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About Us

What We Stand For

Our work is guided by our belief that competition teaches more than good old-fashioned physical fitness. We believe in teaching life skills through the preparation for and competition in sport — specifically triathlon. Our Seven Pillars of Excellence are:

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Integrity

“To me, integrity means to do what you know is right even when no one is looking; to be honest even when you want to lie; and, to be respectful even when you’re upset or angry.”
~ Austin Hindman (Age 16), St. Louis, MO HPT Team

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Respect

“The act of not only treating someone the way you would like to be treated but also looking up to someone to some extent. If you respect someone there is usually a quality they have that you admire.”
~ Tamara Gorman (Age 18), Rapid City, SD HPT Team

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Humility

“To be humble is to appreciate other’s strengths and weaknesses while being modest of your own.” ~ Aleena Villani (Age 17), Pleasant Prairie, WI HPT Team

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Accountability

“Accountability is taking responsibility for everything you do or say, – good or bad.” ~ Ike Mendel (Age 14), Sioux Falls, SD

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Sportsmanship

“Sportsmanship is like the “Golden Rule” of sports. Treat others the way you want to be treated. It also means caring for, respecting, and congratulating your team and your competition on and off the playing field.” ~ Gage Brinker (Age 9), West Des Moines, IA Competitive Team

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Safety

“The safety pillar means to check your equipment before using it – even making sure your shoes are tied. Remembering to not do anything that could hurt yourself or anyone else. And, make sure to help anyone who gets hurt.” ~ Mallory Metzger (Age 11), West Des Moines, IA Competitive Team

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Goal Setting

“Goal setting is a vital part of becoming a better athlete. Goals give
you motivation and define what you are training for.” ~ Luke Mohan (Age 15), Clive, IA  

  • Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made
    from something they have deep inside them –
    a desire, a dream, a vision.

    Muhammad Ali
  • The greater danger for most us is not
    that our aim is too high and we miss it,
    but that it is too low and we hit it.

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  • Never underestimate the power of dreams
    and the influence of the human spirit. We are
    all the same in this notion, the potential
    for greatness lives within each of us.

    Wilma Rudolph
  • A noble purpose inspires sacrifice, stimulates innovation and encourages perseverence.

    Steve Jobs

What We Do

We know what it takes to develop the person AND athlete. We have identified three
areas of focus that produce the greatest improvement in athletics.

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Assessments & Skills Development

Assessment and development of form and skill are our “secret sauce”. We believe the improvement and perfection of form and skill will result in successful athletes at the highest level, both today and as the athlete matures into an adult.

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Individual Training

One-on-one training sessions and customized training prescriptions developed by our Z3 coaching staff help athletes address individual needs and pursue their dreams so they can be successful day-to-day and year-to-year.

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Group Training Camps

Our coached group training has been successful in pushing athletes to new heights. Even better, our daily training environment allows athletes to eat, breathe and sleep triathlon under the the supervision of expert coaches.

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We’re Building Better People

Not sure where you fit in? Z3 athletes are between the ages of 6 and
25 years old and train in one of four teams. Take a look!

High Performance Team / Elite

High Performance Team / Elite

Tamara Gorman (Rapid City, South Dakota) (Mom Kelly pictured with Tamara)

About Tamara:

Tamara (pronounced TAM ruh) Gorman is graduating from Stevens High School in Rapid City, South Dakota in the spring of 2014. She began her athletic career as a swimmer with the Rapid City Racers swim club. Tamara loves to do anything outdoors – rock climbing, mountain biking, running and especially swimming. Tamara has a fully-customized training plan that includes swim, bike, run and strength workouts spread out over 5 to 6 days per week. She trains in the pool with her swim club, and then completes her run and bike workouts outside or indoors (depending on the workout and/or the weather). She has weekly touch bases with Coach Jenny Weber every week (if not more). She also trains with in the Des Moines daily training environment during the summer when she is not traveling for competition.

About the Elite Squad:

Generally, Elite Squad team members train predominantly in their hometown, but spend time in Des Moines with Coach Jenny and the Z3 staff during the summer months for specialized, focused training. Z3 has three elite (Pro) level athletes on it’s team and will be expanding in the future with the completion of TRIMidwest, an Olympic-caliber triathlon training lab in Des Moines, Iowa (completion January 2015). Elite Squad members are usually 18 or older.

