2016 Team Tri Everything Athletes
Mays Landing, NJ
In 2012, a few friends asked Zach to take part in the MS150 bicycle ride, knowing how much he liked to run. Zach agreed, but didn't have a bike. His friends rented him a bike and the first time he stepped on the pedal of that bike, he was hooked! Zach went home and told his wife that he had to get a bike. He bought his first bike a few months later, and then signed up to do 4 triathlons that year. After completing his first triathlon he was bitten by the bug.
In 2015 Zach finished 2nd AG at Atlantic City April Fools 1/2 Marathon, 1st AG at Escape the Cape Olympic Triathlon (4th OA), and Finished 100th OA in his first 140.6 at Ironman Wisconsin in 10:36:47. Zach earned USAT All-American and Ironman All World Athlete honors.
In 2016 Zach will be racing the Ocean Drive Marathon, Rev3 Quassy 70.3, and Ironman Atlantic City 70.3. He is focused on building bike endurance and fulfilling the potential on the run this year. He has set goals to run sub 4:30 in 70.3 and sub 9:30 in 140.6.
Zach recently left his finance position with a casino after 10 years to fulfill his dream of working with athletes. He is currently working as a personal trainer (NASM CPT, FNS, PES) and triathlon coach, and I working towards a degree in Kinesiology.
Bill has always been involved in sports and athletics most of his life. He has participated in running recreationally for several years - completing multiple races from 5k’s to marathons. Bill started cycling a few years ago and competed in a couple of local Biathlons. He became hooked with multisport events from that point forward.
In 2013 Bill competed in his first triathlons. Starting with sprints and Olympic distances. It was last year in 2015 when he made the jump to long distance events. In his first year of long distance events, he completed two 70.3 events and his first and second full IM (140.6) events. After a camp in Lake Placid and meeting the Tri Everything staff I was appreciative with company’s support of the camp and the multisport community.
IM Lake Placid was Bill’s first full IM 140.6. He completed the journey with a great passion to improve. Bill decided to maintain his fitness and race IM Louisville just 13 weeks later. Bill completed IM Louisville in 12:30, trimming almost 2 hours off his Lake Placid time.
As a result of Bill’s 2015 70.3 & 140.6 performances he qualified as a
50-54 age group Ironman Silver All World Athlete for 2016. Bill and his wife Vicki have two daughters and live in Sherman, IL. As a CPA & Certified Financial Planner, Bill has operated his own Peterman Financial Group wealth management firm for 20 years.
Mt. Pleasant, WI
Kelly began her love of sprint triathlons 12 years ago prior to the birth of her children in 2005 and 2007, respectively. With several Sprint & Olympic distance triathlons behind her, and most recently finishing Ironman Racine 70.3, she still loves the feeling of training and competing during event season. Kelly has also finished the Marine Corps Marathon, Tough Mudder and several half marathon distance races. In addition to her love for multi-sports, Kelly primarily enjoys biking and plans on taking part in several Century rides during the 2016 season as well as several Sprint & Olympic distance triathlons.
East Windsor, NJ
After competitive swimming from age 10 through college, Krista started running. She participated in various events from 5Ks to half marathons over the next 20 years (including a Tough Mudder and a River to Sea Relay Team!). In March of 2013, Krista joined Jersey Girls StayStrong Multisport, and has been training and racing with JGSSM ever since.
In 2015, Krista started cycling, and placed 1st and 2nd in her AG in her first two duathlons, respectively. As part of her 2016 race schedule, Krista has a triathlon and 5 duathlons planned, as well as the running leg in the AC Challenge 70.3 Relay.
Krista completed the Lifetime Fitness Triathlon to start 2016, placing 2nd for masters women overall and first in the swim. She is also participating in the January Ironfire Challenge.
