Coaching Staff Testimonials

Joe LoPresto
Suzy Cerra
Laurie Schubert
Sue Astra
Sarah Farsalas
Judie Refvik
Cathy Obordo
Mike LoPresto
Jim Riga


Events, Classes, Clubs and Program Testimonials


“Thank you for an amazing triathlon experience at the 2015 ET Naperville Sprint Triathlon! It is official, my husband and I are addicted to tri!! We will see you again next year… For all 3 events in the ET Triple Award Series! We love that one of them is an Olympic distance race! We had so much fun, and thoroughly enjoyed it! Thanks for all the work you did in creating such and amazing experience for all.” – Elizabeth C.

“Just wanted to thank Experience Triathlon for a wonderful summer camp experience this weekend in Madison. So many awesome experiences with great friends! Thanks so much to Coach Suzy Cerra for her immense support (and mechanical help) on the bike yesterday. A scorcher, lots of hills. Thanks for you patience with my pace! Thanks to Coach Joe LoPresto for ALWAYS finding me before a race and the swim event on Saturday and calming me down and telling me – most importantly – to have fun! Thanks to Coach Darryl Tyndorf for getting me ready for my first mass swim start! And the Chilly Pepper (Coach Cathy Obordo). Thanks for all of your moral/coaching support in never letting me get too comfortable at a certain level. For you patience with my fears. For pointing out my accomplishments. For giving me things to work on and think about, and for just being THE Chilly Pepper. Thanks to our group – Suzy C, Amy H., Lynn B. and to Laurie S. for her help. And roomie – Laura C!” – Alyse K.

“I just wanted to comment on what a pleasure it was to participate in the indoor Tri this morning! It was my first attempt at this kind of activity, and I don’t think it will be my last. You and your wonderful staff made this a wonderful experience! Everyone was friendly, helpful, and very encouraging from when I signed in to when I left. I can’t wait to suggest this event to my friends! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!” – Kathi C.

“I had such a great time today at the ET Indoor Triathlon! Thanks so much to my super awesome wave coach, Coach Suzy, for getting me through the event. And thanks Coach Sarah for your encouraging words at the end of my run! Also can I just say this event was a great example of how important volunteers are at a race. The encouragement from everyone was awesome! Thanks to all of you for helping to make this a great event. I look forward to the next one in February!” – Allison O.

“One of the many unique things about this team and club is the comprehensive services they provide including coaching, performance testing, group or individual sessions/lessons (swim, bike, and run), CT, massage, mental skills, sports medical coverage, nutrition, training camps, affiliation with a top award winning bike shop, you name it. They leave no stone unturned from the beginner, to the elite level athlete, and all those inbetween. This comprehensive approach is really unrivaled in the Chicaoland area. Great job!” – Steven M.

“I can say I leaned on Coach Jim Levesque, and Coach Joe LoPresto.. Leaning on an experienced coach at Experience Triathlon is certainly worth the investment or even an initial discovery conversation. I have been a coached athlete with ET for two years and could not have enjoyed this sport the past 2 yrs. as much as I have with out them. In 2014 alone; I got married; my wife and I had our first child; and we bought a house! – If that does not blow your hair back-While my wife and I achieved all of the above; I completed a handful of triathlons in 2014 and completed my first marathon and all systems are functioning well. I want to say thank you to the entire team at Experience Triathlon for all of your support.” – Tom Z.

“I just signed up for my first full session of Masters Swimming. I am so grateful to all of the coaches for working with me to bring my swimming to the next level. Coach Darryl, Coach Suzy and Coach Cathy are all amazing, and I can’t forget Coach Joe, who told me I am now a swimmer. Having just learned to swim, I was so happy that all of the time and effort I had put into learning how to swim paid off.” – Sharon K.

“Thanks Coach Bob for a fun summer at track this year. You’re work outs kept us engaged and your constant encouragement kept us motivated. Not to mention that we improved as runners. Looking forward to your indoor track sessions.” – Jim R.

