Alison Schafer, USAC Category 3, MTB
"I highly recommend working with Coach George. He helped me define my cycling goals and prepare for my first mountain bike races. I was consistently impressed by how quickly he reviewed workouts and provided quality feedback. He was also always available to help with post race look-backs, recommendations on bike setup, and any other questions I had. George has a supportive, upbeat personality that enables him to connect easily with clients. Although I'm currently taking a break from cycling due to some health issues, I would recommend George's coaching to anyone and hope to work with him again in future."
Michael Piermarini, Duathlete/Runner
"First and foremost, thank you for preparing me for the event in Switzerland itself. It seriously wouldn't have been possible without your assistance and guidance. You kept me grounded and highly focused throughout the training process, which helped make crossing the finish line possible. Thank you so much for everything. I know we normally talk about the specifics of training but I want you to know that it wouldn't have been possible or achievable without you, so bask in it and know how sincerely grateful I am! Thank you George!"
Gabby Allong, USAC Category 3 Cyclist, Runner
"I was extremely pleased with Coach George and his flexibility. I would highly recommend Coach George to others. He is easy to talk to and tailors the workouts to suit his athletes' needs. Unfortunately, due to job constraints, I had to take a break from working with him to focus on my career schedule. If I could work with him again I would. He always made himself available and always inquired about my goals as an athlete. He even offered career advice and I am eternally grateful for that. Coach George is not only a great coach, but a great mentor and person. Anyone who is his client is beyond lucky! I thank him for his support and his tenacious work ethic."
Alex Driscoll, USAC Category 1 Cyclist
"Huge thanks to my coach George Ganoung for his guidance and mentorship over the past 8 months. Although it has only been a short time, I feel that I have learned more about training and racing in that time then I have in my 9 years on the bike. When I started with George I was a new category 2 racer and had just upgraded from category 3. In reality I was the experience level of a category 4 racer stuck in a category 2 body. Don't get me wrong I am not complaining, but I realized I lacked the knowledge and experience necessary to become a category 1 racer on my own. His experience as a category 1 racer and coach guided me to multiple PRs and good race results. Because this I can now say that I am category 1 racer and feel that I have the necessary experience and knowledge to back it up. Only time will tell how well I do at this new level but I am excited to find out as I strive towards my limits on the bike. Thanks again to my coach, would not have made it without you!"
Tsahai Tafari, USAC Masters/Category 4 Cyclist
"Working with George was great! His experience and ability to connect with and communicate clearly and consistently with me, flexibility with accommodating my ever-evolving goals, health/life/work challenges were invaluable. George gets that most of us have competing interests and accepts and works to integrate training into your life, not the other way around. No matter how lofty or quotidian your goals, George can get you there. I trust his expertise and experience, and his support and guidance were very helpful to me and made me stronger than I've ever been on the bike. Thanks, George!!"
Tyler Waldron, USAC Category 2 Cyclist
"I started working with George the winter before my third season when I was an average Cat 4; under his guidance I won several races and placed well in others and achieved my goal of becoming a Category 3 early in the season. In addition, I went on to earn half the points needed to make it to Cat 2 in the same year! Not only did his workouts increase my FTP, but the tips/strategies George gave me increased race awareness. When I listened to George's race plan I almost always placed well; George has many years of racing under his belt and he knows what he is doing!"
Matt Neigh, USAC Masters/Category 2 Cyclist
"I've been racing for over a decade, am primarily a masters racer but also compete in elite events. Over the years I’ve worked with other great coaches, self-coached, and was noticing that something in my training practices wasn’t quite right. I struggled balancing the requirements of training and racing with the requirements of work, having a family with two young children, and never felt like I was on my “best” day when I pinned on the race numbers. I signed on to work with Otterhaus in November of 2013, and have achieved fantastic results through Coach George’s strategies, which emphasized “consistency as king” for achieving goals.
Under George’s guidance, we had a detailed planning session, where we discussed past training habits, my constraints, season objectives, and a race schedule. This may seem like a minor exercise, but it really laid the foundation for what I wanted to achieve, and built the framework for how we were going to get there. George emphasized consistency rather than “opportunistic” training, diet consistency, and avoided big swings in training volumes or intensities. Rather than my typical focus on absolute numbers for measuring acute training load/chronic training load (ATL/CTL), George emphasized the slope of the CTL build. Rather than my typical frantically obsessive approach of “all threshold all the time have to achieve X hours per week” during base building, George emphasized endurance based work and core strength, while folding in threshold development. I found that at the end of winter, not only had I not caught my usual cold per week, I hadn’t gotten sick once. I missed no training time due to the cold and flu season, and despite my skepticism on “not enough threshold” all my performance testing was better than when I was doing it on my own!
Once the season started, we hit an area I’ve always struggled with self-coaching, which is managing recovery between races while still improving fitness. Like many athletes, I focused too much on the overload side of the fitness equation, and not enough on recovery, which usually left me feeling “just OK” on race day. George flipped my training habits around. Again, despite my skepticism, I continued to build form throughout the season, felt fresh on race days, and hit many all-time best power numbers during August!
I have a tendency to be an impulsive and reactive racer. George assisted me strategically with taking better plans to races, reading races more effectively, and putting myself in better position to maximize my skill set. I learned a tremendous amount from George during our post workout or post-race wrap up discussions. Results wise, I had some “that’s racing” stuff happen during the year, but stood on the podium three times, took home a silver medal in our district age graded criterium, finished top 15 in the elite field at the Poolesville road race (a big regional target), made the break at several other races, won a time trial, and put out my best time ever at the district time trial championship.
