Jason Jablonski, Professional Athlete, Coach
A nationally and regionally recognized professional mountain biker with a host of state, regional and national titles to his name, Jablonski set his sights on the sport of triathlon in 2005. In April of that year, Jablonski threw his hat in the ring at the XTERRA West off-road triathlon championship in Temecula, California and crossed the finish line second amateur and 14th overall. After such an impressive showing in his debut performance, Jablonski joined the regional XTERRA circuit collecting points that eventually led him to the top in his age group both regionally and nationally.
After logging four first-place overall finishes in his first season in the sport, Jablonski was off to compete at XTERRA nationals in Tahoe, California in late September. He crossed the finish line 22nd overall and was the third amateur finisher. From Tahoe, Jablonski headed to Maui to compete in the XTERRA World Championship where he boasted a first-place overall finish as an impressive culmination to his first-year efforts. Jablonski became the reigning 2005 XTERRA Amateur World Champion.
Jablonski competed as a professional off-road triathlete with a goal of finishing strongly in the top 10 athletes at some of the World’s largest off-road triathlons and multisport events during the 2006 and 2007 season.
In 2007 Jablonski took his talents to the ski trails as the head coach of the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club. This proved to be another opportunity to apply his technical expertise and coaching background to a club with a history of producing world-class athletes, including former Olympians.
Jablonski retired from racing in the pro ranks at the end of 2007 to focus more attention on his growing coaching business as well as forging a partnership with Black Diamond Sports Therapy. This partnership is providing North Central Washington with a tremendous resource to help athletes improve their athletic performance. Jablonski still enjoys competing at the age group level and looks to accomplish some lofty goals as a Masters athlete.
Aside from racing, Jablonski is the owner of SET Coaching where he works with athletes to provide sport-specific coaching and biomechanical expertise. Through this, he is able to match his experience, knowledge and talent with the goals of each unique client to create an environment where his clients have been able to achieve results beyond their expectations. He is a certified USA Level II Cycling Coach and maintains a strong commitment to remaining on the cutting-edge of his field. He is a Retul, FIST, and Bike Fit Certified Fitter, and because of this commitment, he works with the Retul, Dartfish, and other sport-specific fitting and analysis systems to ensure athletes are training and competing at optimum levels. SET Coaching’s partnership with Black Diamond Sports Therapy brings a background of knowledge to the table that is second-to-none. The partnership between SET Coaching and Black Diamond Sports Therapy means athletes have a tremendous resource to help them achieve their personal best.
Jablonski was selected to serve on the prestigious Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute in 2004 and 2005. Gold’s Gym holds a commitment to offering the best knowledge and expertise from across its global network of 600 gyms in 43 states and 26 countries to create the world’s leading think tank on health and fitness issues. Jablonski was selected from a pool of fitness experts to serve as the Youth Fitness authority where he joined a team of nine other panelists to represent the Fitness Institute on a national and international level.
Jablonski has been featured in a number of local, regional and national publications. He also offers a variety of cycling clinics, is an indoor cycling instructor, and speaks regularly to local and regional schools and community groups. As an advocate for cycling, running and swimming, he founded and championed the Gold’s Gym/Wenatchee Valley Junior Velo cycling program. Jablonski holds a degree in elementary education with minors in biology and teaching English as a second language.
Shawn Ongers, cat. 1 racer, Coach
With the goal in mind to simply not “get dropped,” 200-pound Shawn Ongers began his racing career. With determination and a newly-discovered passion, Shawn began to lose weight quickly as he climbed the cycling ranks, eventually competing in NRC races and serving as a guest rider for Priority Heath Pro Cycling.
Over 10 years later Shawn is as strong as ever, still loves riding his bike, and continues to be a Category 1 racer, with several wins and top 10 finishes under his belt. While racing is a strong passion, it’s not his full-time job. Being a father and husband is his top priority and he also works as a professional firefighter.
Shawn is eager to share his passion for bicycle racing with others. Shawn began to mentor and advise cyclists new to the sport, and has been able to share the lessons he learned on his own. His efforts, research, time, and commitment combined with the enthusiasm of the beginning cycles provided significant opportunity for success. Through this, Shawn discovered another passion: coaching.
Shawn joined SET Coaching in 2011 and continues to help athletes succeed. By combining his experience and practical knowledge with the enthusiasm of his athletes, Shawn is able to develop and nurture athletes that are able to achieve amazing results.
Sarah Barkley, Coach
With a solid career in competitive track and field under her race belt, Sarah turned her attention to triathlon and quickly gained a reputation as a fierce competitor on the national and world stage.
Sarah earned her early athletic stripes running on scholarship at the University of Montana. A sprint and hurdle specialist, she podiumed at the Big Sky Conference Championship each year, setting a school record as part of a distance medley relay. After college, she channeled the same focus and commitment that brought her college success to the sport of triathlon.
As a triathlete, Sarah has achieved USAT All-American status for the past two years, received the coveted Best Overall Female Triathlete designation from TriNW in 2011, and took top honors as the Overall Olympic Distance Champion in 2010 and 2008.
In 2009 and 2011 Sarah represented Team USA at the ITU Age Group Olympic World Championships, placing as the third American in her age group, and in 2012 qualified and raced at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Las Vegas.
She got her first taste of coaching as a Track and Field Coach at Wenatchee High School, and like her athletic career, turned her coaching focus to triathlon. Sarah is a USA Triathlon Level 1 Coach, and an American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer. When asked to join the SET Coaching team, Sarah jumped at the opportunity to share the physical and mental training techniques learned during an impressive racing career with clients.
Sarah shares her talent and experience with aspiring and accomplished runners, triathletes, and cyclists, to help them achieve results greater than previously imagined. Her coaching philosophy is a mixture of equal parts increased athletic performance, maintaining healthy life balance, and injury prevention.
Sarah tracks her training and racing efforts in a fantastic blog called “Rode To Happiness.” Click here to follow her story.
Michael Gordon, Coach
Michael’s endurance racing career began early, having competed as an all-Conference runner and mountain bike racer in high school. After getting his first taste of triathlon in college, he soon found himself racing for the University of Montana triathlon team, where the team won their first National Collegiate Triathlon Championship with Michael serving as Coach and Captain.
Since college, Michael has found his love of racing the longer half and full Ironman distances, which allows him to maximize his running talents. After the 2006 race season, Michael upped the level of competition and began racing professionally after taking the silver medal at the Coeur d’Alene Ironman earlier that year. Michael spent the next five years lining up with some of the best triathletes in the world, and enjoyed every race along the way.
Through it all, Michael has found his true passion for the sport lies in studying the way we excel and grow as athletes and humans. Through countless hours of reading and researching, as well as personal experience with many different training protocols and devices over the last decade, he has gained a deep understanding of what it takes to improve and succeed at all distances of triathlon.
Michael now lives in Walla Walla, Washington where he works as a middle school math and PE teacher and coaches the school track team as well as many adult triathletes, cyclists (road and mountain) and runners. He and his wife Kara live with their two dogs and one giant cat. He continues to be involved in sport through racing as well, competing in a variety of events including mountain bike and road racing, road triathlon, Xterra triathlon, cyclocross racing and running events. With his background as a school teacher, and his success racing throughout North America at all distances, he is uniquely able to assist any level of athlete towards reaching their potential.