VISION QUEST COACHING TEAM

Led by VQ Founder and retired professional cyclist, Robbie Ventura, the staff at Vision Quest Coaching have years of experience coaching athletes of all levels in endurance sports.

The coaches that have been selected to work for VQ are experts in their fields and have passion for helping athletes reach goals. VQ combines top-notch coaches with solid science in exercise physiology and nutrition and a constant dedication to customer service in order to deliver the Vision Quest Coaching product.

We select our coaches based on their experience, certifications, personal accomplishments, expertise in their fields, and overall enthusiasm for the role. Vision Quest is dedicated to providing continued training to our coaches to ensure that they remain up to date with the latest science and training techniques.

Vision Quest Coaching is founded by Robbie Ventura and run along side with Dave Noda.

Expert Coaches

Bill Bartlett (Triathlon)

Current Residence: Lindenhurst, ILBill Bartlett, Expert Coach at Vision Quest Coaching
Degree: BS, Exercise Physiology
College:  University of Wisconsin – La Crosse
Certification:  USAT Level 1, NASM-CPT, NASM-PES (Performance Enhancement Specialist), 20+ years experience personal training
Specificity:  Triathlon

Why do you coach?
“You get what you give.”  To be able to give back experience and knowledge and help others achieve their goals by showing them with a plan anything is possible.

Most memorable moment as a coach?
Seeing an athlete break out of their comfort zone and race their first multisport event, then watching their surprise as they walk up and get their first age group award.

Personal Achievements:
2004, 2008 Chicago Marathon Finisher
2004 Rock n Roll Phoenix Marathon Finisher
2005 Finisher- Ironman-Wisconsin
2007 14th Overall, Big Foot Sprint Triathlon
2008 9th Place AG, Big Foot Olympic Triathlon
2008 2nd Place Overall, Deer Dash 5K
2008 1st Place AG (XL1) Spirit of Racine Half Ironman
2008 Qualifier for Half Max Ironman Championships
2009 3rd Place AG, Equestrian Connection Half Marathon
2009 4th Place AG, Take a Step for the Kids 10K
2009 10th Place AG, Pewaukee Triathlon
2010 7th Place AG, Pewaukee Triathlon
2010 Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon Finisher
2011 3rd Place AG, Role & Roll for the Dole Duathlon
2015 Pewaukee Triple Play Age Group Winner
2015 Shoreline Duathlon Age Group Winner

Why do you work for Vision Quest Coaching? 
Having been coached by Vision Quest in the past, I realized this was a special place filled with amazing people willing to share their knowledge, expertise and passion to help you reach your goals. I wanted to be part of this community of professionals and be able to make a difference in helping others reach their goals and learn from the best

Favorite Pastime When Not Training or Coaching: 
Listening to music, reading and spending time outside with my two children.

Nan Doyal (Cycling)

Current Residence: Glencoe, IL

Degrees:  B.A. and M.B.A.

Colleges: Smith College; The Wharton School

Certifications: USA Cycling Coaching (level 3)

Specificity: Cycling

What location do you train at: Highland Park, IL

Why do you coach?  It is really motivating to help someone to become the person they were meant to be.  I love coaching because of that.  Every one of my athletes has enormous potential and is on a journey right now to realize it.  I am here to help them get there while also empowering them to discover new things about themselves along the way. Just as my coaches have helped me to become the best athlete I can be and achieve goals I only dreamed about -- I became a coach to help others to do the same.

Coaching Accomplishments:  Ask the athletes who I coach.  Their accomplishments are my coaching accomplishments.

Personal Achievements: 
Won some races, lost some races, always made it fun. Some have included..
Lotoja Classic 2015 - 1st Cat 4;
2nd overall; Hincapie Gran Fondo 2015 - 2nd overall female;
Sub Five Century 2014 - female course record 4:06;
Single Bong TT 2015 - 1st Cat 3;
RPI 2014 - 5th overall female;
Levi's Gran Fondo 2014- 6th overall female;
Gran Fondo Brevard 2014- 1st female;
Psimet Fox Grove Criterium 2012 and 2013 - 1st Cat 4;
and not quitting Dirty Kanza after the first 100 miles!

What was the most epic event you've ever done: Dirty Kanza 2016 - 200 miles on gravel.  I did it with a team of 5 VQrs (Team Rhino).  We promised to start and finish it as a team. It was the longest day any of us had spent on a bike but we made it to the finish line together.

What is VQ to you: VQ is a community of like-minded athletes.  We share a common goal of becoming the best we can be at what we do while supporting each other to do the same. We get as much joy from seeing another achieve their goal as we feel when achieving our own.  VQ is a place where what we learn we pass on to others because when we do - we all get better.


