009 Patrick Meek: Olympic dreams and skinny jeans, a speed skater’s tale.

In this episode our guest takes us on a life long journey with the sport he loves. He comes from a long line of speed skaters and shares his passion with all of us from some of his brutal workouts to what kind of focus it takes to see through a plan for four years.

Photography: Ed McCulloch - edshoots.com Retouching: Brian York - brnyrk.com

In this show learn about:

  • What age he started speed skating
  • How he grandpa AND dad found love on the ice
  • What his max and average speed is on the ice
  • How big around his quads are
  • Why he was rockin’ the skinny jeans before they were cool
  • About his training schedule
  • How missing the Vancouver Olympics affected him
  • How he mentally divides the race
  • How much detail was put into his competing uniform

“ I keep doing it for the love of the sport and the strive every day to be better than the last.”

Success Habit:

  • Consistency- He delves into what 4 years of focus looks like.


Quote on Fire:

  • “Talent means nothing.”

“If you think you can do something, you probably can.”

Books on Fire:

Connect with Pat Meek:

Twitter: @patjmeek

Facebook: @patjmeek

USOC Portrait Shoot

“Speedskating is the most beautiful sport when it’s done right.”

Athlete on Fire resources inspired by Patricks’s interview:

Olympic Site– You can learn about Pat and the rest of Team USA here.

“The toughest workouts are puke and rally Tuesday’s.”

Fitness on Fire

Patrick has a challenge for you all to try out next time you run, ideally while you listen to his show.