“Experience Triathlon is a great and accepting club for all skill levels. Coach Joe, Coach Darryl, and the other coaches truly care about your well being and future in triathlon. After working with ET for about a year my confidence in the water has gone from 0 to being 100% ready for the Ironman swim. The workout schedule that was personalized for me by Coach Joe has not only shaped me as an athlete for my goal race (Ironman Wisconsin) but has given me the strength and confidence that will stay with me for a lifetime. Over the past year, Coach Joe and the ET crew have helped me get through shoulder injuries, mental blocks, and some pretty grueling workouts. Thank you ET for the past year it has been truly amazing!!” – Nate D.

“I went from not working out consistently for over 2yr to finding a sport that I love (especially cycling!) and completing two sprint triathlons this summer! Thanks to my wife Christina, Coach Joe LoPresto, Coach Jim Riga, and Coach Sarah Farsalas!” – Jake K.

“I’m amazed at the quality of the coaches at ET and the respect shown to all athletes. This is a top notch group of people and I’m proud to be a member.” – Ryan F.

“Thank you ET for finding my picture and posting it as one of your athletes. I am honored to be called an athlete by you amazing people. I couldn’t have made it through my training, especially the swimming without all of you, especially Coach Suzy. And on race day I was continually inspired every time a coach saw me and wished me luck or told me to have fun, cheered for me as they saw me go past and congratulate me when I was done. After my experience with you and the Naperville Sprint Tri it isn’t “one and done” it’s “when’s the next one?!” – Valerie W.

“Great turnout tonight for ET Group Track. Coach Bob probably doesn’t hear it enough, especially after a hot and tough workout tonight, but he is really doing a great job. I really do enjoy his workouts including tonight’s. He really watches and listens to everyone to maximize their performance, stride, turnover, and everything else. He always helps to find everyone’s true potential.  I especially like the way Coach Bob looks and listens to us.” – Damon G.

You won’t find a better group of supportive people than right here at ET!  Coaches Joe LoPresto and Suzy Cerra are the best of the best and are great mentors whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned vet.  It just doesn’t get any better than Experience Triathlon! – Marsha W.

“Thanks for a great experience today. You and your team made my first tri a real joy. Hope to see you out there again soon.” – Dave M.

“Thanks for making what was for many of us our first triathlon experience, a great one! The ET Indoor Triathlon is one of many events SoleTri Sisters will be doing with ET! Joe LoPresto, you, Suzy and your entire team of staff and volunteers rock!!” – Kim R.

“Coach Joe did an awesome job of preparing a first time triathlete! I attended a clinic at NRC, the swims at Centennial and his clinic before race day. What a patient AND enthusiastic TRI advocate. You gave great advice and wonderful encouragement to all participants. I LOVED MY FIRST TRI (Naperville Tri presented by ET). I thought I would be panic’d the morning of, but NO, I was eager to jump in and get started. THANK YOU” – Shelly S.

“The combination of coaching during the Master’s training sessions is the right level of speed work, drills, and endurance training that has helped me become a well rounded swimmer. So much so that at my last triathlon I shaved a minute off my time for a 660 yard swim…amazing results. Thanks Coach Joe, Coach Sue, and Coach Darryl for doing an awesome job during Master’s swim, you truly make a difference.” – Jim R.

“I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated the spring ET half marathon class.  Coach Suzy and Coach Jim were fantastic.  I was surprised at how much information could be squeezed into the 15 minute “coach’s tip” but it was all helpful and valuable.  Plus the training program for the actual runs was challenging but doable.  I did one half marathon in 2012 and while I finished it, I had a hard time at the end and ended up walking most of the last few miles.  I signed up for the half marathon class with the intention of running in the Soldier Field 10 mile race.  That was race was last weekend and everything went really well.  My 5 mile splits were within a few seconds of each other, and while I was tired at the end I felt great at the same time.  I know I was much more prepared for this race thanks to the class.  I would highly recommended it to anyone who is newer at the half distance, even less experienced or slower runners such as myself.” – Mary S.

“Coach Joe, once again, great job this morning running the ET Indoor Triathlon.  I had a lot of fun and really enjoyed the experience.  I look forward to doing it again!!  Please let all of your volunteers know they did a great job and were very encouraging to all the racers.  It made for great energy and a great atmosphere.” – Andy O.

