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Go Camping with 3X XTERRA World Champ, Melanie McQuaid

 From www.xterraplanet.com by Pamela Hunt

Close your eyes and imagine your ideal coach. Tough, kind, incredibly knowledgeable, totally trustworthy, and maybe a bit of a badass.

 

If you just imagined three-time XTERRA World Champ Melanie McQuaid, you are in luck. This year, McQuaid will be leading the Tri the Dirt off-road triathlon camp from April 27th-29th at Bear Mountain Resort in Victoria, British Columbia. She and former pro mountain biker, Adam Walker will offer intense mountain bike coaching for both beginners and expert off-road athletes.

 

“For XTERRA and mountain bike racing, fundamental technical skills are always going to be a limiter if they are not in place,” said McQuaid of her decision to offer a camp. “So I figure the most important coaching I could offer are the technical aspects of XTERRA and off-road triathlon. I partnered with Adam, an experienced skills coach, so together we can offer a camp of technical coaching that will blow people away.”

 

The camp is a natural progression of McQuaid’s coaching and skills clinics. Last December, she offered a swim and run camp that was highly successful.

 

Tri the Dirt Camp will kick off Friday evening with a hill running session and dinner. Saturday will begin with a mountain bike skills workshop, a session on bike set-up, and continue with a lesson on skills, including angulation, rotation, cornering, and pumping. The day will conclude with an open water swim practice. Sunday will be equally awesome and will include another mountain bike skills session and a duathlon to practice transitions.

 

McQuaid added that her camp is neither a train-cation nor a mad, overtraining opportunity. “We are going to make you better technically. You will see immediate results and take away knowledge that will continue to improve and break through to new levels in your sport.”

 

But this is also camp, meaning that the weekend is pretty much guaranteed to be a blast.

 

“In general, mountain biking demands a laid back attitude,” said McQuaid. “It’s part of the culture.  So as soon as a mountain bike is involved, people relax, have fun, and enjoy the connection to nature and other athletes. You are coming to Canada. We pride ourselves on friendliness, politeness, and kicking serious ass on mountain bikes. We would love to demonstrate all of the above at Tri The Dirt Camp.”

 

For more information on Melanie McQuaid’s Tri the Dirt Camp, visit http://melrad.com/

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Melanie McQuaid mountain biking XTERRA Ogden

Off-road Triathlon Technical Skills

Off-road Triathlon Technical Skills

(Previously published in the print edition of  Triathlon Magazine Canada)

Working on technical skills is important if mixing some off road triathlon in an otherwise paved season is in your race plans  Off road racing technical skills are important as the course is a challenge in itself.  Once you have the technical skills in place you can then plan your strategy to best the competition.

mountain bike penticton three blind mice trails

The trails were technical and fun at ITU Cross Triathlon Worlds.

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2018 Tri The Dirt Triathlon Camps Kickoff at Bear Mountain

Inaugural TRI THE DIRT triathlon camp – Bear Mountain Resort April 27-29, 2018

Tri the Dirt Triathlon Camp

After 22 years of racing mountain bikes, road racing, triathlon and XTERRA/offroad triathlon I am super excited to offer a triathlon training camp dedicated to the off road discipline.  I am drawing from my experience as former Canadian National team cross country mountain bike racer, XTERRA pro with over 50 professional victories including five World titles, and six time Ironman 70.3 Champion to bring you TRI THE DIRT – the ULTIMATE OFFROAD TRIATHLON CAMP.

I am excited to partner with former pro mountain bike athlete (we were team mates back in the day!) and master technical skills coach Adam Walker of The Cycling Co to offer hands-on mountain bike skills coaching which really sets this event apart from any other triathlon camp in the world.

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Check out Adam’s website to learn more about him!

TRI THE DIRT is for:

  1. The fresh faced beginner new to triathlon racing who has decided offroad is the coolest
  2. The seasoned Ironman veteran who is looking to try something a lot more fun
  3. The tri-curious mountain biker who is secretly coveting the ability to swim and run and is ready to come out and race
  4. The expert XTERRA racer who wants to dominate the top step of the podium at XTERRA Victoria
  5. Athletes that want to go have the most amazing, killer, train-cation on SWEET SWEET westcoast trails!*

*must be willing to learn some awesome new skills in the process

Sign up follows along with the itinerary for the camp.

Athletes need Tri BC memberships on that weekend and can sign up for membership through MelRad racing (with a $5 discount cha-ching!).  Athletes not from BC – details on how to buy a two day event membership is available.

There is the option to use an Interac email transfer instead of using Paypal.. just contact me to use that option and I will provide you with a receipt!

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Our goal is to make you more confident in your riding skills and help you master the world famous west coast single track trails.  TRI THE DIRT is an opportunity to learn the skills honed in Victoria, BC that developed the #1 women’s mountain bike team in the world (for over 20 years!)  In addition to riding skills, TRI THE DIRT is about executing an excellent off road race and what  training to dominate the trails both on the bike and run.

The cornerstone of a great offroad race is excellent riding but it is still a triathlon.  We will help you navigate the swim, bike and run where you maximize your strengths and build on your weaknesses.  We will touch on all aspects of off road racing.

