized vehicles from the Front Royal Entrance Station at mile 0 to the Thornton Gap Entrance Station at mile 31.5. The rest of Skyline Drive will remain open to all vehicles. In honor of National Park Week, April 22 and 23 are fee-free days and all entrance fees into the park are waived.
If you're traveling, have space for others, or need a ride, sign up via the Google Doc. We'll do our best to accommodate everyone's request and see you on the road!
This training update is about our partner, Off Road. We all know how hard it is to get in those strength training sessions at home - so train with your teammates in a Build class at either of their two locations - Capitol Hill or U Street.
Experience the "BEST OF DC" at a ridiculous 35% off! Try 2 months of unlimited CYCLING ($99/mo) or give all three (BIKE, BOX, & BUILD) a try with our FULL unlimited ($129/mo).
M,W,F at 6:10 am U Street - Build 50 with Arnold. (This class is often sold out well in advance so sign up a week ahead!)
Mondays: Michen on U Street, Build 30 at 7:40pm (great if you want to top off your Monday PM workout!)
Wednesdays: Anabell at Cap Hill, Build 50 at 5:30pm
Thursdays: Savannah on U Street, Build 50 at 6:20am; Michen on U Street, Build 30 at 6:30pm, Devlin on U Street, Build 50 at 7:10pm
Saturdays: Annabell on U Street, Build 50 at 9am, Michen on U Street, Build 30 at 11am
Sundays: Stenicia on Cap Hill, Build 50 at 9am, Devlin at U Street, Build 50 at 9am
Sign up HERE and don't forget to use our discount code, MULTISPORT.
Off Road Cycling
We get it, you're a triathlete, and as a triathlete, when you think of a spinning class you think "that's not real cycling." Fortunately, District Multisport has partnered with Off Road Cycling (recently named the best indoor cycling studio in DC by Washington City Paper!) to help you get a real bike (or strength) workout in even if the weather isn't cooperating. Off Road isn't going to offer you an average spinning class, you're going to experience real cycling with real power and classes designed by Off Road coaches to maximize your workout. If you're tired of the bike and want to get in a great cross training workout, check out their Box classes for a high-intensity cardio burn or Build classes for that ever-important core strength and muscle building. Come visit one of their two locations (U Street and Capitol Hill) to experience what your teammates have been raving about. District Multisport team members receive a 15% discount by using the code MULTISPORT when signing up for classes at www.offroaddc.com.
Events and Races Social Events
April 20 -- Team Happy Hour
Location: Jack Rose Dining Saloon (2007 18th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20009)
Time: 6:00 to 8 p.m.
April 30 -- Team Dinner, Gear Swap, Kit Distribution
Location: Julia Hoppock's abode (850 Quincy St., NW #626)
Time: 5 p.m.
What: Bring your extraneous gear, a dish to share, and pick up your spiffy new District Multisport gear. Look for a spreadsheet to include your gear so folks know what everyone's bringing.
May 18 -- Team Happy Hour
Location: Boundary Stone (116 Rode Island Ave, NW)
Time: 6 p.m.
These are races in which teammates are participating and that are on the team calendar of events.
Apr 29-30 North Face Endurance Festival (Team Event)
May 13-14 Kinetic Half and Sprint (Team Event)
June 3 Rock Hall Oly (Team Event and Regional Club Champs)
The Rock Hall Olympic event is the USA Triathlon Mid-Atlantic Regional Club Championship. We've placed at the top of our division for the past four years (to the tune of $500 for the club) and need you to register NOW to compete as an Age Group athlete in the Olympic distance event. ONLY athletes registered in the Age Group category (not Athena, not Clyde, not novice, just Age Group) will be scored for our overall points. We can earn up to 15 participation points just for completing the event, regardless of performance. When you register, use the code DM17VMTS.
The full Team Race schedule and Race Tracker are on the website. The team has organized team houses for Kinetic and Rock Hall. Stay tuned for details and thank you to the volunteers who will be organizing the details of the houses.
The current board is updating you on votes and actions taken at monthly meetings to keep you informed of the work that happens "behind the scenes."
Get To Know Your Teammates
Nathan Wick -- Training Coordinator
How did you first get interested in multisport?
When I was living in Melbourne, Florida, I started running on the beach barefoot just to get outside. Melbourne had a lot of triathletes so when I started going to social runs, they started pushing me to do a tri. But I didn't swim and didn't have a bike. But eventually the pressure built up and someone convinced me to go for an ocean swim - mile swim, mile run back on the beach. I'd never really swam for exercise so I spent about 45 min almost drowning. But after that, I had to figure out how to swim properly so I started swimming regularly. At that point, it was a fait accompli that I would buy a bike and do a tri, which happened for the first time on April 14, 2013
Which sport do you enjoy the most?
If I say anything other than running, no one will believe me. The thing I like about running is that, for me, it's the easiest to measure out my effort in. I always run by feel, and after a mile or two I know how hard I can go without cracking.
Any embarrassing stories you'd like to share?
Right after I've told you about how I'm confident in measuring out my effort, I have to tell you about one time where it didn't happen. I did the Palm Beaches marathon as my first marathon. It was supposed to be in the 70s, but at race start it was mid-80s. And the heat index just went up from there. I did a crap job fueling and about mile 16 I hit a wall. Basically, every mile after that was 15-30 seconds slower. I finally made it to the finish line, made it about 50 feet to Kristi and as soon as I stopped moving I started to swoon. Luckily a race volunteer caught me and put me into a wheelchair. I was so delirious I started arguing with the race medal volunteer about the ribbon color (I was convinced they were giving me the half marathon medal). After 4 bags of IV fluid, they sent me to the hospital. And while I was there my friend took a photo and made a meme out of me.
What is your most triumphant moment during a multisport event?
I did a short local race one time, the Pirate Plunder 2 miler. And I had zero expectations. I just figured I'd go out and run hard as usual. Since it was a short race, I didn't really check my pace as I ran, but I came around the final turn into the finishing straightaway. And I saw that the clock hadn't hit 11:00 yet, and I thought I could make so I went all out to the finish line. I crossed the line with an official time of 10:59.7. It's silly but it was so unexpected that I was on Cloud 9.
Tell us something that most people don't know about you.
My first triathlon was on my One Year Wedding Anniversary. Kristi surprised me with a sign, but I was mildly offended because she greatly exaggerated my expected finish time.
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