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May 2015 - Melanie Mociun

What is your occupation?
Engineer

Tell us a little bit about your family:
I have a large extended family at this point in my life.  I have two older brothers, one in Hawaii and one in Northern California.
 
When did you begin you Multisport Career and what made you decide to start racing multisport Events?
I began training for triathlons in 1993. I had been racing in Master's Swimming events for the prior ten years.  I entered a running race in Sausalito in 1986 on a whim.  I came home with a trophy and entered more running events....triathlon seemed to be a natural progression.

What have you learned from your participation in Multisport Events?
That is a big question, I've learned so much. I suppose one of the biggest lessons would be about going beyond my perceived limits. Also -- about safety and technique in all three of the sports, swimming, biking, and running.  And these three words cross over into all aspects of my life:  Strength...Patience....Flow.
 
Has your participation in Multisport Events help you overcome and Challenges?  If so, what?
Yes. After a nasty bicycle accident (1996), in which I shattered my right humerus and was told by my surgeon that my swimming days were over... I got back in the water as soon as the scar from my surgery had healed. I swam with one arm for three months and then gradually started using my right arm again. Swimming played a large part in my regaining strength and mobility. My stroke is not normal, but I can still swim fast!

What is Something you can't race without?
Hammer Nutrition!  Specifically: Race Caps Supreme,  Endurolytes,  Tissue Rejuventor, Heed,  Hammer Gel.

Do you have a "Bucket List" race? If so, what race?
Not currently. Ironman New Zealand was on the bucket list, but I did that in 2004.

What is one of your favorite race memories/experiences?
Racing in the Escape from Alcatraz the same year as Greg Welch and Mike Pigg, (in the early 90's). I gave up my place in line in the women's restroom to Greg.. the pro men were starting the race first.. he needed the spot more than I did.

What is a goal you would like to accomplish one day?
I'd like to keep healthy, injury free and keep racing for many, many more years!

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