Lance Armstrong’s coach: Ironman’s the plan for 2011

Texan aims for another trophy, this time in Hawaii

A 17-year-old Lance Armstrong competes in the Jeep Triathlon Grand Prix in May, 1988.

In a video posted on, Lance Armstrong’s longtime coach Chris Carmichael indicated that the Texan would compete at the 2011 Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.


Carmichael, speaking in Hawaii before the 2010 World Championships begin on October 10, dropped hints that the 38-year-old seven-time Tour de France winner wouldn’t just be entering as an age grouper.

“2011, [Lance Armstrong] will be here. He’s super psyched and I think he wants to do more than win his age group,” Carmichael said.

Armstrong was a professional triathlete in the 1980s as a teenager, racing alongside Mark Allen, Dave Scott, Scott Tinley and Mike Pigg. The Texan transitioned to road racing in 1989, when Carmichael, himself a former road racer, became his coach.

Armstrong’s new team sponsor RadioShack said that as part of its sponsorship arrangement, the 2009 Leadville 100 winner would participate in cycling, running and triathlon events around the world. He’s also completed the New York City and Boston marathons, and includes time trials and cyclo-cross races in his training.

The 2011 Ironman World Championships would be Armstrong’s second attempt at the big race; he last competed in the Ironman Triathlon in 1991 after signing a sponsorship with Subaru-Montgomery. He became the U.S. National amateur road champion that year. Ironman distances include 2.4 miles (3.86 km) swim, a 112 mile (180.25 km) bike leg, and a marathon(26 miles 385 yards, 42.195 km), raced in that order. Armstrong will be 40 years old in October 2011. 

The current Ironman course record is held by Belgian Luc Van Lierde, whose winning time was 8:04.08, set in 1996.


You can follow BikeRadar on Twitter at