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Coach Kelly Rose Thomas is passionate about helping athletes achieve their goals and appreciate the journey along the way! She specializes in working with high level triathletes and endurance runners during their pregnancy and postpartum chapters of life (remember, postpartum is forever!!).
A Master Level Coach with No Limits, she has coached endurance athletes for more than 13 years and has been a physical therapist for more than 10 years. Her coaching style is holistic, collaborative, and focused on the goals of her athletes. She recognizes while there are no shortcuts to endurance training and racing- these events require consistency, patience, and a careful balance of mental and physical training with recovery- there are creative ways to integrate training into life. Coach Kelly values lifelong learning and integrating what she learns to help athletes achieve their goals.
Coach Kelly loves the adventure of training and the excitement of racing! Her passion for running began nearly 20 years ago when she set and achieved the goal to score 100% on the Air Force fitness test. She continued to run for fun through college and graduate school, completing races from the 5km to marathon distance. She once told a friend she loved running so much she wasn’t interested in ever doing a triathlon. Famous last words! One summer, several of the patients she was treating were training for the Beach to Battleship 70.3- so she decided to sign up for the race and has lived the multisport lifestyle ever since!
A few of Kelly’s favorite athletic achievements:
Alaskaman Extreme Triathlon (2x finisher)
Beach to Battleship 70.3
IRONMAN 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake
IRONMAN 70.3 Virginia
IRONMAN 70.3 Atlantic City
Dam 09 Triathlon
Pikes Peak Ascent
Triple Lakes 40K Trail Race
Marine Corps Marathon (2x finisher)
Boulderthon Virtual marathon
Arctic Triathlon Series Finisher: Break-Up Sprint Triathlon, North Pole Olympic Distance Triathlon, Sourdough 70.3, and Dirty Deeds Off-Road Sprint Triathlon
USA Triathlon Level 2 Certified Coach in Long Course and Youth & Junior
USA Cycling Level 3 Certified Coach
IRONMAN Certified Coach
Pregnancy & Postpartum Athleticism Coach
Stryd Run w/ Power Level 2 Certified Coach
Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Master of Science, University of Texas San Antonio
Bachelor of Science, University of Texas San Antonio
Associate in Aerospace Physiology Instruction, Community College of the Air Force
Fun facts about Coach Kelly:
She has lived in 10 states and on one island as a military member and/or dependent.
When her son was younger, she raced 5km to 20mi distances with him in the stroller- even placing several times in her age group!
She taught biology and nutrition courses and labs at a community college.
Upon graduation of Basic Military Training, she was recognized as an honor graduate.