With Wenzel Coaching
Availability:Accepting New Clients
Client levels accepted:Individual, Custom, Elite Custom, Consultation
- Individual $119/mo
- Custom $199/mo
- Elite Custom $250/mo
- Consultation $100/hr
Associate Coach / Gresham, Oregon
"I was looking for a way to jumpstart my first cyclo cross season after previously bike racing other disciplines over the years, and did not have a lot of free time to attend clinics. I found Wenzel Coaching, and was directed to Rhonda as a local coach. We had a 2 hour private session at a large local park that had all the requisite elements. During the session she introduced all the basics of 'cross, then proceeded to watch and comment as I practiced them until she saw I had grasped them. Her style was casual and fun, yet focused so that I came away with a firm skillset foundation. The training has been invaluable- as I watch other riders struggling with the basics- I can spend my time concentrating on racing!"
Coach Rhonda Morin likes to get dirty. It’s why she excels at cyclocross races, mountain biking and endurance running. The nastier the conditions, the more likely she’ll outlast her opponents.
Originally from New England, Rhonda offers Wenzel clients lessons in the grit and determination it takes to succeed at your goals. Whether it’s figuring out how to pace yourself in a stage race or getting better at clearing cyclocross barriers, Rhonda can provide you with the skills, drills, training and guidance to get to the next level.
Rhonda is a licensed emergency medical technician and holds a certificate in core and corrective exercise. In addition to providing training guidance and skills, clients benefit from corrective exercises for flexibility, core and posture. Her experience as an EMT and a wilderness search-and-rescue team member has sharpened her ability in understanding how your body and mind respond to stress. She helps clients learn the cool-headedness and perseverance it takes to remain steady.
Early in her career, Rhonda worked as an Outward Bound instructor and ropes-course facilitator. In addition to coaching, Rhonda is a professional writer, editor and communications expert who holds degrees in journalism and women’s studies. Her clients appreciate her excellent communication skills.
As a Women’s A ‘cross racer, Cat 3 road racer and career professional, she has a keen interest in assisting others who strive for better health and fitness while balancing their life, family and job. She’s also a firm believer that you get better with age, and she prepares training plans that propel clients to new places in their later years.
Rhonda has captured numerous podiums in cyclocross during her career. She’s the reigning 2016 Oregon State Cyclocross Champion in her master’s category; the 2015 Singlespeed Cyclocross State Champion; a gold medalist the 2005 US Cyclocross National Championships, Cat 3/4 B; and a bronze medalist at the 2006 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships, Master 40-44.
Additionally, she won the 2015 Rhonda Mazza Gran Prix Series in the singlespeed category; took 3rd place during the 2015 Cross Crusade series in the singlespeed category; 2nd place in the 2013 Grand Prix Erik Tonkin Cyclocross series for Women A, 2nd place in the 2012 Grand Prix Tina Brubaker Cyclocross, Women A; won the 2011 Grand Prix Molly Cameron series in the Women’s A category; and racked up multiple 1st place finishes in the 2011 U.S. Grand Prix of Cyclocross/Stanley Portland Cup Cyclocross races and Portland’s Cross Crusade series.
On the road, successes include podium finishes at the Mt Hood Cycling Classic and 2010 Elkhorn Classic Stage Race. Other notable road highlights include finishing the 2011 Death Ride/Tour of the California Alps, 3rd place overall for Cat 4 at the 2004 Green Mountain Stage Race in Vermont, and 4th overall in Cat. 4 at the 2004 Fitchburg Longsjo Classic Stage Race in Massachusetts.
As a runner, Rhonda has had multiple successes as a middle-distance athlete, including a 3:17 marathon in Columbia, S.C. on a U.S. Olympic trials course. She was also a cross country athlete at the University of Maine.
In addition to fitness, Rhonda and her husband like to travel, climb mountains, paddle rivers, train in search and rescue techniques, garden, and can and preserve food.
