By LifeSport Coach Lucy Smith
‘Energy flows where attention goes’. This means paying attention to what you are doing and doing it well. A strong heel lift? Visualize your heels lifting. See yourself moving well across the ground.
By LifeSport Coach Chris Thomas
As you get close to a goal race, finding that extra edge on race day is a combination of physical and mental preparation and both being and feeling ready. Training sessions that simulate race conditions ensure your body is physiologically ready and allows you to get your head in the game. Here are three ‘ace preparation workouts that one can use to prep for 70.3 and shorter races. Ideally done 3-6 weeks out (not on your taper week), after your main training weeks have been completed and the race gets closer.
By LifeSport Coach Jessica Adams
Fuel planning and execution is often called the fourth discipline in triathlon. If you don't have a solid nutrition and hydration plan in place that you have tested out during training, your whole race can go down the tubes no matter how much training preparation you have done.
Coach's Note By Lance Watson
I love kids’ sports. There is nothing more pure than watching a hundred grade schoolers sprint full speed, many grinning, across an open field at the start of a cross country run, or seeing them in the zone, experiencing the body rush of learning new skills at high speed on a bike, skates or skis.
Brent McMahon Reflects on Record Setting Performance
Victoria's Brent McMahon was only 12 seconds off of the fastest ever IRONMAN time with a finish of 7:46:10. This performance marks McMahon's third time going under the eight- hour mark leaving him with a total of 3 sub eight hour races in 5 IRONMANS.
Last week was the early start to the community Friday summer open water swim sessions. The water temperature was 17.2 (amazing for April) and this week promises to be up another degree or two which will be very nice.
Coach’s Note By Lance Watson
The sport nutrition products supplied on the course do not necessarily guide your choice of calories. You can train with those products in the months before the race to test them. Most athletes work with the product that suits their stomach and do not cause GI distress.
Specialized Bicycle Components and LifeSport Coaching are excited to announce a new partnership. Specialized Bicycles, based in northern California, is a leader in bicycle and equipment innovation and provides riders with performance benefits.
By LifeSport Coach Jeremy Howard
There are many skills one can improve as a swimmer in order to make themselves a faster triathlete. Depending on ability, comfort level and speed there are different skills that I would focus on, to a greater or lesser extent, with different athletes, but the three skills below are ones that I return to with all my athletes, in some capacity, to help get them in race form.
LifeSport and Michelle Ball Celebrate 10 Years
LifeSport would like to wish Michelle Ball a very happy anniversary! Michelle Ball joined LifeSport and Coach Paul Regensburg in the spring of 2006.
A Session with LifeSport Coach Errol Kalayci
Living in Florida presents some unique challenges for Ironman training, particularly, how to safely train in the intense heat of the summer. This is my story of preparing for Ironman during the summer months in sunny South Florida, when temperatures hover around 100 degrees F with 90 percent plus humidity.
By LifeSport Coach Jeremy Howard
Q: I love group training, but I'm not sure it’s optimal for achieving my goals. Any suggestions to tailor a group program for my needs?
A: Group workouts are significantly different than individual efforts. As a triathlete you will often have to make significant compromises in order to adapt a workout to a group setting. The good news is, there are different types of group rides and many types of workouts so there are ways to structure a training schedule to include group settings
3 Keys to Faster Wetsuit Swimming
Many North American races and most Ironman races currently are “wetsuit legal” swims. Wetsuits help novice swimmers get through the swim. While the buoyancy of a wetsuit improves swim speed for most swimmers, some athletes swim relatively poorer than their counterparts in a wetsuit legal swim. Usually this problem is solvable
Award Winning Coach Shares Success Stories.
Coach Brendan discusses what it takes to have coaching success with developing elite and AG athletes.
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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By Dan Smith
Having started running seriously at the age of 43 after decades of cycling, I've gone through many different shoes over the last 10 years. With a background in cycling, the cardiovascular and muscular fitness was there but the rest of the lower extremities weren't adapted to handle the constant pounding of running. For the first couple of years I preferred the highly structured and cushioned models as they were the most comfortable.
Weaving Training into a Full Life
The only question I get asked more than WHY I race is HOW I find the time to train. The first question is easy to answer. How I make time becomes a longer answer: as a firefighter/paramedic, father and triathlete, a lot of work goes into time management and planning for training to happen. There is no way to get around the fact that training takes time. Being clear about my priorities has allowed me to become proficient at triathlon and take care of my work and family life balance.
By Celine Evans, Registered Dietitian
What are some quick snack and meal ideas for my busy training schedule?
One of the biggest challenges with a busy athlete schedule is having healthy, quick meals and snacks on hand when you need them in a pinch!
Some tips for meals:
Where possible make a double recipe of the chili, pasta sauce, casserole or soup on the weekend or less busy week days and freeze this into a portion for the family's meal + your lunch for the following day
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.
By Coach Brendan Mackenzie
Junior Elite Triathlon is competitive! Most of our national team members are developed through our junior elite system now, and let me tell you these athletes are fast! With ages ranging from 16-19 years of age junior elite triathlon (like the Olympics) is draft legal on the bike over the sprint distance, which makes the races dynamic, quick, and competitive.