LifeSport in Kona at Hawaii Ironman!
LifeSport had a strong presence at the legendary Ironman World Championships in Hawaii on Oct 12th. In particular LifeSport athlete Karen Smith won the competitive women's 45-49 category and LifeSport Coach Chris Thomas who took 6th in the men's 40-44 group.
During the week leading up to the race LifeSport coaches manned the Ali'i Drive PowerBar aid station, which is hosted out front of LifeSport House, as way of giving back to the athletes. The coaches got to hear lots of stories from around the world of how athletes earned their spots. The event has changed a lot over the years. Now there is so much going on � the Saturday before you can swim the entire course by joining the Ho'ala open water swim and there is the Path 10k run on the Sunday which all coaches participated in.
The LifeSport house is set up on the ocean side of historic Alii drive, a half mile out of town, and welcomed athletes throughout the week. From this vantage, on race day the coaches get to see athletes run out at the 2 mile mark, then back 50-60 minutes later at the 8 mile mark. It's always interesting to see that part of the run before racers head out on the Queen K.
This week also serves as the annual LifeSport coaching retreat and coaching education. All coaches attended TrainingPeaks University in Waikoloa to stay up to date with the latest in this the incredibly powerful coaching software, and it's data analysis capabilities. Ryan Giuliano from PowerBar lectured on sport performance nutrition and strategies before competing himself in Saturday's race. Jonathan Toker of SaltStick kept the coaches informed of the importance of electrolyte balance. On Sunday the coaches did a roundtable breakfast to share ideas and insights after observing Saturday's championship.
Congratulations to all LifeSport athletes who competed. What an amazing accomplishment!
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