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Nan Doyal

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.