Saturday, June 19, 2010

Jen Kennedy & Hunter Overly Qualified for Team USA

Quad Cities Traithlon. Davenport, IA

Congratulations to both athletes who dominated their divisions to earn the opportuntity to represent USA at the ITU World Championships in Budapest, Hungary in September 8-12, 2010.

Enroute to securing their World Championship opportunity, Jennifer Kennedy finished 2nd overall female and Hunter Overly was the 7th overall male competitor.

Great Job athletes. IconOne is proud to support you!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Weekend Race Report May 9, 2010

San Antonio athletes had to make a choice this weekend, The University Oaks Criterium Bike Race or The Rookie Triathlon. IconOne was equally represented at both and congratulations to all athletes who participated.

At the Rookie, Hunter Overly finished 8th overall male and improved over a minute from his time last year. Ryan Martinez opened his 2010 triathlon season with a 5th in AG U19.
Meanwhile Savana Overly finished 2nd AG U19 and managed to best her run time from last year after a stress fracture incurred this spring.

At the crit, the Mens 5 and Womens 4 fields were combined so Kevin Keenum, Mason Riley, Shirley Gonzalez and Jen Kennedy all stood on the starting line together. The gun went off and Jen Kennedy, in her first crit ever, quickly showed that she is a natural. She led going into the final lap and the "boys" could be heard saying "catch the girl, catch the girl!" Unfortunately they did but GREAT job! Several other IconOne athletes watched their first crit race and will join in the fun May 23rd.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Jen Kennedy chosen for All Army Triathlon Team

It's official!
Jen Kennedy is one of 6 females chosen to represent the Army at the Armed Forces Championships at the Naval Base Vebtura County, Point Mugu, CA June 5/6. This is a very exciting opportunity for Jen to participate in a DRAFT LEGAL event!

Although there is recognition of the top male/female finishers, there is a greater emphasis on the team aspect. We wish her the best of luck and GO ARMY!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Going to Spain as Team USA coach!

The World University (FISU) Championship will be held on May 30, 2010 in Valencia Spain and I was invited to be the coach of the USA team!

Everyone has a select group of people who, when they call, you simply just have a seat. The conversations are rarely difficult but there is always a good reason. Last Wednesday I got one of those calls and after the ensuing shuffle (especially to find my passport which was in the government system for renewal) I am on my way!
This is an exciting opportunity to join a great support staff that includes Steve Kelley, Team Director; Brent Hamula, trainer/physio and Todd Anderson, mechanic.

10 athletes (5 males and 5 females- one of whom is IconOne's Alexandra Weber!) total will be competing for individual and team recognition. Wish us luck and follow IconOne on Twitter for updates from the event.

Weekend Race Report May 2, 2010

Congratulations to Zach Martin for his season opening performance at the Windcrest Freshman triathlon. His time was good enough to finish 3rd overall indicating great things to come this season. Results

Meanwhile, Audrey Manchester also excelled winning her AG at the CB&I Triathlon on Saturday. Enroute, she set a goal of posting top transition times and did just that in T1. Great job! Results

Unfortunately, at the Texas State High School Triathlon Championships, Patrick LaBrode discovered what it is like to collide with at truck. Please keep him in your prayers as he recovers with a broken collarbone and shoulder separation. BUMMER.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Weekend Race Report April 26, 2010

Galveston, Texas. LoneStar Triathon Festival
April 24, 2010.

Harsh winds met athletes racing this past weekend creating conditions that caused the cancellation of the swim on Saturday. Bummer for the Sprint and Olympic Distance athletes!

That didn't deter Audrey Manchester from winning the 12-14AG in her first start this year.
Jen Kennedy finished 2nd AG even without the swim she loves so much! Ironically, after 2 starts, she is still trying to finish an official olympic distance race but did accomplish the goal of qualifying for AG Nationals in Tuscaloosa, AL in Sept.

Finally, Kim Oerkfitz set a PR by 14min in the 70.3 race!

Great job Ladies!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Alex chosen for FISU World Championships

Alexandra Weber was chosed to represent USA at the 2010 World University Games on May 30, 2010 in Valencia, Spain.

She received the invitation yesterday from USA Triathlon and will be joining 5 other female athletes in her first major international elite competition. Congratulations Alex!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Shelley Probber Qualified for Team USA

Rage Triathlon. Lake Mead, NV.Shelley Probber is going to Germany to compete in the Long Course ITU World Championships on July 31, 2010!

Shaken(Frozen) by the difficulty of 58degree water temperatures, Shelley quickly found herself in 3rd place going onto the bike and over 10min behind 2nd (required for Team USA invitation). Moving forward she conquered the mental demons of doubt, hung tough on the bike and finished with a PR run to gain 2nd place and realize her goal.

Great Job Shelley! We are so very proud of you!

Collegiate Nationals Results

Tough day for the athletes racing in Lubbock. Heavy rains, cold lake water, and extreme wind all created very difficult conditions for the athletes. The swim course was shortened, race organizers threatened mandatory bike dismounts at low water crossings, and the run was changed to (2) loops with a significant off-road muddy section.