Why do you work for Vision Quest Coaching?  I believe that it takes the support of a team to help a person realize their full potential.  Being a part of the VQ coaching team helps me to be a better coach.  Here we have access to state-of-the-art research on nutrition, hydration, physiological science, exercise science and the real life experiences of both professional and amateur competitive athletes.  At VQ I am part of a diverse team of experts who not only support one another but also continually share best practices for the benefit of all athletes.  Most importantly--I work for VQ because I like the people—they work hard, they have fun and they look out for each other.

Favorite pass time when not cycling or training?  Hiking with my dog; anything with my family; eating and napping.





Kyle Bostedt (Triathlon)

Bio coming soon!

Adrienne Glasheen (Triathlon)

Current Residence: Liberty Lake, WashingtonAdrienne Glasheen, Expert Coach at Vision Quest Coaching

Degree: Bachelor of Science

College: University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Certifications:  CycleOps Power Certification

Specificity: Triathlon and Running

Why do you coach?
If there’s one feeling better than reaching my own goals, it’s helping someone else reach theirs. I feel lucky to have had such knowledgable and motivating coaches over the years; It is rewarding to pay it forward and give my athletes the tools for their athletic success!

Personal Achievements:
2012 1st Place Overall Female Leon’s Triathlon
2012 1st Place Overall Female Galena Triathlon
2011 7th Place Elite Amateur Female Chicago Triathlon
2011 3rd Place AG Ironman 70.3 Steelhead
2011 3rd Place Overall Female Pleasant Prairie Triathlon
2011 5th Place AG Ironman 70.3 Kansas
2011 2nd Place Overall Female Galena Triathlon
2011 1st Place Overall Amateur Female St. Anthony’s Triathlon
2011 2nd Place Overall Fleet Feet Women’s 10k
Ironman 70.3 World Championships Qualifier and Finisher
USAT All-American
Marathon PR 2:55:38
1/2 Marathon PR 1:23:27

Why do you work for Vision Quest Coaching?
I believe in the Vision Quest Coaching philosophy. Robbie and Dave have created top-of-the-line training facilities with expert coaching where you can learn, grow and find your true athletic potential. The motivating environment will force you to find that extra gear in both training and racing. Most importantly, you will have fun while doing it! There really is a sense of community where you will make long-time friends and memories.

Favorite pastime when not training or coaching:
Working as an Airline Pilot, cooking up healthy meals to fuel (and recover from) workouts, knitting, napping, reading (often about training and coaching ????) and almost anything outside!

Dr. David Hoag (Cycling)

Current Residence: Fort Sheridan, ILDr. David Hoag, Expert Coach at Vision Quest Coaching

Degrees: B.S., M.S., & Ph.D., B.S. Physical Education, Health & Coaching, Asbury University

Colleges: M.S. Sports Administration, University of Kentucky, Ph.D. Higher Education, St. Louis University

Certifications: USA Cycling Coach (Level III)

Specificity: Cycling

What location do you train at: VQ Highland Park

Why do you coach:
Coaches have always made I big impact in my life, I was a former All-District Athlete in Cross-Country and Track in college.  Several of the VQ coaches have made and impact on me, and I want to do the same thing to help other cyclists.

Coaching Accomplishments:
In the past year I’ve been able to motivate several cyclists to double their mileage.  Increasing time in the saddle improved their performance.

Personal Achievements:
2014 Sub5 team finish 4:25
2014 Intelligencia Cup Prairie State Cycling Series: Waukegan Crit 1st Place
2014 O’Fallon Grand Prix: Masters 35 5th place
2014 Hillsboro-Roubaix 5th place
2013 Sub5 team finish 4:35
2013 Leadville 100 MTB – buckle finisher
2013 Trek 100 4:36 (on a mountain bike)
2013 Dairy Land Roubaix (106 Mile Gravel Race) 7th Place Finish
2012 Platinum Finisher El Tour Tucson
2012 Trek 100 sub 4:45 finish
2012 Hillsboro-Roubaix Top 10 finish
2012 Dropped Ventura on Thursday AM Group Ride 24.9 mph (9/6)
2011 FIAC Nation Champions 4 Man Time Trial 40+ 60 kilometers
2011 Trek 100 sub 4:50 Finish

Why did you become a mentor:
I want to give back to others. When I started at VQ 5 years ago many people invested in my life and I want to do the same.

What is the most epic event you have done:
Without a doubt it was the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race! I’ve never worked so hard for anything and I was glad to earn my “buckle.”

