Win a Polar RCX5!!

Polar USA is giving away a brand new RCX5 and all you have to do is GUESS WHAT MY MAXIMUM HEART RATE was at the XTERRA East Championships in Richmond, Virginia on June 10th..

The first person to guess the number exactly or, failing an exact guess, the closest person to that number without going over it, will be declared the winner!  You can submit your guesses at in the comments section for this contest.  

On July 9th I will post a screenshot of my heart rate file both here and on my Facebook page,  where you can see the actual numbers.  We will then announce the winner.

For a detailed description of the awesome prize you are going to win… enjoy this episode of RGTV.  The RCX5 is an amazing tool especially in conjunction with Polar USA’s website 

Best of luck to all of you.. now put on your thinking caps!

RGTV Episode 23: The 2012 AVIA shoe lineup and a new star for 2013

When I was in Richmond I did a little video to introduce the shoe lineup from AVIA. I also did a little fashion show of the new 2013 Avi-Mantis. That shoe may be available as early as December.

Also have some new music with an “athletic” theme from Darren Lowe.. tell me what you think!

Enjoy the show!

Racergirl Television Episode 22: Cooking With Peter Zambri Part 1

I was invited to do some cooking with Peter Zambri at his restaurant here in Victoria: What a fun day! We made two delicious dishes which are both super easy with amazing results. This is the prosciutto wrapped tomato.

The great thing about Peter is his long history in the kitchen and his overwhelming passion for the food. I was so excited to soak up the energy and his knowledge.

When you watch this video don’t mind the iPad in the background, Jacqueline was doing some video for the Zambris website.

Part two will air next week. Have fun watching!!

Racergirl Television Episode 21: Help Me Pick My 2012 Rudy Project Sunglasses and WIN!!

I have a tall order in choosing what glasses I should be running for this year’s racing adventures so I thought I would ask for a second opinion.  If you want to offer an opinion to me… you could win yourself a pair of the same glasses you think I should choose!

You have three chances to win by commenting on this video. You can comment here on my website, on my facebook page at or at my Youtube Channel at by commenting on Episode 21.  Three chances to offer a creative comment and three chances to win!

Please try to make the comment SOMEWHAT appropriate?  If it is offensive I will have to disqualify you through deletion.

There are no guidelines on what the comment should be so be creative.

Best of luck!!

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Racergirl Television Episode 20: Check out my 2012 Trek Speed Concept

I meant to do this show in transition at Oceanside but it got a little busy on race morning.

Instead you can enjoy a little peek at my new bike for TV Tuesday.

You can have one of your own if you go and visit your local Trek Store 🙂


Racergirl Television Episode 19: Recovery Strategies

Loads of research is presently going into recovery strategies as everyone attempts to learn how to better regenerate the human body.  We do all of this crazy training to challenge our bodies to repair themselves and come back stronger, so the theory is that if you can bring your body back faster you can then do more training and thus push yourself to higher levels.  However, incomplete recovery will push your fitness and performance in the opposite direction and you will find you get slower.  Being very attentive to how your body is feeling is important.

In this episode I discuss some of the activities I find are most effective in allowing me to do more training during a given block.  There are a million conflicting opinions on what works.  This is what works for me.  I welcome any criticism, comments or suggestions but please know I am not saying I am the end all, be all, know it all of this stuff.  This is an OPINION and is entirely based on what works for me.

Enjoy the show!  I did say that I would share the Allan Lim rice cake recipe.  Read more if you would like to have it.


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Racergirl Television Episode 18: Playing Squash With Jazz and Ben

This TV Tuesday takes us to Cedar Hill where Jasper Blake ( and I took a squash lesson from Ben Uliana (  Seriously fun times.

I usually smash the squash ball around in the off season.  I find it is a good addition to my strength program because it forces me to do a million lunges while being distracted by a pesky, not very bouncy ball.  The game itself is excellent for releasing tension as you can hit that ball as hard as you like and it is fast moving so you can’t get bored.  The game is also fantastic for developing focus as without 100% attention to where the ball is going you simply can’t play well.  All in all, good “training” when you don’t feel like training.

I am not nearly as talented as the superstar Jasper is and it shows in this video. This is a good introduction to the game, to how funny Jasper is and what a great coach Ben is.  Enjoy the show!

Racergirl Television Episode 17: 2012 Island Cup #1, Victoria, BC

This past weekend I did my FIRST RACE of 2012, christening the Superfly 100 with some sweet singletrack in my hometown. The Island Cup Series is a fun local race series that really brings cross country, downhill and Super D racing to all levels in a fun, low key and inclusive kind of way. Good times on a bike.


My training partner Jason Binab was participating in his first ever mountain bike race and, true to his gangsta roots, he took the win in Intermediate men. This instantly elevates him to Sandbagger status as he is no longer allowed to race in anything but Expert.


I also had a great day on the bike, taking the win in the Expert chicks category with local superstars Dawn Berg and cyclocross supermom Wendy Simms taking 2/3 respectively. All in all a lot of fun, I learned a lot about riding my new bike (which was the point of the race) and I never get to race anything this technical unless I trek to the Pisgah Stage Race so good times all around.


It seems the Chesty mount for my GoPro HD2 does not work with my stem slammed really low for aerodynamics so that camera angle on the trails sort of sucks. But you can get a good, hard look at the ground. Haha!


Enjoy. Next Island Cup is next weekend in Cobble Hill but Mel probably won’t be at that one since I think I am going to go run instead. We’ll see. That race really was a lot of fun.

I meant to post results at the end of the video but it looks like it got messed up… so read more if you want to find the results!

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Racergirl Television Episode 16: The AVIA Bolt XZR Racer

Welcome to TV Tuesday!

In today’s episode, I will introduce to you the new Avi Bolt XZR, the newest trail racer brought to you by AVIA.  I have had a chance to run in the shoe for a month now so I can offer you some of my thoughts on the shoe as an option for racing this season.  It really is a great addition to my arsenal for XTERRA racing and I know you are going to love it as well.

So on with the show? for more information!


Racergirl Television Episode 15: Fast Cars Are Awesome

Bob Saunders has been supporting athletes in Victoria, BC for all of 20 years. However, he isn’t just supporting athletes. He has sponsored national training centers, coaches, events, athletes and initiatives across so many disciplines you can describe him as a “Patron Of All Sports”. He is at

I was one of the first beneficiaries of Bob’s generosity when he sponsored the CCSD Cycling Center a million years ago with a “team” car. We took that Forester all over the place with Yury back in the day. Good times.

So fast forward to Mel’s non-Olympic career and Bob is still stoked on athletes doing their thing no matter what venue. I needed a car to match my personality. Bob and his daughter Edie helped find my match. The Subaru WRX Sti couldn’t be more appropriate.

On behalf of the many athletes in Victoria I want to extend a huge thank you to the Saunders family for being so supportive of so many sports. Athletics is what makes Victoria and awesome place to live. Having local businesses RECOGNIZE that and put their efforts into building that culture is invaluable. Thank you so much you guys!

Okay on with the show. Check out my race car… and meet Bob Saunders. He is an awesome guy.