Comments from Clients
I just wanted to reach out and say thank you for your help last year. I have continued to utilize the training principles you taught me and am having a great season on my bike. I worked hard in the off-season and have been creating workouts based on VO2 Max & tempo intervals and long steady state endurance rides with good active recovery rides in between. I believe the rest days and active recovery rides have been as helpful as anything. I realize in the past I spent way too much time training in tempo zones and not enough time in the other zones. In the past, I failed to have good rest days and active recovery rides to allow my legs/body to fully recover and perform well in the anaerobic and VO2M zones.
I have been happy and a little surprised by the gains I have seen this season. I raced the “Made the Grade” last Saturday, set a PR and placed 4th compared to 10th last year. I am consistently placing in the top 10 of the local TT series and just completed my first ever sub 1 hour 40K TT (59:48). A goal I have always had but wondered if I would ever achieve. I want to give credit where it is due and say THANK YOU for your coaching and instruction.
I have worked with Coach Bob for the last 15 months, and I have learned many things about myself. I have learned that many of my barriers are mental and that I am capable of things I’d always deemed impossible. Coach Bob helped me realize that the key was to keep it realistic and at the same time have some stretch goals. He is positive and encouraging, but at the same time always pushing me to do my best. He has helped me redefine what MY best can be. Learning this has been tough, but fun because Bob is so passionate about training people and truly shares in the joy of helping people achieving their goals. Coach Bob has unlimited energy and he brings it every single day. You train with him and you realize he is working harder than you are! He adapts to each individual, even in a group setting; for people like me who like to understand the science behind the training, he is always available to explain why we are doing a certain program, which has been essential in my growth as an athlete. In the last few months I have been able to work out a lot with Coach Bob and it has driven me to train harder. Last season I did the Wisconsin Triple Crown, something I would have never dreamed of doing. To prepare, Coach Bob took me on a training ride and broke it down for me: how to mentally prepare, how to eat and hydrate – things that you think already know, but then you talk to Coach Bob and realize how much more there is to learn. By the third stage (Dairyland Dare) I completed the 200K ride, which for me was a personal achievement and my stretch goal. I hit my goals, and that was all thanks go Coach Bob! Working with him in a group class, there is a lot of great camaraderie. Whether it is at the Cave (aka Penn Cycle) or at the Pain Cave (aka Bob’s basement), having a Coach Bob-led group makes all the difference in the world.
When I began training with Coach Bob, I was a rookie to outdoor road biking. My primary purpose in training with Bob was, overall, to accomplish being a stronger rider and move up to a solid B level. At Bob’s suggestion, I set one goal and that was to increase strength and endurance. I accomplished that goal plus more by significantly increasing my heart rate max and lung capacity. Being back on my bike outdoors this spring, in addition to being a much stronger rider, I have mastered hills and windy conditions with much more confidence and ease. I have been training with Bob in a team setting with riders that are much more accomplished than I, and have never felt intimidated. Bob is an exceptional coach who is not only knowledgeable and an expert in his field, but sensitive to all riders, no matter what level they are at.
Coach Bob McEnaney is truly one of the top most gifted Cycling and Triathlon coaches in the Midwest. I’ve trained with Coach Bob for almost 2 years now, and continue to see huge improvements in my Triathlon race times, including top 3 overall female finishes in ALL of my events in 2012. Not only is Coach Bob an amazing Coach, but he is also an extremely talented avid cyclist. In 2012, he finished the Furnace Creek 508 as a fundraiser for high school hockey player Jack Jablonski, and is gearing up for the Race Across America in 2013, which is known as the “Pinnacle of Athletic Achievement”. The Race Across America is considered one the most respected and longest running endurance sports events in the world. Racers must traverse 3000 miles across 12 states and climb over 170,000 vertical feet. If anyone can do it, it’s Coach Bob!