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We Are Meg O.

MeginI’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:

Regional Stats

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…

Let's hear it for Amy W! She is one of SEVEN women staying healthy during their pregnancy at SCF.

Let’s hear it for Amy W! She is one of SEVEN women staying healthy during their pregnancy at SCF.

You're right, Stebbins.  Praying does help...

You’re right, Stebbins. Praying does help…

I guarantee Jess is the most jacked Hanson fan out there.

I guarantee Jess is the most jacked Hanson fan out there.

MaryRose Vigs gets the award tonight!  Back on that box after a vicious battle a few weeks back.  Way to go!

MaryRose Vigs gets the award tonight! Back on that box after a vicious battle a few weeks back. Way to go!

Welcome to SCF, Connie!

Welcome to SCF, Connie!

And 29 never looked so good, Mr. Nevarez...

And 29 never looked so good, Mr. Nevarez…



Where Will You Be Pummeled?

JimmyMike Tyson once said, “Everybody has a game plan until they get punched in the mouth“.

Ain’t that the truth

Last week, I walked into the room while DP was in the midst of trainer boxer, Jimmy Williams.  In between breaths, I asked Jimmy how he was doing.  He gasped, look at me and said, “Man, I’m getting’ pummeled tonight“.  I’m not sure if he heard me, as he immediately went back to work, but I replied, “Better here than in the ring“.

The majority of us don’t live life with the threat of being punched in the mouth, nor with the fear of getting pummeled in a boxing ring…or do we?

Each day, when you step into the reality that is your life, you are in “the ring” so to speak—children, work and school deadlines, illnesses, projects, spouses, ex-spouses, deaths, aging parents, financial pressures, disappointments, setbacks, depression, and all of the many other obstacles and difficulties of life—these are the “punches” to our mouths.  How can we prepare for these outside of the “ring”; how can we be prepared when $%*& hits the fan?

I’ll never assert that CrossFit is a cure-all.  But would you agree that what you do within the walls of our box better prepares you for what you face on the outside? Do not the problem-solving, put your head down and work, grit-through, and embrace the suck skills that you develop through your CrossFit regimen better prepare you for punches that you take daily?

Better to be pummeled in the gym than in the ring.  Where will you be pummeled?

If you want to read about what Jimmy Williams is doing to prepare himself for the real ring, go to the New Haven Register article at:

http://www.nhregister.com/sports/20150414/crossfits-like-a-glove-for-west-haven-boxer-jimmy-williams

Jimmy and DP



If Failure Wasn’t an Option

What Would Attempt...Have you every watched a small child attempt to do something new?  They watch a peer do it on the playground with that “I’m next” expression on their face.

Their turn comes, and more times than not, they do it, or think they performed some semblance of the act, calling their parent over to watch them do it again.

For instance, the other day, my training partners and I were broad-jumping for max distance.  Kori and Steve Stewart’s daughter, Nora, was observing.  Her first instinct was not to doubt how far she could jump. It was to most definitely to surpass the the distance that I  jumped.

I love it. How cool

When do we lose this?  When do most of us replace “I betcha’ I can” with “I know I can’t“? When does our instinct shift to questioning our abilities? As life progresses, small failures must slowly execute this go-getter mentality.  We also develop this acute self-awareness of others’ perceptions of us, and for some reason, care about these (which half the time are interpreted incorrectly).  I am not asserting that there is no limit on human ability, but, think about it, how much do you limit yourself because you are afraid of failure?  

The above picture hangs on the wall in my living room.  I look at it each day when I walk down the stairs from my bedroom to embark on a new day.  Yet, I find myself fearing failure oftentimes. I suppose it is an impossible question to answer. I think it will always be a continuous struggle for most of us.  But what if once, just once, when we began to doubt ourselves, and not attempt because of fear of failure, we went for it?

Try it.  The following athletes did in the month of March:

Who’s Lifting All the Weights?

DP squat cleaned over 300lbs for the first time since his SI injury over a year ago, Ashley Banks set a PR on her hang power clean (155), Andres Loaiza power cleaned 205lbs, and Jen Goodwin set a PR on her hang power clean (135lbs).  Rich Sudock set a 10lb PR on his back squat (425) and so did Fabio LoNero (345) and Katy Williams (165).  Push press PR’s this month included Carl Chu (225), Josh Vidro (175), Mark DeCapua 195 for a 1RM & 175 for 3, and Liz Canning set a PR on her DB push press.  Dean Alderman hang power snatched 145lbs for a new PR, Emma McBurney did a 65lbs snatch and overhead squat, and Katy Williams had a front squat PR of 155.  Diana Minelli set a PR on her deadlift with 138lbs, Luis Suarez also PR’d on his deadlift (345), and Liz Canning had a new PR on her bench press this month.

 Muscle Ups & Many Other Bodyweight PR’s Courtesy of The CrossFit Open

Janice Rodriguez set a PR on her unbroken muscle of 14, and so did Matt Stebbins with 12 unbroken muscle ups and Jess Dean with 2 unbroken.  Sarah Lipp did 14 muscle ups in 15.3, Mary Pont worked hard to get her first muscle up, and Amanda Magleby and Colby Morawski both got their first muscle up in 15.3 then did 7!  Kate Prado did 38 kipping pull ups in a workout, while Jess Herr was able to do her first kipping pull up this month.  Zak McKeon performed his first hspu, Kristine Capstick a hspu without abmats, Alicia Wills did her first handstand walks, and Jenna Lennon handstand walked 12 feet.  Kara Macualatis connected toes to bar then did them in a workout for the first time, Tricia Anderson and Emma McBurney also did their first toes to bar in a workout.  Kate Prado did unbroken double unders in a workout and Diana Minelli did her first unassisted handstand.

Miscellaneous, Yet Equally Awesome, Accomplishments

Celeni Perez did 12lb wall balls in a workout and Robin Sandler turned 61 this month and has better overhead mobility than when he was 41!  Steve Signore did his first RX “Annie” in 15:22 and Melissa Roy also did her first RX “Annie” in 7:44.  Jess Hoover and Jenn Trasko did their first partner workout together and it was an absolute success ;)

If you haven’t been trying new things, get started!  If you haven’t been posting your accomplishments, it’s time to brag!

Alicia

Alicia continued to set Pr’s during The Open

Kleo T. ROCKED the Open! We are so proud of this young lady and all other teems that braved The Open!

Kleo T. ROCKED the Open! We are so proud of this young lady and all other teems that braved The Open!

John B. is one of many of SCF's Masters athletes that made us proud during the Open

John B. is one of many of SCF’s Masters athletes that made us proud during the Open

How about our many parents that fit the challenge of The Open into their busy schedule?!!  Way to go, Scott and Dale!

How about our many parents that fit the challenge of The Open into their busy schedule?!! Way to go, Scott and Dale!

Husband and wife, Marty and Ella, supporting each other in the midst of 15.5.

Husband and wife, Marty and Ella, supporting each other in the midst of 15.5.