About

Evergreen Endurance Sports Coaching offers coaching for running, triathlon, cycling, duathlon, and swimming. Evergreen Endurance can also help you plan and train for hiking, backpacking and snowshoeing adventures. For info about specific services and rates, click here.

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Jessica Kelley is the coach and owner of Evergreen Endurance. More about Jessica’s coaching philosophy and experience below.

Coaching Philosophy:

I coach athletes of all levels and abilities. As a working mother, I understand what it means to lead a busy life and am an expert at helping people with hectic schedules find time to train. I most enjoy working with individuals who want to challenge themselves and are willing to work hard.

My approach to coaching is evidence-based and backed by a B.S. and M.S in the biological sciences. In addition to coaching, I continue to stay science-minded through my work as a technical editor, reviewing scientific journal articles on topics such as exercise physiology and sports science, which helps keep me current on the latest research in these fields.

 

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Although I base my coaching methods on the best available science, I also understand that every athlete is an individual, and that coaching is an art as well as a science. I write training plans that are tailored to your schedule, taking into account how a particularly stressful week at work or at home can affect your ability to train and recover. I pride myself on being extremely responsive and accessible. My athletes have unlimited email and phone contact with me, and I communicate with many of them on a daily basis.

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Credentials

  • USA Triathlon Coaching Level 1
  • USA Cycling Coaching Level 3
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course
  • Team USA SafeSport certification
  • Leave No Trace Awareness certification
  • B.S (UC Santa Barbara) and M.S. (Univ of WA) in the biological sciences

 

Athletic background:

I have not always been an athlete, and am not a “natural” by any means. I was once very overweight and smoked a pack of cigarettes a day, so I know what it’s like to work hard for results and I understand the challenge of making big changes. I also know how rewarding it is to set a goal and then achieve it, and I love helping others do the same.

Some of my notable results are listed below. For athlete results and testimonials, click here.

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Notable results/routes:

2016:

2015:

2014:

  • Fat Dog 50 mile ultramarathon – finisher
  • North Cascades 50k – solo and unsupported run (Jack Mountain, East Bank and Devil’s Ridge trails)
  • Pacific Crest Trail marathon – solo and unsupported run (north from Snoqualmie Pass)
  • Spokane River 50k  – finisher

2013:

  • Norseman Xtreme Triathlon “world’s toughest iron distance race” – finisher
  • Spring Fling sprint triathlon – 1st OA (overall)
  • Frostbite time trial cycling race – 3rd Cat 4 Woman

2012:
Lewis and Clark 12-hr ultra cycling race – 1st  OA

2011:

  • Grand Columbian Super Triathlon (swim 5k/bike 200k/run 50k; 9 months post-partum, nursing) – 2nd OA
  • RAMROD cycling event (149 miles and 10k+ ft of elevation gain; 8 months post-partum, nursing) – finisher
  • Triple Bypass cycling event (120 miles and 10k+ ft of elevation gain; 7 months post-partum, nursing) – finisher

2010:
The year of baby: one amazing daughter

2009:
The year of bike racing: numerous top 10 category finishes

2008:

  • Ironman Canada triathlon – finisher
  • Carnation time trial cycling race– 3rd age group (AG)

2007:

  • Satsop olympic triathlon – 1st AG,  2nd OA
  • Seafair sprint triathlon – 1st AG
  • Cascades Edge sprint triathlon – 2nd AG, 4th  OA
  • Footworks Carnation time trial cycling race – 1st AG

2006:

  • One-day Seattle-to-Portland cycling event (200 miles) – finisher
  • Memorial Day sprint triathlon – 2nd AG, 3rd OA

Backcountry experience:

In addition to the races and events listed above, I am intimately familiar with Washington’s backcountry, particularly the north and central Cascades and foothills. I frequently assist my athletes with trail recommendations and trip planning. I also have experience hiking and backpacking in California, Colorado, Oregon, and Alaska.

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Presentations:

Running Your First 25k – Seven Hills Running Shop (panel member), October 2014
Planning Your Next Backcountry Adventure – Eddie Bauer Corporate, July 2014
Bike Handling clinic – LunaChix Triathlon Team, June 2014
Periodized Training – Head 2 Toe Chiropractic, 2013
Building Your Annual Training Plan – Cycle University, 2012
Mental Game – Cycle University, 2011 and 2012