Eric has been involved in organized sports his entire life from childhood through college. After college, Eric caught the Ironman world championships on TV one day and said "Maybe I’ll try triathlons". He bought his first road bike at Walmart for $100, put a pair of clip-on aero bars on it, (that cost more than the bike) and began to train for his first triathlon. Training began back in 2012, but minor setbacks--notably, an Achilles tendon tear--pushed his triathlon goals back a little bit. After his first triathlon (Escape the Cape) in 2014, Eric began to train harder in the offseason, seeing results daily from his training. In 2015, Eric did all three of the Delmo Sports Triathlons in South Jersey. Wanting more in 2016, his offseason consists of strength and conditioning training at his local cross fit gym coupled with triathlon training. His goal has always been to complete an Ironman!
Las Vegas, NV
A Nevada-born obstacle course racer and dedicated teacher, Kelly has run over eighteen endurance events including Spartan Races, Gorucks, and the World’s Toughest Mudder. She has competed in events benefiting several organizations, such as Nevada Paralyzed Veterans, Wounded Warriors Project, and Toys for Tots. Kelly is honored to be a part of Team Tri Everything in 2016. Although new to triathlons, she understands the dedicated training and sacrifice required in the journey and plans to enjoy the process. Currently training with Coach Ron Gallagher of Maximum Velocity Physical Therapy and Kerry Wald of Endure Bootcamp, Kelly is slated to compete in six triathlons in 2016, including Ironman 70.3 in Arizona.
As her coach has stated: “2016 will be the year you discover the athlete you are once and for all. Not exercising, you are now training.”
Jaime has always been active as an avid rock climber, kayaker, and hiker. If it's outdoors, you will find her there. Last year, a close friend of hers, who is a frequent Ironman racer, challenged her to an Ironman race. Jaime is not someone who backs down from a challenge, so she signed up for the Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga in May 2015. She had no idea what to expect, how to train, or how well she would do. On May 18th, 2015 she completed her first triathlon and finished well, learning so much about herself in the process. It was a day she'll never forget.
Since that day, Jaime has fallen in love with the sport of triathlon. She enjoys the mental, emotional, and physical challenge, and is looking forward to pushing herself beyond her limits in 2016.
Tyler is an active duty service member of the U.S. Navy. Soon after joining the military, Tyler began to explore endurance sports. Never being much of an endurance athlete growing up, he knew it would be a challenge. In 2014, while balancing a busy schedule, he began training and finished his first triathlon. Later that year, Tyler competed in Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens – finishing in 6 hours, 20 minutes. Knowing it was his first 70.3 triathlon, he was motivated to do more and strive for higher goals. Following this, Tyler competed in three half marathons during a six month period, achieving a PR of 1 hour 34 min. In 2015 Tyler raced in one sprint triathlon (3rd AG), one Olympic distance triathlon (1st AG/2nd overall), and finished the season with Ironman 70.3 Lake Tahoe. In Lake Tahoe, Tyler finished in 5 hours, 24 min (5th AG). In 2016 Tyler plans on racing at Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico, the Armed Forces National Championship, and other various races.
Having been a runner for more than 30 years, Phil started competing in triathlons in 2013. He completed his first full triathlon season in 2014. He continued to improve throughout the 2015 season, placing third in his age group in the TexasMan Triathlon which qualified him for the Best of the Best Tri in Denton, Texas. Phil dubbed 2015 his “TRI for 50” season, as he turned 50 years old last year. Not only did he complete the very challenging 70.3 Ironman in Austin, Tx in November, but Phil "gave back" by coordinating a triathlon event in his hometown in Illinois, introducing 75 newbies to the sport of triathlon. Tri Everything was thrilled to partner with Phil as its first Sponsored Athlete, and can't wait to see how he brings it in 2016!
South Range, MI
"I am in love with triathlons!" Erik grew up swimming competitively throughout college, attending a small Division 3 school in mid-Michigan called Alma College. He also ran cross country and track. Erik is currently a 5th grade teacher in Houghton, MI and coaches high school swim and track teams.
