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TRI-MANIA DC: A seminar schedule with an incredible list of speakers including 2x Ironman World Champion MIRINDA CARFRAE and Ironman Champion TIMOTHY O'DONNELL

The TRI-MANIA Summit and Expo at Georgetown Prep in North Bethesda, MD will feature a series of FREE TO ATTEND expert-led seminars and panel discussions geared to help prepare you for the start of the new triathlon season. All seminars take place in the Georgetown Prep Hanley Center for Athletic Excellence gymnasium. See the complete schedule below.

Headlining the schedule will be 2x Ironman World Champion MIRINDA CARFRAE and Ironman Champion TIMOTHY O'DONNELL who will participate in a Q&A at 1:30pm moderated by BOB BABBITT, one of the great pioneers of the sport of triathlon.  Other sessions will be led by some of the most well-known and respected athletes, coaches and experts in the world of triathlon including Sheila Taormina (4x olympian, USA Triathlon Hall of Fame inductee), Brian Shea (nutrition coach to world champions), Terry Laughlin (founder of Total Immersion), Danny Dreyer (founder of ChiRunning) and others. See the complete schedule below.

Register buttonAdmission to the seminars and vendor expo is FREE. Register and you'll be eligible to win the Grand Prize Giveaway, a NormaTec Recovery System (a $1,750 value!) and you'll receive exclusive discounts on selected clinics and workshops. Registration also makes you eligible to win other great prizes and the first 500 registered receive a goodie bag filled with product samples, coupons and more. (NOTE: You must be 18 years of age or older to be eligible to win the Grand Prize and to receive a goodie bag)

9:00AM-10:00AM: GETTING FASTER IN THE SWIM: SPEED AND PROPULSION TECHNIQUES presented by 4x Olympian Sheila Taormina

Sheila Taormina is a 4x Olympian who participated in the Olympics in three different sports including swimming (where she won a gold medal in 1996) and triathlon.  In this fun and interactive seminar, Sheila will detail the freestyle stroke technique used by the fastest swimmers in the world.  A dynamic and energetic speaker, Sheila will cover how a swimmer learns to “feel” the water in order to gain traction as well as the specific pull pattern required underwater that combines with core movement for maximum speed. 

Attendees of this presentation will learn:

  • How an athlete must “feel” the water in order to apply his/her strength. 
  • An understanding of the key elements of the underwater pull pattern
  • How to coordinate the core movement with the arms/legs for maximum propulsion/speed in the water

Sheila TAbout Sheila Taormina: Sheila is a 4x Olympian (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008) and the only woman to compete in three different Olympic sports (swimming -- where she won a gold medal in 1996 -- triathlon and the pentathlon). She is also the 1994 World Champion in triathlon, a USA Triathlon Hall of Fame inductee and author of Swim Speed Secretsand Swim Speed Workouts by Velo Press. At present, Sheila travels as a motivational speaker for schools, businesses, and community organizations, she volunteers extensively within her community and travels the world conducting swimming clinics.

presented by nutrition consultant Brian Shea

Whether you’re racing your first sprint or your tenth Iron-distance triathlon, your pre-race nutritional plan plays an integral role in your success. Brian Shea, Personal Best Nutrition President & Head Nutritional Coach, will dig into the specific nutritional strategies to help fuel your next race. Topics covered include hydration, electrolyte intake and what foods to consume and what to avoid.

Attendees will learn:

  • What is the optimal fluid and electrolyte intake before your race.
  • What foods should be included and avoided in the final 24-hours before your race.
  • What is the proper timing of food/fluid intake, before your race.

JUST FOR ATTENDING: All athletes who attend will also receive a $10 Gift Certificate to be used at & a 30% discount coupon to be used on Nutritional Consultation Services. Attendees will also & be entered to win a $50 Personal Best Nutrition Gift Certificate.

Brian SheaAbout Brian Shea: Brian is the President & Head Nutritional Coach at Personal Best Nutrition and is a certified triathlon and running coach, specializing in sports nutrition programs for athletes ranging from beginners to professionals. Mr. Shea has over 20-years experience, having developed the nutritional strategies for some of the fastest triathletes on the planet including Ironman and 70.3 World Champion Leanda Cave, 70.3 World Champion Terenzo Bozzone, Ironman 70.3 & Xterra World Champion Julie Dibens, Ironman Lake Placid Course Record Holder & 5x World Champion Simon Lessing, professional triathletes Jordan Rapp, Heather Gollnick and many others.

10:30AM-11:05AM: TRI TECH SHOWCASE presented by sam®

New for the 2014 TRI-MANIA Summit and Expo, the Tri Tech Showcase presented by sam® will feature cutting-edge products and gear for triathletes.  The showcase will consist of a series of short presentations with each focused on what's innovative, advanced and cool about the featured product.  


