Meet the Trismarter Elite Squad

Trismarter Elite Squad

Trismarter Triathlon Coaching & Nutrition is pleased to announce the 2012 Trismarter Elite Triathlon Squad. This small group of very high performance triathletes are extremely focused, determined, and have the energy required to up the ante in their training. Under the direction of Head Coach Lee Gardner the elite team is inspiring all Trismarter athletes to train and race hard to reach their individual goals.

2012 Trismarter Elite Squad

2012 Trismarter Elite Squad members & coach

The 2012 Trismarter Elite Triathlon Squad consists of triathletes Louis Tafuto and Danielle Kehoe. While this year’s squad is small, “it allows for each of the athletes to receive the maximum amount of attention needed to help them reach their potential,” says Head Coach Lee Gardner. “We’re building a high performance team from the ground up, working with young athletes that have some pretty lofty goals. Our intent is to create a long term relationship with these athletes, and help them achieve their dreams.”

For both Louis and Danielle, having Coach Lee available for workouts and planning sessions, as well as at races, provides a huge level of support that not many coaches provide. “Working with Lee is wonderful. He gets a lot of quality out of us in each workout. I can’t tell you how valuable having him coaching me has been,” says Danielle. According to Louis, ”I’ve learned a ton training under Coach Lee. He has us pushing harder and training smarter than ever. I’m feeling stronger and faster with each block of training I do. It’s exciting to think about where this is going to lead us!”

The Trismarter Elite Squad trains primarily in Colorado Springs, CO, with winter training camps in Arizona.

About the athletes

Louis Tafuto

Born and raised in Warwick, NY, Louis holds numerous high school records in track & field and cross country as well as in swimming at Warwick High School. He was a recipient of a NCAA Scholarship Recipient and NCAA Conference Champion in 2008.

Trismarter Elite, Louis Tafuto

Trismarter Elite, Louis Tafuto

In his first year focusing on triathlon, Louis qualified for the 2011 ITU Age Group World Championship in Beijing, China, where he placed 7th in the 20-24 AG, and had the 2nd fastest finishing time for all Americans in the race. In 2012, Louis will be focusing gaining experience as an ITU triathlete, as well as racing in the 5150 Olympic Distance Series, with hopes of qualifying for the 5150 Championship in Des Moines, IA. Louis’ long term goals include qualifying for the US National Team in triathlon to qualify for the 2016 and 2020 US Olympic Teams.

Danielle Kehoe
Trismarter Elite, Danielle Kehoe

Trismarter Elite, Danielle Kehoe

Danielle Kehoe is a native of Colorado. Originally from Leadville, she currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 2011 she was the only female in the world to compete in and finish all three World Championships: Ironman, Ironman 70.3, and XTERRA. Danielle qualified for the Ironman World Championship in her first ever Ironman where she was 2nd amateur overall and first in her age group (20-24). She also had the fastest combined overall time for both Ironman and Xterra World Championships. In the female 20-24 age group, she took bronze at the 2011 70.3 World Championships and first place at the XTERRA World Championships. In total, she took first place in seven different events in 2011 ranging from sprint to Ironman distance triathlons, XTERRA triathlons, mountain biking, and even adventure racing. She qualified for her professional card in Triathlon but is waiting one more year to turn professional to ensure she will be a contender amongst the best Ironman Professional Women in 2013!

Danielle holds a full time job at LifeQuest Transitions (LQ). LQ is a nonprofit organization that helps our nation’s wounded soldiers by providing empowerment programs to help them successfully transition to their next phase of life. Danielle is the Athlete Programs Coordinator at LifeQuest. Danielle is also one of the featured athletes for the Ironman Foundation because she races for LifeQuest in all of her Ironman sponsored races. Danielle is active in the Ironman Foundation. She is one of 40 elite athletes in the program who, through her activities and races, fundraises for a charity that she is passionate about: LifeQuest Transitions.

About Coach Lee Gardner

Having coached triathletes professionally since 2004, Trismarter Head Coach, Lee Gardner has gained experience by working with each athlete on a personal and very detailed level to help those he coaches achieve their goals. Learning what each athlete needs to perform at his or her very best and incorporating this into a personalized training program that includes, not simply a training plan, but real, hands-on guidance, is the basis for Lee’s coaching philosophy. He believes that it is important to train with intelligence and motivation, while maintaining a high level of enjoyment for the sport.

As a coach, Lee strives to provide detailed guidelines, but also aims to educate his clients why each workout will provide forward momentum in reaching success. It is equally important for the athlete to understand that there are no real short-cuts in attaining their goals and that reaching their goals will take time and effort combined, along with an efficient and personalized triathlon training program.

Coach Lee has successfully coached age group and elite athletes to a number of championship events, including USAT Age Group Nationals, Ironman World Championships in Kona, and Ironman 70.3 World Championships in both Clearwater & Las Vegas. Each athlete’s success has stemmed from the relationship created between the coach and athlete to reach the pinnacle of that athlete’s ability. More about Coach Lee…

For more information about Trismarter Triathlon Coaching & Nutrition, visit our website or contact us by phone at 917-825-1451. If you are an elite level triathlete and would like to join the Trismarter Elite Squad, contact Coach Lee Gardner directly for details.