Naughton, Killeen to compete at Duathlon World Championships

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Rebecca Naughton

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Caroline Killeen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Z3 athletes will be competing in the ITU Duathlon World Championships in Pontevedra, Spain on June 1. Caroline Killeen and Rebecca Naughton will represent Team USA in the 16-19 Age Group Sprint race, which will begin with a 5-kilometer run, followed by a 20-kilometer bike ride and 2.5-kilometer sprint to the finish.

Naughton and Killeen qualified for the World Championships at the Duathlon National Championships in Tucson, Arizona last October, where they finished in third and fourth place, respectively. “My parents and I didn’t make the decision to race at Worlds until December after we had several conversations with Coach Jenny,” Killeen said. “We wanted to make sure this was going to be a good fit for me and support my goal of racing as an elite triathlete. Once the decision was made for me to race in Spain, I cried.”

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Trip to Collegiate Triathlon Mecca: Z3 at USAT Collegiate Nationals

For the past two years USAT Collegiate Nationals has been hosted on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. More than 100 collegiate teams compete and over 1200 athletes are part of the event.

This year’s theme was “Mustachionals” as in – all the guys (and some of the gals) were decked out in mustaches. Nationals features a draft-legal event on the first day, followed by an Olympic distance non draft-legal event and mixed team relay the next. Everyone converged for a post race awards banquet.

“This past weekend’s experience at Collegiate Nationals was awesome! So much energy and passion rolled into one race. The competition was fierce and it felt great to be apart of such a talented field of athletes. It feels great to be back in the sport of triathlon again, I’m looking forward to this upcoming summer of racing and learning even more about this unique and continuously growing sport.” ~ Brian Gorman (@briangorman1650)

“My favorite part of collegiate nationals would have to be the Mixed Team Relay. Being the final event, it was a great send-off for an already incredible weekend in Tempe, AZ. Toeing the line with so many great athletes, I couldn’t help but feel the intensity and excitement from the fans and teammates cheering everyone on. It was an amazing experience I will never forget!” ~ Connor Dilger (@Connor_Dilger)

“I loved the excitement in the atmosphere. So many different schools coming together to do what we love.” ~ Erin Paradis (@Erin_Paradis)

It was fun. It was exciting. Lot’s of cheers. Weird costumes. Mucho swim, bike and run! It’s something every athlete should attend. Take a look at some photos from Z3 athletes who competed – Erin Paradis (Colorado State), Brian Gorman (University of Minnesota) and Connor Dilger (University of Iowa).

A Few Words with Tamara Gorman

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March 21, 2014

We had a chance to visit with Tamara Gorman, Rapid City Stevens senior and Z3 athlete, about her recent experiences racing in Florida. Take a look…

Z3: Over the past two weekends you’ve competed in your first Elite (Pro) triathlons. How did they go?

TG: Clermont and Sarasota were my first Pro events ever and I was so excited to compete coming off a long winter. Clermont was a complete mess. I’ve never really raced this early in the year. I just think I put to much pressure on myself and it ended badly.

Z3: What do you mean you put too much pressure on yourself?

TG: In Clermont, it was weird for me to see my past competitors racing in a totally different race than I was in. Honestly, I didn’t think I realized who I was going to be competing against. Racing against past Olympian Sarah Haskins was an honor to me. (I was actually thinking about maybe getting a picture with her before the race in the athlete lounge… but I didn’t want to bother her so I kept to myself. LOL!) Read more

Get Your High Octane On!

z3octanebarsI guess it was probably six years ago now (maybe more) I was looking for a simple and power-packed bar I could share with athletes. Mind you, that long ago there were a few nutrition bars on the grocery shelf (not nearly as many as the aisle that exists now), but none really had the calorie count, density, flavor and non-preservative make-up I was looking for.

So, one afternoon I whipped up what is now known as Z3 Bars.

It really was an “everything-AND-the-kitchen-sink” sort of concoction. A little honey, some peanut butter, chocolate chip chunks, chia, flax, oats, more chocolate chips. Boom! It was quick. It was tasty. It was simple.

Through the years I’ve shared the recipe with others, including with Hy-Vee Seasons magazine. Today if you search Z3 High Octane Bars you’ll find lots of posts about them including some imposters like “Coach So-and-So’s High Octane Bars”, “Simple Energy Bars”, “Energy Bon Bons”. It’s funny! It’s flattering I suppose. And, awesome that so many people like them.

I wanted to share the recipe with you. They’re just too good to keep a secret!

>>Get the recipe here.

>>Wanna Learn More About Athlete Nutrtion?

Contributor: Coach Jenny Weber, RD, LD

Photo Credit: Hy-Vee Seasons Magazine

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