How Triathlon Can Draw More Women

How Triathlon Can Draw More Women Into The Sport

Getting Kids involved gets more women involved

Ironman CEO Andrew Messick posed the following question at the San Diego Triathlon Business Conference in January of this year: “Can you figure out a way to position triathlon as their (women’s) next great challenge?” He was suggesting that the goal should be to draw more women from marathon running into Ironman racing. I think he needs to reframe that objective: triathlon shouldn’t be their next challenge, it should be their next opportunity. Triathlon needs to recognize the main barriers to entry for women and offer solutions to address these issues. Then it can be seen as an ideal sport for women from more diverse backgrounds. Continue reading “How Triathlon Can Draw More Women”

2014 In The Books

That’s a wrap folks.

After the fun outing jogging at Kualoa Ranch this weekend, my season has come to a close.  Well, maybe my  body decided it came to a close more like a month ago but my brain pushed it a little and frankly, would push it more if my body would let it.  I have never had so much motivation to race and fun with a season.  Thank you all for being a part of it!  It was also a pretty darn good season as well.  I thought I would recap with a few pictures since they save me a lot of words.

The season started a bit slow with a 7th in Oceanside and an 11th in St George as I solved a niggle in my right foot.

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The I finally started rolling with a 3rd place and fastest bike split at Honu 70.3 (won by Angela Naeth).

Then my season broke through with the win at Boise70.3 the following weekend.  It was wire to wire with the fastest swim and bike splits and a solid run. 

 

boise

It  was fun to share the podium on the day with my friend Brent McMahon.

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Then I went on and won the Saskatoon 5150.  Since it was a chase format and there was added money if the handicapped girls could hold off the men, I was first into transition.  I also won the chase that day with a strong run.

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Pretty special to be on the box with Brent McMahon and Jeff Symonds.

After that I won XTERRA Canada and while I was home managed to teach some mountainbike skills and build some stoke in a fun group of mountain biker/XTERRA/Ironman types.

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Then I tested my resilience by stuffing in the Vineman half Ironman and took a fourth place (won by Meredith Kessler) which, although SLIGHTLY disappointing, just let me know when I reach the limit of my racing: training ratio.

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Battling Rachel who had a very strong race.

 

I followed that event with another super solid win at the Lake Stevens 70.3 holding off super fast Liz Lyles with a run that was almost matching her for 9 miles.  It was a breakthrough running race for me and another wire to wire win.

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Then I crashed.  So all the work for the 70.3 worlds kind of ended up not showing and I had a terrible day in Quebec.  Oh well.

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I turned around and tried mountainbiking again and got myself as high as 4th place at XTERRA World Championship in the race but finished in 8th.  It was solid but a reminder that without specificity I will not achieve my goals in races.  I need to stick to what I am focusing on.

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So then I went off to Australia and despite having more illness in 30 days than I have in five years I won another race wire to wire.  I took fastest swim, fastest bike and second fastest run at IM70.3 Ballarat and really gave myself some confidence that I might be good at Ironman racing.

ballarat win

So now it is time to relax, reflect and refocus again.

First thank you to Mike.  He doesn’t want me to talk about him on the internet at all but he was a huge part of my success this year. xoxo

Thank you to Trek Bikes, Bontrager, and Shimano for keeping my wheels rolling.  In addition, thank you to the Trek Race Shop, Trek Procity Victoria, Shimano Australia, Cycles Galleria, Cyclescape Ballarat, and Trek Store Santa Rosa for the fun times and the support this year.  I love being part of the Trek family and Shimano, as my longest sponsor, you have been incredible as far as staying at the forefront of the industry forever and as the most amazing supporter of athlete’s dreams.  Trek and Shimano = awesomeness.

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My team in Melbourne 🙂

Thank you Champion System for creating competitive outfits that also help me to show my own personality. Personalization is so special but comfortable kits are essential 

Thank you Rudy Project- for supplying me with helmets and glasses for lightning fast bike splits and sunnies to help me look cool and composed during interviews.  I love the casual line very much and couldn’t find a better performing glass both on and off road from anywhere.  Keep up the excellent design.

