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.

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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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