Meet LifeSport Coach Dan Smith

IRONMAN U Certified, NCCP Certified and Head Coach of Master Swim

Dan Smith is an NCCP and IRONMAN U 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.

Christmas Workout!

Fun Christmas Challenge

With Christmas holidays approaching, festivities abound and there are several distractions pulling you from your hard-core training program. In an effort to help you maintain dedication to personal excellence, I have drawn on my 20 years of coaching experience to piece together a holiday specific training program. The key to success is following it down to the finest detail. While it may not necessarily make you faster, it should certainly keep you entertained!

Preparing for Your First Triathlon

Coach’s Note by Lance Watson

Once you have decided upon completing your first triathlon, drag a friend/partner/relative into it with you, and get a coach.  There are some good reasons for this.  Training with someone is more fun, and sharing the experience is more inspiring.

Choose the event that you want to compete in....

Dodge the Diet Busters: Staying Healthy over the Holiday Season

Staying Healthy Over the Holiday Season

It’s commonly believed that North Americans gain, on average, 5-10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. It turns out that the average gain is closer to 1 pound — but that, according to a study, is a pound you never lose. After a few decades that annual pound becomes . . . obesity.

Ask The Coach: Making a smooth Transition

By LifeSport Coach Bruce Regensburg

Q:  I would like to continue working on my bike skills throughout the winter, how do I do that?

A: An indoor training plan can be very effective when sessions are targeted on individual aspects of cycling in a highly controlled environment. Workouts like reinforcing neuromuscular pathways with drills and high cadence, along with developing strength utilizing increased force on the pedals will go a long way to improve cycling skills. The article below breaks down some important considerations. 

Meet LifeSport Coach Bruce Regensburg

IRONMAN U Certified, NCCP Certified and Head Coach of Swim Fit!

Bruce Regensburg started coaching triathlon over ten years ago and has had several of his athletes qualify for Hawaii. He has also represented Canada at the World Long Course ITU Age Group Championships.

Coach’s Note by Lance Watson

How to Go Off Road in the Fall

If you have completed your goals for your summer season but your gut tells you there is more to accomplish this year, move yourself to the forest and the trails and use a new environment to provide the inspiration and the terrain to whip yourself into a new level of fast.

Making the Game Plan Work!

Written by LifeSport athlete Janos Mako

While the day had an unexpected level of toughness on the run, I know that my solid game plan and methodical approach paid off. I very much appreciate the coaching I received from Chris this year: he took me to the next level.  I had qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships, and it was time to celebrate!

Ask The Coach: Am I Running Enough to Complete and IRONMAN?

By LifeSport Coach Errol Kalayci

Triathletes in general and Ironman triathletes for certain are highly motivated and driven people. Many think that they must train until they drop to make sure that they are prepared. This thinking is incorrect.

Meet LifeSport Coach Errol Kalayci

IRONMAN U Certified, USAT Certified Coach and Lawyer

Errol Kalayci is a successful coach, businessman, lawyer, married father of three young girls and has been involved in competitive sports his entire life. He has a thorough understanding of life's demands on goal oriented age group triathletes, and possesses the experience and knowledge of how to balance these demands with achieving sport goals.

5 Attributes of Age Group Kona Qualifiers

Coach’s Note By Lance Watson

When examining athletes that have qualified for the IRONMAN World Championships, there are many common attributes throughout each age group. 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.

IRONMAN World Championship Race Reports

Written by 4 LifeSport Athletes

Ever wonder what athletes think about after racing in a world championship? Join 4 LifeSport athletes through their journey at IRONMAN World Championships in Kona.

Wake Up In Kona

By LifeSport Coach Lance Watson

Get the inside scoop from “Wake Up in Kona” with LifeSport Master Coach Lance Watson. From the energy lab to inside the transition area, watch the five days leading up to IRONMAN World Championships along with over 120K viewers.

Training for IRONMAN World Championships

In Kona with LifeSport Pro Brent McMahon

LifeSport Pro athlete and Specialized bikes teamed up to create a one of a kind video of Brent on race day!

Ask The Coach: Am I Best Prepared for Kona?

By LifeSport Coach Dan Smith

Q: I made it to World Championships, how can I be the best prepared?

A: Racing in the IRONMAN World Championships is usually the number 1 bucket list dream of many triathletes.  – However, it is a unique event with many challenges. First off, it is the World Championships for competitive and serious age group athletes so there is a lot of pressure. It is also a late season event held on a tropical island 2500 miles and 3 time zones west of California.  The ambient temperatures and humidity are also much higher than much of North America at this time.

LifeSport Announces Physiotherapy and Sports Clinic!

National Runner Dr. Scott Simpson Brings Saanich Physiotherapy to the LifeSport Building

Scott Simpson has been an avid athlete from a young age and understands the impact and benefits that activity can have on the body.A Canadian National Team member spanning 2001-2010, Scott was the 2006 Canadian National Champion at the 10k distance, and has been the BC road racing champion (2009 and 2010), including a 10k personal best of 29:33. Scott has completed a Doctorate degree in Physiotherapy and is currently in the midst of a post-doctoral fellowship which produces graduates who on average produce treatment results in the top 9% of all therapists in North America.

Recipe of the Month: Black bean quesadillas/burrito

By LifeSport Nutrition Coach Celine Evans

Quick and easy to prepare, this is a tasty and nutritious meal – either 1.5-2hrs before a workout or after as your recovery meal.The mix can be frozen or premade into burritos for an easy to pack to work or a last minute evening meal after a hectic day.

How to Plan for Success in 2017 - Start Now!

Coach’s Note by Lance Watson

The fall is the best time to start planning your upcoming year. The recent season is still fresh in your mind: you can remember the various successful workouts, the races, and also the flow of the phases of the year. You can ask yourself which races went well, bringing in details like types of terrain, and timing within the season.

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.

Meet LifeSport Coach Marci Gray

Renowned Physical Therapist, 3 times USAT All American Athlete and Ultraman competitor!

Marci Gray is a full time outpatient orthopedic physical therapist,USAT Certified Coach, mother of 4 and triathlete. As a physical therapist, she specializes in orthopedic injuries and preventative medicine. Trained by the McKenzie Institute, she is a Certified MDT clinician and brings this on board with her coaching.

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