US Military Endurance Sports

Melissa Tallent // Triathlon

Motto:  “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.” (Calvin Coolidge)

Conventional wisdom says that you can be a sprinter or a climber, a cyclist or a triathlete, focus on short course or long course. Melissa Tallent has refused to settle for such limiting ambitions. In 2017 this category 2 road racer won the Mid-Atlantic Bicycle Racing Association (MABRA) Cat 1/2/3 Criterium Championship, as well as the women’s overall at a very hilly road race and an uphill time trial: Pineapple Hill Road Race and Tantalus Time Trial. She also logged a win at Salute the Military sprint tri, and a 3rd overall at the Kinetic Half 70.3 (where she achieved a PR in the half marathon).

Melissa began her athletic career swimming in a summer league at the age of 4, and since then has thrown herself into triathlon, pentathlon, and cycling. In 2009 Melissa was 10th in her age group at USAT Nationals in the Olympic distance.  In 2010 she became a member of the Air Force Triathlon team and raced her first IRONMAN.  She has raced at the Armed Forces Championship six times and is a four-time USAT All-American. In 2015, Melissa changed her focus to pentathlon and cycling and competed as a member of the Reserve Military Pentathlon team in Bulgaria, as well as the CISM Military World Games in Korea as a member of the Armed Forces Cycling team. Originally commissioned as a 2LT into the Army Reserve, Melissa crossed over to the blue and has spent the last 12 years as an Air Force Reserve officer. Her goals for 2018 include more triathlon and more bike racing!