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What Is MelRad Multisport Coaching?

What is the MelRad Multisport Coaching Program

MelRad Multisport Coaching

MelRad Multisport Coaching is the evolution of Mel’s RAD RACING TEAM which was the FIRST triathlon age-group team dominating the US and Canada back in 2009. MelRad Multisport is the evolution of my experience in the sport.  I am offering a personalized training service for athletes pursuing goals in triathlon and cycling.  Interested?  Please send an inquiry through this website!

I have the knowledge and experience to coach endurance athletes interested in all triathlon disciplines and distances, mountain bike events and road cycling.  If your goal is your first Ironman or an XTERRA victory, the MelRad Racing Training program is for you!  Training should be basic, simple to understand and effective.  I will teach you to understand the fundamentals of training and how to get the best of yourself.

I personally coach ALL of my athletes.   All programs suit your unique needs, limits, and personal goals. I can find the best in you and make the most of the time you have.  I have coached athletes to regional age group wins, national wins and World Championship titles.  If you want to put in the work, I will show you the way.

Having Mel as my coach this past season was an incredible experience! As she states on her coaching page “If you want to put in the work, I will show you the way” and she did that plus much much more!

She delivered me a detailed tailored training program. I found that she was constantly tweaking and updating my program to find a healthy, realistic balance between my work and home life yet pushing me to be my very best in all my athletic endeavours. The level of communication I received through out was astounding as she always made herself available to me by utilizing all methods of communication such as phone calls, texting and emails. Through out my season I felt Coach Mel was fully invested and committed to helping me achieve my lofty goals. I can truly attest that with Mel as your coach you will receive a coaching service of the highest level.

Just some of the rad experiences Mel helped me achieve this season:

Qualified for Xterra World Championships
1st M30-34 Xterra Victoria
2nd Masters M30-39 Victoria Canada Cup MTB XC
2nd Expert Male Overall in Alberta Cup MTB XC Series
2nd overall 5peaks Squamish 13km Enduro Run

I highly recommend Melanie as a coach to anyone!
P.N.”

Services include:

  • Unlimited email contact to explain and support workouts
  • Weekly contact by phone
  • Planned testing to analyse how things are going and ensure accurate  training zones
  • Set-up of an annual training periodization designed around races and priorities
  • Determining and addressing physiological limiters and monitoring of progress throughout the season
  • Pre/post event support:  analysing race outcome, discussing strategies and approaches.
  • Discussion of race nutrition and approaches to different courses for both mountain bike and triathlon.
  • Sharing detailed knowledge of numerous multiday mountain bike races and how to prepare body and equipment.
  • Specific pacing plans for all of your races including wattage recommendations on the bike
  • Online TrainingPeaks diary submit/track results

I not only coach athletes physically, I prepare you mentally. As a coach for executives and a public speaker, I can help you master the mental side of the sport.  I will create a personalized Annual Training Plan with your key races in mind and then build a program based on 1-4 week cycles to help maximize your strengths and work to minimize your weaknesses.  With a BSc in Chemistry and Biochemistry, I have an objective and scientific approach to training methodology. However, my race experience is how I can get the best results because EXPERIENCE counts.

I have that experience:

  • UCI Road Cycling World Championships
  • 5x UCI Mountain Bike World Championships
  • 5x IM 70.3 World Championship
  • 12x XTERRA World Championships (3 wins/7 podiums)
  • 2 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship wins
  • Wins and Podium performances at professional level road, cross country mountain bike, endurance mountain bike, XTERRA, ITU Cross Triathlon, Half-Ironman, Full Ironman, Challenge triathlon, and trail running.
  • Won 6x professional half Ironman distance races
  • Second place professional first attempt at full Ironman distance
  • Comeback from a potentially career ending fracture (experience recovering from major injury)

I can help you have your best performance and help you control circumstances to make each race one you can be proud of.   I understand the intricacies of high performance and the challenge of balancing multisport in a busy family and professional life.

I have CAC Coaching Certification in cycling and Community Coaching Certification from Triathlon BC.  I have been coaching athletes, pro and amateur, for 12 years.

