IRONMAN Louisville Information & Coaching

IRONMAN Louisville Training Camp Weekends

June 14-16 & August 16-18, 2019

Racing the 2019 IRONMAN Louisville? Then this Boutique-Style Weekend Training Camp is a must! Registration is limited, so don't wait!

  • Low Athlete-to-Coach Ratios
  • Ride & Run on the Ironman Louisville Course
  • Swim course will be analyzed both by video review & walking tour (no in water workout)

During the Weekend Camp Attendees will:

  • Ride 1-lap (approx. 75-miles) practice lap of the Ironman Louisville bike course
  • Ride will be led by a well-versed Louisville KY based USAT Certified Coach
  • Bike course will be analyzed in detail
  • Run all or part of 1-lap (up to 13-miles) of the Ironman Louisville course
  • Swim course will be analyzed via a guided walking tour of
    • Swim start
    • Swim out
    • Transition area and changing tents locations
…Thank you so much for all your help, encouragement and hugs! You really made this day work for me! You are a great coach and an incredible person. You really helped me become an Ironman today!
– Jane G.

2018 Ironman Louisville Athlete Recap

Coach Barry and Coach Mike:

I wanted to take a moment to tell you both thank you for the training camp you held in July. I was so grateful to have done that so that Sunday I knew what to expect and how to approach the less then optimal day. (I'll never hear Elvis's Kentucky Rain the same again!)

I am sorry I didn't get to see you prior to the race and my friend (sherpa) wasn't able to get out to the tent to give you the Dare to Care contribution - so I am sending it via USPS - I am also sending as promised the Springsteen Show from Perth on 1/27/17 for Mike's enjoyment.

Thanks for being out on the course - it was good to see friendly faces. It's funny I really felt strong and prepared for this race and was looking forward to a new time goal - but then Mother Nature said - Oh Really???? Anyway, if I had not been prepared as well as I was, I may have had a different result...

...I hope all of your team athletes had a successful day and were safe. Once again thank you for the camp - at the time in July we appreciated it - on Ironman Louisville Sunday we appreciated it 1000x's more! Keep up your fine work and Barry I hope your injury heals quickly!

I have a friend who signed up for 2019 so hope you will still have the camps and I may be able to travel down with her and take part in the camp again - its good training!

Thank you again!

— Mary Jones

On the Ironman Louisville Bike Course

The delayed start and shortened swim course certainly eliminated any swim butterflies, but the long wait meant I was frozen, even after my swim. T1 was a mess and longer than the swim, with bare bums everywhere. Trying to stand and get on warm clothes took forever. The bike was cold. I had very heavy gloves and never got cold fingers. Long sleeve running shirt under Barry's Coaching Jacket kept torso warmish till Bike Special Needs where I added a mylar sheet to stop wind and rain. Legs NEVER warmed up and toes froze, even with toe covers. At special needs I inserted chemical warmers on top of the toes and that helped a bit. The road was wet so took care on all corners and fast downhills. Making sure I drank and ate was a challenge, but I had an alarm on the bike computer that beeped every 15 mins so I kept those on track.

The run was OK temperature wise. I started out too hot (not fast), but dumped Beanie and extra pants along the way. Of course it was wet and everything was soaked, but I never was cold. The major lesson was I was under trained because of some restrictions on long rides and runs over the summer. So follow Barry and Mike's plan. While a challenge, finishing was incredibly welcome and rewarding. Now figuring out what's next… Time is a great amnesiac!

— Ron Gregg

I got very lucky because I was a sponsor entry and I was standing on the docks when the race official told the pros the race was delayed and the swim was shortened. I went back to my family and put my warm clothes back on to wait. I am also in the tiny minority of athletes who was upset the swim was shortened. The current was so fast it was like swimming in the log flume at King's Island. The bike was very tough in those conditions (low 50s and drizzle). The key was preparation with regards to gear and special needs. I finished the bike about an hour slower than I planned, but I finished.

My riding outfit all summer was either a short sleeve jersey or tri kit, and my Ironman outfit was a weatherproof undershirt, long sleeve bike jersey, and long sleeve windbreaker. Shoe covers, wool socks, and long finger gloves were a must. The rain had slowed to a mist on the run, and I was able to keep a solid pace the whole time. I got to see Mike and Barry 4 times through the run, and it was awesome seeing my coaches and teammates cheer me to the finish!

— Jennifer Brey

Barry's IMLOU BIKE Viewing

Directions/More Info

Y'all it's a Party Ironman RUN Viewing Party

We will be watching the run from 3th and St. Catherine Street on the West side of the intersection. Look for our BarryS Coaching Flag and our BarryS Coaching/John Kenyon Tent.

More Information

Offical 2018 IMLOU Athlete Guide

2018 Ironman Louisville Athlete Guide

*NOTE: External link. Hard copies will not be available on site. Follow the link to download PDF to your mobile device or print a hard copy.

