About Zone3sports

Zone3sports was founded in 2000 by Rick Hellard.  It is an Ottawa based triathlon coaching service that has achieved amazing success at the long distance triathlon.

My name is Rick Hellard, and I am the Head Coach (okay, the only coach) at Zone3sports.  I have been living in the triathlon world for more than 30 years.  I have pretty much done it all and would love to share my knowledge and experience with you, in the hope of keeping you from making mistakes you don't need to make. 

My workouts are productive, interesting and fun. As a result, you will avoid mistakes, want to do the workouts, and therefore, improve. 

My philosophy is very simple: I believe that consistent, systematic and progressive hard work pays off, whether that means working hard to improve swim technique or hard work on the hills pedaling, you won't improve without putting in the time and pushing yourself beyond the comfort level.  I believe all this has to be done in proper sequence, and that is where I can help you. 

I also believe there is no substitute for experience, and I have lots of that. 

I am more than happy to share it with you. 

I have four goals for every athlete I work with.  They are very simple, but very effective:

1.    keep you healthy;

2.    make sport a part of your life, not just a phase;

3.    get you the start line healthy, rested and ready to go; and,

4.    get you to the finish as quickly as possible.

My clients have an impressive record of performances, from winning races outright, to age group wins, World Championship podium finishes, Boston Marathon qualifiers, innumerable best times, to completing just about everything they start, all while having loads of fun.

And that's what it's all about, right: fun?

Have a look at what I have to offer in terms of coaching programs, group workouts, and races. I am sure there is something there for you. 

While you're at it, have a look at the Team. They're pretty awesome, and I'm lucky to be able to work with them, and to call this a job.

 If you share these goals, and are looking for a coach that knows his stuff and how to put it to good use, then contact me so we can move forward. 

In the meantime, please continue to explore the site!