What is VQ to you:
VQ is like a family to me. Great friends on and off of the bike.

Why do you work for Vision Quest Coaching?
VQ has changed my life, and I’m a product of VQ.  When I first started my threshold was only 172 now I’m at 300 and I’ve lost over 25 pounds. The past year I’ve been helping out as a ride leader on the Tuesday and Thursday morning rides.  Working with those cyclists has motivated me to get more involved and help others.

Favorite pastime when not training or coaching:
Spending time with my wife and traveling to be with our kids who are both married.

Matt Holt (Cycling)

Current Residence: Wilmette

Degrees: Bachelors, University of Arizona

Certifications: Level III USAC

Specificity: Road, Crits, Cross

VQ Location: Chicago (where else is there?)

Why do you coach: I love sharing and teaching all of the knowledge that I have gained throughout my years as a cyclist and a VQ athlete

Coaching accomplishments: Coaching an athlete to complete Race Across America

Personal Achievements: 
2015 IL State Road Championship, 4th overall, 2nd place IL

3:02 marathon, twice (is that an achievement?? no one can run the same time twice) 

Why do you work for VQ: VQ is an incredible place with latest sports science & technology, access to incredible coaches and experts along with a supportive community of athletes with different levels of experience and abilities

Favorite Pastime when not training or coaching:  Chasing 3 little kids around and golfing about twice a year

Kevin Hughes (Triathlon)

Current Residence: Chicago, IL

Degree: BFI

College: Bowling Green State University

Specificity: Triathlon and Running

Why do you coach? 
I enjoy working with athletes to help them get more out of themselves and the sport, and ultimately, have training and racing be a positive aspect of their life that contributes to their overall well being. I believe in setting goals, consistent hard work and having a positive attitude and appreciation for being able to train and race.

Personal Achievements: 
2014 Galena Duathlon, 1st overall
2014 Batavia Duathlon, 1st overall
2013 Chicago Perfect 10 Miler, 3rd overall
2013 Prairie State ½ Marathon, 2nd overall (1:18)
2013 Ironman 70.3 World Championships
2013 Chicago Triathlon 7th overall
2013 USAT Age Group Nationals, 10th AG
2013 Leon’s Triathlon, 7th overall
2013 Batavia Triathlon, 1st overall
2013 Galena Triathlon, 7th overall, 1 AG
2012 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, 2nd AG (2:52)
2012 Woodstock Duathlon, 2nd overall
2012 Ironman 70.3 Steelhead, 2nd AG, 15th overall
2011 Ironman Wisconsin, 17th AG

6x USAT All American
Team USA for Edmonton Worlds 2014
4 x USAT Age Group National Championships Competitor
100+ races from 5k to Ironman
14 Chicago Triathlon finishes

Why do you work for Vision Quest Coaching? 
I joined VQ in 2008 as a runner and triathlete with some experience. I have been blown away by what real training and coaching has done for me and I’ve gotten way more out of the sport at this time in my life than I ever expected. The people are great and every time I’m part of a VQ workout or event I have fun and get inspired by the talent and hard work I see around me.

Favorite pastime when not training or coaching: 
Being with my family, cooking with my wife, coaching the kids in soccer and traveling together

Ron Weinert (Triathlon)

Current Residence: Mundelein, IL

Degrees: BS RPh

Colleges: University of Illinois

Certifications: USA Swim ASCA Coach Level 1, Red Cross Certified Swim Coach, Level 3 USAC Coaching Certification Pending 

Specificity: Triathlon Coaching

What location do you train at: HP

Why do you coach: I have a passion for passing on the knowledge and enjoyment of endurance sports I have gained during the years. I also find great enjoyment out of supporting athletes and guiding them through the amazing journey of training and competing. 

Coaching Accomplishments: I have coached many athletes through training and participation in events including Ironman 140.6 and 70.3 as well as shorter distance triathlons, Ride Across Wisconsin, Race Across America and many running events including marathons and half marathons and swim competitions. 

Personal Endurance Sport Achievements:
Almost 100 races including Ironman, triathlons, cycling events, swim and run competitions

What is the most epic event you have done:
Multiple Ironman races as well as Ride Across Wisconsin

Why do you work for VQ:
I coach and work at VQ because it provides me with the opportunity to train and coach in a highly professional environment with proven processes and services. I believe in the leadership team and the valuable services that have been developed. I believe in the values of VQ and being part of the amazing community that has evolved over the years.