Events: Cyclocross, Endurance Road Riding, General Cycling Fitness, Gran Fondos – Centuries, Gravel Grinders, Learn to Ride, Marathon, Mountain Bike Racing, Road Racing, Running, Touring – Multi-day, Ultra Endurance Cycling – Brevets - Double Centuries
Services: Clinics/Camps, Consultation, Learn to Ride, Skills Training, Training Programs
Specialties: Beginning Racing, Beginning Riding, Dirt Skills, Master Athletes, Return from Illness, Return from Injury, Return from Overtraining, Road Skills, Senior Athletes, Working Athletes
"Rhonda Morin offers consistent coaching that covers all bases: nutrition, recovery, technique, and injury prevention. Throughout my 9 months of Wenzel training, I've learned how to increase my endurance, improve my bike handling skills, and decrease my recovery time. Compared to one year ago, I am excelling in cyclocross racing as a result of Rhonda's racing experience and ongoing support!" ~Elsa B.
"Rhonda Morin has helped me get serious with cyclocross racing and prepare me for mountain bike racing. With her guidance I was able to recover from an overtraining injury and, through the Wenzel training platform, avoid future injuries while improving my performance. This has put me on the right track toward achieving my cycling goals: getting faster while having fun doing it! If you are ready to see improvement in your cycling, and have fun while getting the maximum 'bang for your buck' for the time you spend on your bike, I highly recommend Rhonda." ~ E. Cress
"Rhonda and I worked together for a couple hours on Friday, working on my descending skills, and it was terrific. She had great patience with my learning curve while maintaining the full expectation that I could do much better than I was doing - and she was right! I could not have asked to get more out of our time together." ~ Andrew O.
"Keeping things in perspective, so far the program has resulted in:
• A greater understanding of heart rates ....
• A greater understanding of my aging body
• A much wider mid zone of endurance (not toasted all the time- especially now racing weekly) especially not wasted after a race
• Smooth(er) skill set in mounts/dismounts, improved run ups
• Use of a trainer for warm up (...really smoothes out the warm up)
• A little more rest at times
• Use of massage to augment my stretching
• Higher general fitness level
• Use of post-race recovery fluids …
• Speed coming up"
~ C. Linke
"I was looking for a way to jumpstart my first cyclo cross season after previously bike racing other disciplines over the years, and did not have a lot of free time to attend clinics. I found Wenzel Coaching, and was directed to Rhonda as a local coach. We had a 2 hour private session at a large local park that had all the requisite elements. During the session she introduced all the basics of 'cross, then proceeded to watch and comment as I practiced them until she saw I had grasped them. Her style was casual and fun, yet focused so that I came away with a firm skillset foundation. The training has been invaluable- as I watch other riders struggling with the basics- I can spend my time concentrating on racing!" ~ Chuck L, Portland, Oregon ("Cross capital of North America!")
- Strength Exercise Instruction: Leg Curl
Lying, Seated or Standing Leg Curl The leg curl that Wenzel Coaching includes in its lifting routine is intended to strengthen muscles, tendons and ligaments of the lower body. The primary muscles that are activated are the hamstrings. Secondary muscles…
- Strength Exercise Instruction: Cyclists Deadlift
The cyclists dead lift is a multi-joint exercise that is intended to strengthen muscles and ligaments and improve flexibility in the lower body — primarily the hamstring and gluteus maximus muscles at the hip and secondarily the quadriceps at the…
- Strength Exercise Instruction: Seated Leg Press
The leg press in Wenzel Coaching lifting routines strengthens muscles, tendons and ligaments of the lower body. Muscles that are activated include the gluteus maximus, quadriceps and hamstring muscles. The lower reps and higher weight are intended to work on…
- Strength Exercise Instruction: Partial Squat
The partial squat that Wenzel Coaching includes in its lifting routine is intended to strengthen muscles and ligaments and improve flexibility in the lower body —particularly the hamstring, quadriceps and gluteus maximus muscles. Cyclists tend to have underdeveloped hamstrings and overdeveloped…
- The Ready-to-Race Cyclocross Packing List
Race day can be stressful. Be prepared. Having a cyclocross packing list means you don’t have to rely on your memory to prepare. If you do the following steps, your stress level will be cut in half. Pack the night…
- Cyclocross Tips: How to Ride in the Sand
By Coach Rhonda Morin and Coach Elaine Bothe Sandy areas are a way to add difficulty to a dry, flat cyclocross course that otherwise might not be very technical. It’s usually the place where all the spectators and photographers collect…