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 basis for Lee’s coaching philosophy. He believes that it is important to train with intelligence and motivation, while maintaining an high level of enjoyment for the sport.
As a coach, Lee strives to provide detailed guidelines, while also helping his clients understand 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 and reaching goals will take time and effort combined, along with an efficient and personalized triathlon training program.
Coach Lee has successfully coached age group athletes to a number of championship events, including ITU Age Groups Worlds, USAT Age Group Nationals, Ironman World Championship in Kona, and Ironman 70.3 World Championships. In 2012, Lee coached Danielle Kehoe to both Ironman and Ironman 70.3 World Championships age group victories. Danielle was also named the 2012 USA Triathlon Age Group Female Athlete of the Year.
Each athletes’ success has stemmed from the relationship created between the coach and athlete to reach the pinnacle of that athlete’s ability. It is this philosophy which is the key to Coach Lee’s success.
In 2012, Trismarter, under the leadership of Coach Lee, has built an elite team of triathletes. As a flagship program for Trismarter, the Trismarter Elite Team provides an opportunity for young high performance athletes to work closely with Coach Lee in Colorado Springs. The team includes both short course (ITU) and long course (Ironman & Ironman 70.3) triathletes who are on a high performance track to success.
Whether working with beginners, experienced age-groupers, or elite triathletes, Coach Lee brings to each individual a knowledge for the sport of triathlon and a passion for truly affect each athlete’s ability to achieve the highest level of performance possible.
“There are a lot of talented athletes out there working hard. It’s my job, as their coach, to make sure that their talent and hard work are focused in the right direction. Guiding an athlete down a smart path to achieving goals is what I do. It’s what gets me motivated!”
~ Coach Lee Gardner