Thank you Powertap for the ability to measure my bike output and to train indoors with precision.  I have been a Powertap fan for many years now and it is so great to see exactly where my training is at.  Keep making awesome measuring devices!  Thanks to Chris Till and Monza Imports for helping me to train while in Australia by making some equipment available.  You guys are amazing.

Thank you to Blueseventy for helping provide me with a wetsuit that allowed me to swim to the front 3 times this year – the first time ever in my career!  Blueseventy wetsuits, goggles and swimsuits have turned me into a fish.

Thank you to Powerbar for providing the nutrition I need to work towards full distance racing.  Thank you USANA for keeping me (mostly) healthy (overdoing it just can’t be fixed with nutrition) .

Thank you to Nick at Frontrunners and the folks at Asics for sending me some sweet kicks that kept me healthy as I try to push the run volume up to what would make me competitive.  I still have a long way to go but I think given I just started bumping into a decent volume range in August I would like to see what I can do now that I am honestly 100% healthy (that took until May!!).

Thanks to Jamie Grimes at Synergy Wellness for putting my body back together.  I wouldn’t have a career right now without you.  Also big appreciation goes to Markus Blumensaat for some excellent therapy and advice along the way. You two are my A team in Victoria- much love.

Thank you to SciCon for providing me with bike cases that kept my babies ready for race day despite more than 50,000 kilometers of travel.

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Thanks to Triathlon Magazine Canada for helping me hone some media skills.  I appreciate the opportunity and I plan to continue some professional development to further improve on my ability to contribute to the magazine.  Thanks to my brother Shawn for helping me learn more about social media and online marketing – you are a wizard!

Thank you to Ironman and Ironman Asia Pacific for the invitations to compete and for putting on great races.  Thanks to Lance and Paul for the invite to the Saskatoon 5150 and to XTERRA for continuing to invite me to compete while I have gone to the “dark side”  J  Thank you Monique for creating XTERRA Canada in Victoria and building such a fun event.

Thanks to the long list of homestays (mostly nicknames here to protect identities – they know who they are and I love them) – Rodsquad, Sueblips, Marcy and Bo, Tobinators, Mark, Dr Aaron, Wardo, and Pipes and Jared – what an incredible year of memories.  Hugs to you all.

Thanks to Kelly Guest for being a phenomenal training partner and swim coach for the second half of my season.  Thanks to Clint Lien for putting up with me for most of the season and to all the talented pros in the Tuesday Swim Squad for the comraderie.  Thanks to Marilyn, Buttons and Danelle for the fun times training.  Thanks Houshang Amiri for inviting me to train during the Pacific Cycling Center sessions and to all the strong cyclists in Victoria for helping me to prepare.  There are loads of people I have done sessions with so I am sorry I am missing some of you but you know  those days are what makes the quality of my life so great and I appreciate you all.

I don’t think I am done yet.  I am not sure I am ready to fully announce plans yet because I want to take some time to think about what journey in 2015 would really make for an album of memories I would cherish.  I still have so much desire to crush races but I also want to be healthy about this stuff.  So soon I will talk about 2015 but it has to be a bit later.

Mahalo.  I am sure we will have more to celebrate in the coming year.

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Putting all the pieces together

I just came home from another visit to the masterminds at Endurance Rehab and Cyclologic down in Scottsdale, Arizona.  My main goal for this trip was to test my progress in my hip rehabilitation and reassess my bike position once the progress of my injury had been analysed. 

I was very disappointed with the opening races of the season but in reality, I was pretty far behind my competition in preparation and the outcome reflected that.  The races early season indicated I would be better off getting in some work rather than competing so I scratched from some events I had planned for early May in favor of taking the opportunity to do a solid block of training and then reassess.

There are a lot of really great professionals in Victoria who have been so helpful in getting me back into a position where I can fully train.  I have a huge amount of support from Synergy Health Management, in particular Jamie Grimes, which is why I am on the comeback trail from injury.  Had Jamie not been realistic about where I was at and adamant that I had to stop training I would probably be just scratching my head wondering why my back was sore and I was racing so poorly.  The issue is that although we have great people here in town, they don’t get to work together.  My bike fit with Houshang needed to be alongside a therapist like Jamie but coordinating that is tough/impossible.  This is why I am lucky to get the chance to work with Paraic at Cyclologic and Wolfgang at Endurance Rehab in concert with one another.

