Melissa fell in love with riding after competing in her first sprint triathlon back in 2009. She's since gone on to complete nine full Ironman triathlons, six half-iron triathlons, and numerous shorter distance races. She enjoys spreading the love of riding and triathlon through volunteering and talking up the sport to as large an audience as possible. Melissa would identify herself as a Pursuit rider, as she likes to chase, and hopefully pass, the rabbit up ahead.
As a former cross country runner, recreational mountain biker, Tae Kwon Do blue belt, and snowboarder, Melissa has always been athletic. But once she dialed it up to the Ironman distance, riding and engaging in an active, healthy, multi-sport lifestyle has become a full-time enterprise! To that end, she recently received her Graduate Certificate in Nutrition Science for Communication Professionals from Tufts University Friedman School. She loved the program and plans to continue towards completing her Masters through Tufts in the coming year.
Melissa resides in Rye, NY with her husband who is also an avid triathlete.