Nothing can keep her down!

From Melinda…

So I thought I’d start 2016 recapping the good, the bad and the many things in between of 2015.

It has been one of those years with lots of learning particularly with triathlon, work, and the new Nucleus® 6 upgrade.

This year, I moved to the Gold Coast to start training with the National Performance Centre, under head coach Dan Atkins. The program was hard from the get go and it took me a while to adapt to the intensity! I felt so unfit (however I was coming off an Achilles injury) and my squad mates were like spring chickens, being able to bounce back after each session unlike this old duck!

However, I enjoyed the challenging aspects of training despite my body not agreeing! It took persistence and resiliency and by October I had finally I adapted to the program. Unfortunately, come November, things took a nasty turn…I was involved in a freak bike accident, which cut my 2015 short.

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A novice rider had cut across from the other side of the road without looking behind to see us (bike group) approaching, and I was right at the back of the pack and didn’t get the warning signs until it was too late. I slammed on my brakes to avoid hitting the squad mate in front and went flying off the handlebars, landing hard on my right hand and back. It was such a shock to see my right fingers all dislocated at 90 degrees. I didn’t like the appearance of it so in the adrenaline of the moment, I pushed them back into position (think James Franco in 127 Hours, but in 2 seconds)! After ambulance and hospital check ups, I had been diagnosed with 3 broken fingers and a slight but stable fracture to my spine. From that moment, I knew my season had come to an end, but I was determined to continue training and getting through it to the end of the year. It also meant I was out of action on a working front, being an Occupational Therapist (I work part time in Aged Care) and relying on my hands to treat my clients. On the positive side, it meant more time to fill up with training, rehab and strengthening my way back to former fitness!

I have achieved some good results over this year with triathlon (this year was a rebuilding year coming back from the Achilles injury), when I only raced over 4 times, compared to over 13 times in 2014.

  • April: 4th in Luke Harrop Gold Coast Triathlon (comeback race since Oct 2014)
  • July: 8th in Osaka Asian Cup sprint
  • September: 1st in Murakami Asian Cup Olympic distance (Japan)
  • October: 5th in Nepean Triathlon in a stacked pro field

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I want to thank coach Dan Atkins and Cochlear for this year’s results. They have improved my skills across the three disciplines and the Nucleus 6 processor with Aqua+ has enabled me to hear in the water (swimming sessions) for the first time ever, and train through those hard and sweaty sessions without the worry of sweat damage to the hearing device! These newly developed skills have replaced my toolbox with better quality tools! #upgraded

I was also lucky enough to have access to the AIS performance centre on the Gold Coast and utilise the Alter G (anti-gravity treadmill) while rehabbing from Achilles injury and work with the strength and conditioning staff, dietician and psychologist on site, who have also given me a greater depth of knowledge and development towards my triathlon goals which I will take on board beyond 2015 #thankful

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Also, I have been working with great people behind the scenes, especially over the last few months: Gold Coast Physio and Sports Health (all year!), Gold Coast Triathlete bike shop who have given me excellent service and advice towards my bike and skills. I have also become a part of the Cervélo team’s ambassador program which has been a fantastic incentive to be a part of! I have been working with a great mentor in Peter Robertson who runs Elite Performing Minds, an athlete mentoring program, which has helped me during these challenging times with injury, coaching/ training options and developing a better athlete mindset. Last, but not least, I want to thank Cochlear Asia Pacific for their generous support towards my triathlon career and giving me the opportunity to work with Cochlear Global, Cochlear Japan and participate in various media events over the past year. #backbone #support #unit

I look forward to new beginnings in 2016, to continue chasing my dreams, getting back into hard training and ready to bring the goods come race day along with the support of my crew. As they say, “Bring on #2016!”

Mel 🙂

 

 

One thought on “Nothing can keep her down!

  1. You are absolutely unstoppable , a true hero in the sporting world , so so so proud to be related to such a Star.. Love The Claydon Clan oo

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