Meet LifeSport Coach Dan Smith

Official IRONMAN Coach, Top AG Contender and IRONMAN U Certified

Dan Smith is an NCCP certified triathlon coach with over 20 years coaching experience. He has been around endurance and high-performance sport his entire life, and has also coached/instructed sailing, boardsailing and snowboarding. For the past 9 years along with being LifeSport’s local head coach, Dan has been the face of the LifeSport Masters swim group and the Indoor Cycling program at Saanich Commonwealth Place. As well he leads weekly Saturday morning interval runs. He has guided many of his athletes to achieve their goals whether at local events or at Ironman and 70.3 World Championships.

Besides coaching, he is a top AG contender in all distances of triathlon having competed in Ironman, 70.3 and Xterra World Championships. Complementing his extensive sport experience is his technical knowledge, especially in cycling, having been involved in that industry for many years. Dan is LifeSport's technical equipment expert and at the leading edge of bicycle industry knowledge for power, bike fit and aerodynamics. 


  • NCCP Triathlon Comp Intro
  • Training Peaks University
  • Over 20 years’ experience
  • Face of the LifeSport Masters Swim Group and the Indoor Cycling Program
  • LifeSport’s Head Coach
  • Top AG Contender
  • LifeSport’s Technical Equipment Expert
  • IRONMAN U Certified Coach


“My coaching philosophy is to develop a realistic training plan that fits in each athlete’s life. Every racer is different and has unique needs. A coach must strive to find that balance of training and recovery, while including the many other aspects of life, that allows the athlete to achieve their goals. Training and racing must be enjoyable, otherwise long term development will be cut short. Physiological adaptation, nutrition and seasonal planning are all based on science, but I also have years of competition experience in different sports to draw from, as there are many aspects of racing that you don’t find out or appreciate unless you are there. “


Bill of Tucson, Arizona after Ironman New Zealand 
"I got a spot to KONA!!!!! Man, what a sweet surprise...I cannot believe I am headed to KONA this fall.
I owe a lot of this accomplishment to you for taking the task of figuring out when and what to do for training away from me so I could just focus on doing what you had planned."

Christina of Madison, Alabama after finishing Pikes Peak marathon 
"To sum it up, it was an AWESOME day. All of my visualization came true with me running the last mile feeling strong, great and with a huge smile on my face enjoying the accomplishment. Best piece was to have the experience of feeling stronger as the race went on, especially the last eight miles when so many others were visibly struggling. Bottom line, had a great time and am glad that I "checked the box. THANKS for everything."

Nicole of Calgary, Alberta after Cranbrook Half Ironman 
"I'm just back from the race and it was the best Triathlon experience I've ever had. Thanks so much for your support leading up to this race.  All the advice you gave me about effort, hydration and nutrition really prepared me well!"

Scott of Decatur, Alabama after Atomicman Half Ironman 
"After 1 year and 3 months of training and 6 crappy triathlons I finally had a good one! Heck - I HAD A GREAT ONE! Never had to walk in the run. I am extremely pleased and grateful for your help. I needed a good race and am so motivated to have a good winters of training."


LifeSport coach Dan Smith is a NCCP certified triathlon coach whose experience over 20 years has lead athletes to secure a spot in Kona and hit the podium on a consistent basis. Dan’s knowledge and experience allows him to customize a program for beginners to pro athletes. Contact Dan to share your goals, race faster, or master the Ironman distance. Find more great training tips by joining us on;

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