|Luis Vargas is
a founder of SmartTriathlonTraining.com. Luis has a broad background in the world of athletics
that started early in his life. He was born in Ibague Colombia, but moved to
San Juan Puerto Rico when he was 12 years old where he ran cross country, swam,
and participated in varsity soccer and volleyball during high school.
In 1978 he went to the University of Miami were he combined one year of varsity swimming with three years of varsity soccer. In 1983 he earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and in 1985 a Masters of Science from Arizona State University.
Like many people in the 80's Luis had watched coverage of the Ironman on television and after finishing his schooling decided to give some shorter races a try. He eventually qualified for the National Championships of the USTS series, and then progressed to half Ironman distance races, and eventually to the full Ironman distance. Luis has competed in the Ironman World Championships in Kona seven times and posted a personal best in 1993 with a total time of 9:34.
In 1996 Luis changed his focus from training himself to training others. "When I was young my coaches were some of the most influential people in my life. So I decided to get into coaching myself". Luis first coached boys soccer for five years with outstanding results. One of his teams went from a losing season to an undefeated and championship winning season in two years.
By 2001 he was ready to come full circle and begin coaching in the sport of triathlons. That year he received his USAT coaching certification and joined started coaching triathletes online. Luis, a programmer by trade and a triathlete by passion, gave him a unique combination os skills that allowed him to develop a great web site.
Luis had not only the sophisticated programming expertise necessary to execute such a daunting task, but also provided an age grouper's insight to the project. He cmbined a great training methodology with the realities of family and work commitment that he also knows rovidesto provide the best possible triathlon training and coaching online service.
Living now in Boulder, Colorado with his wife Kelly, son Camilo and daughter Sofia, Luis still trains and plans to compete in 2015 again.
You can reach Luis at questions@SmartTriathlonTraining.com
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