Meet Paul and Melissa

Meet Paul and Melissa!

First off, congrats to all six BW racers who completed the Houston Marathon this past Sunday! It was a gorgeous day and a challenging course, and we’re so proud of all of our teammates for gutting it out for strong finishes, including five Boston Marathon qualifiers.

And second, a huge thank you to Kim Strassman-Eagle of Earn That Body! for an educational and fun nutrition clinic on Wednesday at Bicycle World. It’s easy to forget how key fueling our bodies is for training and racing, and Kim gave us some great pointers on how to ensure we get the most out of our workouts and races. Here are some highlights: ALWAYS eat before you train, because you can’t go anywhere if your tank is on E. As an athlete, you don’t have the right to cut carbs out of your life, because your body needs them to fuel performance. Long workouts do not give you permission to eat whatever you want (I know, I was sad, too.) If you couldn’t join us on Wednesday, check out her entire excellent presentation on our Facebook page. You won’t regret it!

This week, the BW Racing Team is sticking close to home. We’ve got two athletes running the 3M Half Marathon here in Austin on Sunday, Paul Matthews and Melissa Trejo. It’s always a fun race, since it’s a fast and furious downhill run into downtown. We can’t wait to cheer them on, and we hope you will, too!

Let’s get to know Paul and Melissa a little.

Paul Matthews:

Q: How did you get into triathlon?

A: I did my first race when I was 7. It was a race 20 minutes up the road from where I lived in Australia. When I was 9, I joined the local triathlon club. We had a race every Saturday morning during the summer.

Q: What’s your favorite race you've done, and why?

A: Murwillumbah, because that’s home. And Mooloolaba, because that's where my grandparents lived and I always raced well there. (Both are in Australia.)

Q: What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve done at a race?

A: You don’t want to know. (Editor’s note: Actually, yes, we do. We REALLY do now.)

Q: What do you hope to accomplish as an athlete this year?

A: Get back to the level I know that I can race at.

Q: How do you balance training, work and family?

A: It’s hard, and it's always a juggling act. One day one of them suffers, and then the next day another might suffer. You just have to do the best you can at all three.

Q: What will make Sunday a successful day for you?

A: Feeling good and keeping it moving in the right direction of getting fitter!

Melissa Trejo

Q: What’s your favorite race you’ve done, and why?

A: Age group nationals Olympic Tri in Milwaukee in 2013. I had my best race in a very competitive and talented field and was minutes from making Team USA.

Q: What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve done at a race?

A: Once, when I was a newbie, I put a tri top over a wet sports bra. More recently, I missed part of the bike course.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish as an athlete this year?

A: Nail nutrition while racing and just be grateful that I’m on this journey.

Q: How do you balance training, work and family?

A: Still working on that. It’s all about time management and working out the details with my amazing husband, Trae, from working out in the morning, to work, spending time with my daughter, Madison, and cooking well-balanced meals.

Q: What will you have for breakfast race morning?

A: Oatmeal with peanut butter and Generation UCan. I’ll also drink fluids on the way and eat Clif Shot Blocks during the run.

Q: What will make Sunday a successful day for you?

A: Seeing my family and thanking all of the volunteers out there with constant smile!