About Nicole

Hey! Want to know why you may or may not want to listen to anything I have to say? Here is my braggy sounding bio (or not braggy nor impressive depending on where you are coming from =) )

I am a professional triathlete currently in my final year of Medical School at the University of Virginia.  I have a degree in Biochemistry from Dartmouth College and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Virginia with a focus on Medical Research.  I have worked in the Sports Science Lab at the Baylor Tom Landry Center and have also been a NCAA Division I Assistant Women’s Cross Country Coach.  I will be a Physical Medicine and Rehabiliation doctor (and eventually a Sports Medicine doctor) after I graduate in the spring of 2013.

I grew up as a competitive swimmer, won a VA state cycling championship after a year with the UVA cycling team and ran 5 years of NCAA DI track and cross country to multiple NCAA qualifications, All-Conference, All-Division and Academic All-American awards. I took up triathlon at the end of 2009 and turned pro in the middle in 2010. Some of my top finishes include:

USAT Collegiate National Champion- 2010

3rd USA Elite (Pro) National Championships- 2010

1st REV3 Costa Rica- 2012 (fastest run and bike split)

1st REV3 Wisconsin- 2012 (fastest run and bike split)

3rd Overall Lifetime Fitness Series Race to Toyota Cup- 2010

3rd NYC Triathlon- 2010 (fastest run split)

2nd South Beach Miami Triathlon- 2011 (fastest run split)

2nd DC Triathlon – 2011

Also, I am undefeated in handstand contests and at the very important boardgame of Scategories…

I hope you enjoy my blog!

6 Responses to “About Nicole”

  1. Jeffrey Tessier October 3, 2012 at 4:34 pm #

    This is Dr. Jeff Tessier writing to you from VCU. I think you’ll remember me as your POM2 group leader. I have a friend here in Richmond who is a Pro and racing the Half Full (Erik Limkemann)..this is how I discovered your site! Awesome to see how well you are doing. Erik is training my wife and I for our 1st full Ironman (TX). Good luck this weekend…Jeff

    • nkelleher October 4, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

      Dr.Tessier!! so great to hear from you!! that is awesome that Erik is coaching your wife and even more amazing that you guys are both full time doctors with kids doing an Ironman! you guys are increible! wow! I actually saw you and cheered for you at a sprint triathon in richmond last year but I had to leave early or I would have said hi. I hope all is well and best of luck with the IM training, great to hear from you!


      • Jeffrey Tessier October 8, 2012 at 8:03 pm #

        Awesome racing this past weekend.

  2. FanofGood October 17, 2012 at 1:30 pm #


    Hope you run a follow up post re: Moral development, Nicole.

    De-sanctioning triathlons so he can still “win” is nauseating, like as in chemo.

    The Daily Beast Is Hitting It Hard:

    “The days of ubiquitous yellow bracelets feels like a distant memory. In a statement to the press, Lance Armstrong said he is stepping down as chairman his cancer-fighting charity, Livestrong, so the group can focus on its mission.

    The announcement comes on the heels of the USADA’s 1,000-page dossier in which more than twenty-six people—including fifteen cyclists—implicated themselves in a doping ring in order to prove Armstrong was the ring leader. Lance will remain on the charity’s 15-person board.

    Also on Wednesday, Nike Inc. announced it would be terminating its contract with Armstrong, saying in a statement that there is “seemingly insurmountable evidence” that he “participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade.”

    I think that means they are calling him a liar, a cheat & they fired him.

    As Always ; M

  3. Dan Miller October 19, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    Hi Nicole, I am also a med student and triathlete. I am not a pro like you but wanted to ask you what your training/racing has been like in school? I study ALL the time and other than an hour in the early morning Im paranoid about taking off any other time to train! I like your blog! Shoot me an email if you have time

  4. owltriathlete November 15, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

    Hi Nicole –
    You are a true inspiration.
    I recently found your blog and am already a big fan.
    Would love to get advice from you on how you are able to manage training and school at the same time. Like Dan Miller (post above), I oftentimes skip training in fear of not having enough time to study… Your advice and tips would be very helpful!
    Thank you 🙂

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