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. Now a motivational speaker and coach, Lisa is a valued member of the Cervélo family.
Lisa spent the first 8 years of her triathlon career racing Olympic distance triathlon, 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. Her Ironman debut was also blistering fast, with a time of 9:29:45 at Ironman Canada in 1997.
Lisa placed an impressive 9th in her first Ironman World Championships. 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.
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.
After professional sport
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.