Barrys IRONMAN Louisville Bike Course Review

PowerPoint, 22.5 MB

Coach Barry presented the above information on race day mental strategies and a review of the IRONMAN Louisville bike course and how to tackle each segment.

Barrys Official IRONMAN Louisville Presentation:

IRONMAN Louisville – Manage Your Brain. Manage the Course.

PowerPoint, 18.6 MB

Coach Barry Stokes was invited to speak after the official IRONMAN Louisville pre-race meeting. Here is his PowerPoint presentation containing mental coping skills and detailed information on the IRONMAN Louisville course not found anywhere else.

IRONMAN Louisville 2017 Webinar

Coach Barry and Coach Mike presented a Webinar for First time IRONMAN athletes on the official IRONMAN site.

Here is the PowerPoint presentation file available for download:

Download POWERPOINT File - 13MB

Audio available here registreation required

IRONMAN Louisville Bike Course Video

Follow the yellow dot as it makes it's way through the IRONMAN Louisville bike course. The Relive video is a satellite view and elevation profile of ONE LAP on the course. Video is 1:15 in length.

Relive Bike Course Video

NEW IRONMAN Louisville Bike Course

Coach Barry has posted his Garmin Connect profile of the new IRONMAN Louisville Bike Course. The biggest change is the out-and-back on 1694 is gone.

view Barrys profile

Here is the official Bike Course Map .

The IRONMAN Louisville Swim Course

Our own Coach Mike Jotautus has uploaded a time-lapse video of most of the swim course. The video is 1:58 in length and covers from near the start to beneath the second street bridge (the last bridge on course).

view video

Sighting Tips for the Swim Course »

Predict Your IRONMAN Swim Time

… or any distance for that matter

by Mike Jotautus

Last week I worked with an athlete who had an I'd be happy if… goal of completing the IRONMAN swim in 1:45. Continued…

Finishing Ironman Easier than Finishing This Ironman Story

By John Boel

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - They are fast, chiseled, thirsty, crazy and for the most part, the people who try the Ironman Triathlon are on the shy side of retirement age, with two good wheels.

Not coach Barry Stokes. Continued…

Race Day Checklist

We have created a race day checklist that covers just about everything you will need for your first triathlon. We have also included a couple tips. continued…

See also: the race day walk-through.

Race Day Plan

As we head into the heart of race season the following link will take to you Race-Day Plan Sheets which may help you 1. organize your thoughts & plans for race day and 2. bring a bit of reinforcement & comfort to you mentally in the days leading up to the race. Thank you to Scott Fliegelman for putting the outline together. continued…

Race Day Walk-Through

The race-day walk through is a handy guide on what to expect on race day for newer triathletes and is applicable to any triathlon up to IM 70.3. continued…

See also: the race day checklist.

Coach Barry talks about focus on what you can control

IRONMAN Louisville Swim Start

Eric William proudly crossing the finish line IRONMAN Louisville

On the Ironman Louisville Bike Course
On the Ironman Louisville Run Course
On the Ironman Louisville Run Course
Coach Mike, Coach Barry and Coach Brian
Ironman Louisville Training Ride
Ironman Loyuisville Training Ride
Ironman Louissville Run Course
Ironman Louisville Run Course
Ride Not Going as Expected? Call Barrys Coaching

IRONMAN Louisville Quick Links

IRONMAN Certified Coach


Barry Stokes, USAT Level II Triathlon Coach

Barry Stokes

IRONMAN Certified Coach
USAT Level II Triathlon Coach
USAT Youth & Juniors Triathlon Coach
USAT&F Level I Track & Field Coach

Louisville, KY


Thanks for all you do! See you (for IRONMAN Louisville) in two weeks.

– Hannah

Thank you all so much for this weekend! Being from out of town, I wasn't sure how the weekend would go, and I was absolutely blown away by those of you I had a chance to meet! Thank you for being so welcoming, for being so patient with me on the bike, and for just being all around kind and fun to spend time with! I can see why you all love training together! I look forward to seeing you all again in October, and if any of you ever find yourselves in Richmond, VA, definitely let me know!!

– Lauren N.

So nice to meet some of you this weekend! Looking forward to coming back and riding the course again before race day-good luck in all your training!

– Hannah C.

I'm eternally grateful for all the coaching and advice that made my Ironman dream come true. I'll wear my Barry's Coaching kit with pride

– J.

Simply the Best Coach and Coaching Team around: BarryS Coaching Barry Stokes. Couldn't have done my IM 70.3 with out him!!!!

– B.A.J.

I was thinking about the race a year ago. I loved the happiness I felt driving home that day. It's still very fresh in my mind. It sure was nice having you out there supporting all the athletes!

– M.B.

Hey Barry, it's been a year since I started working with you and I'd like so say thank you for helping me along my triathlon journey. I'm amazed at the progress I've made and very excited to see what the next years hold. Thank you so much. I couldn't have done it with out you!!!!

– J.W.

I'm going to start hanging out places like the Utica Pike and Cherokee Park and tell everyone I see how Barry took me from couch to IRONMAN in six months.

– M.R.B.