Not that he would want to
But, if he was to invest the time needed into developing ITU draft legal, short course skills.
I wonder how far it would get him?
Paging Brent McMahon....
My guess is if you popped LS into a lead ITU bike pack right now (this ignores the fact that his swim will never be good enough for ITU) he would probably get droppped due to 2 factors:
- High end W/kg being too low.
- Bike skills being a bit ropey.
In long course biking the currency of success is absolute power at or around FTP and how aero you can get at that given power.
In ITU, while FTP is still important, 5s, 1min and 5min power to weight are much more important for the repeated accelerations (a=F/m). Bike handling can also be the difference between getting dropped and holding a wheel (something he could improve a lot on).
Having watched long course athletes go back down to ITU (Macca), the repeated surges are something they tend to struggle with.