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Hi Luis,
Thank you for all your help with my triathlon training! Your experience and coaching advice made a huge difference in my '06 season. Your coaching services and SmartTriathlonTraining.com were the great foundations of my personal successes this past year. Not only did I drop almost an hour and half from my first Ironman race, but I also reached my goal of qualifying for Kona.

I think my favorite of your words of wisdom came less than 3 days before my last race of the season, Ironman Florida. My whole family was there to watch me race and I had come down with a stomach bug a week earlier. Just days before the race I was still not feeling better. I was so worried that all my training was going to have been wasted. You told me that it didn't matter how I felt three days before the race, that it only mattered how I felt on race day. Your advice put my mind at ease knowing my hard work was in the bag and that there was nothing else I could do at that point except stop worrying. After we talked, I was able to just rest, not stress about whether the illness would resolve in time, and wait for the big day. When I woke up on race day I felt fine and then went on to run a marathon that was 11 minutes faster than my goal time, get a new IM PR, and win a slot to Hawaii. Needless to say, I'm looking forward to working with you again in '07 as I prepare for Hawaii.

Sincerely,
Kathryn Dagny Aleda, Denver Colorado

Triathlon

Luis, Thanks for everything. Your coaching put me in a position to do what the majority of the world considers impossible. I tell people that if the have the self-discipline and desire, you have the system to enable you to attain your goal.

As you know I just completed the Ford Ironman World Champioships in Hawaii. As I crossed the finish line, I said to myself, "if it weren't for Luis Vargas, I would be sitting by the pool with my family, drinking beer and enjoying life." Instead, I couldn't feel my arms, legs or teeth, and the salt stains on my triathlon clothing made it seem as though I had been wandering the desert for 40 days and 40 nights. And you know what, I was loving life!!

David Samson, Plantation Florida
President of the Florida Marlins MLB.

Triathlon

Dear Luis,
Mahalo to you for the great HR training that helped transform me to become a strong and enduring triathlete for Ironman Arizona 2006. I really believe that this training really paid off and it shows. As you always said patience is the key. My friends who I trained with were amazed at my times because I was always behind them in training and they would have to wait for me, but my finish times were better or just as fast plus I was still feeling good at the end. I have a friend who is now convinced on training at HR and I have recommended her to your program. I am an Ironman!

Harlyne Caruso, Kailua, Hawaii

Triathlon

Luis,
Thank you for everything. All I can say is Wow! What a difference a knowledgable coach can be. First Ironman clocked a 14:29 walking the marathon. Second Ironman bonked on the marathon. Spent six months with you and SmartTriathlonTraining coaching and posted a mile pace of 9:37 for the last 13 miles of Ironman Arizona 2006. Finishing in stride was a real change.

Greg Brandon, Sherman Texas

Triathlon

Luis,
I can not thank you enough for all of your help and guidance over the past 2 years. You have taken my fitness to a level I never thought was possible. Thanks to your help I am now an Ironman Age Group Champion with a personal best of 9:29 at New Zealand. Since having you as my coach you have helped me accomplish my ultimate goal of competing at the World Championships. I have been fortunate enough to make it to the starting line in 2004 and 2005. For 2006 I hope we both will make it to that start line and make the unforgetable trip down Alii Drive and the finishing chute with our little ones! You are a family man first and I have the highest respect for that being a new Daddy. You have a big heart and I enjoyed the advice in other aspects of life besides just triathlon. Luis I thank you for all of your help over the years and for being a friend as well as a coach.

Chad Jarrett, Costa Mesa CA

Triathlon

Luis,
I want to thank you for coaching me this year. Having you available on the phone was a great plus. Although my nutrition was off at Ironman Lake Placid you helped me resolve that and I was able to show my real fitness at Ironman Florida and win my first Ironman Age group title. In addition, our pre race talks were great. I always felt very calm after them. I look forward to working with you for another year, especially to get ready for The 2006 Hawaiian Ironman.

Thanks again!

Sincerely,
Diana McLaughlin, Califon, New Jersey

Triathlon

Hi Luis,
I did it!! Can't wait to fill you in on the details. I wanted to call you yesterday but I misplaced your number. Whenever you're free, give me a call.

