Sport BC Master’s Athlete of the Year!

Friday March 9, 12

EAS and RTC triathlete Stephanie Kieffer won the Sport BC Master’s Athlete of the Year award for 2011.

Steph had a great season winning BC, Canadian and World Championships titles in 2011. These were the icing on a multi year campaign where she collected two more age group Triathlon World Championship Gold medals, an age group Triathlon World Championship Bronze and an overall Canadian National Age Group Championship win.

Congrats Stephanie.

Here is a special athlete ProD video for you; 


Triathlon Canada: Regional Training Centre | Vancouver

Sunday June 5, 11

The planning for the Triathlon Canada regional training centre has begun!  Right now I am collecting data from the various stakeholders such as Triathlon Canada, Triathlon BC and the Canadian Sport Centre Pacific.  I have also held some informal meetings with community stockholder, junior and youth coaches and Vancouver based high performance triathletes.

There are a number of topics that are common to each group and intertwined themes viewed from different perspectives.

Managing these into a viable project will be the main challenge!

If our Regional Training Centre is of interest to you, please feel free to drop me a line and share your thoughts.


Triathlon Canada: Regional Training Centre | Vancouver

Wednesday June 1, 11

June 1, 2011

Today, I start my new job as the Triathlon Canada Regional Training Centre coach for Vancouver. My main tasks are centred around developing up and coming junior elite and U23 elite triathletes! To do this I will be building community ties with the triathlon community in metroVancouver and the extended communities needed to support these athletes.

If you are interested in buying into this project as a supporter in some capacity, please contact me.  Who knows, I may be contacting you very soon!


This week on myTwitter

Thursday May 19, 11

Connections in swimming

Sunday April 10, 11

Every now and again a new idea, or in this case a comparative coaching idea from another sport, yields a reward.

In today’s swim session I tried to import a coaching concept from kayak that I learned about a few years back (ok maybe a decade ago from Dr. Imre Kemecsey) and reapplied Saturday on my coaching session with Vancouver Ocean Sports.  The recycled idea is that of power circles.

The power circle concept is “relatively simple”, as a coach you associate a progression of technical elements with (or through) the relevant joints and muscles AND mental pathways needed to effect that element.  Power circles are an excellent visual mapping tool for sports with complex technical elements executed through multi-segmental movement acting in three or more rotational planes (i.e. canoe-kayak, swimming, xc skiing, gymnastics, dance, etc.).

There are innumerable power circles linking all the physical and technical elements together.  The resulting mental map of a sport’s power circles creates a very robust and flexible web of connections.

The application of this coaching technique is tricky as you have to understand the causal pathways required to effect the technique in question.  Most importantly, you have to know where a movement originates and where that movement ends.  Furthermore, as a coach you can’t rely on  visual demonstration any longer.  You have to develop clear verbal descriptions and engage your athletes in ongoing discussions as they learn the required connections.



stock training programs

Tuesday September 14, 10

After a few years humming and hawing about generic training programs, I am going to draft some for the more popular events in the sports I love to work with.

Historically, I have not been a big believer in generic plans.

However, I am a big believer in high quality coaching being available to those interested in it.   With more and more participants in triathlon, running, cycling and paddle sports, there seem to be more and more poor quality training programs available than good quality ones.  Anyone can hang out their shingle as a coach it seems, but very few have any skills that would allow their true coaching peers to recognize them as such- experience, track record, certification by a national sport coaching association,…

I have often heard said that it takes very little time to wreck an athlete through overtraining and poor guidance, but  a very long time to build long term success.  Any promises to build success in a very short time are more than likely just plain old BS.

So, I’ll see if I can draft up some plans that I would be proud to present as stand alone guidance.  Plans I am thinking of are;

  • a program that sychs with the Triathlon BC series
  • an Ironman Canada program
  • a program that targets a few Half Ironman programs in BC / generic Half Ironman plan
  • a cycling plan for events such as the Vancouver GranFondo
  • possibly a paddling program for Around Bowen Island or similar events

Where I see existing plans failing is in the lack of long term planning for the participants.  The biggest oversight is the failure to align the program with the stage of sport participation the participant is at (i.e. learning to train, training to train, training to compete, active for life, etc.).

In many sports, these stages are applied only to younger athletes in the Canada Games, National Team, etc. streams.  Adult participants and those not fortunate enough to be in the above programs are all placed in the same active for life stage, ignoring any individual goals or competitive ambitions or even a desire to train professionally.  With many adults in endurance sport being professionals themselves, exposure to professional training and training programs is a natural fit.