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The concept of #fasterafterforty is that athletes can find ability late in their training experience.

You can improve.

You can get faster than you thought possible.

You just need the RIGHT stimulus and programming for YOU.

Personalized coaching WITH Me

Training should be basic, simple to understand and effective.

Learn the fundamentals of training and how to get the best of yourself.

Follow a programs suited to your unique needs, limits, and personal goals.

Have a TEAM support you

Staying consistent training is essential.

Training smart according to your own needs and physiology with planned and progressive training will keep motivated and injury free.

MelRad Multisport athletes follow their own programming while supporting EACH OTHER to achieve their goals.

Discover the benefits of sharing your training experience with athletes that push and support you in achieving your goals.

MELRAD TAILORED COACHING

Tailored Triathlon Coaching

Granfondo Coaching

Swim Technique/Open Water Skills

Strength For Endurance

Mountain bike skills and 8-week race specific programs

Mindset Skills

Communication

Weekly check-ins to assess progress

Consistent email contact to explain and support workouts

Race and training nutrition strategies

Specific pacing plans for all of your races including wattage recommendations on the bike

Online TrainingPeaks diary submit/track results

2016 Ironman Miami pro women before swim

Full support training monitoring

Determining physiological limiters and outlining strategy for improvement over short and long term

Planned benchmark testing monitoring progress and accurate training zones

Overall training periodization and event specific training blocks.

Pre/post event support:  analysing race outcome, discussing strategies and approaches.

tri the dirt offroad triathlon coaching

Race Strategy

Detailed strategy discussion for different courses for both mountain bike and triathlon.

Support on race equipment decisions

Travel management

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“Having Mel as my coach this past season was an incredible experience! As she states on her coaching page “If you want to put in the work, I will show you the way” and she did that plus much much more!

She delivered me a detailed tailored training program. I found that she was constantly tweaking and updating my program to find a healthy, realistic balance between my work and home life yet pushing me to be my very best in all my athletic endeavours. The level of communication I received through out was astounding as she always made herself available to me by utilizing all methods of communication such as phone calls, texting and emails. Through out my season I felt Coach Mel was fully invested and committed to helping me achieve my lofty goals. I can truly attest that with Mel as your coach you will receive a coaching service of the highest level.

Just some of the rad experiences Mel helped me achieve this season:

Qualified for Xterra World Championships
1st M30-34 Xterra Victoria
2nd Masters M30-39 Victoria Canada Cup MTB XC
2nd Expert Male Overall in Alberta Cup MTB XC Series
2nd overall 5peaks Squamish 13km Enduro Run

I highly recommend Melanie as a coach to anyone!”
<h4><em><strong>Patrick Nesbitt M30-35</strong></em></h4>

About Melanie McQuaid

Here is a little information about my racing and coaching career.

Please visit my website www.melaniemcquaid.com  as well!

I started as a cross country mountain bike racer.  After five trips to the UCI World Championships and 7 years racing the World Cup as a pro, I wanted/needed a change.

In 2000 I tried road racing and went to the UCI World Championships with the Canadian National Team.   That same year, I raced my first XTERRA.  I finished 2nd in Maui that year and knew triathlon was my passion.  By 2003 I won my first World Championship which led to three more and a streak of finishing first or second at nearly every race for almost a decade.

In 2012, I needed to find a new challenge and switched to Ironman.  In all, I earned six half distance victories and 15+ podiums in long distance triathlon.  I did my first full Ironman in 2015 and took 2nd place at 42 years old.

I have been in the sport a LONG time.  I have hosted an online blog since 1998!

This was my original logo when I created www.melrad.com in order to promote girls in sport.

Melanie McQuaid Racergirl logo

I am the first person to win three professional XTERRA World Champion titles and took the inaugural ITU Cross Triathlon World Champion title in Spain, April of 2011. I took my second victory this year at the 2017 ITU Multisport World Championship in Penticton at age 44.

