We have our first guest blogger!!!!

Posted: May 9, 2013 by CrossFit Lewes in Guest bloggers, Newbies

We are happy to announce our very first guest blogger on After the WOD – Meaghan Mohr! Welcome Meaghan!
So what does it take to be a guest blogger? The answer is simple… just ask!

Meaghan has been a CrossFit Lewes member for more than three months now and her post is a great read. Enjoy!

The Importance of Being Patient!

Meaghan MohrWhen I first started CrossFit three months ago, I had some idea of what I was getting myself into, but I really didn’t fully understand the intensity and passion that people can get from it.  I have always been an athlete; water sports were my “thing.”  Swimming, rowing, and water polo have been part of my life in one way or another-spending the majority of my time as a swimmer.  I had heard about CrossFit a few years back but could never make the commitment (either physically or financially) to try it out.  So, after moving to Millsboro, I decided to give it a go.

I came in at the end of January to “observe” a Saturday workout.  Stupid me, came in full workout gear (complete with water bottle).  Of course, all I did was watch, but even just watching, I was hooked.  Over the next two weeks, I did my elements, finishing on a Sunday.  I show up the next night, eager to take on the WOD on the board (I can’t remember exactly, but I’m pretty sure it was some combination of shoulders to overhead, pull-ups, and ring dips).  I warm-up with everyone else and get ready to pick my weights for the workout when Kris says, “Okay, so THIS is what you are doing.”  My WOD included: Push press (with wooden plates), burpees, and dips on a box.  Everyone else went through the WOD five times total; I went through mine four.  I was done in a little over eleven minutes.  Then I hear Kris say, “Good job; that’s all for tonight.”  I remember thinking, “what?!”  I felt a little bit like a loser leaving the box as everyone was still going.  Two days later, I was back, and each time for probably the next month, the WOD was modified in some way for me.  Kris had warned me that she would purposefully slow me down so I wouldn’t injure myself.  When hang cleans showed up on the board the following weekend, I racked my weight, and she came over and said, “Show me.”  I performed the rep, and then she’d say, “Again.”  Any sign of struggle, sense of hesitation or lack of proper form, and then next words out of her mouth would be “No; lower your weight.”  I understood that I would have to start slow, but for that first month, I just felt like I was never going to get better.

Fast forward three months, and I completely understand (and am incredibly thankful) for her logic.  Slow down; do it right.  I was hearing those things but not fully comprehending them.  CrossFit is a marathon, not a sprint.  You will always be challenged. No matter how good you become at something, it can always be made harder.  Originally I joined CrossFit with the intention of getting back into shape, building my self-confidence back up, and meeting new people.  All of those things have happened in one way or another, but I didn’t at all expect for CrossFit to teach me how to be patient.  I have always rushed through everything, not really taking the time to enjoy the process and being more concerned with the end result.  For the first time in my life, I had to learn to be patient.  As a newbie, you can’t necessarily walk into a box and give yourself a deadline for doing things-which I did pretty much right away by deciding that I wanted to complete a 27” box jump by my 27th birthday.  I was pretty focused on this goal for the first two months, but then all of sudden my attitude changed.  It wasn’t that I didn’t want to eventually accomplish the box jump, but it became less important to me as to when it actually happened.  So, when my deadline came and went, I wasn’t bummed that I hadn’t completed the task I had set for myself.  Instead, I was so pumped that I had been able to do a red band pull-up for the first time!

Like I said before, CrossFit is a marathon, not a sprint. For me, I’m definitely in it for the long haul.  The patience CrossFit has taught also translated into other areas of my life and allowed me to live in the moment rather than being worried so much about the future.  I focus more, now than ever, on the present.  So my advice to all newbies, “Slow down; do it right.”  Enjoy the process, and be patient!  And finally, in the words of Winston Churchill, “Never, never, never give up!”

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