>>Learn More About Becoming a Z3 Elite Team Athlete

Little ZiPRZ

Little ZiPRZ

Talan Mertz (Urbandale, Iowa)

About Talan:

Talan is a wild and crazy eight year old from Urbandale, Iowa. Talan loves anything to do with triathlon – friends, running, swimming, biking – but most of all he loves the chocolate milk after practice. His mom and dad love the fact that he’s having a blast (and it doesn’t hurt that the practices wear him out).

About Little ZiPRZ:

Little ZiPRZ team members are between the ages of 6 and 10 years old and can swim at least 25 yards, and have interest in learning about the sport of triathlon. Little ZiPRZ athletes train between 1 and 2 times per week from June through August. The goal of the team is to teach and improve swim, bike and run skills in a safe and supportive environment. Little ZiPRZ athletes compete in local, regional and National kids age group events.

>>Learn More About Becoming a Little Ziprz Athlete

High Performance Team

High Performance Team

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Katie Patrick (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)

About Katie:

Katie Patrick is a freshman at Lincoln High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Katie started her athletic career on the Snow Fox Swim Team. She currently runs Cross Country and Track in High School. Katie trains in Sioux Falls with Coach Jacqui and Coach Kathy 4 to 5 days a week. She also spends time in Des Moines in the Z3 daily training environment throughout the summer. Coach Jenny Weber provides the High Performance Team annual training plan. She connects with Katie on a weekly basis via phone calls or Facetime to connect about training and school.

About High Performance Team Athletes:

High Performance Team members are between the ages of 12 and 26 years old and have met swimming, cycling and running benchmarks on a quarterly basis. High Performance Team members are provided personal training plan accounts and coaches that outline training sessions and support the athlete. High Performance Team athletes are expected to spend time each summer in the Z3 daily training environment in Des Moines.

>>Learn More About Becoming a Z3 High Performance Athlete

 

Elite Team

Elite Team

Alex Libin (Clive, Iowa)

About Alex:

Alex Libin graduated from the collegiate ranks in 2013 to become an Elite triathlete (Pro). Alex attended the University of Iowa (we don’t hold that against him) where he was a key member of the school’s triathlon club. He comes to the sport of triathlon with a steep cycling background. Now in his second year as an Elite he calls Colorado Springs, CO. home where he is training and taking classes at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

About the Elite Team:

Generally, Elite Squad team members train predominantly in their hometown, but spend time in Des Moines with Coach Jenny and the Z3 staff during the summer months for specialized, focused training. Z3 has three elite (Pro) level athletes on it’s team and will be expanding in the future with the completion of TRIMidwest, an Olympic-caliber triathlon training lab in Des Moines, Iowa (completion January 2015). Elite Squad members are usually 18 or older.

>>Learn More About Becoming a Z3 Elite Team Athlete

High Performance Team / Collegiate

High Performance Team / Collegiate

Tyson Weiland (Johnston, Iowa)

About Tyson:

Tyson is a freshman at Iowa Central College in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Tyson has been a member of the High Performance team for three years and is in pursuit of his Elite (Pro) status. He came to triathlon with a background in swimming and running at Johnston High School. Tyson currently runs cross country and track at Iowa Central and will compete in draft-legal collegiate and EDR level competitions.

About the Z3 High Performance Team:

High Performance Team members have met swimming, cycling and running benchmarks and are tested on a quarterly basis. Athletes are 12 years old or older, and are members of a swim club. Athletes train individually, and in group environments, 4+ days per week. High Performance Athletes focus on sprint distance age group triathlons, and age appropriate distance draft legal competitions. Athletes are guided by a personalized training plan and a Z3 coach.

>>Learn More About Becoming a Z3 High Performance or Collegiate Athlete

Competition Team

Competition Team

Eve Wiltse (left) & Delaney McPherson (right)

About Eve and Delaney:

Eve Wiltse (left) is 12 and lives in Waukee, Iowa where she attends Schuler Elementary while Delaney McPherson (right) is 12 years old and attends Antioch Middle School in Gladstone, Missouri. Eve has been cycling and swimming “her whole life”. Delaney loves being active with dance, running and swimming. The girls love training together at Des Moines training camps throughout the summer, and seeing each other at IronKids competitions across the Midwest.