First of all, thank you so much for everything. I don't even know where to start. You are a great coach and have been so supportive. I know am not one of your elite athletes, but you made me feel just as important. That means more than you know. I cannot wait to work with you next season and the season after that and the season after that. I am looking forward to getting more experienced and getting faster out there on the Ironman course. This was my first finish, but most certainly not my last. I can't wait to get started training again. It's going to be great. Glad you'll be guiding me through again. I'm looking forward to an awesome 2006 for you too. I am so excited to follow you on your journey. Thank you again...for being such a good coach, a good friend and a good mentor.

Leah Frank, Los Angeles California

Triathlon

Luis,
I wanted to thank you for all of the help you provided me throughout my tri season. Although I have been training myself for several years and competing in races with good results, there was no way I could or would have adequately prepared myself for my "A race" this season which was my first Ironman. You did a phenomenal job of ensuring I was ready both physically and mentally.

I just want you to know that I know I couldn't have gotten there without you. So thank you...for providing such an easy working relationship; for helping me focus on what was more important and less important in following the training plan; for nutrition and hydration tips; for constant feedback and encouragement; for complementing me on a job well done and nudging me when the job wasn't done as well as it should've been and for ensuring overall that the training plan worked for me.

I now am anxious to do another Ironman, and as you know have signed up for another year because I couldn't do another Ironman without you! Last thing...Thank you for giving me my competitive spark back!

Diane Butterfield, Valparaiso Indiana

Triathlon

Luis,
Thank you for the coaching that i received this past year. I felt very confident going into every race and a good portion of that confidence was becuase i knew that having followed your training plan, i was prepared. Besides your general training plan I feel that i gained a tremendous about from the extended coaching option. In particular the extended coaching option provided me with specific drills to correct problems that i personally had in training. When i was having trouble improving my leg turnover, your drills helped me to increase my turnover and regain some of my speed. More generally it was nice being able to call you to bounce race plans off of and to refocus myself before a race. I appreciate the work that you have and obviously it paid off with my overall amatuer win an the SOMA Half Ironman in Tempe, Arizona. That was a great way to end the season and helped me become the No. 1 USAT ranked triathlete in the US in the 20-24 age group for the first time. Thanks again for the help that you have been throughout the past year.

Nicholas Thompson - Orinda, California

Triathlon

Luis,
It has been great training under your excellent extended coaching service for Hawaii 2005. This programme has lifted my performance to a new level. With your expert advise during our regular telephone conversations, I have managed to improve on my training efficiency and changed my nutrition plan which have helped me boosting my confidence and improving my performance. I would like to give you my thanks for the excellent coaching throughout my Ironman career. You are both in a superleague of coaching excellence!!! I can't wait starting on the 2006 programme preparing for the Ironman Germany under your supervision.

Solveig Gysland, Muscat, Oman

Triathlon

Luis,
In early 2005 I contacted you with the idea of doing an Ironman, not just finishing, but also getting a Hawaii Ironman qualifying slot. I talked to a lot of people but felt good when I talked with you because you were not shocked. You just laid out a plan. I knew I needed a coach to help me with not only the physical aspect of training but also the mental aspect. Fast forward a year and I not only got my qualifying slot to Kona but finished 2nd in my Age Group at IM Canada! That was icing on the cake!!

Thanks Luis, I am not sure how many emails I sent to you but you answered them all.

Stephen Cross, Dallas Texas

Triathlon

Luis,
I am thrilled with the success I had this year. Thank you for being such an integral part of my daily training. Your guidance, confidence and support of me was immeasurable! As your athlete from the first year I started racing triathlons five years ago, I have continually improved in all distances. However this past year, with your coaching, I accomplished a life long dream of finishing an Ironman. Not only did I finish 6th place in my division at IM Wisconsin, I finished top 3 in every race did this year. 1 IM, 2 -irons, 1 Olympic and 2 sprints, all top finishes!

I truly believe your nutrition advice kept me in my races this year. With temperatures over 90 degrees at the IM and the two 1/2 -Irons, the finishing statistics were staggering. I passed many great competitors in those races because of sound nutrition advice from you. Luis Vargas is a winning coach! I'm sure of it! Looking forward to working with you in the future.

Megan Searfoss, Naperville IL

Triathlon

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