The Tri Tech Showcase is presented by sam®.  sam® will be the first product featured in the showcase and is a wearable, ultrasound pain management device for use in applying deep therapeutic treatment.  sam® is the first and only long duration continuous ultrasound therapy product that is FDA cleared for relief of pain, relief of muscle spasm, treatment of joint stiffness and increased local circulation. This ground breaking product offers triathletes numerous benefits including relief of pain and muscle spasm and increased circulation and recovery

Additional products featured in the Tri Tech Showcase to be announced soon. 

11:05AM-11:30AM: BREAK

11:30AM-12:00PM: THE TOP THREE STRATEGIES FOR AN INJURY FREE SEASON presented by Kerri Kramer Webb, MSPT, owner of the the Endurance Athlete Center and Fast Track Physical Therapy

Running, swimming, and biking each lead to predictable patterns of breakdown that can be avoided. Learn how to steer clear of season-ending injuries with the implementation of three simple strategies. Attendees of this seminar will learn:

  • Tri-specific strength and balance exercises
  • Methods to prevent inevitable soft tissue adhesions
  • How to best analyze your swim, bike, and run form

Kerri KramerAbout Kerri Kramer Webb, MSPT: Kerri is the owner of the Falls Church- based Endurance Athlete Center and Fast Track Physical Therapy. She has 14 years of outpatient orthopedic experience with a direct focus on rehabilitation for endurance athletes for 7 years. Specialties include advanced biomechanical analysis of sports injuries and return to sport programming.



12:00PM-12:45PM: SMART (AND EASY) SPEED: A PERSONALIZED PLAN FOR FASTER SWIMMING – GUARANTEED! presented by founder of Total Immersion, Terry Laughlin

The most spirited discussion in triathlon swimming today seems to be on the topic of whether an emphasis on Stroke Length or Stroke Rate is the more effective way to improve swimming speed. Well, just as you need both Length and Width to find the area of a square, you need both Length and Rate for swimming speed. The critical question is which you choose as your starting point or foundation. Making the right choice makes all the difference, as Terry Laughlin will demonstrate.

Attendees will learn:

  • An understanding of the ‘art and science’ of swimming faster. 
  • A grasp of how to make swim training 100% customized and personalized. 
  • The insight to view swim-speed training as an exercise in problem-solving rather than muscle and masochism.

Terry LAbout Terry Laughlin: Terry is founder and head coach of Total Immersion Swimming. In his 40+ year coaching career, he has coached scores of national champions and several world-ranked swimmers. In his 50-year swimming career he has progressed from being stuck in the slow lane to being a 6-time National Masters champion and multiple USMS age group record holder, since age 55. In October 2013, he swam across Gibraltar Strait, the latest of over a dozen ‘ultra’-marathon swims in his 50s and 60s. 

12:45PM-1:15PM: ENERGY-EFFICIENT RUNNING AND MASTERING THE T-2 TRANSITION presented by founder of ChiRunning, Danny Dreyer

For many triathletes, the run leg is the most difficult part of the race because it comes last, when you have the least amount of available energy. In this presentation, Danny Dreyer, the founder of ChiRunning, will focus on two areas crucial to good triathlon performance: an energy-efficient running technique and how to master transition from the bike to the run.

Attendees will learn:

  • The 3 most common mistakes triathletes make that create fatigue during the run 
  • How to maximize your speed, yet minimize the use of your legs for propulsion during the run 
  • How to make a seamless transition from pedaling your bike to running

Danny Dreyer2About Danny Dreyer: Danny is the founder of ChiRunning and co-author of the Best Selling running book, ChiRunning and also the author of Chi Walking and Chi Marathon. He is a veteran of 42 ultramarathons and 10 marathons. A running coach for more than thirty years, Danny possesses a wealth of knowledge about running technique, injury-prevention and race-specific training and believes anyone can run faster, easier and injury-free.


1:15PM-1:30PM: BREAK



Rinny and TO at Kona

In this moderated Q&A athletes will get to hear from Timothy O'Donnell and Mirinda Carfrae, two of the sports most popular and talented triathletes who also just happen to be newlyweds (they were married in December 2013)! 

In one of their first public appearances since getting married you'll hear Mirinda Carfrae discuss her record-setting day at the Ironman World Championship in 2013 where she won her second world championship in record-setting fashion.... you'll hear about Timothy O'Donnell's triathlon beginnings where he led the Naval Academy Men’s team to two US national triathlon titles on through his stellar career including his finish at the 2013 Ironman World Championship where he was 5th overall and the top American.... and you'll hear how both their lives have changed since that epic day in Kona last October and since walking down the aisle in December.  Don't miss this opportunity to hear from two of the most accomplished and nicest triathletes in the sport.

BabbittThe moderator for this Q&A will be the one and only Bob Babbitt.  Bob is a pioneer in the sport of triathlon whose roots in the sport go back to racing in Kona in the early days of Ironman.  Bob is an inductee to both the USAT and Ironman Hall of Fames, co-founder of Competitor magazine and the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), he is the voice of Competitor Radio and writes a monthly editorial in Triathlete magazine. Bob has interviewed hundreds of professional triathletes and is sure to do a masterful job interviewing Mirinda and Timothy.