“I LOVED the Indoor Tri today. It was fun watching myself swimming on the channel 7 news too! Thank you for everything and can’t wait to do it again in March.” – Tiffany D

“I really want to give you guys a VERY LARGE THANK YOU for all the help that I received from you, especially on Monday nights, I tried 3 other tri’s before today, the swim’s were all the same; panic, frustration and hanging on to whatever I could. Fortunately, I was introduced to Experience Triathlon at the ET Batavia Tri and been swimming with you since and have learned more about tri swimming in 9 weeks then in the previous 10 years. Today’s swim at the Naperville Tri presented by ET was great… no panic, no frustration, no hanging on, just swimming.  Without your help, I would not have been there today.  I’m already planning my next triathlon. THANK YOU AGAIN.  Please pass this on to Coach Suzy, Coach Cathy, Coach Joe and Coach Jim.” – Gary H.

“Yesterday’s Cycling Hills Class was great!  It reinforce some the good things I was doing and gave me the tools to add to my biking regimen. All of you were very encouraging and gave great positive feedback. I am really glad I saw Coach Joe at the 2011 SheRox expo–and signed on to be a part of ET.  The benefits are showing in my run and now my bike.  The ET group of athletes are an awesome bunch, always there to encourage, give good advice, and accept all no matter what level or goals a person has. Thanks for putting this together!” – Victoria K.

“Coach Joe – I just wanted to take a minute to tell you that the ET Batavia Triathlon on Sunday was AMAZING! I could not have asked for a better experience for my first Tri. The race itself was enjoyable and very well organized. It was so great to see all of the familiar faces from the ET team along the course too! Thank you for taking the time to do the pre-race clinics as well, those helped tremendously. I would definitely recommend this race to others and already can’t wait for the next one! Woo hoo! :)” – John

“I enjoyed this testing immensely and would recommend ET Testing Services to anyone looking to improve their training sessions and fitness. Its an amazing tool, thanks Coach Joe for offering such a  world class service. Its just one of many offerings that puts Experience Triathlon at the pinnacle of their game.” – Jim R.

“Good morning Coach Joe, I wanted to send a quick note to thank you for an amazing triathlon experience yesterday at the ET Batavia Triathlon. Each one of our team members from Aidan’s Army had a great time. We had 4 athletes who were tri-ing for the first time…they had so much fun that they have already committed to racing again for Aidan’s Army next year! You should be very proud. Congratulations on your success!” – Kathleen M.

“What a fantastic time we had at Summer Camp 2011!!  It truly was a breakthrough weekend and exceeded all of my expectations!!  Thanks to Coach Joe, Coach Suzy, Coach Laurie and Coach Sue for making this weekend the best!!” – Tanya L.

“The Open Water Swim sessions that you offer have been a critical part of my swim training this year and it’s why my swimming has improved so much!  It’s an absolute perfect environment to absorb the conditions of a triathlon race and it’s been the catalyst to help me overcome my weaknesses and fears.  I’m so much more confident in the open water now!  Thanks to all your swimming coaching staff:  Suzy, Karli & Sue.  They’re so knowledgeable and they make Monday nights a blast. I love all the services that ET provides and I appreciate all that you do to make us love the sport of triathlon so much more. Thanks!” – Cathy O.

“I completed my first Indoor Triathlon this morning and wanted to let all of the ET peeps know how much I enjoyed the event.  I appreciated the organization of the event and the enthusiasm from all of the event staff.  I am interested in learning more about your swim instruction as per my conversation with Coach Joe too!  Thanks for a perfect beginning to 2011!” – Mari Anna

“Just would like to thank you and your staff for a great experience at my first indoor tri today. Everyone was so helpful and encouraging. Such a positive atmosphere. Well done! Looking forward to joining your tri club. Seems to be a good fit for me. What a great way to start a sunday. :)  Thanks again!” – Terri H.

“ET Masters has been an amazing help to me with my swim technique…every time I swam Masters Class, the coaches were able to pinpoint one particular area for me to work on, and with those minor changes and their encouragement, I was able to take my swim to a whole new level! Thank you, ET!!”

“Great CompuTrainer class today.  I can really feel the benefits of CT and its rewarding to see the improvement in myself.  It’s not only been fun but will setup a great race season.  Thanks for offering this program!” – Jim R.

