Hi, I'm Melanie McQuaid
My athletic career started as a Canadian national team mountain bike racer competing on the cross-country mountain bike World Cup while at University of Victoria finishing my BSc in Chemistry and Biochemistry. Since then, I competed in (and in some events won!) cross country mountain bike, mountain bike, road, XTERRA, and Ironman races. Add to that minor successes in gravel, trail, road running and ITU format racing.
My core values are growth and health. These values shape both my coaching and training philosophies. Training for a rad life is a longitudinal experiment.
I coach athletes using experiential knowledge underpinned with a solid grasp of current science. Athletes are not machines and as such, communication and a coaching eye are strong tools in assessing an athlete’s needs.
Whether you choose objective or subjective monitoring of your training, the MelRad approach will give you the confidence you are moving in the direction of your best self.
I enjoy working with athletes who want to train for THEIR rad life: pursuing big goals, personal challenges and exciting adventures.
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My program fits your strengths, lifestyle, goals, and ability. It will revolutionize your training and your entire athlete experience. Today Mel’s RAD RACING TEAM, which was the FIRST triathlon age-group team in the US and Canada back in 2009, now includes athletes racing mountain bikes, Ironman, XTERRA, gravel races, trail runs, road races, time trials and swim events. The MelRad Squad is a versatile and diverse group of athletes training according to their experience, goals, and needs. The Squad is built to support and encourage each other in reaching the objectives laid out each season while having fun and enjoying the process. Whether you sign up for the squad or choose to join a weekend camp, you’ll learn how to become a better athlete.
I’ve coached athletes since 2004.
Since then, I completed NCCP Level One cycling and Level 2 triathlon coaching. I am an XTERRA Certified Coach with comprehensive coaching experience in this discipline. I also have PMBIA Level One certification for coaching mountain bike skills from PMBIA – Professional Mountain Bike Instructors Association.
In 2020, I completed the Altis Apprentice Coach Program. Learning from world class coaches like Stu McMillan, Dan Pfaff, and Kevin Tyler (and others) about an Olympic training environment, planning, sports medicine, running mechanics and overall athlete development has been invaluable to my coaching development.
I continue mentorship with Dan Pfaff at Altis today and am furthering my education in Strength Training, Biomechanics and training fundamentals.
Professional athletes are immersed in sport. They work with the top coaches, therapists, psychologists and interact with the best athletes in the world. This experience is invaluable. I took my personal experience and started applying it to coaching athletes in 2004. Since that time, I have learned so much as a coach.
I was lucky to learn from the best ITU, Ironman, UCI and development coaches. This wealth of experience has shaped my approach to triathlon coaching which is my own. I have my own philosophy and approach which is an amalgamation of the knowledge I took from years of mountain biking, road cycling and triathlon racing. Training science is universal and sports are specific. Training for so many different sports has shaped my understanding of how general preparation leads to specific fitness for any sport.
It doesn’t matter if a coach actually was a pro, or even a good athlete. However, it matters what that coach knows, how many years of experience, how well he/she communicates, and whether the coach is curious to know more. I have over 20 years in PROFESSIONAL endurance sport. Over the years I have seen a number of training FADS come and go and have seen the fundamental principles that stand the test of time. There is a lot of misinformation available on the internet. There is no magic workout and there is no revolutionary training system. What you need is a program designed for you that is motivating, inspiring and effective!
Some of my coach education
My Athletic Experience
1994/96/97/98/99 UCI MTB XCO World Championship
2000 UCI Road World Championship Team
Sea Otter Short Track Champion
BCBR/PISGAH/TR3/Furious 3 MTB Stage Race Champion
2000 Tri BC Series Champion
2009 3rd Place XTERRA Trail Run World Championship
2019 3:13 IM marathon
2019 18:14 Road 5km
2020 10:39 Road 3km