His family takes up the majority of his time, which is exactly how it should be! They love to do things together outdoors and love working out together. Erik's 3 boys and wife are his biggest supporters, and he couldn’t chase the dreams that he does without them!
Cutler Bay, FL
Danielle is a three time Ironman Finisher and All World Athlete. In 2015, Danielle qualified for and ran in the Boston Marathon. Her Boston-qualifying marathon was on the fourth day of the Disney Dopey Challenge. The Dopey Challenge consists of: Thursday – 5K; Friday – 10K; Saturday – Half Marathon; Sunday Marathon!
On the Swim front, Danielle completed the 12.5 mile solo Swim Around Key West in 2014, and is a 2 X Swim for Alligator Lighthouse (9-mile tropical open water swim in Islamorada, the Florida Keys) finisher.
Danielle has been a podium finisher in local triathlons in the Miami area, and is registered for Ironman Texas and Ironman Chattanooga in 2016.
Follow Danielle on her Blog: Triathlonmayhem
Cathryn "Cat" started participating in triathlons about four years ago. She was severely depressed at the time and her doctor recommended trying endurance sports to help with the pent up anxiety energy. Cat had always been an avid runner and swimmer growing up, she thought about giving triathlons a shot. Cat signed up for an open water sprint Tri and started training. It was slow at first, but after just a few weeks, she found it was easier to put in the miles and she was feeling so much lighter mentally. During her first race, everything that could go wrong did... she almost drowned, wrecked hard on the bike coming into transition, and barely make it through the slowest 5k of her life. But she figured, it can only get better from there! Cat continued to train and along with that, the depression melted away. She started signing up for at least a couple races each year. In 2015 Cat placed 14th of 110 women in the Ladies Choice super sprint Tri and 1st in the military women's division of the Patriots Half Ironman.
Along with competing, Cat actively works with other Airmen at her unit at Langley AFB to motivate them to live healthier lives and get outside to participate in triathlons as well. Cat says that she owes her life and well being to this sport and love it every time she gets a new person just as hooked as she is.
After overcoming a long battle with substance abuse, Rich started swimming and weight lifting in 2013 with the simple goal of losing weight and improving his health. At 5’7” and 250lbs, he knew it was time to make some changes. He soon realized his two pack-a-day smoking habit would also have to go. With the support of his wife and kids, Rich was able to accomplish his goals, losing 60lbs and dropping from a size 42 to 32 pant. Not long after, a friend introduced him to triathlons, and encouraged him to give it a shot. Having never been athletic before, there were many challenges in his first race season of 2015.
Rich made his triathlon debut at Ironman 70.3 Texas, in Galveston, then went on to compete in three more tri events of varying distances from sprint to Olympic, numerous short-distance running events, and his first full marathon (placing 2nd in his age group) in 2015.
One of the greatest joys for Rich is getting to share his passion with his wife, 13 year-old son, and 12 year-old step daughter, by helping to coach them in their own events. Additionally, Rich enjoys giving back to the community by racing with Ainsley’s Angles of America, for charity/benefit causes, and sharing his story with others, that they might find some inspiration and hope in what God has done in his life.
Competitive swimming was Adele’s first sport. Swimming through her freshman year in college, Adele then turned to running. Since then, she has competed in all levels of road races, as well as trail runs, from 5K’s to the marathon. Back in the 80’s and 90’s, she dabbled with triathlons. In the early 2000’s it was mountain biking and adventure races. In 2006 her interest in triathlons grew and she slowly added more races and distances over the years.
Some of her favorite races include: 1995 NYC Marathon (1st marathon), 2004 Philly Marathon (3:42-Boston qualifier), 2006 Boston Marathon, 2008 Zurich Marathon, 2006 NJ State Sprint Triathlon (done with a mountain bike!), 2014 Princeton Half-Ironman (5:53), many years of the Jersey Girl Triathlon (1st 45-49 in 2015), 2015 Escape from the Cape Olympic Triathlon, and the 2015 Alcatraz Invitational Swim (Alcatraz Island to Aquatic Park in San Francisco).
