Meet Coach Ellen
How long have you been coaching?
What motivated you to begin coaching?
I have accomplished so much for myself in sport and now I’d like to use my experiences (good and bad), expertise, and knowledge to help others achieve their goals, as well. I feel passionately about supporting athletes through their journeys.
Types of athletes or race distances you prefer to coach?
I prefer to coach athletes who are open to growth through sport and are ready and willing to make the commitment (to themselves!) and put in the work to achieve their goals.
What is your coaching philosophy?
- Health first
- Balance promotes health – this means a holistic view of the athlete – work/ play/ nutrition/ training/ racing/ recovery – across the brain, the body, the heart.
Coaching certifications and experience
USAT Level 1 Certified Coach, 2x Kona finisher, multiple Ironman and 70.3 podium finishes
How did you get into the sport?
In 2005 I ran my first marathon after never having run more than 4 miles before my training began and let me tell you it was SLOW, but I loved how it felt to accomplish that kind of goal besides total strangers who were also out there gutting it out with me! I think that planted the endurance seed. Years later I had gotten into spinning classes at my gym, and a friend in class suggested I do a triathlon. In 2011 I signed up for my first Ironman and fell in love with the sport and the experiences I’ve had through swim-bike-run, and even more so with the community of athletes who share in this passion.
Favorite Distance to Race?
Race history, personal achievements, and PRs
I went from new triathlete to 2x Kona finisher in 6 seasons. IM PR: 10:29, 70.3 PR: 4:59
The “shiny” accomplishments above have been hard-earned and not without setbacks. I reached this place with zero athletic background, while holding down a corporate job. My experience also includes recovery from the Female Athlete Triad, a pretty serious episode of hyponatremia (let’s talk about proper hydration, people!), and a left-me-unconscious bike crash during an IM (ask me about it!). I mention this because I have deep experience understanding the power of commitment and consistency especially when things don’t go as planned (they rarely do).
Other important info:
If you’ve read the other coach bios you may have noted the Jess, Hailey and I all have husbands named Mark (My) Mark & I live in the Washington DC area, where I’ve been since 2002. If you think we might be a good fit, email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org