I also have many podiums I am proud of:  4x second place and a third at XTERRA World Championship.  For ITU Cross Triathlon I tried to defend my world title in 2012, fought hard and ended up in second place.  I have five overall USA XTERRA series titles, an undefeated record of seven XTERRA Canadian Championship wins and five USA National Championship victories.  In all I have won more than 50 professional races without counting my mountain bike racing career before 2000.

I also have a lot of not winning in my history that is just as important – it has made me resilient.  My career was derailed when I broke my ankle in 2016 and lost 14 months to injury.  It is an amazing ride being a professional athlete, both the ups and the downs.  That experience was crucial for me as a coach… understanding what it takes physically and emotionally to work back from injury is a powerful asset.

Fun Story from 2011 ITU World Championships:

McQuaid overcame adversity when her bike was lost while traveling to Spain.  She was forced to race on a borrowed bike for today’s championships but didn’t let that stop her from powering to her first ever ITU World Championship, adding to her three Xterra world titles. Even a 15-second penalty wasn’t enough to stall McQuaid in her unstoppable march to victory.  The Canadian never looked back enroute to her first career ITU World Championship, stopping the clock at 1 hour, 43 minutes, 2 seconds. (Triathlon.org, April 2011)

I started coaching in 2006.  In 2009 I launched the first MelRad Racing team and recently brought the team back as my MelRad squad of coached athletes. In 2018 I launched Tri The Dirt, and offroad skills camp for triathletes.

I am more than an athlete and coach.  I have appeared as a public speaker. I hosted a television segment for two years, co-hosted a sports radio talk show, managed a professional cycling team and an age group triathlon team, and along the way appeared on major television networks including CBS, NBC, ABC, ESPN, OLN, TSN, CBC, CHUM and CH television.

My Stats

Hometown: Victoria, BC

Height: 172 cm

Weight: 61-64kg

Bike size: Size medium or 17″

Favorite food:  Coffee and almond croissants

I have a B.Sc. in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Victoria and a variety of certificates in Marketing and Technical Writing.

I represent and endorse long term sponsors that mirror my commitment to a healthy, balanced lifestyle including healthy nutrition, regular physical activity, environmental awareness and top performance with integrity.  I hope that I can encourage more girls to get into mountain biking and triathlon to further what we thought was possible for women in sport.

I am proud to have won the following awards:

  • 2005 #3 Ranked Female Triathlete Across all Disciplines
  • 2005 Triathlete Magazine Offroad Triathlete of the Year
  • 2005 Triathlon Canada Offroad Triathlete of the Year
  • 2006 Offroad Triathlete of the Year at the Competitor Magazine Endurance Sport Award
  • 2009 Triathlete Magazine’s Offroad Triathlete of the Year
  • 2009 Triathlon Canada’s Female Offroad Triathlete of the Year
  • 2009 Offroad Triathlete of the Year at the Competitor Magazine Endurance Sport Award

I am an athlete and coach, and hope to inspire both the present, the future and the past generation to explore their potential and to find success and meaning in life.

My motto is “Keep It Fun” and I believe that is the path to success

MY CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 6x IM 70.3/Challenge Half Champion (2010/2012/2014/2015)
  • 2017/2011 ITU Cross Triathlon World Champion
  • 2003/2005/2006 XTERRA World Champion
  • 2003/2004/2006/2007/2008/2009/2010/2011/2013/2014 Canadian XTERRA/ National Offroad Triathlon Champion
  • 2011/2010/2009/2008/2006 XTERRA USA Championships Winner
  • 2011/2009/2008/2006 XTERRA USA Championships Pro Series Overall Winner

