Past Races

07/23/2023 IRONMAN 70.3 Oregon
06/25/2023 IRONMAN Coeur D'Alene
08/06/2021 USAT Age Group National Championships
08/06/2021 USAT Age Group National Championships
06/27/2021 IRONMAN Coeur D'Alene

Melanie Miller

Carson City, Nevada |

Primary Discipline(s) Triathlon, Road Cycling / Criterium, Road Running, Trail Running, SUP, Kayaking / Canoe Marathon, Hiking, Yoga
Bucket List RaceIronman Coeur d'Alene and the Tahoe Rim Trail 50 miler.
Post-Race DrinkInfinit Repair in chocolate
Off-Day Activityread, hike with my dogs, bake, SUP/kayak at Tahoe

I am the mother of three, psychiatric nurse, recovering alcoholic/addict and rheumatoid arthritis warrior. I was diagnosed with RA in 2005, got sober in 2008 and started running in 2011 followed by triathlon in 2013.

I swim, bike and run because it reminds me that I can do just about anything I set my mind to. From 2010 to 2013, I lost 80+ pounds and have kept most of it off for the past 7-8 years. I love setting goals that both excite and terrify me. My coach always reminds me that we think we know everything about ourselves and often, that is the very thing that limits us. So I try to forget the story I've told myself about who I am and what I'm capable of - this allows me to take chances and reach for things I never thought possible. I've been able to run 30+ half marathons, 7 marathons, two 50k's, a 55k and two 70.3's - as well as train for and toe the starting line of Ironman Coeur d'Alene. Being able to do these things continually amazes me as when I was diagnosed in 2005, I thought my life as I knew it was over.

I received my first DNF at IMCdA in 2021 thanks to the 100+ degree temps and bike issues. Hopefully, I will come back in 2023 to hear those four famous words! This past year has been difficult in that I've been sidelined for six of the twelve months in regards to running due to a broken foot then a stress fracture. But I have learned to adapt and focus on what I CAN do versus what I cannot do along with changing goals. The downside to not having a consistent base of training was having to give up two very important races this year - Ironman California and California International Marathon. So here is to hoping 2023 is just a bit kinder!