Kelly Ryan

North Bethesda, MD

Coach Kelly joins Team MPI after a ten-year career as a Naval officer and several years of coaching triathletes. Her triathlon background includes two Kona qualifications, two 70.3 Worlds qualifications and numerous other podium finishes. Kelly is an IRONMAN Certified Coach, a USA Triathlon Level 1 Certified Coach, and a USA Triathlon Paratriathlon Certified Coach.  She’s lived and trained all over the world including Bahrain, Hawaii, Southern California and now, Washington, DC.  Kelly’s coached numerous athletes to their first 70.3s and Ironmans, to major personal records, and even to their first ever triathlons.  


After years of training and coaching while forward deployed, Coach Kelly truly understands the demands life places on athletes outside of competing and how to incorporate training into our busy lives. In partnership with her athletes, she works hard to write programs that they will actually be able to fit into their lives.  A “no-nonsense” coach who does not believe in “junk miles”, she is also a big proponent of strength training and mobility as critical pieces of our training programs, not the first things to fall off when life gets busy.    


Kelly loves coaching athletes in person and in groups and highly encourages her athletes to get out with groups and training partners. “I think we train better when we are surrounded by friends and like-minded athletes.  Besides, this sport is supposed to be FUN, so take advantage of every opportunity to do that and enjoy every step of the journey!”     

Monthly fee: $200
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Coaching Highlights
  • Head Coach of the NSA Bahrain Triathlon Team 

  • Former Team RWB, DC Chapter, Wednesday night workout coach

  • Took 20 athletes to their first ever 70.3 at Ironman 70.3

Athletic Highlights
  • Ironman World Championships (“Kona”) Qualifier, 2015 and 2017

  • 70.3 World Championship Qualifier, 2014 and 2017 

  • Multiple time competitor in Na Wahine O’Ke Kai (Women’s Long Distance Outrigger Canoe Paddling World Championship), 2000 - 2005

"Perseverance and spirit have done wonders in all ages."
~George Washington