Ask a Coach: Why do athletes compete in Ultra distance triathlons?

By LifeSport Coach Chuck Kemeny

I have been around the Ultra Triathlon scene for almost a decade now.  I have been blessed to race them personally and to not only coach, but to also crew for athletes who compete in Ultra's. For me, being successful at the distance required more mental strength, physical fitness, and a deeper nutrition knowledge than shorter distances. I learnt more about my body, how to optimize recovery and how best to plan my pacing in order to maximize the performance for the duration of the race. That was my reason, but why do other athletes do it? 

The High Performance Taper

Coach’s Note by Lance Watson

You’ve done the hard yards, the long miles. Its 2 weeks till your Ironman, or “A” race. It’s time to hit the couch, put your feet up, and do nothing… or is it? Though the bulk of the physical work may be done, taper time can have the greatest impact on your race performance if done well.

While compiling some useful taper tips, I consulted Lisa Bentley, an athlete whom I coached throughout her high performance career and to 11 Ironman wins. I asked the Triathlon Hall of Fame inductee to include her taper “performance tips”.

Switching Gears: 6 Weeks to Your Big Race

Coach’s Note by Lance Watson

Now is the time to start getting excited about racing. As we move along toward late April, most athletes will be finishing up their main foundation training period of the year, and will be anticipating starting some serious spring and summer racing. This training block will constitute...

Question of the month: Should I eat on my longer spring base rides?

Question: "Something I've heard athletes do is not eat or drink any calories on their base riding or running miles this spring in order to train their body to use fat vs glycogen.”

Read the answers from various LifeSport Coaches!

Unexpectedly Fast

Young Athlete from Trinidad races Elite for Canada

I'd initially started the sport to get a taste of what it was all about and thanks to Lance, I'm absolutely hooked. I've been working with Coach Lance for two years now and every expectation I had for myself has been surpassed. This environment has expedited my development and ultimately allowing me to strive for new and exciting goals.


Ask The Coach: Best Garmin display?

By LifeSport Coach Mark Shorter

Q: Dear Coach Shorter - What should I have display on my Garmin 920XT GPS?

A: There are a lot of choices in what to display on your Garmin. You have the 3 disciplines to cover and you can have up to 4 fields showing in 4 different data screens. Firstly have a discussion with your coach and find out what you need to be working on.

The Ultimate IRONMAN Whistler Camp

No Fee, By Donation Supporting Junior Development

Prepare for your best IRONMAN or IRONMAN 70.3 ever, and give back to the sport you love. This camp is no fee for an unique experience. Receive valuable swag from our partners:

  •  Skechers
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  •  Aqua Sphere
  •  PowerBar

2017 Ironman Canada Ultimate Camp

WHISTLER BC MAY 20 - 21, 2017

The 2017 Ironman Canada Ultimate Camp in Whistler BC offers an incredible triathlon experience. Enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery, pristine lakes, and meet like-minded triathletes sharing event goals – whether it is to finish the race strong or qualify for World Championships in Kona Hawaii!

Learn from LifeSport’s knowledgeable coaches, including Olympic Gold Medal coach Lance Watson and 2015 50-55 Age Group Champion, Coach Dan Smith. 

The Ultimate Training Camp - Mont Tremblant

June 3rd - 5th 2016

oin Olympic Team and Ironman Coach Philippe Bertrand, along with competitive triathlete and LifeSport Coach Louis Therien for a special preparation camp for the incredibly popular Ironman 70.3 Mont - Tremblant Course! 
"At the end of May 2015, I participated, for the third time, the LifeSport Training Camp at Mont Tremblant with Coach Philippe Bertrand aided by Coach Louis Therien.  I would not miss it for the world! It is a well-organized long weekend training on the Ironman course and benefiting from Philippe's experience and knowledge.  His indoor sessions on nutrition and training, with Louis' great participation, always give us the opportunity to learn more, experiment better, or improve tactics. This pair has the group's undivided attention!  On the practicing side, their support and direction is adapted to the level of training of each one of us. And what a nice way to meet and exchange with new people with the same passion!  All in all, it is great and we have a lot of fun!  Love it!"


2016 Ultraman Florida Race Report

By Jessica Deree - First Overall Female Finisher

This was my second trip to Ultraman Florida. I competed in 2015 and struggled in all aspects of the race due to improper training and an inconsistent nutrition plan. However, I was able to finish the race with a time of 32:16:54. When I got home from the race and had time to ponder my performance, I knew that could do much better and decided to change my approach to racing.