The camp is suitable for ALL LEVELS.  TRI THE DIRT is your opportunity to improve by teaching you when you are comfortable, confident, and relaxed!  This camp is not on the trails for the awesome XTERRA Victoria event but the coaching will prepare you well to take them on.  Stay an extra day and you can go do a course recon to check it out!

The only restriction is this camp is 18 and over –  stay tuned for the kids version in the future!

Early bird fees until March 16th!

Early bird camp fees are $399 plus GST —> $418.95 

On March 17th the price will jump to $425 plus GST 

On March 30th the price is $450 plus GST.

On April 13th the price is $475 plus GST. 

REGISTER EARLY!

We will honor your entry for a future camp or allow you to transfer to another athlete AT ANY TIME.

NO refunds after April 13th (see above.. you can defer to another camp or another athlete who wants to take your spot).

There is an athlete LIMIT!  Refunds up to two weeks in advance but you can transfer your registration to someone else if you can’t make it.  First signed up gets the spots and once we are sold out.. that is it.

Also we have CUSTOM TRI THE DIRT CAMP JERSEYS and BOCO hats!! Woohoo.. thank you Champion System.  We will provide a link when the store is live.

Thank you very much for checking in with us!  Adam and I are excited about TRI THE DIRT and are confident this is the best triathlon camp in the world.  The stoke is high.

 

Tri The Dirt Bear Mountain Schedule

Schedule for 2018 Tri The Dirt Triathlon Camp at Bear Mountain Resort

open water swim coaching

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!
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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.

melanie coaching swimming with triathletes

Swim and Run Camp December 16-17, 2017

On December 16-17th, I am hosting a swim and run camp in Victoria, BC.  You might be thinking: “Why the heck would I want to go train hard RIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS?” or “I’m not interested in training before Christmas.”  Those are fair comments and I get that it is hard to do camps when racing is a LONG WAY AWAY but I am going to explain why I think this camp is valuable at this point in the year.

The Schedule

Swim run camp schedule

Schedule for December swim run camp

The Objective

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swim leg itu multisport world Championship

2017 ITU Long Course World Championship

ITU Long Course World Championship

With the excitement of winning the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship fueling my excitement to hit a start line again, I was pretty oblivious to some signs from my body leading up to (and in the days following) ITU Multisport Long Course World Championship.  I managed to completely ignore that I had shingles.  Cue the geriatric jokes right now that will go nicely with all of my talk about racing after 40.  LOL.  Sigh.

swim leg itu multisport world Championship

Photo credit Kevin Mackinnon

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Finishline photo at ITU Multisport World Championship Cross Triathlon

2017 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship

I won the 2017 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship Elite title.  I dedicate this to all of the ladies in my 40+ age-category and beyond.  Your best races are not behind you -unless you are certain you have done everything possible to maximize your potential already.  Not everyone sees the potential they have and takes the opportunity.  I hope to continue demonstrating being in your 40s is an advantage, not an obstacle.

I am ITU Cross Triathlon World Champion for the second time.

After a perfect day at the Penticton ITU Multisport World Championship I took my fifth world title in off-road racing.  Mountain biking allowed me to become a professional athlete and triathlon gave me a viable career.  I have so much gratitude for everyone at XTERRA, the ITU, and all of the local off-road bike, run, and triathlon race organizers for supporting off-road racing.  Thank you!

Read more for my story… or here is a media report from Triathlon World for another perspective and the men’s story.

 

Finishline photo at ITU Multisport World Championship Cross Triathlon

2017 ITU Cross Triathlon World Champion

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skipping rope for triathlon training

Plyometrics for triathlon training

Plyometrics for triathlon training

Whether you race cross triathlon or Ironman, you should be using plyometrics for triathlon training.  A beginner to advanced triathlon training program should include some plyometrics to improve form, economy, and durability, and a functional strength program.

Plyometrics for triathlon training benefits include:

  • Greater durability/injury resistance
  • Eccentric overloading helps with downhill running and agility
  • Improves speed without training sprint work
  • Improves running form and economy (decreases ground contact time)

How plyometrics are beneficial

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melanie mcquaid running Penrith

Racing Triathlons In Australia

Racing Triathlons in Australia

Racing triathlons in Australia is so fun.  This is my fifth visit to the country including two other occasions to race mountain bikes (a World Cup and the World Championships).  On this trip, I raced the 2016 IM 70.3 West Sydney, which saw Annabel Luxford take a convincing win.

The Race

The event is held at the Olympic Rowing Stadium in Penrith where the 2000 Sydney Games were held.  Penrith is a town in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia near the Blue Mountains.  Highlights of the town include a gorgeous walking trail next to the river, a picturesque park filled with mulberry and jacaranda trees, lots of cafes, an outdoor 50m pool, and a bunch of really cool people. Read more

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Best Lap Swimming Pools in Austin

Best Lap Swimming Pools in Austin

I did a lot of lap swimming in Austin before the Ironman event in October 2016.  After visiting a variety of pools in the city I’ve written a tourist guide for other swimmers and triathletes who find themselves in Austin wanting to know where to swim at the best lap swimming pools in Austin. This is not an exhaustive list but does include some of the highest rated options.

The following list of pools to go lap swim in Austin includes my thoughts on the pros and cons as well as the workout I did when I was there. Read more