Alexandra Weber led out of the water, had difficulty on the bike but held steady on the run to finish 9th overall (7th undergrad).

Keith Yoho has no idea where he finished since he managed to leave his timing chip in his bag. He did cross the start and finish lines and but wasn't in the top 3.

Mark Saroni benefited from the short swim to come out with the race leaders. However, the day before bustle of finding a hotel room (when the realization that camping in the frigid, wet conditions wasn't the best plan) cost him valuable pre-event training/stretching and ultimately the ability to maximize performance on the bike. He came across in a disappointing 32nd. The good news is that he ran quite well!

Jennifer Kennedy guided blind athlete Tiffany Kohnen to a successful finish and time of 3:16! AWESOME.

Today was a pivotal event for all athletes and each experienced Ups, downs, and steep learning curves. Congrats to each of you for working through a less than optimal day and for embracing its challenges. That is what champions are made of.
Complete Results

Youth Olympic Games Qualifier

Congratulations to Daniel Vertiz and Hunter Overly on their performance in Monterrey, Mexico last night.

Daniel came out of the water with the front pack but experienced a bit of trouble on the very technical bike course and found himself in a tough position coming into T2. He quickly set onto the run and completed the 3rd fastest run split of the day to move into 7th. Even though his performance was great, USA athlete Kevin McDowell took the overall Gold and the American Youth Olympic Games opportunity.

Meanwhile, Hunter Overly found himself in the middle of the second pack swim and maintained his position throughout the race finishing 29th overall out of 79 total competitors. We are looking forward to building on his experience.

Great Performance for both athletes and an amazing start to the season. Full Results

Friday, April 16, 2010

USAT All-American Honors

Congratulations to all IconOne team members who were given All-American and Honorable Mention Age-Group honors by USA Triathlon for their 2009 Performances.

Alexandra Weber F18-19 Overall top athlete
Keith Yoho M18-19
Maggie Pickhardt F16-17
Daniel Vertiz M16-17
Honorable Mention
Audrey Manchester F15&under
Hunter Overly M16-17
Kevin Keenum M15&under

Best wishes to all athletes for a safe and successful 2010 season

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Good Luck this weekend!

This weekend is Action Packed for the IconOne team with 7 members competing in National & International events.

Shelley Probber will be in Nevada at the Rage Triathlon racing to earn a spot on Team USA that will compete in Immedstadt, Germany later this year.

Alexandra Weber, Keith Yoho, Mark Saroni, and Jennifer Kennedy will all be competing at the USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships in Lubbock, Texas. Alex will be competing for an overall win and a chance to race at the World University Games in late May. Keith and Mark need a top 5 performance to earn their elite/pro status. Jen is going to be guiding Tiffany Kohnan, a participating blind athlete and helping her in the goal of becoming a national champion.

Daniel Vertiz and Hunter Overly are traveling to Monterrey, Mexico to compete in the Youth Olympic Games Qualifier event. Only (1) athlete per gender can represent the USA in Singapore in August. Go get 'em guys!

Follow me on twitter for updates throughout the weekend! I'm very excited for all of these athletes!!!

Weekend Race Report April 12, 2010

At the Texas State Triathlon, Jen Kennedy and Shelley Probber continue their winning streaks by winning 2nd overall female and 1st AG respectively.
Meanwhile, Patrick LaBrode dominated the field in his season opening Gateway to the Bay (Sprint) performance.
Great Job everyone!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The 2010 Season

I can already tell that this is going to be a very tough year for me. The growth is wonderful and athletes are amazing but I simply can not travel to all the races and be in multiple places at once. This weekend was a sure sign as I sat WAITING for athlete results to be posted or text to me. Gosh that is so hard!

Mark Saroni made a statement winning the 25th Annual Athens triathlon by nearly 1:30 after 18month away from multisport. It is good to have you back!

Shelley Probber sent a message to her competitors that injury last fall was merely a speedbump. She set a PR at Moe's better Half Marathon by over 5minutes!

Alex Weber rocked her first pro race at Florida's Great Escape Triathlon finishing 6th in a field that included Olympian Sarah Haskins-Korteum. She now holds the elusive Pro/Elite status with USAT and has an amazing year planned.

Great Job Athletes!

Next Up:
March 13/14
All youth & junior are coming to San Antonio for spring break team training camp
Check out results for Blue Norther Duathlon for Shelley Probber & Jennifer Kennedy

March 19-21
IconOne helps host the SMW Regional Collegiate Triathlon Camp in Lubbock, Texas
April 11
Texas State Triathlon
April 17th
Youth Olympic Games Qualifier. Daniel Vertiz & Hunter Overly in Monterray, Mexico
Rage Triathlon. Shelley Probber, USAT Long Course World Qualifer
2010 USAT Collegiate Nationals. Alex Weber, Keith Yoho, Mark Saroni