Hi, I'm Melanie McQuaid
I started as a cross country mountain bike racer racing road and mountain bikes professionally while at university finishing my BSc in Chemistry and Biochemistry. Since then I have raced and won at the highest level in cross country mountain biking, road cycling, XTERRA, ITU and Ironman racing.
I have spent my whole life committed to learning as much as possible about excelling in a variety of disciplines of endurance sport. Along the way I have a variety of coaching and personal achievements and some massive lessons. With 20 years experience to share I enjoy working with athletes of all ability who are excited about pursuing big goals, personal challenges and exciting adventures.
How MelRad Started
MelRad Coaching is the result of my search for knowledge on how to coach an INDIVIDUAL.
For years I was a developing athlete in a high performance program that was not specifically designed for me. Every year I poured my heart into training with a program not appropriate for my level, schedule or experience. I never achieved my potential.
In 2000 I created that change. I switched to triathlon racing and tasked myself with learning how to coach myself. I learned EVERYTHING I could about a new sport and training. Learning to coach myself was a necessity at the time but has been the greatest learning experience for me. I’ve been a student of COACHING triathlon and cycling for 20 years. I have learned from the best coaches as an elite athlete and from amazing athletes who trusted me to coach them. I continue to challenge myself with mentorships and education as I develop my expertise coaching cycling and triathlon as well as endurance running.
If you want to know more about my racing career please check out www.melaniemcquaid.com
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