Grabbing a few bites of success during 2014 has made me hungry for some bigger bites in 2015, and I look forward to working with Otterhaus and George to keep me on the course for a great year!"
Rhandie Thompson, USAC Cat 2 Road Cyclist
"It's been a year since I started working with Coach George and the improvements are remarkable. If you are looking to hit your goals and/or want guidance on your overall fitness, I highly recommend Coach George and Otterhaus Performance Coaching!"
Stefan Zavislan, USAC Category 1, Road Cyclist
"As an experienced cyclist chasing those last few percent improvements, working with Coach George has been extremely valuable towards realizing my athletic goals. I've worked with a number of coaches but none have emphasized an organic integration of sport, work, and life like George does. As a retired military officer, he approaches coaching with the intimate understanding that for the 99% of us who are not professionals, we pursue our sports out of passion but are limited by the constraints of "the real world". Regardless of these constraints, for those who are not satisfied with the label "Weekend Warrior", George's experience at the elite levels of multiple endurance sports, achieved while working full-time contribute immensely to his wealth of knowledge of new and old-school coaching methodologies. Under George's guidance, I've achieved numerous PRs, strong results at large races across the nation, and grown in skill and confidence. I highly recommend George to anyone serious about improving not only their results, but the processes leading to impressive results."
Thatcher Owen, Triathlete, Jr/Cat 4 Road Cyclist
"Coach George brought me from being last place in every race to several top ten finishes in three months. He taught me vital handling skills that can be applied to both the race , environment and the training ride, introduced me to race strategy, and provided valuable feedback post-race to improve my performance. His expertise as an athlete and coach led to huge improvements in my fitness while at the same time keeping me healthily rested and injury free. Coach George adapted my training schedule around my busy life as a student. He knew how to use what little time I could devote to exercise some days to reap the maximum gains in my fitness. More importantly, Coach George always responded to my questions promptly and in depth. His ease of communication paired with his expert knowledge and advice created the coach-athlete relationship I needed to make my performance improvements. COACH GEORGE IS THE BEST, PERIOD. #OtterForLife! :-)"
Rafael Amorganda, Philippines Class A Cyclist
"Today I won the biggest race since I started cycling... The first 3 laps we had a breakaway with my teammate again...And no one was able to follow...thank you coach for training me!"
Mike Hefner, USAC Masters/Category 2 Cyclist
"After working with Coach George I have seen significant gains in my tactics and physical ability to roll in tough breaks and time trial. In one of the hardest races of the year, I made the winning break with some of the top regional and UCI Continental riders and I knew the guidance he provided was paying huge dividends".
Wes Anderson, 1st Time Ironman Triathlete
"I think Mike Tyson said it best, "everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face". We all know in training that not everything goes according to plan. That's where having Otterhaus in my corner made all of the difference. Thanks George!!!"
Dwayne Farr, USAC Category 1 Cyclist
"Coach George's guidance, feedback, and approach to rider development have played a huge role in my progression as a racer. George has a great mind for cycling and can improve all aspects of a rider's ability."
Kristi Pottol, Cyclist and Runner
"In 3 months I went form barely being able to run a mile to completing my first half marathon! Thanks for your guidance!"
Ian Webster, USAC Category 4 Cyclist
"Coach George is simply the best out there. I have seen huge improvements under his guidance, both in the tactical and physical aspects of racing. The time and commitment he puts into developing a training plan and analyzing it is incredible. On several occasions he was able to modify my workouts on short notice due to severe weather or personal reasons. The best part about George's plans are they are tailored to fit you and your work/personal life and schedule, no cookie cutter plans that someone has copied and pasted over and over to different athletes. He truly cares about his athletes and I can't wait to continue training with George."
Patty Cohen, Ironman Triathlete, Runner
George was able to design an athlete-centric training plan that easily fit around my busy work and family life, and monitors training stress daily, which is so vital to a master athlete’s success. He provides frequent feedback on my training performance, which has helped me execute the training plan properly. I especially appreciate how flexible George is, as he had to change the plan when my life got busy. I would recommend George as a triathlon coach. After an eight year lay off, I finished my first sprint triathlon back in the sport in 2nd place overall under George’s guidance. I also recently finished as the first master female in a 10k road race.
Jose Solis, USAC Category 2 Cyclist
"I've been with Otterhaus Performance Coaching and Coach George for the past 2 years. In that time I have served on Active Duty in the US Army, changed careers, completed a move from Europe back to the US, and began my life in the civilian sector. Through it all, George provided me with not only top-level athletic coaching but also invaluable support and guidance as life presented it's challenges which took precedence over riding the bike or completing a tempo run. George understands the importance of having a structured and balanced lifestyle that goes beyond executing your prescribed workout for the day. Countless times I reached out to him seeking input or asking to adjust a planned workout due to last minute changes in my schedule; within minutes I would have a new plan tailored to fit MY needs.
George's experience and diverse background enabled us to transition from a full season of racing on the road bike to focusing on running competitively during the fall and winter months. I outlined my goals and he constructed a plan that allowed progression without risking injury while my body readjusted to the riggers of running. In just 4 months, I set a PR in 10K, 10 mile, and half marathon distances. This came on the heals of 2 years with almost no running.
On the bike, George helped me through my first season as a CAT 2 which came with it's ups and downs. He provided much needed moral support after tough races and kept me focused on our long term goals. The improvements from my first to second season racing in the P12 fields has been night and day. During my first season, finishing a hard road race or criterium was a victory in and of itself. This year I have consistently been at the pointy end of races instead of being just another number in the field.
With Coach George you are not only getting an excellent coach but also a mentor. I highly recommend his services, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned athlete. He will help you achieve your goals and reach the next level."