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Athlete Spotlight: Andrew Meade


Before we dive in, here's a quick message from Coach Vicki:

Andrew was a referral from Anthony Hutchinson who is a coworker of Andrew's and previous TFC coach. He came to me with little understanding of what he signed up for :). Fortunately, Andrew is a hard-working, driven, and motivated individual who set a goal for himself and was unwilling to fail. He consistently did the work necessary and crushed his race at Lake Minnetonka. Well done!


Tell us about your family/career:

I’ve been married for 11 years with 2 children Aria 5, Beckett 3, and 1 due any day now (by the time this was published - a baby girl!). For the past 10 years, I’ve worked for Caribou Coffee Inc. where I’m a District Manager.


How long has fitness been part of your life?

Fitness has been a part of my life for the past 20 years. Started with the global gym, switched to marathons, and into CrossFit and Triathlons.


What are some of your favorite hobbies?

Spending time with my family, CrossFit, and traveling.


What keeps you going when you really don’t want to go?

I think about my journey through life so far, the loss of my parents and little brother. This pushes me to give my all.


What got you started with training?

My buddy Anthony Hutchinson - seeing Anthony over the past 10 years competing in Ironman triathlons. It inspired me to get into this sport and chase a dream.


When you tell your friends/family about beginning your journey what was their reaction?

My wife Emily is my number 1 supporter/cheerleader, she was excited, and on race day the family was so excited for me! I also told a group of friends from our CrossFit box, and many of them joined me!


How long have you been training?

I’ve been training for the past 10 months, and now continue to cycle and swim while training for the Twin Cities Marathon.


Were you involved in other competitive sports prior to your adult years?

Yes, I’ve done multiple Marathons, Duathlons, Mt. Biking, and CrossFit Competitions. Being active is extremely important to me.


Best tip for someone who is thinking about starting a fitness program?

Have fun, training can be hard, but find ways to make it fun - enjoy the outdoors, community, and race day.


Who is your biggest inspiration?

My family, everything I do, is for them, because of them. My wife is my best friend, my kids bring me the most joy, and they inspire me to be a better man, husband, and father.


What is your biggest struggle?

The SWIM!!! But if I run my race it's good, I have to remember to find my pace and be okay with people passing me. I’m still working here.


Goals for the upcoming year?

My recent goal was to run the Twin Cities Marathon which got canceled. Hopefully, the 2024 Ironman Wisconsin which is 11 months away.

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