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Melissa Urie - Mental health nurse completing Ultra-man Hawaii and training for UBERMAN 2019

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Melissa was first on the Tough Girl Podcast back in 2017 where she shares more about her life, how she got into fitness and doing ultra challenges, such as EPIC 5 (the what, the how, the learnings & the challenges faced and overcome).

This audio was taken from a Facebook Live I did with Mel in Melbourne from February 2019.

This episode is broken down into 2 parts, with the first part focusing on ultra man and the second half focusing on her training for UberMan, we talk a lot about food, nutrition, and the mental and physical aspects of training.

Melissa also provided lots of top tips and advice for you to help you train for your next challenge.


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2017 episode with Melissa - focused on EPIC 5!

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Show notes

PART 1 - ULTRA-MAN - Hawaii

  • Melissa living in Melbourne, working as a mental health nurse, 34 years old

  • How she started doing endurance racing

  • Deciding to focus more on herself and making sure she was looking after herself

  • Being inspired by her friend who did a triathlon

  • How she fell in love with the sport

  • How she progressed in her running and cycling

  • Dealing with stress

  • Finding the right distance for you and why it matters

  • EPIC 5 - 5 Ironman in 5 days on 5 different islands (This was covered in the first Podcast episode)

  • Ultra-man Hawaii (Nov 2018)- what’s involved

  • No comparison allowed!!!!

  • The challenges on Day 1

  • Dealing with changes which happen on race day

  • Not worrying about things which are outside of her control

  • Working with a coach and having complete faith in them

  • Working on her running strength and getting back into the gym

  • Pace and feel training while running

  • Keeping going when she’s not in the mood

  • Keeping moving no matter what!

  • Not making day 2 bike cut-off

  • Nutrition and still trying to figure it out

  • Cycling and vomiting for 4 hours….

  • Part of the fun is figuring out your body and what works for you

  • Dealing with not achieving the goal and how she deals with it personally (and why she doesn’t care about what other people think)


  • What is Uberman (33km swim - 633km bike - 240km run)

  • Where do you start with a challenge like this

  • Why it is not ridiculous in her mind

  • Reframing the challenge

  • Training for a challenge like this….

  • Having 8 months to train

  • Dealing with a week’s training at a time

  • Focusing on what you need to do now