Favorite pastime when not training or coaching:
Spending time with my wife, daughters and son-in-laws

Tobias Woelfert (Triathlon)

Current Residence: Zurich, SwitzerlandTobias Woelfert, Expert Coach at Vision Quest Coaching

Degree: MBA Economics

College: Hochschule Harz University of Applied Science, Wernigerode Germany

Certifications:  Cycle Ops Power Certification, Fitness & Swim & Triathlon Coach

Specificity: Triathlon, Swimming, Cycling

Why do you coach?
I’m looking for hard working athletes that want to be inspired. I love living a healthy lifestyle and helping others achieve there fitness goals. I’m the type of coach that wants to develop relationships with my
clients. The better I get to know my athletes the better I can help assist them with their individual needs.

Most memorable moment as a coach:
To become a member of the VQ family

Coaching Accomplishments:
Bringing a non-Triathlete to finish an Ironman with a big smile.

Personal Achievements:
2010 Mississippi 50 Mile Run, Laurel, MS
2009 70.3 IM World Championship, Clearwater, FL 2009 IM World Championship, Kona, HI
Multiple Ironman & 70.3 Ironman finishers

Why do you work for Vision Quest Coaching?
I am a firm believer in results through consistency, high quality in training. Vision Quest Coaching provides the best knowledge, facilities and equipment to guarantee year round high quality training. The excitement of learning and experiencing something new gives me great incentive, motivation and drive to lead my
athletes to achieve their personal goals.

Favorite pastime when not training or coaching:
Cooking for family & friends

Joe Wrobel (Cycling)

Current Residence: Highland Park, ILJoe Wrobel, Expert Coach at Vision Quest Coaching

Degree: B.A. and J.D.

College: Northwestern University; DePaul University Law School

Certifications:  USA Cycling Level 2

Specificity: Cycling

Why do you coach?
I enjoy passing on to my athletes the cycling and training knowledge that I have accumulated over the years. I get a huge kick out of seeing them improve and I love to share in the joy of their accomplishments.

Most memorable moment as a coach?
Jeff Rothstein calling me from Tucson, ecstatic that he beat his time goal in El Tour de Tucson.

Coaching Accomplishments (of your athletes and as a professional):
Watching my athletes grow from having trouble completing a Sunday WRobel WRide to being able to stay with the pack on the Tuesday Night Alberto’s Rides.

Personal Achievements:
Climbing Mt. Ventoux and Alp de Huez on consecutive days. 60+ 4 man National TTT Champ. Cycling regularly since 1982 and planning to continue cycling until the ranks thin out so that I can win a RR and a crit.

Why do you work for Vision Quest Coaching?
I joined Vision Quest in 2001 as an athlete and soon learned that although my own abilities paled in comparison to most of the other athletes, Vision Quest was an organization that opened its arms to any athlete who was willing to work hard. There is a special fraternal quality to Vision Quest, where members share their knowledge and help each other. I enjoy being in such an organization. I love to cycle and there is no better group with which to do so.

Favorite Pastime When Not Training or Coaching:
Hoping that maybe this will be the year the Cubs finally win it all. Cycling in Italy. Spending time with my son and daughter-in-law in California




Elite Coaches

Karyn Austin (Triathlon)

Current Residence: Gainesville, FL

Degree: B.S. Advertising

College: University of Florida

Certifications: USAT Level II Coach

Specificity: Triathlon, Swimming

Why do you coach?
I love to see how empowering triathlon can be in all aspects of an athlete’s life. It is a challenge to find the way each individual is motivated, and then train them to the fullest potential while maintaining a balance with
family and/or career.

Coaching Accomplishments:
10+ AG athletes who have qualified and competed at USAT World Championships (Sprint/Olympic/Long Course)
Multiple podium finishers at 70.3 and Ironman Distance Races
Top 3 AG finish at USAT Worlds in Vancouver, BC, 2008
AG win and 70.3 qualifier at 70.3 Florida, 2008
Top 3 AG finish at Long Course Worlds, 2007
LOTS of first time Ironman finishers
Several Kona qualifiers
Multiple athletes ranked HM and All American by USAT

Personal Achievements:
2 time member of Team USA for Short Course Worlds (Hawaii and Switzerland)
Top 10 AG finisher at IM Madison
Several All-American Rankings with USAT
Nationally ranked Age Group and Master’s Swimmer

Why do you work for Vision Quest Coaching?
Vision Quest is geared to serve ALL levels of triathletes, from first-timers, to Kona qualifiers. Being able to learn from the best in the industry and the enthusiasm of Robbie and the other VQ coaches helps keep everyone on the cutting edge and motivated to be the best we can be. My biggest challenge in coaching is finding the BEST in every athlete that I coach, regardless of ability level and finding the balance between training/racing/family/work, etc.