Paraic uses the Dartfish system when he does fits.

This is where this facility stands alone as great minds get to work side by side to ensure that everyone is aware of EVERYTHING.  They have many years of experience and have the ability to work directly with eSoles for any kind of orthotic required so an athlete can find the most biomechanically correct position and then find what makes them the fastest from head to toe.  I have been so fortunate to take advantage of this.

My main problem moving to the 70.3 distance is very little body awareness as far as what should be comfortable for aero position.  In essence, I was so hurried in trying to transfer fitness from mountain bike to time trial bike I just set things up without really reassessing what I was doing or how it was feeling.  In doing so, once I committed to more riding on my Trek Speed Concept in 2012 I ran into trouble.

It is taking weeks at a time for my body to relax and adapt to the changes we are introducing it to but I do feel like I have more support for putting together my best triathlon now.  The latest visit also included some new exercises to challenge my hips to support more explosive power.  I will be sure to share one or two with you on Racergirl Television.

I was soaking up the strength exercises like a sponge and wanted to take all of the equipment home with me to recreate the Endurance Rehab environment in my own training room.  Nate was so kind to let me take some of the equipment right off the floor, haha!  I was pretty excited to drag my giant blue foamy block through the airport.  Thanks Nate!

Still a work in progress for sure!

We also had the chance to do some VO2 max testing with Jeff Kitchen and test some shoes out to see which Pearl Izumi shoes would be appropriate for training and racing.  Video analysis tells you a lot about what is going on with your feet so I would highly recommend using this technology in making your own decisions.

I have been pleased with my progress during the last few weeks so I am looking forward to testing myself again at the XTERRA event in Alabama.  I miss pushing my limits so much!  In hindsight though, I am learning so many things I did not know before which I am sure are going to make me so much better. 

This is where I insert the big fat thank you to Adam Zucco at Trainingbible for his help in overhauling my return to run form.  I work really well with Houshang for my bike program but my run needed more guidance.  Thanks also to Simon Whitfield for graciously offering his advice to us when he “trains” with us long course types at Clint Lien’s morning swim club.  That guy has a lot of good info and we are lucky he is fairly mellow about his own training right now because his input into our efforts has been invaluable.  I also have been fortunate to be surrounded by athletes like Brent McMahon, Tenille Hoogland, Sara Gross and Magali Tissyere which is definitely lifting the performance bar for the YYJ long course pro triathlon group.  It is an exciting time for triathlon in Victoria and it is about time we had a proper group of long course athletes training here.  Victoria is the new Boulder people, pack your stuff and get here!  J

Who isn’t excited to run with custom Champion System running shorts! #awesome

Thanks for following along and see you at the races!

I know you are dying to know the garden’ progress so here’s a short update 🙂

April 5, 2013

 

May 5, 2013

Thank you, AVIA!

Although the lineup of partners for the 2013 season looks almost identical to that of 2012, there will be one significant change of note that I thought I would take a moment to recognize.

AVIA was wonderful in offering years of support to myself and many athletes, particularly those in off road racing. Through AVIA I met a lot of great people with interesting backgrounds. I learned a lot about shoe technology and was given the opportunity to think about what I really like in a shoe which has helped me as an athlete to learn what really does work for me.

AVIA will not be continuing with endurance in the future and I am excited to announce that I will be running as well as cycling under the Shimano umbrella for the coming season. I will be running in Pearl Izumi shoes and as I get more experience with the shoes I will be posting my thoughts on them for you to consider.

I am excited to further my relationship with the Shimano family by adding Pearl Izumi run shoes as they represent one of my longest relationships in sport.

This year Shimano will be rolling out a number of fancy pro bikes including my own with the new 11 speed Di2 group FC-9000. It just keeps getting better and better.

Thank you to Trek, Bontrager, Rudy Project, Powerbar, Polar, Shimano, Champion System, Cycleops, Nineteen wetsuits, ESI grips and USANA for the opportunity to go after that 70.3 Worlds event with vigor this season. Kicking things off with the event in Panama which is entirely too early but will be a good test to see where things are at early in the year. Certainly Oceanside will be the main focus for the start of the season but due to the points chase I chose to go to a race to get some points on the board early and try to not be in the hunt late in the season.

