One of the legends of the Ironman circuit, Lisa Bentley is a 11-time Ironman champion, 11-time Ironman 70.3 champion and Pan-AM games winner. She was named to the Triathlon Canada Hall of Fame in January 2014.
Lisa spent the first 8 years of her triathlon career racing Olympic distance, and raced on several National Elite Teams at the World Championships and at the 1995 Pan American Games in Mar del Plata. In 1997, Lisa switched her focus to the Ironman-distance. She won her first long distance event, Strongman Japan, and broke the course record by 19 minutes. She holds the second fastest Ironman debut in history, with a time of 9:29:45 at Ironman Canada in 1997.
Lisa went on to place an impressive 9th in her first Ironman World Championships, which simply gave her the taste for more. She came third at the 2006 Ironman World Championships, and collected her 11 Ironman victories on several continents, with at least one victory each year from 2000 to 2007. This included five consecutive Ironman Australia Victories (2002-2006), three Ironman Canada victories (2003, 2004, 2007), two Ironman New Zealand victories (2000, 2001), and one Ironman Germany victory (2005).
But her story isn’t incredible only for the victories on the racecourse. In 1988, Bentley was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, a disease which should have crippled her chances of training, much less competing and winning at the level she has achieved. Now a coach and motivational speaker, Lisa shares how overcoming challenges is what drives her, and how all athletes can achieve their best with the abilities and skills they have. Following her own life philosophies, her Team LBT (Live Breathe Tri) programs address three core aspects of coaching – the physical, the nutritional and the mental.