About the Competition Team:

Competition Team athletes are between are 10 years old and older and training in individual and group training sessions 3 to 4 days per week. There are Competition Teams are located in Des Moines, Sioux Falls, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Chicago and Kansas City staffed by certified coaches. Training plans and group training schedules are delivered via the Z3 communications platform. Athletes are divided into three levels based on skill to provide safe and supportive training situations. Athletes compete in age appropriate distance non-draft legal triathlons. Athletes 12 and older can compete in USA Triathlon draft-legal triathlons.

>>Learn More About Becoming a Z3 Competition Team Athlete

 

High Performance

High Performance

Spencer Clark (Clive, Iowa)

About Spencer:

Spencer is a Senior at Dowling Cathloic High School in Des Moines. Spencer has been on the team for five years. He came to triathlon with a background in swimming (since age 5). He has competed for Dowling on the track, cross country and swim teams.

About High Performance Team Athletes:

High Performance Team members have met swimming, cycling and running benchmarks and are tested on a quarterly basis. Athletes are 12 years old or older, and are members of a swim club. Athletes train individually, and in group environments, 4+ days per week. High Performance Athletes focus on sprint distance age group triathlons, and age appropriate distance draft legal competitions. Athletes are guided by a personalized training plan and a Z3 coach.

>>Learn More About Becoming a Z3 High Performance Athlete

Competition Team

Competition Team

Max Holt (West Des Moines, Iowa)

About Max:

Max is 11 years old and has been a member of the Z3 Tri Team for two years and is in grade 5 at Brookview Elementary. Max came to the team as a runner and has been improving his cycling and swimming every year with a lot of hard work. When he’s not competing in triathlons he is busy playing football and chasing his siblings Abe, Mille and Annie (did I mention they’re triplets?).

About the Competition Team:

Competition Team athletes are between are 10 years old and older and training in individual and group training sessions 3 to 4 days per week. There are Competition Teams are located in Des Moines, Sioux Falls, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Chicago and Kansas City staffed by certified coaches. Training plans and group training schedules are delivered via the Z3 communications platform. Athletes are divided into three levels based on skill to provide safe and supportive training situations. Athletes compete in age appropriate distance non-draft legal triathlons. Athletes 12 and older can compete in USA Triathlon draft-legal triathlons.

>>Learn More About Becoming a Z3 Competition Team Athlete

By The Numbers

Take a look at some fun (and interesting) figures about the team.

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19

Coaches

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Athletes

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States (Plus Mexico)

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Miles of Training Annually

Our Fearless Leaders

We believe in a diverse group of coaches and sport-specific experts to bring
creative skills, thoughts, and ideas to the table.

Coach Jenny

Coach Jenny

Founder of Z3 Triathlon Team, Head Coach View Details
Coach Kristin

Coach Kristin

HPT Coach View Details
Coach Justin

Coach Justin

HPT Coach View Details
Coach Jeff

Coach Jeff

St. Louis Team Head Coach View Details
Coach Esmie

Coach Esmie

Swim Expert View Details
Coach Alex

Coach Alex

HPT Coach, Pro Triathlete View Details
Coach Mark

Coach Mark

Kansas City Team Coach View Details
Coach Nick

Coach Nick

Competitive Team Coach View Details
Coach Jeff Horner

Coach Jeff Horner

HPT Coach View Details
Coach Ellen

Coach Ellen

ZiPRZ Team Coach, Running & Nutrition Expert View Details
Coach Matt

Coach Matt

Chicago Team Head Coach View Details
Coach Julie

Coach Julie

Cycling Guru View Details
Coach Jennifer

Coach Jennifer

Kansas City Team Coach View Details
Coach Maria

Coach Maria

Queen of the Bike View Details
Coach Patrick

Coach Patrick

ZiPRZ Team Coach View Details
Coach Kathy

Coach Kathy

Sioux Falls Team Coach View Details
Coach Jacqui

Coach Jacqui

Sioux Falls Team Coach View Details
Coach Chris

Coach Chris

Running Guru View Details
Coach Nathan

Coach Nathan

Chief Bike Data Scientist View Details
Coach Jenny

Coach Jenny

Founder of Z3 Triathlon Team, Head Coach

Des Moines, IA

Favorite Sport: Running

Favorite Post Workout Food: Chobani and PB2

Favorite Musician: Michael Bublé

2011 USAT Developmental Coach of the Year

Coach Kristin

Coach Kristin

HPT Coach

Clive, IA

Favorite Sport: Snow Skiing

Post Workout Food: Greek yogurt, frozen berries and granola

Favorite Coach: Bob Wilson College Coach

Coach Justin

Coach Justin

HPT Coach

Clive, IA

Favorite Musician: Justin Bieber (of course)

