Evergreen Endurance Coaching offers coaching for cycling, hiking, running, triathlon, duathlon, paddling/rowing, and swimming. Evergreen Endurance can also help you plan and train for longer bikepacking, backpacking and packrafting expeditions. For info about specific services and rates, click here.
Jessica Kelley is the coach and owner of Evergreen Endurance. More about Jessica’s coaching philosophy and experience below.
I coach athletes of all levels and abilities. As a working mom, 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. 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.
I have not always been an athlete, and am not a “natural” by any means. 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 endurance accomplishments are listed below. For athlete results and testimonials, click here.
- Methow River: Source to C(olumbia) – hike, bike, and packraft the entire length of the Methow River from its source in the North Cascades to its end at the Columbia River.
- “Where the River Meets the Road” – 1,350 mile bikepacking and packrafting solo adventure across Alaska, funded by the Kyle Dempster Solo Adventure Award
- Press Traverse – previous Women’s FKT
- Ultrapedestrian Wilderness Challenge – Mother Mountain/Northern Loop (in a day)
- Issaquah Alps Traverse
- Ultrapedestrian Wilderness Challenge – La Bohn Traverse (first female finisher)
- Chiwaukum Traverse (with bike shuttle)
- 2016 White Mountains 100 – “A 100-mile human-powered race across interior Alaska” – finisher, on foot. Race report here.
- Baker Lake 100k (2x50k) – solo and self-supported
- Joshua Tree Nat’l Park traverse – first woman to complete traverse solo and unsupported in one day, previous women’s FKT.
- North Cascades Nat’l Park traverse – Women’s FKT. First (and only) woman to complete traverse solo and unsupported in one day
- UltraPedestrian Wilderness Challenge triple crown – first person to complete the triple crown. Each event completed in one push.
- Zion National Park traverse – in one day
- Fat Dog 50 mile ultramarathon – finisher
- Spokane River 50k – finisher
- 2013 Norseman Xtreme Triathlon “world’s toughest iron distance race” – finisher
- 2013 Spring Fling sprint triathlon – 1st OA (overall)
- 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
- 2011 RAMROD cycling event (149 miles and 10k+ ft of elevation gain; 8 months post-partum, nursing) – finisher
- 2011 Triple Bypass cycling event (120 miles and 10k+ ft of elevation gain; 7 months post-partum, nursing) – finisher
- 2008 Ironman Canada triathlon – finisher
- Numerous top 10 and podium finishes in local bike races and triathlons
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 in California, Colorado, Oregon, and Alaska, as well as international adventures in Guatemala, Ecuador, and Tanzania.