Coach Details

Edward Alden Zerkle
Team Z
Annandale, VA
Everything from Learn to Swim, how to buy a bike, how to shift your gears/change a flat all the way up to Ironman World Championship Qualifiers. We emphasize group training and pride ourselves on making sure beginners do not feel left behind.
Beginners, Clydesdale/Athena, Long Course, Short Course, Women Specific
Team Z was formed in the summer of 2005. After years of leading teams of all sorts of athletes in their preparation for group fundraising triathlons, twenty-three of Coach Ed’s former trainees asked him to form a team of his own. These triathletes asked Ed to coach them for an Ironman distance triathlon in the same group training environment they had become accustomed to. At that point, the triathlon community had not figured out how to service the needs of athletes of all abilities and backgrounds in a sustainable, fun, non-intimidating and supportive environment. The triathlon world then was thought to be reserved only for the elite athlete, the super fit, and only for a certain demographic. Ed listened to his team members, broke with the traditional triathlon mold, and responded to the members’ requests by forming Team Z. Since then, with his emphasis on inclusion, education, and quality training programs, Coach Ed has grown Team Z from 23 founding members to more than 200 athletes, with accomplished and positive workout leaders and coach-led training sessions each week throughout Virginia and the DC Metro area.

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