This keynote Q&A will be immediately preceded by a brief update from a member of the USAT Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on 2014 USAT initiatives in the region.

featuring Terry Laughlin (founder of Total Immersion), Shane Eversfield (founder of Zendurance Cycling) and Danny Dreyer (founder of ChiRunning)

With an efficient technique triathletes can swim, bike and run faster and farther with less energy and lower risk of injury... efficiency also leads to faster recovery and greater enjoyment!  Efficiency arises in triathlon when you use the most powerful force available to you to swim, bike and run and that force is gravity.

In this roundtable discussion and Q&A session featuring Danny Dreyer, Terry Laughlin and Shane Eversfield attendees will discover 

  • How strengthen your alliance with gravity for triathlon
  • How to deepen your understanding of the nature of efficiency and it’s value in endurance sports
  • The challenges specific to each discipline in your alliance with gravity
  • How to transform your approach to training to maximize efficiency and improve your training effectiveness.

About Terry, Shane and Danny: See above for bios on Terry Laughlin and Danny Dreyer who will also be presenting on their own. Shane Eversfield is Founder & Head Coach Zendurance Cycling, a USAT Level I Triathlon Coach, a Serotta Certified Advanced Bike Fit Technician, a certified Total Immersion Swim Master Coach, a practitioner of Tai Chi for over 35 years and author of Zendurance, a Spiritual Fitness Guide for Endurance Athletes.

3:00PM-3:30PM: THE BIKE: WHAT YOU NEED AND WHAT YOU DON’T, FROM BEGINNER THROUGH ELITE presented by Doug Baumgarten, SportFit Lab 

In this presentation by Doug Baumgarten, triathletes will learn the answers to all the important questions about the bike including:

  • When to upgrade from a road bike to a tri bike
  • When it's most important to get fit (or re-fit) on your bike
  • When to make what equipment upgrades for the most impact
  • And more.

Doug will discuss each topic from the perspective of a beginner, intermediate and advanced-level triathlete and provide a "Bike Priority List" for each level after each topic.  This will be a quick-hitting and efficient coverage of important bike topics and a must attend if you have questions about what you should be doing this season to get faster on the bike. 

Doug Baumgarten

About Doug Baumgarten M.S.: Director at the SportFit Lab in Herndon, VA, Doug is a Harvard University Graduate with a Masters Degree in Exercise Science.  He is also Fit Institute Slow Twitch (F.I.S.T.) Certified Triathlon Bike Fitter, Serotta International Cycling Institute (SICI) Certified Bike Fitter, USA Cycling Certified Coach & Experienced (Triathlon) Bike Racer and Barnett Bicycle Institute Certified in bicycle assembly and maintenance.





These are exciting times in the world of triathlon... athletes under the age of 20 represent the fastest growing segment in the sport of triathlon... the NCAA recently approved the sport of triathlon as an official women's sport... Rev3 has announced "Rev3 Rush", a dynamic, fast, draft-legal style of racing... the Challenge Family brand of triathlon debuts in the USA in 2014... and other developments in the sport beg the question, "What will the sport look like in 5 or 10 years?"  Stick around for this panel discussion featuring leaders in the sport involved in these initiatives to hear what they think and where it might all be going. Panelists to include:

  • Christy Lausch, co-founder and Head Coach of the MINI COW TRI CLUB (the first and only youth and junior triathlon club in Maryland), USAT Certified Level 1 Coach, and Regional Athlete Development Coordinator for the USAT Mid-Atlantic Region. 
  • Charlie Patten, founder Rev3 Triathlon
  • Robert Vigorito, Event Director, Challenge Atlantic City and USA Triathlon Mid-Atlantic Regional Council Chair
  • Patricia Collins, Member of the 2012 USA Paratriathlon National Team, TRI-5 gold medal winner at 2012 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships

4:00PM-4:30PM: LAWYERS, GUNS & MONEY: TOOLS FOR AVOIDING LEGAL POTHOLES FOR ATHLETES presented by Doug Landau, attorney with Abrams Landau Ltd

From bike crashes to cyclists’ arrests, trespassing swimmers to run over runners, there are strategies multi-sport athletes can use to protect their legal rights and make the most of bad situations.  From the lawyer who represented: “The Speedo 6”, the “MS 5 Bikers”, runners, bikers and others injured throughout the East Coast by dangerous drivers, dogs and defects, triathletes who attend this presentation will learn how to protect themselves and their families.  

About Doug Landau: Doug is a licensed attorney in VA, DC, NJ, FL & CT and has tryed cases throughout the East Coast; he is an active member of DC and Virginia Trial Lawyers Assns.; “Best Lawyers in America,” and “DC & Virginia Super Lawyers,” and is a frequent public speaker (e.g. Fairfax Bike Summit, 2013); he is also a competitive triathlete and is Winner Virginia Duathlon Series 2013, a USAT National Championships Competitor (Sprint Tri, Olympic Tri, Duathlon, Aquathon) and and Age Group & Masters Champion (7 countries & 25 states)