Welcome to the Z3 Family, Minnesota Athletes!

IMG_3490We’re excited to welcome athletes from the Minnesota Junior Elite Triathlon Team (MJET) to the Z3 Triathlon Team.

The Minnesota Junior Elite Triathlon Team (MJET) was formed by Coaches Kris Swarthout and John Shelp in 2007. The team annually has an estimated 30 athletes, ages 9-25. MJET athletes race both locally in the Midwest and nationally. Athletes have competed in both non-draft legal and ITU draft legal races, recording numerous wins and top 5 placements.

“I’m excited for MJET athletes to join the Z3 Triathlon family,” commented Kris Swarthout, founder of the MJET team. “The merging of our two teams will serve to further strengthen triathlon in the United States by providing excellent programming and access to quality coaches for Minnesota athletes.”

Swarthout has served as the head coach of TEAM USA triathlon squad since 2010, and has travelled the globe to world triathlon championship events. He will serve as the head coach of the Minnesota satellite of Z3 Triathlon Team, which will be based in the Minneapolis metro area.

“The partnering of Z3 and MJET is a perfect match,” added Jenny Weber, head coach and founder of Z3 Triathlon. “I’m excited to add the talented roster of MJET athletes to the Z3 family. It’s also going to be a fantastic opportunity to work directly with one of the best coaches in the country, Kris Swarthout.”

The announcement was made at the MJET end-of-year celebration in Minneapolis. Approximately 30 people attended. The guest speaker was ITU World Champion Gwen Jorgensen!

Do you live in Minnesota and want to get involved with a great triathlon development program? Email info@z3triathlon today!

 

 

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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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

If You Build It…

I can’t remember when we started dreaming about a “triathlon farm” after we started Z3 (I don’t remember that it was too far down the road). Today it’s hard to realize the hammering, and dust, and activity between 5th and 6th on Grand Avenue is that dream.

TriMidwest will serve as an Olympic-caliber triathlon skills development and training center for athletes from across the World. And, for Z3 athletes too! It will be powered by the same Z3 staff you’ve come to know and love. And, it’s combined with an amazing facility – 50 meter pool, separate testing and training center, and much, much more.

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“Despite the obstacles to come, NCAA status will be a boon for the U.S. Olympic triathlon team in the future. While its impact might not show in 2016 or 2020, the appeal of  scholarships and other institutional benefits associated with NCAA athletics will help attract talented young endurance athletes and develop them into elite ITU racers. Expect the level of American female ITU triathletes to rise.”

~ Source: triathlon.competitor.com

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