Favorite pastime when not training or coaching:
Reading, spending time with family, watching Dexter, and anything outdoors.

Mike Heagney (Cycling)

Current Residence: Libertyville, ILMike Heagney, Elite Coach at Vision Quest Coaching

Degree: B.S. Exercise Science

College: Illinois State University

Certification:

Specificity: Road, Criteriums, Anything involving 2 wheels

Why do you coach?
To give back to the sport the experience and knowledge I have gained over the past 25 years.

Most memorable moment as a coach?
Bringing a new training philosophy or idea to an athlete…just this morning “I forgot how much those short efforts rock!”.

Personal Achievements:
USA Cycling Development Foundation contributor
IMBA Member
USCF Cat 1 since 1987
Highlights
IL State Criterium Champion Masters 30+ 2012
3rd Masters National Criterium Championships, Louisville KY, 35-39 2008
1st Overall; Superweek International Cycling Classic 30+ 2007
1st Downers Grove National Criterium Championships Elite 1999
1st Downers Grove National Criterium Championships 30+ 2007
1st Elgin Five Bridges Road Race 30+ 2002
1st Illinois State USCF Road Race 30+ 2005
1st ABR National Criterium Championships 30+ 2008
1st ABR National Criterium Championships 30+ 2006
1st ABR 4-man TTT World Championships (PYOC/RRB Cat 1-2 1998 & 2002, 30+ 2000)
Most Recent
IL State Criterium Champion Masters 30+ 2012
1st Evanston Criterium (part of Superweek) 30+ 2008
1st Fox River Grove Criterium Cat 1-2 2008
1st Monsters of the Midway 30+ 2008
3rd Monsters of the Midway Cat 1-2 2008
1st Vernon Hills Criterium 30+ 2008
1st Vernon Hills Criterium Cat 1-2 2007
1st Whitnall Park Road Race (part of Superweek) 30+ 2007
1st Kenosha Criterium 30+ 2007
1st Glencoe Criterium 30+ 2007
4th Glencoe Criterium Cat 1-2 2007
3rd Spring Prairie Road Race 30+ 2007
3rd Spring Prairie Road Race 30+ 2008
3rd Winfield Criterium Cat 1-2 2008
Over 75 career victories

Why do you work for Vision Quest Coaching?
There’s a vast bank of knowledge and a sense of community here. Personally I have had the opportunity to learn from some of the best…Vision Quest provides me a place to continue growing. With such a community at my disposal it’s an optimal outlet for sharing on the bike advice and feedback (tactics, reading races, position, clothing, paceline, etc.). A great place to share knowledge with the weekend warrior to the next rising star. In either case; the opportunity to help athletes reach their potential.

Favorite Pastime When Not Training or Coaching:
Listening to Music, many other sports, playing drums, travel, socializing and meeting new people

Dan Jerger (Cycling)

Bio coming soon!

Jason Schisler, Director of Coaching

Current Residence: Madison, WIJason Schisler, Director of Coaching & Elite Coach at Vision Quest Coaching

Degree: Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology)

College: Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL)

Certifications: USA Cycling Level 2, CPR/First Aid

Specificity: Cycling (Road Racing)

Why do you coach?
I enjoy working with people who share the same motivations and helping them reach new levels of fitness and performance.

Most memorable moment as a coach?
During the 2007 season, two athletes had just upgraded to higher categories and both walked away with several wins and great results.

Coaching Accomplishments (of your athletes and as a professional):
WORS COMP Class Overall Win 45-49, four WORS COMP 45-49 wins, Iceman Cometh SPORT Class 45-49 win, Wisconsin Brevet Week Finisher, Atlantic Collegiate Cycling Conference 2nd overall Collegiate As, plus 7 podium finishes including 3 wins, 2nd place Cat 3 Chattanooga Omnium
(professional) “Effects of Carbohydrate Ingestion on Metabolism during Fasting and Prolonged Running” published in Journal of Physical Activity & Health , “The Power Line” published in Chicago Athlete

Personal Achievements:
1st 2007 Glencoe Grand Prix, 2nd 2005 Hillsboro Roubaix, 2nd 2006 Proctor Criterium, 2nd 2007 Carpentersville Cyclocross, 3rd 2008 Blackhawk Farms Raceway Criterium, 4th 2008 Hillsboro Roubaix, 4th 2007 Proctor Road Race, 5th 2007 Proctor Criterium, 8th GC 2007 Edgar Soto Stage Race (and 4th in Prologue)

Why do you work for Vision Quest Coaching?
I started working with Vision Quest as a college intern because I thought it seemed like a fun and unique opportunity to be around the sport I enjoyed so much. Before long, I was taking athletes and integrating into a full-time position. I’m still here for the same reasons.

