In addition to increasing his endurance, helping with concentration and keeping him physically fit, competing in triathlons requires careful preparation and training. All of these help Doug Landau in his active injury and disability trial practice. The National Duathlon Festival was held in Richmond a fortnight ago. The United States Age Group Championship would not only determine who are the best Duathletes in the country, but who would make the World Championship team representing the USA in Scotland in September.
Herndon, Reston and Oakton area trial lawyer Doug Landau has competed in these championships several times, and this year he came well-rested, trained and ready for almost anything. Landau even brings a second set of wheels and a spare bike helmet, in case anyone forgets theirs or has a product failure right before the race. He even rode the run course on Friday in order to familiarize himself with the venue, and then ran some of the course, marking it with chalk the next day. However, even the most thorough preparations cannot take every outcome into account. While the weather reports predicted thunderstorms, and it rained so heavily Saturday night that the Triathlon Trial Lawyer saw several bikers skid and crash on the wet pavement, he saw many more walking their bicycles back to the transition area because they had gotten flat tires on the bridge expansion joints. The race consisted of a 5k (3.1 mile) run, followed by a 38k (23.6 mile) bike ride, and then another 5k run.
Landau was 75% through the bike course when he hit an bridge expansion joint and flatted out. However, rather than walking home or quitting the race, the ABRAMS LANDAU litigator left his bike shoes on his bicycle, and ran the bike back across the bridge to the transition area, a distance of about 3 miles ! And he did this barefoot ! Once he got back in the transition area, he put on his racing shoes and ran a 21 minute 5k and finished in just under 2 hours. How did he manage to run on the highway and bridge without shoes ? Landau strengthens and toughens by training barefoot whenever he can. The former USAT Sprint and Olympic Distance Triathlon All American won last year’s "Playa Del Rey Beach Sprint" race barefoot. Remarked Landau, "just as with our personal injury jury trials and workers comp disability cases, I have to be ready for anything !"