Rollison ready for Noosa Triathlon
ON land she's near unbeatable, but Tweed athlete Melissa Rollison absolutely loathes the water.
The Commonwealth Games steeplechase silver medallist will compete in her second Noosa Triathlon on October 30.
She's just back from the USA, where she dominated Ironman 70.3 events, capturing course records in several states as well as a world championship.
The 28-year-old switched to triathlons and ironman events a couple of years ago, after a successful running career.
Rollison admitted she is not looking forward to the 1500m swimming leg of the Noosa Triathlon.
"Swimming is my weakest leg in the triathlon," she said.
"It's never been part of my events, it's been the hardest to pick up.
"I started riding (a bike) a year before I started competing in triathlons, but swimming is something I've never done, not even as a kid.
"I just never liked it that much."
Rollison competed in her first Noosa Triathlon last year.
She finished fifth overall and she's looking to improve on that result this year.
"I had a bad swim and it put me off the rest of the race," she said.
"I think I've improved heaps on last year. I'm hoping to do better overall."
Rollison will compete in a Sydney event two weeks after Noosa before heading to Phuket for the Asia Pacific Championships.
In 2012 she's looking to return to the US for more ironman events.
She turned to triathlons in 2010 following an epiphany on the cross trainer.
Rollison enjoyed an unprecedented start, claiming victory in her first three triathlons and setting a handful of course records, including in the Gold Coast Half Ironman.
She then went on to finish second in the Asia Pacific 70.3 Championships in Phuket, Thailand.
This year, her successful streak has continued with course records at Ironman 70.3 Muncie Indiana, Ironman 70.3 Vineman California and Ironman 70.3 Steelhead Michigan.
She won the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Nevada in 4:20.55, a course record.
Her career beforehand was impressive but injury had always been there to bite her.
Despite obstacles, she continued to set personal bests in the 3000m steeplechase events, including the Australian titles and a silver medal at her first Commonwealth Games in 2006 with an Australian record of 9:24.29.
She endured a horror run in 2008, dealing with a ruptured hamstring tendon and a lengthy rehabilitation only to be followed by stress fractures in her lower back and a burst cyst in her knee.
She eventually returned to action in the Australian selection trials for the World Cross Country titles, finishing second and securing her spot on the Australian team that secured a bronze medal.