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When her grandad sadly passed away earlier this year due to a stroke and heart attack, Melissa, who had already committed to a series of incredible personal challenges, decided to dedicate her biggest challenge to date, the Barcelona Ironman, to his memory.
"Although I never intended broadcasting this my grandad passed away [recently] after suffering a heart attack and a stroke. He took a keen interest in my sporting endeavours and I hope to do him proud by making it round, whilst raising money for a great cause along the way.
An Ironman consists of a 3.8k swim and a 180k cycle, followed by the small task of a marathon... I [had] built up my training over the year with a great coach and [had] been doing 3 quarters of an Ironman each weekend. My two half Ironmans, in Vichy last year and Cascais this year, helped me prepare but this is still a HUGE personal challenge!"
Melissa started on her triathlon journey last year, after talking to a very persuasive colleague and taking on the challenge of her first alf ironman in Vichy. Melissa explained
"Going into the race I’d only ever cycled and ran half the distances but despite the saddle sores, leg cramp and blisters the race had me hooked!"
This certainly got the Melissa on the road to success, as after this debut she swiftly signed up for the full Ironman in Barcelona along with four other dedicated friends.
Melissa covered significant distances ahead of her Barcelona challenge as she got ready for the race, covering:
- over 1,860 miles cycling (or almost 40 times round the island
- over 430 miles running (nearly 16.5 marathons)
- over 120,000 yards swimming (over 3 x the channel)
"Come the end of July I was starting to feel quite well prepared for the full ironman on 30 September and the half ironman I’d entered on 1st September in Portugal, this time as a warm up!"
"Unfortunately my grandad passed away 2 weeks out from the half. He suffered a stroke and a heart attack, which took my family by surprise, and succumbed to these after a week in hospital. He was a big influence in my life and a big support, as well as being very athletic and capable all his life."
"The amazing support I received from family and friends helped me make it to both start lines and to raise sponsorship funds for the British Heart Foundation in the process. The British Heart Foundation was a fitting charity and I was hugely impressed with the work they did when I started looking into this."
"I was extremely nervous going into both races, and particularly the full. With 9 months training resting on one day and strict cut off times the pressure was on, but the hard work paid off and I was chuffed with my times of 6:25 in the half ironman, despite a puncture, and 13:03 in the full."
"Crossing the finish line was an amazing experience and while this year has had its ups and downs, I’m glad to have helped support the British Heart Foundation in the work they do thanks to the generosity of family and friends"
If you would like to donate to Melissa's challenge, you can find out more on her Just Giving Page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/melissa-cheminant