I’m ashamed to admit this, but there was a time that I made a really foolish comment. ¬†I’m quite sure that I’ve made a plethora of foolish comments in my lifetime, but this one has especially been highlighted in my mind over the past four¬†years…
Once upon a time, I was a silly, arrogant, immature CrossFitter. ¬†I was spoiled by the beginning of my career as a CrossFit athlete (a topic about which I will soon write). ¬†I’m not saying I didn’t work hard, but I certainly had no idea of the amount of work it could take to be classified as an “elite” athlete, and I certainly never expected CrossFit to evolve into the sport that it has. ¬†So, this all being said, when Little Meg Oczcowski began to make vast improvements in CrossFit, my arrogant self, pulled my head out of my arse momentarily, to say¬†to Shlee (because you know you can make uncensored comments to no one but your best friend), “She [Meg] will NEVER beat me in a WOD, never mind a competition”.
What an ass.
There’s an obscure Steven Spielberg children’s film that played on repeat in the DeLeo home throughout the late 80’s¬†called An American Tale.¬†One of the greatest songs from this beloved film sings in the chorus,¬†“Never say never whatever you do“. ¬†You all know how songs have a way of remaining in your memory in a manner in which nothing else can….
Never say never…Because over the past three years I have taken that never, eaten it, digested it, and pooed it out repeatedly…
Meg IS¬†the most ELITE female CrossFit athlete in Connecticut, and you can call me and argue it if you’d like to share your opinion¬†otherwise.
Megin has qualified for one of the 20 coveted spots in the East Regional. ¬†And just to give you an idea of how difficult this is, check out this chart below:
I’m going to admit it: ¬†when I found out that I missed qualifying for this year’s Regional by a few spots, I really didn’t want to go at all. ¬†I wanted to book the first flight to Vegas and behave like the character foil of athlete Lauren Plumey for Memorial Day Weekend 2015.
I mean, it was just 2013¬†when Shoreline CrossFit had SEVEN individual competitors and a team at the Northeast Regional, and now we only have one, single athlete…
BUT IT’S MEG.
Mark and Tere’s Meg. ¬†Carl’s Meg. ¬†Zach’s Meg. Our Meg. ¬†Everyone’s Meg.
And one Meg is the equivalent of more than seven athletes…
My resentment (not at all toward Meg, but toward the Regional) quickly faded when I realized that this is the child that I have watched grow into a hardworking, educated, humble, eloquent, tenacious, disciplined, amazing women right inside of the walls of Shoreline CrossFit. ¬†This is the athlete that has taught me that injury is not a closed door, but an opened window to become stronger. ¬†A person who has valued relationships, education, and an ultimate goal over money. ¬†Megin doesn’t do what she does for accolades and prestige. She doesn’t do it because she wants to see Meg-O Fatheads at Regionals (but I’m not saying this is a bad idea). ¬†She does it because she set a goal and refuses to back-down regardless of how challenging this sport becomes. ¬†Megin does it because it is her sport and she loves it.
So, how could I not be there? ¬†How could YOU not be there?
Megin is Shoreline CrossFit. ¬†She is us. ¬†We are her. ¬†Her family is us.
We are Meg O.
Save the date for May 22nd-24th at the XL Center (formerly the Hartford Civic Center–no excuses it’s in friggin’ HARTFORD). ¬†Go for one day, or go for all. ¬†More details about times, prices and transportation to follow.
We are Meg O…