Coach Jeff

Coach Jeff

St. Louis Team Head Coach

St. Louis, MO

Favorite Post Workout Food: Yogurt, cottage cheese & granola

Favorite Sport: Triathlon

Triathlons Completed: 70+

Coach Esmie

Coach Esmie

Swim Expert

Des Moines, IA

Favorite Sport: Swimming

Favorite Musician: Katy Perry

Most Influential Coach: Pablo Morales, U of Nebraska Swim Coach

Most Successful Life Moment (So Far): Getting my Doctorate

Most Successful Sport Moment (So Far): Finishing a century bike ride

Coach Alex

Coach Alex

HPT Coach, Pro Triathlete

Colorado Springs, CO

Favorite Band: In the Moment (check them out)

Favorite Sport: Triathlon (then Cycling)

Favorite Post Workout Food: Quinoa with PB2, bananas, chia seeds and chocolate granola all warmed up in a bowl of almond milk.

Most Successful Moment in Life (So Far): Putting my pants on correctly when getting ready for swim practice in the dark at 4:45am

Coach Mark

Coach Mark

Kansas City Team Coach

Kansas City, MO

Favorite Sport: Wrestling

Favorite Band: Coldplay

Most Influential Coach: Coach Bredlow – HS Football Coach

Post Workout Food: Clif Bar

Most Successful Coaching Moment (So Far): My youth running team running back on the 5K course to run in their last team mate.

Coach Nick

Coach Nick

Competitive Team Coach

Ankeny, IA

Favorite Sport: Cycling

Favorite Band: Gungor

Favorite Post Workout Food: Banana and Peanut Butter

Most Influential Coach: Tony Dungy

Favorite “Non Jenny Approved” Food: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Coach Jeff Horner

Coach Jeff Horner

HPT Coach

Urbandale, Iowa

Favorite Sport: Swimming, but I would have to say Spartan Strength rocks my world!

Favorite Band: The Beatles (but it depends on my mood)

Favorite Post Workout Food: Protein Shake

Favorite Non Jenny Approved Food: Pizza

Coach Ellen

Coach Ellen

ZiPRZ Team Coach, Running & Nutrition Expert

Des Moines, IA

Favorite Sport: Track (and dodgeball, if you consider that a sport)

Favorite Band: Boys II Men/Spice Girls

Most Influential Coach: Coach Mudd – HS XC/Track Coach

Triathlons Completed: Zero :(

Favorite Post Workout Food: Chocolate Milk (and ice cream in moderation)

Coach Matt

Coach Matt

Chicago Team Head Coach

Batavia, IL

Favorite Sport: Cyclocross

Favorite Band: Dave Mathews Band

Favorite Coach: Adam Zucco made me believe in myself. Jenny Weber made me believe in others.

Triathlons Completed: 40+

Most Successful Sport Moment (So Far): Third Ironman – worst day ever but stuck it out and finished!

Coach Julie

Coach Julie

Cycling Guru

Clive, IA

Favorite Sport: It’s all about the bike!

Favorite Song: I sing “Sick of It” by Skillet to myself when I’m riding into a headwind.

Most Successful Life Moment (so far): my two wonderful, humble children and my understanding husband

Most Successful Moment in Sport (so far): completing in Ultra Distance Brevets – the only Iowa female to finish 2 600K rides.

Favorite Post-Workout Food: Guacamole filled hard boiled eggs and quinoa with salsa.

Nickname You Answer To: “Tink” (as in erbell)

Coach Jennifer

Coach Jennifer

Kansas City Team Coach

Kansas City, MO

Favorite Successful Sport Moment (So Far): Redman Triathlon Half Ironman

Favorite Non-Jenny Approved Food: Carmel Salted Ice Cream

Favorite Music: J Lo!

