COACHES

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MANDY LEONARDS- TRIATHLON

Mandy Leonards is the owner of Body Life Works. She is a USAT Level 1 Coach, Certified Ironman Coach and Certified McMillan Run Coach.  She has worked in the fitness industry since 2005.

However, she wasn't always an athlete. 

 

Once upon a time, Mandy was an overweight girl. She was a chubby kid, always picked last in gym class, and didn't play any sports.

Then, she found triathlon.  She met her coach at a soccer game for their daughters who were playing together. And - there - a triathlete was born. she had never swam in open water, never ridden a bike except for my mountain bike she had since she was 12.

Needless to say, she was hooked after my first Tri.  Nothing gives her greater joy than helping others reach their goals.

 She reads everything and soak in all things coaching related and training related she can so that she can be a good coach and decent athlete. As a licensed psychotherapist, she naturally have a skill set for coaching.  She is very active in the local triathlon community in San Diego, and volunteers her coaching weekly to the club.

 

When she decided to become a triathlon coach, she wanted to be different from the others out there. She has partnered with a local marathon swim coach to offer her clients a unique experience to help the swim leg be more than just "get through the swim".  This has been a game changer for her clients. 

She understands  that this is a process, and we are not all in a race to be pros. We have jobs, lives, families.... she strives to help you reach YOUR goals, wherever they may be, and help you fit your plan around your life. Even if you are only here thinking you only want a coach for race or two right now, she hopes we build the type of coach/athlete relationship that you will want to keep reporting in for the off season/base building time and make more goals along the way that you may never think are possible for yourself

Athletic Accomplishments

Mandy's next big goals are to complete a sanctioned marathon swim, qualify for 70.3 World Championships and qualify for the Boston Marathon. She looks forward to continue to challenge herself and her athletes! 

Ironman Arizona  - 14:26 

ironman Arizona 70.3 - 5:52

Bayshore 70.3 Triathlon - 6:05

Ironman Chattanooga 70.3 - 5:42

 

Ironman Steelhead 70.3 - 6:03

Ironman Muncie 70.3 - 5:56

Marathon PR: 3:48

Half Marathon PR: 1:47

-has earned age group awards in sprint and olympic distance races 

-has completed over 30 half marathons and numerous shorter races in running, open water swimming and triathlon.

SIDNEY RUSSELL - SWIMMING

Sidney is our resident swim coach. You can read more about her on her website SWIM OPEN WATERS. In our "Works" package, Sidney works individually with our triathletes to sharpen their swimming skills and see improvements in the water.