Name: Melinda Cockshutt @melinda_cockshutt
Jan 21/22nd goal: Everesting Roam and March 2022 Tour de Cure Australia Signature Tour
Occupation: NDIS Support Worker for Athletes, Triathlon/Swimming/Cycling/Running Coach.
Why are you riding with @alpineeveresting?
Bec Hoscke and Dr Elly Warren asked if I would like to do that event and why wouldn't I. Doing something like this with friends and family is exactly the way this challenge should be done. Also raising money specifically for indigeous cancer health really goes to all our hearts as a family. Our family are proud descendents of the Melurkedee People of South East Tasmania and the kids love being involved in the Birpai Community at school. We are a family that loves community and country and we want to help where we can. We also love a personal challenge that is just on the boundaries of our self-belief of what can be done.
Longest ride: 320km 12 hour Endurance Virtual Event, V-Eversting 220km. 200km is longest road bike adventure.
Favourite cycling moment: Oh such a tough question as I have been riding my bike now for 20 years so have many awesome ‘first’ moments. Also I think some of my most awesome memories are when I am with other people that achieve great things they didn’t think possible.
● Riding from Canberra to Melbourne with my now husband Todd. We seriously had no idea what we were doing! Straight down the highway! Oh my, we really had no clue but it made the adventure all the more fun.
● Taking part in the my first ever triathlon at my gym (really had no idea what a triathlon meant!) on my old Bike that had gears down on the frame,
● Super honoured to ride in Hawaii at Ironman. What an incredible spiritual place the Big Island is! (even if I was petrified at the 90km/hr cross winds descending)
● Training with Bennett Powell (who has challenges of cerebral palsy) and completing Tour de Cure Australia Sig Tour 2018.
● Sig Tour, Oct 2020 & March 2021.
● Comboyne Mountain Adventures this year
Greatest sporting achievement: Olympic Distance and Aquathlon World Champion 2013 (30-35 year age group) - I didn't think I was fast and I wanted to prove myself I could. My first Ironman 2002 (Post baby goal) Winning age group, IM Australia 3rd overall 2008, IM World Championships Hawaii x4.
Favourite event: Husky Long Course, Hawaiian Ironman. Favourite Event to Volunteer: Ironman Australia in my hometown, Elite Energy events, Ultraman Crewing, Crewing for my husband and kids at their events.
Favourite endurance fuel: It seems to differ every race! So its a great surprise every time to see what I will LOVE. I have Loved Jelly Beans, Cold Cold Cold Coke, Watermelon, Vegemite Sandwiches, Rockmelon, Trish Parry’s Coconut Rice (Recent addition), Hot Chicken Soup. I can never predict what I am going to love for that particular moment.
Favourite bike snack: Banana, Mars Bars and Nut Bars (for training). Can’t stand these foods when racing (Go Figure)
Coffee order: Long Black
Favourite workout music: Remixes with strong party/dance beats.
Favourite climb: Hawi, Comboyne, Jindy (Thredbo) and many mountains I would love to climb.
How many bikes do you own? 4 (although I take the kids MTB all the time so maybe that should be 5).
Tips for endurance riding:
● Fuel and hydration are super important. You don't realise your potential if you dont fuel properly.
● Pacing. It should feel easy at the start and for a long long way into the ride.
● Being in the moment.
Tips for cycling mums:
● Believe in yourself. People really can do incredible things
● Be kind to yourself.
● Find a community that you connect with.
● Involve your kids and family and make it fun for them.
● Don't get too intense about it all. Do other things with your family.
How do you juggle work/family/cycling? Plan, adjust, Plan, Adjust, Plan, Adjust (and not getting upset abut it), Consistency, Quality over quantity.
How do I get into cycling if I’m a girl who hasn’t ridden much before but is super keen? Beginner Programs are awesome if you have them (at the Clubs). Ask on FB groups who you could connect with.
What would you say to a woman who is contemplating joining our next adventure but has some self-doubt? Say Yes! All the people on this adventure are incredible so watch and connect with them. Your pathway to our next adventure will then follow.
MEET THE TEAM
TEAM riders & support crew Alpine Everesting 2021/2022
Dr Elly Warren