Thank you again, AVIA, for everything. Sorry to see you go but I only wish you guys the best as you establish yourself in sport.

 

Stay tuned as I test what PI shoe fits these feets the best;)

The last thoughts and thank yous….

There isn’t much left to do at this point beyond some pre race interviews and some fun clinics at the expo.  At this point I want to do two things.  One is give you a peek into my mindset before this race and the second is to thank all of those people who have delivered me to the line of this race with a healthy mind, healthy body and the best tools and products available to perform at my best.

As for my mindset, I looked back at my thoughts immediately after the race last year that I wrote in an article for Triathlon Magazine Canada.  They will spell it all out and follow these short paragraphs.  Basically, five weeks ago I was tired, frustrated and unhappy with what I was doing.  I raced too much quantity, lost the quality and wasn’t having enough fun.  Luckily five awesome weeks have past and I was fortunate to connect with Ian Rodger.  He picked up a burnt out, grumpy and frustrated Melanie, dusted me off and then proceeded to build back the strengths that form the backbone of my best racing.  All the while he made me laugh.  A lot.  I plan to showcase that form and happiness which makes me my most fierce and competitive self – which leads to my best results.

First thank you to Trek’s Mark Andrews and Ray Waxham.  What a difference to have you guys in my corner!  xxoo

Thank you to AVIA for designing the Mantis and for being at all the races.  Adam, Shawn and Ed, you are awesome.

Thank you to my local  team: Jamie Grimes, Paul McIntyre, Markus Blumensaat and Alex Forsythe for essentially, fixing me.  Thanks to Procity Trek Store and Wiink2 out in Millstream for outfitting and styling me.  Thank you to Mike for delivering the hugs when I was getting too crazy.

Thanks to the coaches and athletes that helped me to train: Cindy Maybe and the Island Swimming superstars ( especially Sam for being funny and Molly for helpiing push me on best avg sets), Clint Lien and all of the morning tri group for putting up with my lateness, Carolyn Murray and Pat Kelly at the NTC and all those little NTC rippers (well, they aren’t that little), Houshang Amiri for the awesome cycling group, Jon Brown for the good running group, Marilyn Arsenault, Hillary Stellingwerff and Ian Hallam for waiting for me constantly, Zeke Cabell and the Catalyst crew, Scott, Tammy and Maia (until we abandoned our training for watching The Bachelor) and the other athletes I train with: Katie Button, Sara Gross, Annie Ewart, Jason Binab, Jamie Cameron (and the Procity teams), Paul McIntyre (no idea why I put you in here as an athlete but there you go, haha), Jodi for all the awesome swims here and all of Housh’s amazing athletes including Nik and David that pushed me on group rides and all of the other people i train with that I haven’t specifically mentioned:  you probably crushed me so I am still getting over it.  Just joking!  

Also thank you to my amazing homestays this year: Dave and Kelly Rideout, Jay Paul, Mark and Dianne,  Rose and Madi Serpico, the awesome Sara Tarkington, Kevin Deighan and family, and my Park City family Rob and Linda Karz, and finally my Hawaii aloha crew, Jodi Jackson and family along with Dr Aaron.

Big thanks to all of my sponsors: Trek Bikes and Bontrager, Greg at Shimano, Chris at Rudy Project, AVIA, Gina, Wayne and Chris at Polar USA, David and Natalie at Powerbar, Roni and Scott at Champion System, Wolf at Nineteen Wetsuits, and also thanks USANA, Esi Grips, TP Therapy, Sable Optics, Powertap/Cyclops and Genuine Innovations. Thanks to the crew at Team Unlimited for putting on these awesome races.

So incredibly thankful.  I want to do you all proud.

The www.xterralive.com website is going off with GPS trackers on all of the pros so you can follow the race from there.  Also, there is a bunch of cool social media initiatives you can take advantage of with XTERRA World Champs Twitter hashtag #xterraMAUI.  Join us from home.

So I hope that my story from last year inspires you all to have your best performance possible on Sunday.  I am really proud of my performance last year at the World Championship and what I want is to deliver the best that I have on the day.  Focus on reaching inside to get the most out of yourself without a lapse in concentration during the entire event..  That will allow you to execute your best race.

