Meet Coach Jess
Jess grew up in a small town in Kansas. She swam competitively until age 18 and then joined the crew team in college, at Southern Methodist University. After college Jess spent some time training for her first marathon and shortly after decided Ironman should be her next adventure. Shortly after her first Ironman in 2007, she got married, and moved from Texas to California with her husband Mark. In her 2nd Ironman, she qualified for Kona and turned pro 2 years later after winning the Amateur 70.3 World Championships.
How long have you been coaching?
What motivated you to begin coaching?
I started coaching athletes because I am incredibly passionate about triathlon and helping others achieve their goals. Being part of triathlon has enriched my life in ways I never thought possible. I want to help others share in the positive experience that I have had in this sport. I have also made a lot of mistakes along the way. Hopefully I can help others avoid the pitfalls that have tripped me up over the years.
Types of athletes or race distances you prefer to coach?
I love working with athletes of all backgrounds for any race distance. All I care about is that my athletes have the drive and determination to meet their goals.
What is your coaching philosophy?
I believe that triathlon is much more about just swim, bike, and run. As a coach I am focused on all aspects of my athletes lives, including strength, mobility, recovery, and nutrition, as well as how triathlon affects their personal life. Successful athletes are ones who can find balance and consistency and have a training plan that works WITH their life, not against it.
Coaching certifications and experience
Professional Triathlete, multiple Ironman and 70.3 professional podium finishes, 70.3. Amateur world Champion, USAT Level 1 certification
How did you get into the sport?
When I was 12 I saw Ironman Hawaii on tv and a dream was born. It took me more than a decade before I entered my first triathlon, but I always knew someday I wanted to be an Ironman. I had no idea just where this sport would take me!
Favorite Distance to Race?
Race history, personal achievements, and PRs
2017 CDA70.3 5th Pro, 2016 Ironman Vineman 3rd Pro, 2014 IMCDA 3rd Pro, 2014 IMWISCO 6th pro, 2011 70.3 Amateur World Champion, IM PR: 9:34, 70.3 PR: 4:30
Other important info:
I have a husband, Mark and two little ones (Hanna, age 4 and Henry, age 1). I know how challenging it can be to fit in training with a full-time job and a family, but I also know it can be done. Let me help you figure out how!