MY CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORIES

  • 2017 ITU Multisport Cross Triathlon World Championship
  • 2015 Challenge St Andrews Half Triathlon
  • 2014 IM 70.3 Ballarat (wire to wire: fastest swim/bike)
  • 2014 Lake Stevens IM 70.3 Champion (wire to wire: fastest swim/bike)
  • 2014 Boise IM 70.3 Champion (wire to wire: fastest swim/bike)
  • 2014 IM 5150 Saskatoon Champion
  • 2014 XTERRA Canada Champion
  • 2013 XTERRA Canada Champion
  • 2012 Oceanside 70.3 Champion (fastest bike)
  • 2012 XTERRA East Champion
  • 2011 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships
  • 2011 XTERRA USA Championships, Ogden, Utah
  • 2011 XTERRA Canada Championship, Whistler, BC
  • 2011 XTERRA West Championships, Las Vegas, NV
  • 2011 XTERRA Southcentral Championships, Waco, TX
  • 2011 XTERRA Southeast Championships, Pelham, AL
  • 2011 Pisgah Stage Race, Brevard, NC
  • 2010 XTERRA European Championships, Sardinia
  • 2010 XTERRA USA Championships, Ogden, UT
  • 2010 Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens Winner (fastest bike split)
  • 2010 BC Bike Race, Solo Female Champion
  • 2009 XTERRA USA National Series Overall Champion
  • 2009 XTERRA USA National Championships Winner
  • 2009 XTERRA West Cup Champion
  • 2009 XTERRA Mid West Cup Champion
  • 2009 XTERRA Southeast Cup Champion
  • 2009 XTERRA East Cup Champion
  • 2009 XTERRA Northwest Cup Champion
  • 2008 XTERRA USA National Series Overall Champion
  • 2008 XTERRA USA National Championships, Inline Village, NV
  • 2008 XTERRA West Championships, Temecula, CA
  • 2008 Canadian National Offroad Triathlon Championships, Vancouver, BC
  • 2008 XTERRA East Championships, Richmond, VA
  • 2008 XTERRA West Championships, Temecula, CA
  • 2007 XTERRA West Championships, Temecula, CA
  • 2007 Canadian National Offroad Triathlon Championships, Vancouver, BC
  • 2006 XTERRA World Championships, Maui, HI
  • 2006 XTERRA USA National Championships, Lake Tahoe, NV
  • 2006 XTERRA USA National Championships Series
  • 2006 XTERRA Mountain Championships, Ogden, UT
  • 2006 XTERRA Southwest Championships, Pelham, AL
  • 2006 Canadian National Offroad Triathlon Championships Vancouver, BC
  • 2005 XTERRA World Championships, Maui, HI
  • 2005 XTERRA West Championships, Temecula CA
  • 2005 XTERRA Mountain Championships, Keystone, CO
  • 2005 XTERRA Italy, Sardinia
  • 2004 XTERRA East Championships, Richmond, VA
  • 2004 XTERRA Canada, Vancouver, BC
  • 2003 XTERRA World Championships, Maui, HI
  • 2003 XTERRA Canada, Vancouver, BC
  • 2002 XTERRA West Championships, Half Moon Bay, CA

Some Notable Podium Appearances

  • 2014 IM 70.3 Hawaii, 3rd place (fastest bike split)
  • 2013 IM 70.3 Shepparton, 2nd place (fastest bike split)
  • 2013 IM 70.3 Lake Stevens, 2nd place (fastest bike split)
  • 2013 IM 70.3 Raleigh, 3rd place
  • 2013 IM 70.3 Steelhead, 3rd place (course record bike split)
  • 2013 IM 70.3 Tremblant, 3rd place
  • 2013 XTERRA Southeast, 2nd place
  • 2012 IM 70.3 Calgary, 3rd place (fastest bike split)
  • 2009 3rd Place – XTERRA World Championships
  • 2007/2004/2000 2nd Place – XTERRA World Championships
  • 2011 IM 70.3 Lake Stevens 2nd place
  • 2010 XTERRA 21km Trail Run World Championships, 3rd place (21km)

2017 Schedule

 

2017 Race Schedule
January 19-22 Pacific Cycling Center Winter Camp, Victoria, BC
February 16-19 Pacific Cycling Center Feb Camp, Victoria, BC
April 7-9 St. Albert Tri Club Camp, Alberta
June 4 Ironman 70.3 Victoria, BC
June 25 Ironman 70.3 Mont Tremblant
July 9 Rev 3 St Andrews
OR July 9 XTERRA Victoria
July 30 Ironman Canada
August 29 ITU Cross Triathlon Worlds / Long Distance World Championships
 October 23 XTERRA World Championships
 November 20  IM Arizona

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