“ET Bike Clubbers are super nice. The riders made me feel welcome right away and the coaches were super helpful. They had route maps and made sure that nobody was dropped or left out on the road. They even stopped and did an impromptu tire changing clinic right on the side of the road when one of the riders got a flat. I enjoyed the whole experience and plan to come back every week.”


  • Audmangino

    For the last 10 weeks I could have been on the couch watching “Two&1/2 Men”. But because of Coach Joe’s commitment to his athlete, I was able to attend a Monday night CompuTrainer class. I was not able to get into it last year and this year all the classes booked right away. Coach Joe knew that I had been wanting and waiting to take this class. So, I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Coach Joe for opening up a Monday night class. He is always willing to do his best so that athletes can be their best! This class has provided me the chance to improve on my bike. I look forward to the Bike club this spring/summer! Thanks again Coach Joe!!

  • Wwhaney

    I would like to recommend the class to anybody interested in improving. I got everything I hoped for from the class and more. I always wondered why I was so inefficient and have learned many basic movements that I was able to improve on right away and my workouts are much better now. Looking forward to competing in some tris and maybe working up in the pack during the swim segment. Thanks BH

    • Joe LoPresto

      Thanks Bill for the feedback and for being part of our Masters swim group at Continental Club.

  • Tina Jones

    I just competed in my first triathlon at SheROX. The Experience Triathlon coaches and members I’ve met just recently through this group were there cheering the ET gang on. Even cheering for me, who they barely knew. Joe and Susie have gone above and beyond since I’ve met them. Again all the coaches and members are phenomenal! Thanks for a great time!!! Looking forward to the next Tri and my half marathon training that is soon to begin. Thanks ET gang!!

    • Joe LoPresto

      You rocked it out Tina!!  So glad to have you with our crew!  Thanks for the kind words on our team, they are a wonderful group of athletes. :)

    • Suzy Cerra

      Thank you so much, Tina!  We love having you as part of our team, and I look forward to working with you more in the future!!  Congrats, Triathlete!!!!!!!!

  • Marsha

    At Experience Triathlon, you really feel like you’re part of a family! Coach Joe and Coach Suzy made me feel right at home from the very moment I joined! And the ET bike Club is amazing! All the riders are very nice and I love the way we encourage each other! On the ride today, Coach Laurie helped me get familiar and more comfortable with utilizing my gears…and was extremely patient with me too. I’ve searched high and low for a group that I can actually learn from and not feel crazy or uncomfortable asking questions or asking for help and I’ve finally found that place! I’m so glad I joined Experience Triathlon – it was the best decision I’ve made as an athlete. I am truly blessed to have found them. Thanks to all the Coaches and a very special THANK YOU to Coach Laurie for all your help today! :) I learned so much from you today!

    • Joe LoPresto

      Thanks so much for the kind words Marsha! We are lucky that you found us!! Welcome to the ET family! :-)

    • Laurie Schubert

      Wow, thank you, Marsha! I’m so glad I was able to be helpful to you today. I look forward to riding with you more this summer!

  • LeeAnne Layden

    Thank you to everyone at ET. My first Tri was a wonderful experience. A very special THANKS to Lori – one of the cheerleaders!!! I could NOT have made it on that bike without you. I have been bitten by the TRI bug and I will be back. The ET group provides the most positive and encouraging environment anyone could ever ask for. Thank you all for welcoming me. I will encourage others to TRI too!

    • Joe LoPresto

      Congrats LeeAnne on becoming a triathlete!! So glad you enjoyed our event. Yes, the TRI bug is easy to catch! 😉 Hope to see you soon!

  • Flecky

    Attended the ET January 11, 2015 indoor triathlon and had a great time! Very well organized as always! I was assigned the 10:40am wave and enjoyed meeting others in my wave! I was able to do 2 more laps this year compared to last year, ride almost another mile compared to last and go over 0.20 miles more than last year! Thanks to Coach Suzy for working with me and pushing me to run and not walk everything!

    • Joe LoPresto

      Congrats on a great race Flecky!!! Nice support Coach Suzy!

    • Suzy Cerra

      Whoo hoo!!!!! Congratulations, Flecky!!! You have come SO far since we have started working together, and it’s been so gratifying to watch you REALLY blossom in the past year! I can’t wait to see what’s ahead for us, Runner! :)

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