Name: Andrea Mellalieu (Dre)
Role: Studeo55 Infastructure
Hails from: Maple Ridge, BC
Athletic (and academic!) background!
Adult-onset athlete! Yoga Instructor (Both 200hr and 500 hr), Pilates, Level 1 Crossfit, 5 time marathoner, 9 half marathons, 1 ultra marathon. MBA, BA Hons, PBD.
My favourite: coach, teacher or mentor, what they taught me – give me a shining moment/memory:
My first coach was my brother Nathan. I was so self-conscious and out of shape in my early 20′s that I was too scared to go to the gym. He would take me to English Bay and train me at the beach. He had me sprinting in the sand, doing step ups onto big logs and squatting down onto park benches. Every time I would get nervous and look around, he would always say “Ain’t nobody here but us” – he taught me to focus on my own game. I tried harder then than I do now. EVERY rep felt impossible and he was in my corner saying “yes you can, you got this, one more time, just one at a time”. Those remain the best training sessions of my life.
Glory days! My favourite athletic (or academic) memory:
When I first started Crossfit last year, I couldn’t do ANYthing correctly, at all. As an adult onset athlete, I had a steep learning curve. I remember the first time I got a box jump. That may sound funny but I honestly couldn’t do that simple movement. Coach Joe said one day “we’re gonna get this today. Follow me”. He laid down one slim weight plate at a time, starting with 2 inches. Every time I got one jump, he’d add a plate. Every time I jumped, he high fived me and said “again”. Before I knew it, I’d cleared 20 inches and he swapped out the plates for a box. I was more proud of getting that jump than I have been of any marathon.
My biggest athletic heartbreak, and what I learned:
A few years ago, I trained relentlessly to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Everything was perfect and I lived and breathed my training. I flew to Chicago to race. 10km into the run I started to slip on my pace and I could feel my goal slipping away. Before I knew it, I was sobbing in the middle of a 45,000 person race and walking. I had put so much effort into this day and felt certain that I’d make it – I was devastated AND I had 32 kms to go. All I wanted to do was quit because my pride just didn’t want to do any LESS than the goal. I don’t know why, but I started to run again, and thought of all the people who loved me no matter what time I finished at. I thought about all the people I care about and that’s what got me through the rest of the race. I think I really learned to focus on the big stuff. My brother was the first person who called me after and all he said was “I’m so proud of you, today you became a real athlete.” I learned….well, that my mental game needs as much work as my physical game. I also learned to never let a race rule my life again.
My family taught me:
I come from a family of entrepreneurs that started with absolutely nothing. They taught me integrity, honesty, hard work and loyalty. They also taught me to take great holidays. That might sound funny but traveling has taught me so much about hard work, gratitude, generosity – all of it.
Currently working on (goals, events, PRs, whatever you like!):
I am training to run a personal best at my half marathon distance. My race is scheduled for November 9 in Santa Barbara. I train 2 days a week with Coach Adam, focusing on getting stronger and keeping me injury free, I meet with Jana (our Studeo55 nutritionist) once a week to stay dialed in on my fueling game and I work with Sarah, my running coach. When I finish this race, I really look forward to returning to Coach Jason’s Crossfit classes at Studeo55 – they are my favourite!
My wish for each of our athletes:
I hope that every athlete here digs deep and shares with us what their dream is. There IS a fitness related dream in most of us and it can be so scary to bring it out into the light. I hope every client claims the “athlete” title, no matter where they are in their journey and makes one of their dreams come true – I promise we can help you get there.