Go get some.

It is very humid in Hawaii right now hence the crazy blonde afro I am rocking at the moment 🙂

From Triathlon Magazine Canada January 2012:

“If you get up one more time than you fall, you will make it through.”

-Chinese Proverb

 

On October 23, 2011, I fell unconscious yards from the finish line at the XTERRA World Championship of off-road triathlon.  Nearing the finish line what looked like a sure win turned into an utter disaster.  It was both the best and the worst moment of my entire racing career. 

On that day there is no doubt that I was absolutely 100% in terms of performance and commitment to my best race on that day.  It obviously turned to the worst moment as I snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.  It is always a knife edge you ride at your peak performance.

I would like you to keep in mind that I have done just short of one trillion triathlons and most of those are of this off-road variety.  There is no shortage in experience in my arsenal and yet I still made a critical error in my preparation going into that day.  Even putting that into words makes the control freak in me cringe and start to obsess, just a little.   When I am really cruel to myself I ask myself why I need to keep learning at this point in my career.  Can’t I just start to get it right?

The answer is no.  Excellence is a continual journey up a staircase where there is no top step.  Every time you think you are getting closer to the top you are presented with a new, and better, potential self.  Sometimes you can’t even see what you could become until you take another step.  Who you are today is nothing compared to who you could become tomorrow.  You just have to keep focused on looking up to find that potential.  You will only find your maximum potential when you stop trying to improve.

At the start of the event I was essentially carrying a perfect season of off road triathlon racing in my pocket.  I wanted every single ounce of anything I had in me from a great lead up to the event to be displayed at the World Championships.  I was racing no one but myself and the race course.  I tried to race at a new level and in taking that risk was defeated by the all of the other participants and by the course itself.  

Fast forward to 2012 and I know what I am capable of.   I remember my preparation, my mindset and my mistakes.  I wouldn’t change anything about how I actually performed that day as I simply went for it with a bloodthirsty mind.  I will get myself back to that raw and real determination.  That is how you win.

When I prepare for races I am only concerned with preparing myself.  I don’t look at the competition.  I look to how I can be at my absolute best, using my greatest strengths and hiding any weakness.  I use some of the competitors around me to gauge my effort or to create more advantage but I am not trying to beat any particular competitor at any given moment.  I am simply emptying the tank in a brutally methodical way.  When I get to the finish line the tank should be empty at which point I would check the scorecard.  That is how you give it 100%.  That is the way to ensure that no matter what, you are exposing your true potential in racing. 

Fear of failure is a funny thing.  It is like a governor on your body that will always prevent its top speed.  You will never, ever, know how fast you could be unless you put it all out there.  You might think that you believe that you could have done something but unless you really go for it, you don’t know.  You have to go out there and show yourself what you are capable of.  Even if it means you fail.  Who cares about the lesser expectation you might have achieved?  It was less.

My mind is trained to turn my body’s complaints regarding discomfort off.  Racing to unconsciousness is basically indicating that I have the ability to use my mind to push my body further than its actual limits.  I am completely stoked to learn that I have that skill in my arsenal and I plan to use that strength to full advantage in future events.    When I toe the start line again at full strength don’t you agree that this ability might instill some confidence in me and fear in my competitors?  Who else is ready to race to near-death, honestly?  Bring it!  See you next year.

They say that everything happens for a reason.  My science brain says that my meltdown obviously happened due to overheating or a salt imbalance in my body and thus the mystery has been solved.  However, that little hippie that likes to live somewhere in the back of my mind says that there has to be a bigger reason for that disappointment to happen.  I don’t know what that reason was but time will tell.  This experience has absolutely solidified my resolve to continue to strive to be even better in 2012.  You should never underestimate the power of disappointment.

“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.”

 – Dalai Lama

Welcome to my garden

I don’t know if Dutch heritage is enough to create a zest for growing things in a person but I have that desire.  So do some of my other Dutch friends so there could be some truth to Dutch people being mad gardeners.  I think my gardening passion is starting to border on obsession.  That said, what don’t I get obsessed with if I am passionate or excited about it, really?  Who am I kidding?