Keep checking back for updates on this project!


Engineered Athletes in action

Tuesday August 19, 08

Here is a quick update on some of the Engineered Athletes and teams I coach.

IDBF Club Crew Championships (Penang, Malaysia): Dragon Boat

Victoria BC’s Gorging Dragons (training program and performance analyses) earned a Silver medal in the 500 m, and Bronze medals in the 2000 m and the 200 m and 2nd in the 500 m premier division mixed crew races.

full results coming…

IVF Sprint Outrigger World Championships (Sacramento CA): outrigger canoeing

Kathryn Ginther of Penticton BC (training program, technique and performance analyses) came home with three Bronze medals from the V6 1000 m, V6 500 and V12 500 m events.

full results

Canadian Triathlon Championships (Kelowna BC)


Martina Wan (full program, performance analyses and technical coaching support) announced herself in her first elite race as an up and coming force to be reckoned with in women’s triathlon.

On the bike, Martina worked super hard and was the strongest rider in the chase pack as reflected in her 4th fastest bike split! She performed a clinic in T2 skills posting the second fastest bike to run transition and led the chase pack onto the run in 6th places.  Martina pushed harder than she ever had in a race to finish 11th overall and 8th Canadian!

Well done Martina!


2008 World Champion and now 2008 Canadian F4044 Champion; Stephanie Kieffer (full program, performance analyses and technical coaching support) was unstoppable!

Stephanie was also 3rd overall in the women, but only after the the eventual winner and second place finisher had chased her down on the run.

With over 25 participants in the race, LETC (program and technical coaching) was solid across the board with four podium appearance and nine automatic qualifications (q) for the 2009 ITU Olympic Distance Worlds in Australia!

11 8CAN ELITE Martina Wan TP
22:03 1:10:11 0:42:04 2:16:10
10 10 3M40-44 Alan Carlsson q 20:50 1:02:18 0:40:39 2:05:45
41 3 1F40-44 Stephanie Kieffer TP q 21:29 1:06:30 0:44:20 2:14:23
66 61 7M25-29 Doug Giles q 29:41 1:05:47 0:40:57 2:18:29
76 69 8M25-29 Rob Eakin q 27:36 1:07:04 0:43:33 2:20:22
117 17 3F20-24 Justine Clift q 24:51 1:10:57 0:46:52 2:25:04
167 33 4F30-34 Elizabeth Urbach q 29:22 1:11:43 0:46:14 2:29:55
174 140 16M25-29 Brian Roth 27:35 1:09:59 0:50:35 2:30:35
175 35 7F35-39 Lynda McCue q 28:56 1:13:47 0:45:32 2:30:43
196 47 7F25-29 Jody Wright q 26:17 1:12:51 0:50:23 2:32:21
248 72 16F35-39 Heather Caldwell 26:08 1:17:49 0:50:22 2:37:36
265 191 30M30-34 Andrew Harlos 28:35 1:14:04 0:53:47 2:39:23
271 79 18F35-39 Stacy Gorkoff 27:57 1:19:18 0:48:13 2:40:21
289 84 14F25-29 Nicole Warren 29:14 1:19:06 0:50:19 2:41:43
294 208 35M30-34 Michael Ryan* 34:58 1:13:01 0:49:59 2:42:14
297 210 35M35-39 Denis “9½” Peregrym 36:13 1:09:04 0:54:22 2:42:25
316 220 35M45-49 Stan Rogowski* 32:39 1:20:01 0:46:21 2:44:29
326 226 28M50-54 Clayton Reichert 36:02 1:12:57 0:53:45 2:45:42
340 103 19F25-29 Caylee Wasilenko 24:41 1:21:28 0:58:12 2:46:48
342 104 20F25-29 Erin Bigelow 29:53 1:21:27 0:51:57 2:47:10
343 105 20F35-39 Alison Thompson TP 31:11 1:18:56 0:53:52 2:47:28
353 112 11F45-49 Bronwyn Masson 32:35 1:16:34 0:56:19 2:49:09
454 162 2F18-19 Andrea Reichert* 25:27 1:27:42 1:03:00 2:59:39
540 218 45F30-34 Marnie Richter* 35:52 1:28:26 1:11:48 3:19:59
554 229 2F65-69 Mary Battell TP q 41:55 1:32:00 1:08:28 3:28:16

TP Engineered Athlete training program

* LETC Alumni

q qualifier for 2009 Worlds

full results