Most Awesome Coach Ever: Coach Ryan – HS Swimming

Coach Maria

Coach Maria

Queen of the Bike

Des Moines, IA

Coach Patrick

Coach Patrick

ZiPRZ Team Coach

Des Moines, IA

Favorite Sport: Running

Favorite Band: DJ Tiesto

Most Influential Coach: HS XC coach Troy Becker

Favorite Post Workout Food: Chocolate Milk

Number of Triathlons Completed (So Far): 60+

Coach Kathy

Coach Kathy

Sioux Falls Team Coach

Sioux Falls, SD

Favorite Sport: Triathlon

Favorite Band: Boston (does this date me?)

Favorite Post Workout food: Chicken burritos and chips and salsa

How Many Triathlons have completed: 92 (Sprint, Olympic and Half Ironmans)

Most Influential Coach: Ron Woodburn…my swim coach in high school

Most successful Moment in Life (So Far): My three boys (Jacob, Adam and Andrew) and my husband, Brian

Coach Jacqui

Coach Jacqui

Sioux Falls Team Coach

Sioux Falls, SD

Favorite Sport: Running

Favorite Moment in Life (So Far): Becoming a mommy

Coach Chris

Coach Chris

Running Guru

Des Moines, IA

Favorite Sport: Everything track and field

Most Influential Coach: Dr. Zeb Sullivan

Most Successful Moment in Life (So Far): Having the courage to make a change in the direction my life was going. I love my life!

Fave Post Workout Food: Chocolate milk or yoghurt and peanut butter

Number of Triathlons Completed: 20ish

Favorite “Non Jenny Approved” Food: REESES BIG CUPS!!!

Coach Nathan

Coach Nathan

Chief Bike Data Scientist

West Des Moines, IA

Favorite Sport: Bike (of course)

Favorite Non Jenny Approved Food: Chocolate Sugar Wafers

Favorite Musician: Frank Sinatra

Best Sporting Moment (So Far): Red Oak Tennis Club Summer League Trophy

Coach Pasha

Competitive Team Coach

Des Moines, IA

Favorite Sport: Triathlon (and soccer, and basketball, and swimming)

Favorite Band: Led Zeppelin

Most Influential Coach: Coach Wagner, HS Swimming

Favorite Food: Anything from the Mediterranean

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Who We Support

What started as a hike for cancer survivors to Mt. Everest Base Camp has turned into a vibrant group of “super-advocates” hiking, biking and running across the world. Above + Beyond Cancer is a public charity whose advocates create a public following through participation in a variety of adventurous, physical endeavors – including recent trips to Kilimanjaro and Everest. Above + Beyond Cancer advocates are our heros. That’s why we support them through fundraising and training together.

 

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Assessments & Skills Development

We believe it's important that youth and young adult athletes are connected with coaches and trainers who understand the physiology of the young athlete. Whether you're a Z3 athlete, or considering becoming a member of the team, our coaches and trainers are dialed in to exactly what youth athletes need to improve.

  • Swim Stroke Assessment and Instruction
  • Bike Position & Pedal Stroke Assessment and Instruction
  • Bike Performance Testing
  • Run Stride Assessment and Instruction
  • Visualization/Goal Setting Assessment and Guidance
  • Strength Assessment and Instruction
  • Nutrition Assessment and Instruction
  • Triathlon Skills Clinics (single day)
  • Triathlon Skills Camps (multiday)

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Individual Training

Some athletes are ready for individualized annual training plans and season-specific specific plans. Whether you're a Z3 athlete, or considering becoming a member of the team, our coaches can help!

  • Annual Training Plan
  • Preparing for a Future in Collegiate Sports (ideally conducted during sophomore/junior year of high school)
  • Season Specific Training Plan
  • Event Specific Training Plan

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Group Training

Group training (in season or out of season) can push athletes to higher performance and improve accountability.

  • Spring Break Training Camp
  • Weekend Training Camp
  • Swim Training Camp
  • Bike Training Camp
  • Run Training Camp
  • Fitness/Strength Training Camp

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Fund A Scholarship

You can support Z3 athletes in their pursuit of achieving greatness by providing a tax-deductible contribution for a travel or tuition scholarship to athletes with financial need. Travel or tuition scholarships are generally granted in $300 increments, however, any donation amount is welcomed.

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