What is Z3?
Z3 strives to accomplish our mission by teaching life skills through sport. We are committed to promoting and developing the sport of triathlon to beginner through elite youth athletes, age 10-23, in a team environment. We strive to be the cornerstone youth triathlon team in the Midwest.
Athletes learn about the Z3 7 Pillars of Success. Through hard work and fun, athletes build healthy lifestyles from their experiences in this positive environment for personal growth both in the sport, and in life.
What is a high performance team?
A high performance triathlon team increases the quality and quantity of youth triathlon programs across the US. We recruit, train and identify athletes with the ability to compete at the highest levels.
What age does my athlete have to be to participate?
Z3 is a team that consists of athletes from age 6-23.
Who is the head coach?
Jenny Weber is the head coach of Z3. She is one of a handful of USA Triathlon Level II certified coaches in the United States. Jenny has a wealth of knowledge in sports physiology and nutrition. She is also the USA Triathlon Midwest Region Athletic Development Coordinator for USA Triathlon.
Jenny has competed in hundreds of running and triathlon competitions.
Where does the team conduct its training sessions?
The team’s “home base” during the spring is the YMCA Healthy Living Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Most cycling practices are hosted near Brown’s Woods in West Des Moines as the weather warms up.
Practices are also hosted by coaches in Cedar Falls, IA., Chicago, IL., Sioux Falls, SD. and St. Louis, MO.
What equipment does my athlete need to participate? What can Z3 provide, if my athlete doesn’t have a bike, or other needs?
A complete list of equipment is provided at the team try-outs. At minimum, every athlete will need swim goggles, road bike, bike shoes, bike shorts, bike helmet and running shoes.
How does my child join the team?
Try-outs are held annually. Every athlete must complete a swim, bike, and run test, and an interview with the team coaches. Athletes are selected based on their interest and ability. Average swimming skills are very beneficial.
While dates for the 2013 tryouts are being determined, please complete our “Athlete Interest Form” to be included in upcoming tryouts communications here.
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