5 Take Homes from the 2017 Ironman World Championships

Coach’s Note by Lance Watson

Coaching in Kona at the Hawaii IRONMAN World Championships each year is always a memorable experience. The week leading into Kona is a special one. It is a real treat; while riding my bike up and down Ali’i Drive I get to see the very best athletes go through their own final preparations. It’s an interesting perspective to think that most incredible genetic collection of humans in each gender and each age group congregate on an island in the South Pacific each October.

The race has evolved there over the years and the level is only getting higher. Here are 5 brief observations from this year's event...

Ask the Coach: Can I make running off the bike easier?

By Lifesport Coach Jeremy Howard

There is no magic on race day.  I’ll repeat: there will be no magic on race day.  Whatever pace you trained for what you can produce on race day. It is important to practise this mindset in your training leading up to the race. This will allow you to settle, stay relaxed, build up naturally, and have those elusive extra gears to drop the effort over the final km’s.

Key Ingredients of Ironman World Championship Qualifiers

Coach’s Note by Lance Watson

When examining Kona Qualifiers, the levels of competition are so strong that there is no accidental way of rising to the top. It is harder and harder to qualify with more Ironman events worldwide and limited spots to race in Kona. To be able to stand on the podium at any Ironman, all the competitors must arrive with peak preparation - they are in their best physical shape. So what sets the champions apart? Their mental edge, which is cultivated intentionally in training and through past race experiences. Here I discuss some common themes in mental traits shared by top age group athletes...

Mental Mastery of the Ironman Marathon

Coach’s Note by Lance Watson

One of the best ways to prepare for the mental challenge of your Ironman is to practice an optimal mental state during training. A well-trained athlete can significantly under-perform if they have not given equal consideration to the psychological task at hand. While the swim may be daunting and the bike challenging, the marathon is the most physically rigorous element of the Ironman, and as such, requires incredible mental fortitude to perform at the upper end of your capabilities.

Training and Racing in Canada's Sub-Arctic

Athlete blog by Matt Durand

Over the past three weeks I have had the opportunity to race, what are arguably, Canada’s two most Northern Triathlons. These races were some great warm up events in preparation for my ‘A Race’, Ironman Canada, and while living in the sub-arctic provides some very unique opportunities it also provides many challenges to training for long course races, especially when paired with being employed full time in the Army in a position that sees me leaving for weeks at a time!

Ask the Coach: How early should you arrive on race-day?

By LifeSport Coach Mark Shorter

I can definitely relate to being nervous about race-day logistics. It’s intimidating. How much time should you leave immediately before a triathlon? Sometimes it’s those crucial beginning minutes that separate athletes from attaining a podium position at a race or not. So how early should you arrive before race-day? Let's dive deeper into that answer!

Racing in Hot Weather: How to Beat the Heat in an Ironman

Coach’s Note by Lance Watson

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.

What's your pre-heat acclimitization plan? Read the full article here.

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:

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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.

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