Favorite Pastime When Not Training or Coaching:
What else is there to do? Seriously, I guess I’ll say cooking new foods.

Carlos Soler (Cycling)

Current Residence: Longwood, FLCarlos Soler, Elite Coach at Vision Quest Coaching

Degree: Some college credits

College: Seminole Community College (Seminole County, FL)

Certification: Trek University Fit Systems; USA Cycling Level 3

Specificity: Love of the bike and all related aspects: nutrition, training, functional training

Why do you coach?
It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I have a great opportunity with Vision Quest to coach in a system that is proven and that I’m familiar with. Also to share the knowledge that, surprisingly, is foreign to many athletes.

Most memorable moment as a coach?
Seeing the appreciation athletes have when they reach goals that were thought to be unobtainable

Coaching Accomplishments (of your athletes and as a professional):
Keeping athletes motivated on a less-than-stellar day.

Personal Achievements:
Several MTB wins, several MTB State Championships, Gold Medal World Police & Firefighter Games (WP&FG), Indianapolis MTB 2001, two silver medals in WP&FG 2005, Quebec City MTB/road race, two wins and 2nd overall in the Tour of Bahamas stage race, Florida Points Series wins and podiums, decent triathlete and completion of half-Ironman

Why do you work for Vision Quest Coaching?
Big database of information that affords me the latest information. A proven system with lots of credible results.

Favorite Pastime When Not Training or Coaching:
Spending time with my wife, chilling by the pool, watching my kids play lacrosse, surfing, power naps!

Tim Zoph (Cycling)

Current Residence: Northbrook, IL

Degrees: BS, MSA, MBA

Colleges: University of Utah, Georgetown University, Northwestern University

Specificity: Cycling

What location do you train at: VQ Highland Park

Personal Achievements:
El Tour De Tucson (6 times, Platinum Qualifier)
Blackberry Farm Pro-Am (2015)
Pro Tour Challenge (2012)
LOTOJA (2011)
FIAC Team Time Trial Champion (2011)
Leadville Trail 100 (2010)
Challenge Athlete Foundation $1M Challenge Ride (2010)
Individual Time Trial sub-hour (40K, 2010, 2011))
VQ Camps (7)

What is the most epic event you have done: The Pro Tour Challenge in Colorado, 600+ miles in 6 days above altitude!

What is VQ to you: A personal journey, community and opportunity for me to support our athletes in achieving their goals.

Why do you work for Vision Quest Coaching? I have been with VisionQuest for 11 years. As an athlete, and now as a ride leader and coach, I am using my experience and accomplishments to motivate athletes to be their best. 

Favorite pastime when not training or coaching: Recovery! I am learning the value to rest, relaxation and taking time to enjoy life!



Instructors

Kate Amaral

Bio coming soon!

David Harrison

Certifications: USA Cycling Coach Certified (in-process)

What types of classes do you teach:  Cycling

What location do you teach at:  VQ Chicago

What should I expect when taking your class:  Expect a tough but fun workout that focuses on improving all aspect of your cycling skills. These workouts are designed to improve all energy systems involved in cycling.

Favorite pastime when not training or coaching:Sailing, travel, wine and great food

 

Janet Katz

Bio coming soon!
Janet Katz

Rico Lagman

Rico LagmanCertifications: Certified Bike Commuting Survivalist

What types of classes do you teach:  Cycling

What location do you teach at:  VQ Chicago

What should I expect when taking your class:  Expect an instructor with knowledge from over 10 years of involvement within the Vision Quest coaching systems.  I'm here to help you get fit and reach all of your fitness goals no matter what they are.  

Favorite pastime when not training or coaching: Anything that's fun and keeps me busy....soccer, volleyball, running, camping, surfing, rock climbing, or working on my car. 

 

Lisa Lim 

What types of classes do you teach: Intensity and Endurance

What location do you teach at: VQ Chicago

What should I expect when taking your class: Expect some days you'll feel like a rockstar and other days you won't. Consistency and commitment does pay off.

Favorite pastime when not training or coaching: Spending time with family, being outdoors and traveling

KC Maddelein

Discipline: CyclingKC Maddelein

Certifications: USA Cycling Coach Certified

What types of classes do you teach? 
Intensity and Endurance

What location do you teach at: 
VQ Naperville

What should I expect when taking your class: 
To be encourage to get out of your comfort zone to enable you reach your personal cycling goals.  Results. Consistent indoor training will always benefit your outdoor cycling, always! We work hard and keep our sense of humor while doing so.  …all wrapped in a blanket of hospitality.

