Business Owner and Mother of Three Gets Ready for Beijing
SUMNER, WA, JUNE 25, 2008-Last month, with 228.8 pounds pressed over her
5-foot 2-inch, 117-pound frame, Melanie Roach solidified the dream of a
lifetime. After earning her place on the women's U.S. Olympic weightlifting team in Atlanta, Roach is poised to take on the world at the games in Beijing.
As one of the strongest women on the planet it's no wonder that Roach has
gotten so far. After suffering the agony of a serious spine injury that
prevented her from participating in 2000 games in Sydney, her journey to the Olympics is particularly astounding.
Roach attributes much of her success to a sound nutrition and exercise
program. Part of her regime includes daily consumption of ribose. Bioenergy
D-ribose, made by one of Roach's corporate sponsors, stimulates the
synthesis of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), an essential energy compound
found in every cell in the body. ATP is critical to health and maintaining
normal energy-related body functions, and ribose is the essential component
in the making of ATP.
"I find if I do all the little things right, the big stuff becomes easier
and the weight feels just a tiny bit lighter," she says. "Ribose is one of
those things. It helps keep my energy level up in a healthy, natural way,
both in the gym and in my real job as a busy mom. It's an important part of
my daily routine."
Sustaining her energy is a critical strategy for Melanie. "My events don't
allow much recovery time and, before I started using ribose, my second lift
was always weaker. Ribose allows my second lift to be as strong as the
first," says Roach. "Plus, my muscles recover much more quickly, so that I
have the sustained energy I need for peak performance."
Roach's daily routine often begins before the sun comes up with preparing
lunches, serving breakfast, and getting her kids off to school. Helping her
to juggle it all-including the energy she needs to help her son, Drew, who
is autistic-is her husband, Dan, a Washington state representative.
"My time in the gym is hard. But it's also very peaceful and actually high
quality 'me' time," says Roach.