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Cycling: McEnaney holding offseason training at Penn Cycle starting Nov. 7

Bob McEnaney, an endurance athlete who has coached athletes for over 35 years and specializes in training cyclists and triathletes, is starting his annual offseason program at Penn Cycle with a kickoff event on Thursday, Nov. 7. (File photo)

Bob McEnaney believes strong bike riders are built in the offseason.

During the winter, when biking outdoors becomes an extreme sport, most riders of all levels need to move inside.

McEnaney, an endurance athlete who has coached athletes for over 35 years and specializes in training cyclists and triathletes, has held indoor training sessions for nearly a decade. 

“The success of your race season is really built in the offseason,” he said. “Right now we’re training for spring and the events start right away. If you don’t do any training in the wintertime you’re just not prepared come the spring.” 

Starting this month, McEnaney - a certified coach through both USA Triathlon and USA Cycling – will be hosting his annual group indoor cycling training sessions every Tuesday and Thursday at Penn Cycle in Woodbury.

“Whether they’re an experienced, high-level racer or a first-time enthusiast that wants to get out and ride, it’s perfect for everybody,” McEnaney said. ““We’ve grown every year as people realize not only the benefits of offseason training for their cycling or triathlon, but to also do it with a group of likeminded individuals. There’s a lot more motivation, energy and enthusiasm when there’s a group doing it together rather than one person trying to do it by themselves.”

McEnaney has trained with legendary coach Joe Friel and been a part of his exclusive “Ultrafit” Association of Coaches. Additionally, he is a Certified Personal Trainer and holds a Sports Fitness Specialist advanced certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He trains endurance athletes through his website The McEnaney family has lived in Woodbury since 1984. Bob’s wife Terri helps run the Newport-based Bailey Nursery, which was founded by her grandfather. 

McEnaney said the two classes he hosts at Penn Cycle have a complimentary fitness structure and are intended to be paired together for maximum growth as an athlete. 

“Rather than doing a haphazard workout I’m planning for the beginning of the outdoor season,” he said. “Typically we assume we’ll get outside sometime in March. I typically plan the workouts over the next four months toward March and April when we can get outside.”

McEnaney said it can be intimidating to train on the road with a group, because everyone may be at different levels. However, he said training indoors elevates pressure, because no one is left behind.

“You start together, you work out together and you finish at the same point. Nobody has to worry about getting left on the road, getting lost or getting a flat tire or other things when you’re on the road.”

The classes at Penn Cycle are from 5:30-7 p.m. The cost is $120 for a package of eight or $25 per session. A person’s first session is always free. 

Though McEnaney said his groups have a number of regulars, he’s hoping to reach a larger audience this offseason.

In order to do so, he and Penn Cycle are starting the season with some fanfare. On Thursday, Nov. 7, they’re hosting a kickoff event, beginning at 4 p.m., offering door prizes, discounts on goods and training services, and a social hour following the year’s first training session with representatives from companies like Shmiano, CycleOps, Pearl Izumi and Light & Motion providing demos.

It’s also the unofficial kickoff to McEnaney’s next Ride for a Reason charity ride where he’ll be competing in the Race Across America - a cycling race from Oceanside, California to Annapolis, Maryland in 12 days. 

“I’d really like to get new people involved,” McEnaney said. “There’s so many people in this area that ride. I just want to get the word out to them that there’s an option for people who want to train in the offseason and expand socially. This is just a great way for people to improve, meet people, to have fun and work hard at the same time.”

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-Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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