Favorite pastime when not training or coaching: Spending time with my family and enjoying the antics of three teenage daughters!

Kelly Mulock

Bio coming soon!

Don Riley

Current Residence: Chicago, IL

Degree:  M.Ed. Educational Leadership, B.S. Fitness Management

College: DePaul University, Chicago, IL

Certifications:  N.A.S.M CPT., USAT Triathlon Coach, KIDO Association (Korea) Certified Black Belt

What types of classes do you teach?  Functional Training

Why do you instruct?
I like adding value to people’s lives through my skills…plus, where in your job can you make people do push ups when you tell them!…try that at your office!

Personal Achievements:
Every race is my own personal acheivement!

Why do you work for Vision Quest Coaching?
Its exciting to use my 20 years of experience  running health clubs, being an instructor, trainer, coach, fitness writer and educator for all the VQ athletes!…Being able to work with athletes that look for the best.

Favorite pastime when not training or coaching:
Writing, and dreaming up new innovations in this industry to help people be their best 

Mike Stanek

Discipline: Certifications: USA Cycling Coach Certified

What types of classes do you teach:  Taste of VQ

What location do you teach at:  VQ Chicago

What should I expect when taking your class:
Expect to be engaged to ensure you hit every last detail of intensity ride, enthusiasm, instruction and most important of all… Fun!!

Favorite pastime when not training or coaching: Flipping little kids bike, family

Kathleen Weber

Bio coming soon!



Mentors

VQ Highland Park

Nan Doyal
Andy Fleishman
Janet Katz
Julie Kennedy
Paul Rosenblum
Tim Zoph

VQ Chicago

Dr. Cal Brown 
Cecilia Brunetti

Dr. Mitch Goldflies

Steve Jensen

Lesley Macedon

Swim Coaches

Marcia Cleveland

Current Residence: Winnetka, ILMarcia Cleveland, Swim Coach at Vision Quest Coaching

Degree: B.A. Psychology

College: Yale University

Specificity: Swimming

Why do you coach?
I love to help athletes achieve their goals, whatever size these goals may be and however long it may take to get there. I enjoy designing programs that allows individuals to fulfill their own potential while keeping their life in balance.

Most Memorable Moment as a Coach:
When an athlete says, “I DID IT!” and they are so pleased with themselves.

Coaching Accomplishments:
Multiple successful English Channel Swimmers
Multiple successful Long Distance Swimmers
Multiple US Masters Swimming National Champions
Have conducted Open Water Clinics for over ten years
Getting Athletes Comfortable then Confident in Open Water

Personal Achievements:
Several Successful English Channel Crossings (1 Solo, 3 Relays)
Women’s American Record Manhattan Island Swim, 1996
Open Water Triple Crown
First women to complete Chicago Skyline Swim, 2008
USMS Long Distance All-Star, 2004, 2007
Several USMS National Age group records and All-American Rankings
Nationally ranked Age Group and Master’s Swimmer
Author: Dover Solo
Author of numerous articles on Open Water Swimming
USMS National Long Distance Committee Chairperson, 2001-2009
Multiple High School All-American

Why do you work for Vision Quest Coaching?
Vision Quest combines so many bests of all worlds and strives to look toward the future in all areas athletic. And besides, who can beat the charisma and motivation of its team members?

Favorite pastime when not training or coaching:
Being with my husband and our two children, Trying to keep up with our two children, Listening to Books on Tape because who has time to read?

Andrea Rudser-Rusin

Current Residence: Chicago, ILAndrea Rudser-Rusin, Swim Coach at Vision Quest Coaching

Degrees:  BS in Athletic Training, BS in Dietetics, MA in Kinesiology

Colleges:  University of North Dakota, University of Minnesota

Certification/Qualifications:
Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)
Registered Dietitian (RD)
Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD)
Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management, Level 2

Specificity:
Triathlon, Swimming

Short, fun, quick point on what I do: 
I talk about food!  …and what YOU do.

Accomplishments:
9 x Ironman finisher including Ironman WI, Lake Placid, and New Zeland
5K&10K open water swimming events
Completed 2 sub-12 hour Ironman races
1st placed in the 2.4 mile swim portion of the ironman triathlon

Personal Achievements:

NCAA champion in the 100 and 200 yard butterfly
All-American status at Minnesota and North Dakata Universities in a variety of events & distances
A member of team Go Dog. Go!, 12-time co-ed relay champions at the Chicago Triathlon

Bio: 
Andrea Rudser-Rusin, is a registered dietitian, board certified as a sports dietitian and with advance training in adult weight management, and is a certified athletic trainer (the sports medicine type).  Andrea practices in the private sector under the title of SportWise Nutrition & Consulting LLC.