Go Faster At Ironman 70.3

Find the Extra Edge and Become A Competitor

Ironman 70.3 distance is the perfect endurance test for newer triathletes. A step up in distance and time from sprint and Olympic races, the 70.3 is often tackled for the first time as a personal challenge, and a way to test your new skills and mental limits.

Ironman 70.3 World Championships

LifeSport Athletes Going To Austria To Compete!

LifeSport Coaching has a strong athletic presence heading to Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Zell Am See, Austria on Aug.29th. This is the first time the event has been held outside of North America and it’s great to see so many heading to Europe to race. LifeSport coaches work with all ages of athletes and we see the entire range of Age Groups is represented from 25 all the way to mid-60’s!

Ironman Podium for Coach Bruce

Oldest Athlete to Compete In Copenhagen!

On August 23 LifeSport coach Bruce Regenburg took part in the IRONMAN 70.3 Copenhagen World Championships. The course passes many of the picturesque city's historic landmarks, such as the world-famous Opera House, the Little Mermaid statue, Amalienborg Palace and the New Harbour waterfront. Coach Bruce not only was the oldest athlete to race at the age of 72 but won his age group with a time of 13:54:30.

How To Choose an Online Coach

Making the Best Choice for You

Over the past 10 years there has been an incredible growth in the number of coaching choices available to athletes, with the development of the World Wide Web and technologies that bring people closer together. Coupled with the growth of uploadable technologies including powermeters, heart rate monitors and GPS; communication tools like Skype and Face time, and website to upload and analyze video biomechanics such as or Coach’s Eye, the ability to coach athletes effectively at a distance has never been as effective as now, and myself and many of my coaching peers are coaching world class athletes across the globe. 

Coach's Note By Lance Watson

Be An Ironman Heat Machine

Summer is here, and race courses are heating up. While the obvious challenges of Ironman are the distances and difficulty of the swim, bike and run, one major barrier to summertime success can be heat and humidity. This builds as your race day progresses. Poor heat acclimation and hydration strategies can ruin even the best training preparation.  

The good news is you can pre-acclimate before your race. Turn up the heat and turn on a humidifier. Some athletes will ride in the bathroom with the shower running to get really steamy!  Get very hot and let yourself sweat...

The Ultimate Camps for Ironman

Mont Tremblant. Victoria & Whistler

here The 2015 Ultimate Camps for Ironman offer an incredible triathlon experience in many scenic locations.  These camps are coming up in the next few months at Mont Tremblant, Victoria and Whistler.  Enjoy guided bike rides, group runs, and swim sessions all in breathtaking surroundings.  Meet like-minded triathletes sharing your event goals � whether it is to finish the race strong or qualify for World Championships!  Learn from LifeSport's knowledgeable coaches who all have experience both coaching and racing at these fantastic venues!

Introducing Coach Carolyn Murray

Olympian, Nationally Recognized Coach joins the LifeSport team.

Olympian Carolyn Murray has been both an athlete and coach in High Performance for over 15 years. She completed a Kinesiology degree at Simon Fraser University while competing in varsity Track & Field. She was part of a strong Women's team who were the first to win all three NAIA titles of Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor, while winning both individual events of 800m and 1500m. Carolyn switched focus to triathlon and with the guidance of LifeSport Coach Paul Regensburg, was a long time member of the Senior National Team.

Ultimate Camp for Ironman 70.3 Victoria

May 29 to May 31, 2015 - Only 25 Spots Available!

The 2015 LifeSport Ultimate Camp for Ironman 70.3 Victoria offers an incredible triathlon experience in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia. Learn from knowledgeable coaches. This is their backyard! Meet like-minded triathletes sharing your event goals. Whether it is to finish the race strong or qualify for World Championships.

Coach's Note By Lance Watson

What is a Hall of Fame Career

This past month I was inducted into the Triathlon Canada Hall of Fame for a career of coaching. It was incredibly flattering, and a wonderful affirmation of my career thus far. As people have continued to reach out enthusiastically to congratulate me, they always ask �How does it feel�?  My answer is always, �It feels great!�  And it does, but I am still trying to put it into a perspective: what does it mean?  

Coach's Note By Lance Watson

Honest Skill Assessment Determines Opportunity to Race Faster

Were you Naughty or Nice over the holidays? Santa is already taking notes for 2015! I hope that some fitness was maintained, so that you are in a good place to build to higher levels of achievement in 2015. Now is a great time to take an inventory on where to go and what needs to happen next to ensure success for this year.
I will share some of these ideas and help you create your own inventory of items � some you may already do well, and some may need improvement - to be your very best.

LifeSport Coaching


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