The Elite Team

Debi Bernardes

Occupation

Owner UCANDOIT Coaching Group, L.L.C.

How Many Years Competing

41+ Years in Various Endurance Sports

What Kind of Bike

Quintana Roo CD.01

Kind of Racing/Training Shoes

Saucony Fast Twitch

What Kind of Wetsuit

Blue Seventy

Favorite Race and Why

Ironman France (Nice') - Location, Location, Location and the bike course was stupendously fun

Most Memorable Moment in Sport

Running a 10k on the Naval Base in Norfolk. I did not know how to race; I started out slow and picked up speed, I passed people I thought I could not beat because I was patient. That was my epiphany moment in sports where I learned that I had untapped potential. My friend had told me "You Can Do It" before the race - it was amazing racing having someone believe in you. That moment changed my racing philosophies and coaching approaches. It is always good to have someone believe in you. 

 

Sarah Breevort

Occupation

Scientist/Medical Student

How Many Years Competing

On and Off for 10 Years

What Kind of Bike

Blue

Kind of Racing/Training Shoes

Addidas

What Kind of Wetsuit

TYR

Favorite Race and Why

Musselman half in Geneva, NY. The only race that I've done twice. It's a beautiful venue and well organized. The race director really goes out of his way to make sure everyone has an enjoyable experience at this family-friendly event that includes a kids triathlon, sprint and half distances.

Most Memorable Moment in Sport

Forgetting my front wheel for the Nations Triathlon last year. I'm a procrastinator when it comes to packing, and this time it really kicked me in the butt. I was running through the street of Washington DC trying to buy a cheap wheel before bike racking was closed. super stressful :) Luckily Debi came through and was able to talk one of her clients into loaning me a wheel for the race. I was so grateful for that and now take more time making sure I've packed everything for race day!>

 

Kathleen Casto

Occupation

Graduate Student (PhD in Psychology)

How Many Years Competing

Three

What Kind of Bike

Felt B2

Kind of Racing/Training Shoes

I wear a different brand/pair every time I run, the variety wards off injury (but I've recently gotten into the On Running shoes and the Adidas energy boost shoes, Asics Gel Cushion trainer is staple for long runs, and Montrails for the trails

What Kind of Wetsuit

Some off brand I got for $30, cut the sleeves off

Favorite Race and Why

USAT Nationals - its fun, well organized, competitive, and I always get to see teammates and friends at this race.

Most Memorable Moment in Sport

From a performance standpoint: Conference championship meet in college track when I ran the school record in the 1500m (4:34) and the conference record in the 10k (35:40) in one day.  From a life experience standpoint: 2013 USAT Nationals in Milwaukee.  I had a PR at that distance, but more importantly, met my now good friend and teammate Jemila and had an unforgettable night of celebrating that resulted in me also meeting my now boyfriend, Justin, who moved from Milwaukee to be with me.

 

Brielle Dana

Occupation

High School Special Education Math Teacher

How Many Years Competing

3rd Season

What Kind of Bike

Quintana Roo CD.01

Kind of Racing/Training Shoes

Saucony Kinvara

What Kind of Wetsuit

ORCA

Favorite Race and Why

The Puerto Rico 70.3 was my favorite race because it was the first half that I completed. The run was tough because of the heat, but it was very rewarding to cross the finishline. The whole course was beautiful, especially biking next to the ocean and running along the fort walls. I also got 2nd place in my age group.

Most Memorable Moment in Sport

My most memorable moment was competing in the 2013 Maccabiah Games in Israel. I had a blast racing internationally and met some amazing people.

Cathy Friedel

Occupation

Senior Financial Analyst

How Many Years Competing

12 Years On and Off

What Kind of Bike

Trek Speed Concept 9.9

Kind of Racing/Training Shoes

Specialized TriVent Expert Cycling/Asics DS Racers Running

What Kind of Wetsuit

Xterra

Favorite Race and Why

St. Anthony's Triathlon - love the venue in St. Petersburg - very chic and quaint with a lot of good restaurants and water views from hotel.  Love the crowds, the run course through neighborhoods, and seeing the pros on the course.  Very well organized race, and is Regional Champtionship race.

Most Memorable Moment in Sport

Age Group National Championships in Burlington, 2012.  Fail on my part in renting a bike instead of bringing my own, but LOVED the vibe in Burlington.

 

Stephen Grossman

Occupation

General Agent/Business Owner, Insurance

How Many Years Competing

6 Years

What Kind of Bike

Parlee TTIR

Kind of Racing/Training Shoes

D2 Racing Shoes/Shimano Training Shoes

What Kind of Wetsuit

TYR Freak of Nature

Favorite Race and Why

Ironman Lake Placid - It's my favorite course

Most Memorable Moment in Sport

Ironman Lake Placid 2013 - Finally breaking 11 hours, with an 10:41, with my wife and teammates there and having a teammate give me my finishers medal (although she tried to chip my tooth)!

