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!