Andrea has completed Bachelor’s degrees in Athletic Training and Dietetics from the University of North Dakota.  She holds a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Minnesota. Her nutrition expertise includes sports nutrition, weight management, lifestyle counseling, disease management.  Her sports medicine skills are maintained and put to good use with ongoing work for the United States Swimming national team and traveling with other USOC sponsored teams and competitions.

Favorite pastime when not training or coaching:
Words to live, train, and race by: “The pain of not trying your hardest lasts a lot longer than the pain it takes to push yourself to the limit” and advice learned early on from Coach Stromberg –“Just have fun, don’t sweat the small stuff.”

Examples of services & plans offered:
Sports nutrition
Packages (must be purchased at time of initial visit):
Performance Plan: initial assessment and 2 follow-up sessions.  Additional visits available.
Race Day Tune-Up
Competitive Plan: includes both Race Day Tune-Up and 3-session Performance Plan
Click here to read nutrition tips from Andrea
Contact info:
andrea@visionquestcoaching.com
312-925-0071

Fees:
Discounted (15%) for VQ members


Dietitians

Andrea Rudser-Rusin

Current Residence: Chicago, ILAndrea Rudser-Rusin, Dietitian at Vision Quest Coaching

Degrees:  BS in Athletic Training, BS in Dietetics, MA in Kinesiology

Colleges:  University of North Dakota, University of Minnesota

Certification/Qualifications:
Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)
Registered Dietitian (RD)
Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD)
Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management, Level 2

Specificity:
Triathlon, Swimming

Short, fun, quick point on what I do: 
I talk about food!  …and what YOU do.

Accomplishments:
9 x Ironman finisher including Ironman WI, Lake Placid, and New Zeland
5K&10K open water swimming events
Completed 2 sub-12 hour Ironman races
1st placed in the 2.4 mile swim portion of the ironman triathlon

Personal Achievements:

NCAA champion in the 100 and 200 yard butterfly
All-American status at Minnesota and North Dakata Universities in a variety of events & distances
A member of team Go Dog. Go!, 12-time co-ed relay champions at the Chicago Triathlon

Bio: 
Andrea Rudser-Rusin, is a registered dietitian, board certified as a sports dietitian and with advance training in adult weight management, and is a certified athletic trainer (the sports medicine type).  Andrea practices in the private sector under the title of SportWise Nutrition & Consulting LLC.

Andrea has completed Bachelor’s degrees in Athletic Training and Dietetics from the University of North Dakota.  She holds a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Minnesota. Her nutrition expertise includes sports nutrition, weight management, lifestyle counseling, disease management.  Her sports medicine skills are maintained and put to good use with ongoing work for the United States Swimming national team and traveling with other USOC sponsored teams and competitions.

Favorite pastime when not training or coaching:
Words to live, train, and race by: “The pain of not trying your hardest lasts a lot longer than the pain it takes to push yourself to the limit” and advice learned early on from Coach Stromberg –“Just have fun, don’t sweat the small stuff.”

Examples of services & plans offered:
Sports nutrition
Packages (must be purchased at time of initial visit):
Performance Plan: initial assessment and 2 follow-up sessions.  Additional visits available.
Race Day Tune-Up
Competitive Plan: includes both Race Day Tune-Up and 3-session Performance Plan
Click here to read nutrition tips from Andrea
Contact info:
andrea@visionquestcoaching.com
312-925-0071

Fees:
Discounted (15%) for VQ members

Linda Samuels

Linda Samuels, Dietitian at Vision Quest CoachingAs a Registered Dietitian and a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Nutrition (CSSD), Linda has devoted the past 8 years to working exclusively with endurance athletes. She keeps her practice cutting edge with advanced training with some of the world’s experts in sports nutrition. Linda trains/competes in endurance events, so she understand the challenges that athletes face. Since developing a process which methodically evaluates athletes’ hydration/fueling/salting regimens, she has helped her clients completely overhaul their training and race day plans. Linda works collaboratively with my clients, so that the strategies formulated are highly individualized. Every season she works with Ironman Triathletes who have then qualified for World Championships. Professional, Collegiate and Elite athletes work with me to boost their athletic performance through my advanced sports nutrition practices. Linda can help you transform your athletic performance, too!