There is so much in life that just starts with what amounts to a seed.  An idea might sprout an invention.  A chance encounter could sprout a relationship.  A dream could create a champion.  There is so much hope, vitality and potential packed into a seed.  I just love them.  Especially special, rare and difficult ones.

This year, my challenge was to grow nothing that didn’t start as a seed.  I wasn’t going to buy little plants and nurture them to adulthood… I was starting from scratch.  I couldn’t have chosen a worse year to do so.  However, like inventions, relationships and competitions sometimes you have success and sometimes you fail.  Certainly, this was a year for me of both success and failure.   

I started my garden early this year.  I had planned well in advance what I wanted to do, prepared my greenhouse, compost, pots, seeds and you name it, I was ready.  However, there was no sun.  I lost some prized watermelon seeds given to me by my friend Thomas last year because the soil, even in the greenhouse, was too cold.  It was a bummer.

Two months after that first planting, I started again. There were a few seedlings that survived the dark spring but the watermelons did not.  The cucumbers were not happy.  Some of the flowers were okay but not great.  Restart in May.  When there was still no sun, really, but it was warmer.

Fast forward to August and I have discovered that my cucumbers are just not going to yield what I had hoped for pickles this year.  This jar is going to be VALUABLE Laughing

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Yep that is pretty much it.  There are some gherkins out there but I am not sure it is ever going to be worth it.  Same goes for the corn and perhaps my red onions.  Very average year especially for hot weather plants such as these.

But it wasn’t all failure this year.  I did get some wins.

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The Offseason – Time To Get Prepared for 2010

It has been three weeks since my last race of the XTERRA season and I have had plenty of time to reflect on the last year.  I can’t say I am 100% satisfied with last year but certainly the results were mostly all there.  I wouldn’t want to throw the season in the bin because for the most part it was pretty darn awesome.  I am really proud of winning five races in a row, winning the Nationals and series for the second year in a row and staying up on the podium in every race I entered.  Two pretty good years in a row but still, they have both left me wanting a bit more.

They say that “If you do what you have always done, don’t be surprised if you get what you have always got” or something like that.  So in the spirit of that, I am making some changes leading into 2010.  Those changes are going to be reflected in my program and that of the MelRad Racing Team.

The first change I am making is in my training and lead up to the season next year.  It is disappointing to not arrive at the World Championships with my best form but it is motivating to see the level to which the sport is rising.  For three years in a row I’ve shown up at that race not as good as I would like and unfortunately, you are only as good as your last race in this sport, so the season prior to that can be long forgotten.  Thus, 2010 will be 100% focused on what needs to be done to perform well at that event.  Secondly, Maui is unlike any other XTERRA.  It really isn’t a mountain bike event.. it is a dusty road event and it requires the same skill set that a road event would require.  So, with both of these things in mind, freshness for the late season and preparedness for a road style off road race, I have made some decisions and changes for next season.

I am planning a much later start and a very focused offroad schedule next year (read:  do what needs to be done and no more).  Secondly, I will be training with some different groups than I did last season.  I knew I was going to be leaving the NTC group to go swim with another group back in the fall.  I think a change to a swimming program rather than a triathlon program is going to be very difficult for me but I think the change will be good.  I can’t swim at my present lack of ability anymore.  I have found a coach who might be able to do something with my abominable swimming.  We’ll see.  He says he’s up for it.  More on that later.

Secondly, I will be devoting a large chunk of time to learning how to run well.  I am training in Victoria with a very, very strong group of runners coached by Jon Brown (marathon legend).  I am hoping his expertise will help me to not only be a better runner but also help me to help my athletes be much, much better runners.  This is another reason why my season will be shifted to as late a start as possible.  So, running with runners, swimming with swimmers and you guessed it… riding with cyclists.  I look forward to training this winter with Houshang Amiri and his squad through http://pacificcyclingcentre.ca/home.html  here in Victoria.  I have missed the group that I trained with which helped me get a World Title in 2006.  Sometimes you come full circle to find the best place for you was where you started.