Adele has been an age group swim coach at the Somerset Valley YMCA since 1999; the assistant swim coach of Hillsborough High School since 2004; and is now coaching Masters for the Y as well. In 1999, she started the Y’s Running 101 class to help adults (youth added in 2001) train for their first 5K. In 2001, Adele started the Y’s Hillsborough HOP 5K with 151 runners-2015’s race saw 1,171 people cross the finish line.
Two major incidents in Adele’s life have contributed to who she is today. After the birth of her first son, Ryan, in 1997, Adele suffered a two-year battle with Post-Partum Depression. In the summer of 2005, she had brain surgery for Chiari Malformation, and fought back to run the Boston Marathon 8 months later.
Adele and her husband, Mike will be married 25 years this October. She also turns 50 that month and plans on celebrating with an Ironman. In addition to being proud mom of Ryan, now 18 and a freshman at Lehigh University where he is also swimming, she and Mike also have a son, Evan, age 16, who is a sophomore at Hillsborough HS, a swimmer and X-country runner.
Brad is a Senior Software Engineer at Indiana University and a graduate of Xavier University ('09). He started competing in triathlons in 2012 as a bucket item, and it is now his main hobby. His accomplishments so far have been breaking 5 hours in 70.3 races, 1st Overall at Lake Lemon Sprint, 1st AG 25-29 at USAT Mideast Regional Championship, and 2nd Overall amateur at Border Wars. Brad is coached by Craig Paiement; together they hope to continue to train and build on the gains from last season.
Courtney is a mother of three, small-business owner, and cycling instructor, and spends afternoons/evenings at home with her kids. Courtney purchased a road bike in 2013 and decided very quickly that she didn't want to be part of the road bike racing community. She had raced half marathons for 4 years and had grown tired of just running. She also swam competitively from elementary through high school. In 2014, Courtney made a New Year's resolution to meet new people and try new things. She joined her local triathlon club and participated in her first triathlon in April -- and was instantly hooked.
In 2015, Courtney made the jump from sprint distance to the Olympic distance. She purchased a TT bike and got more serious about training. In 2016, Courtney will be racing in her first 1/2 Ironman distance at Vineman (July). In addition to tackling the 1/2 Ironman, she has a goal to help spread the love of this sport to anyone that will listen, sharing her experience with as many as possible.
Three years ago Alex found her love and passion for running. Without ever running a race she decided to sign up for a half marathon, go big or go home – right? The day before her 21st birthday she toed the starting line and has been hooked on that high ever since. After completing multiple half marathons in 2013 and one full in 2014 she decided to take on the world of duathlon and Triathlon. Alex started with a small Sprint triathlon and the week after was on the Oklahoma State Triathlon Team. She worked her way up to competing in her first Olympic Distance Triathlon at the Collegiate National Championships in 2014. After one year of competing she was able to qualify for the 2015 Duathlon World Championships in Adelaide, Australia and represent Team USA. “Having the opportunity to wear the red, white, and blue and race for our country is an experience I will treasure forever and I cannot wait to do it again!”
Alex is currently training to get back into the pool and compete in triathlons again this season, but also looking forward to Du National Championships June 2016 in Bend, Oregon in order to make her way back to Du World Championships in Canada 2017.
Currently Alex is a student, personal trainer, and indoor cycling coach. “I need my own bed at the gym” she jokes, “I’m always there: studying, working, and working out…always there!” Alex spent one season on the Oklahoma State Triathlon Team and since then loves sharing her passion for running and racing in multisport with whoever wants to listen. “Working at a gym gives me the opportunity to always spot the cardio lovers and try to get them racing!” Alex also coaches the half and full marathon training group at Oklahoma State University where she gets to continue to give back to the sport that led her to where she is now. Continuing to get her degree in Marketing, Alex hopes to go into Sponsorship coordinating for athletes with a multisport company one day.