Joey Hess

Occupation

Transportation Planner

How Many Years Competing

4th Year

What Kind of Bike

Orbea

Kind of Racing/Training Shoes

Saucony/Brooks

What Kind of Wetsuit

Xterra

Favorite Race and Why

Boston Marathon - Fans, Crow Support is Awesome - they cheer you for 26.2 miles! 

Most Memorable Moment in Sport

4x200 Relay in College at our Conference Championship - The crowd was loud and chanting U-Hess-A before I took the blocks, I was on top of the water - the 200 was effortless.

 

Jeff Joyner

Occupation

Software Engineer

How Many Years Competing

Five

What Kind of Bike

Argon 18

Kind of Racing/Training Shoes

Saucony/Sidi

What Kind of Wetsuit

Synergy

Favorite Race and Why

Raleigh 70.3 because its my Hometown Race

Most Memorable Moment in Sport

Qualifying for the World 70.3's

Matt Mlachak

Occupation

US NAVY, Hull Tech, 1st Class

How Many Years Competing

Four

What Kind of Bike

Trek Speed Concept 7.8

Kind of Racing/Training Shoes

Saucony Kinvara 4, all the way

What Kind of Wetsuit

HUUB

Favorite Race and Why

Ironman Canada. The course was just challenging enough and the scenery was just straight beautiful from start to finish

Most Memorable Moment in Sport

Kinetic 2014 when my wetsuit zipper busted open within the first 400M and I had to take it off and give it to a paddle board volunteer. Despite the lost time and added drag during the swim I still managed to recover and place 6th OA and 1st AG

 

Jemila Najjar-Keith

Occupation

Special Education Teacher

How Many Years Competing

Six

What Kind of Bike

Trek 9 Series Speed Concept

Kind of Racing/Training Shoes

Racing - On Cloud Racer; Trainer - On Cloud Surfer

What Kind of Wetsuit

Huub Aurora

Favorite Race and Why

Ironman Lake Placid - Crossing the line of my first Ironman with my entire family there. It wasn't the best of days during the run but I smiled from the start to finish and couldn't believe that all my hard work got me to that point.

Most Memorable Moment in Sport

USAT Nationals 2013; I met a teammate and while on the bike shared a moment as we pushed each other back and forth for the rest of the ride. That is the what this sport is all about. Smiling, pushing, believing in yourself and making memories along the way. 

Jason Santarcangelo

Occupation

Managing Member, Santarcangelo Law, LLC and Founder/President Team NRGY, L.L.C.

How Many Years Competing

24 Years

What Kind of Bike

Felt DA with Bontrager Aeolus Wheels and Quarq SRAM Red Power Meter

Kind of Racing/Training Shoes

Pearl Izumi EM Tri N2/Something Pearl Izumi (whatever I grab

What Kind of Wetsuit

Blue Seventy Helix

Favorite Race and Why

Ironman Lake Placid - the crowd support is amazing and the magic of the 1980's Olympics can be felt in the majestic mountain setting. One of the hardest Ironman's on the circuit. 

Most Memorable Moment in Sport

Running with my wife, Tracey in her 1st Half Marathon in Disney - the same place I had the honor of running with Mom in her first Marathon

 

James Sosinski

Occupation

Personnel Security Specialist for the the Department of Defense

How Many Years Competing

5th Year

What Kind of Bike

2011 Trek Speed Concept 9 Series

Kind of Racing/Training Shoes

Asics GT 2000

What Kind of Wetsuit

HUUB Archimedes 4:4

Favorite Race and Why

Tie between St. Croix 70.3 and SavageMan.  Both are very tough races with totally different weather.  St. Croix is hot, humid, and windy whereas SavageMan is cold, windy, and usually rainy.  I enjoy these races the most because of the challenging bike and run courses.  I also have 2 Bricks in the Wall at SavageMan.

Most Memorable Moment in Sport

First SavageMan race in 2011 because this is the first race that I was able to swim the entire swim leg.  I had just stated competing in triathlons in 2010 (2010 Nation’s Triathlon was my first triathlon) and I just started to learn how to swim in 2010, which was a full year process.  The previous races to the 2011 SavageMan race, my swim leg was any kind of stroke I can think of just to make forward progress (my idea of backstroke, doggy paddle, side stroke, anything!).  SavageMan in 2011 was the first time that I was able to actually swim freestyle for the entire leg.  I got out of the water and this huge weight felt like it was lifted off of my shoulders.