Finally, there has been some misunderstanding as far as MelRad Racing is concerned. I have the opportunity to give my athletes the support of all of my sponsors and all of my knowledge to try and achieve their goals so I am holding all spots to MelRad Racing for athletes who are coached by me until I have decided I have enough athletes and/or all of the spots to the team are taken.  As their coach I want to help them win.  I have an outstanding lineup of pro and amateur athletes who are confirmed to be racing for MelRad in 2010 with a very few spots available.  The team will be nearly HALF the size of 2009 in order to better support the athletes we choose.  I have made a call to the XTERRA community to see if anyone is interested in coaching to see if anyone would like to have a season coached by me.  I will close coaching applications by January and then will not accept any new athletes, to the coaching program or to MelRad Racing, by then.

So for those of you not interested in a coach but feel you have something really special to bring to the MelRad Racing team then I would encourage you to apply.  But keep this in mind.  MelRad Racing will not sponsor anyone who is just looking to get free stuff.  That is NOT what we are about.  We want someone who is truly an ambassador without compare.  We want the person recognized in their community as the leader in attitude, altruism and amiability.  I don’t really care if you won a bunch of races if you didn’t inspire people in the process.  We are going to support people who are out there with a big, fat smile on their face enjoying life and blogging about their adventures.  We are going to look for people nominated by their peers as the most amazing candidate for MelRad Racing that we simply could not overlook them in the selection process.

So please apply at racing at melrad dot com.  However, your application must have a nomination from another person in the XTERRA community explaining WHY you should be considered.  I don’t want to only hear from you how awesome you are, I want to hear it from another person who thinks so.  Make sure you put at the top WHY you should be considered.  I encourage you to put your results somewhere near the bottom.  The application will be evaluated that way.

In addition, you must be willing and able to submit monthly updates to www.melrad.com documenting your season with the team.  If you are not interested or can’t be bothered to write anything, please don’t apply.

So, applications for coaching and for the team will be accepted until January 1.  If you are looking for coaching, please send an inquiry through the CONTACT tab on this website.  If you want consideration for the team, go to racing at melrad dot com.  But don’t forget to include your nomination from a friend.  It won’t be considered without it.

Thanks and happy offseason!

 

Melanie

And The Thank Yous Go To…..

2008, other than the obvious BLIP that happened at the Worlds, was fantastic. I won Temecula, Richmond, Utah, Tahoe, Canadian Offroad Triathlon Nationals and the Overall series. I also podiumed at the Sea Otter Classic, a national mountain bike stop on the Canada Cup tour, won the Squamish triathlon (setting a new race record and bike split record) and finished my first half Ironman in a respectable time (with limited prep – I’ll be back!).

Along with that I spoke to the LA Tri Club with my male counterpart Conrad Stoltz, spoke at the Bike Lane with my friend Cathy Coutinho, taught clinics at every stop on the North American XTERRA tour with my fellow Art Of XTERRA professors and offered monthly thoughts on XTERRA racing on www.triathletemag.com. It was a very good year.

This kind of a season is the product of a lot of passion, cooperation and talent. Much of which is not my own. In order for me to do this I need a team of partners to lend me their expertise and skills so that I can look good out there. So, without further ado, here is the list of thank yous to the group of people who help me to do what I do. It is pretty impressive.

But my first thank you goes out to YOU. All of YOU reading this that have sent comments and emails this season, who have followed the blog and offered advice, support and encouragement – THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART! It feels really good to hear from you and having some ability to motivate and inspire you is better than any podium position I can get myself. Your success is my top priority! I guess I really am moving into coach mode… even if I am focused on another season! I hope that together we can be the best we can possibly be in 2009. Thanks so, so much! Okay, on to the long list of wonderful people in my life….READ THE REST OF THIS STORY HERE

XTERRA France… even if I didn’t make it there this year I guess I was there…

 

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New Year With Resolution

What a difference a year makes!

One year ago I was defending World and US Overall XTERRA Champion. This year I am first princess to both titles. It is a pretty motivating place to be. I have never been so excited for another race season and that is saying a lot because there have been a number of them, oh man time is flying by….

I think the most important aspect of my time off was the opportunity to reflect. I compared my thoughts this year to a year ago (the post is here). In comparison to last year, there are some similarities and some big differences. I think the flavor of motivation changes when you are hunting versus being the hunted. All I know is I have four major titles that I would like to attach my name to by the end of 2008…

 

Resolution #7: Fill our new storage room (saving versus drinking is good for racing )

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