It’s finally here! A weekend that many of us look forward to all year long: The East Regional!
This year, Shoreline Athletics is fortunate to once again, have Megin Oczcowski representing us in the ladies individual competition. I’m not quite sure that you all realize what a BIG DEAL this really is. Qualifying for a Regional is more difficult than it was to qualify for the CrossFit Games just a few years ago. Very few gyms get the privilege of having an athlete represent them in the team competition, let alone as an individual. Those who qualify are by all means elite athletes; no one qualifies by accident. All make training a lifestyle; for most, CrossFit becomes a full-time job.
Megin is no exception to this rule.
In case you haven’t noticed, it seems as if Meg has not stopped training for the past five years that she has qualified for Regionals…this is because she hasn’t.
I’ve blogged about Meg in the past, and I’m quite confident that you’re all aware of the hard work, tenacity, and dedication that she puts in day in, and day out, but this year, I noticed something new…
Meg has matured as a CrossFitter.
Workout number two is comprised of strict handstand push-ups (for Meg, easy-peasy), 53 lbs KB snatches (Meg-all day long), and strict muscle-ups….here, was the hiccup. When this workout was announced, Meg did not have them. 3 weeks out from a competition that she literally trained an entire year for, and in the second workout, she could potentially be eliminated. The old Meg would’ve cried (and it’s quite possible that she did in private, or to Zach). The old Meg would’ve had meltdowns during training. But, the new Meg sent me this for comic relief:
Then she put her head down and WORKED. Gymnastic studios, gymnastic coaches, and LOTS of practice up on those rings. She didn’t waste any time pouting, or focusing on what this workout could do to her standing. She fixed it. And she actually made it look like she enjoyed the process.
This competition doesn’t only mean a great deal to Meg, it also means a lot to her ultra-dedicated, UBER-supportive coach, Chu. Chu, too, has spent countless hours in the gym, and behind a computer, working with Meg. Any parent will tell you that they are far more concerned with watching their child thrive than they are themselves; this is much the same with the coach/athlete relationship. Megin’s successes are Chu’s successes; Megin’s struggles are Chu’s struggles.
So, come out Friday, Saturday, or Sunday and support SCF’s MEG-O-TRON. Watch her do her thing!
I’ll be there in spirit this year, screaming at my TV from home. For the rest of you, the information below should help you make it there to be Meg’s biggest cheerleaders.
LET’S DO THIS, SCF!!!!!!!!
Friday, May 27th through Sunday, May 29th
Times Union Center (approximately 2 hours and 30 m from Shoreline Athletics)
http://www.timesunioncenter-albany.com for venue information as well as local hotel & restaurant information.
51 South Pearl Street
Albany, NY 12207
$75 for a 3-day pass
$30 for single day passes
The competition begins at 8:45 AM each day with the Team events.
There are parking garages all around the Times Union Center. Here’s the ticket master link to purchase your tickets!