Date of Birth: 10/30/1978
Home Town: St. Charles IL
Why do you do Triathlon?I do triathlon because I love to race and test myself against other athletes. It is a lifestyle that I love to live everyday while I watch many people work a stressful 9-5 job all their life only to be disappointed at the end. I get to be able to say I worked a job to make money, but also had an athletic career at the same time. I work to live, not live to work. I feel this also shows my children what hard work and dedication can do for you and to have fun in life not to simply work it all away, you only live once, don’t waste it.
What are your top 5 race results?
As my first season racing pro last year I was:
1. 7th at Buffalo springs 70.3
2. 7th at Lake Stevens 70.3
3. 11th at Wildflower
4. 11th at Boulder 70.3
5. 34th at 70.3 World Championships
What’s your favorite race and why?
I think Wildflower was my favorite race the atmosphere there is just great and they treat the athletes wonderful. Plus it is a challenging course with a trail runwhich I love since that is mostly where I run here in Boulder.
What’s your favorite workout?
I love my long ride through the mountains on the road or tri bike, how can you not love the views from above the clouds sometimes climbing from 5k’ to over 10k’.
What is your favorite pre-race meal?
Bagel and peanut butter, and coffee
How do you celebrate after a big race?
Eat a ton
What was the last song you listened to?
Tangerine by Led Zeppelin
What’s a hobby of yours besides triathlon?
Raising two beautiful girls
What is favorite Zoot product?
Ultra Kane 2.0 training shoes, these are my go to shoes for trail runs, track, and road running.
What is your ultimate triathlon goal?
The ultimate goal is to have fun, many people tend to forget with all the preparation and seriousness that we are all here to have fun.
Gavin Anderson born on October 30, 1978 currently married with two children ages 6 and 9. Since having children I’ve learned the importance of time management and how essential it is in trying to juggle kids, work, training, racing, and all the other activities. We enjoy traveling, so being able to race and travel to new places is something we get to enjoy as a family. My daughters are learning the sport and love to watch their dad compete – “Go, Daddy, Go!!!” is all the motivation I need. Outside of triathlons, we enjoy almost any outdoor activity, but time spent with the kids in the snow, on the water, and in the back country are some of our favorites. Our goal is to give and teach our children a fun, healthy, and active lifestyle throughout their childhood.
I was very lucky to come from an active family growing up and give credit to my father in being a role model and inspiration. He competed in triathlons for over 14 years, was a swimmer in college and enjoyed the competition of endurance sports. I have two younger siblings who have also inherited the athletic gene; my younger sister competes in triathlon also at the pro level and is a proud member of team Timex. My younger brother just finished up his swimming career at University of Illinois at Chicago (beating my colligate times) and is getting started in triathlons as well. I competed in triathlons as a child and swam competitively for about 12 years. My high school team won the IL IHSA state team championship in 1997 (St. Charles, IL), where I swam 4 events - placing in each individual and winning the relays. I continued to swim for 2 years on scholarship at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and spent the last two years playing water polo. I have achieved multiple all-American swimming awards, high school and colligate.I got back into the sport of triathlon in 2008 after watching my little sister compete, not wanting to be the one watching but rather competing as well. I mainly focused on Olympic distance racing in 2008, stepped up to 70.3 in 2009/2010. I turned pro for the 2011 season and keep the 70.3 distance as my focus, making it to Las Vegas last year was great. For 2012 I have another full schedule for Triathlon mostly 70.3 distances. New this year I am also competing in bike racing and many cyclocross races again in the fall.