This month’s Athlete of the Month joined us a little over a year ago and has had SO MANY great accomplishments since then. Kristy Maguire is here 5 days a week and always comes in with a smile on her face and a “ready to go” attitude! Aside from being a great athlete, she is a fantastic person and we are so excited to name Kristy as this month’s ATOTM!
I asked Kristy to write a little bit about her journey and here is what she had to say….
“After years of wanting to try CrossFit, I finally joined in the summer of 2017. I’m not really sure what took me so long, but I’m so glad I did it!
I have been involved in sports/fitness my entire life. In middle school and high school, my life revolved around basketball (State Champs!). Since then I have considered myself a runner. I was never fast, but I enjoyed the challenge of training for and completing longer-distance races. More recently, though, I found that I was getting slower, despite consistent training, and I realized that I probably needed to strengthen other muscles. After a few lame attempts to beef up my workouts on my own, I finally got myself to Midcoast CrossFit. I was ready for a new challenge.
I thought I was in shape, but I quickly learned that I was not. Well, that’s not entirely true, but being able to run long distances at an easy pace was not going to get me very far in a WOD. I had no upper body strength (a fact my whole life) and was so inflexible that I could not even get to parallel in a squat (air or otherwise). But right away I loved the variety of the workouts and I “loved” that I was doing exercises I would normally avoid on my own (hello, burpees?). Most of all, I loved that I didn’t have to decide what my workout was going to be that day. Planning the workout was the coaches’ job; I just needed to show up.
It’s funny to think back on this now, but the early days/months were challenging and I always had a secret “escape plan” for the WOD. The first part of the plan was to avoid looking at the WOD ahead of time so that I couldn’t talk myself out of going once the alarm clock went off. The second part of the plan was to negotiate (with myself) how many rounds I had to complete before I could stop. In the beginning, anything with 5 or more rounds was especially daunting, so I would tell myself that I just needed to complete 3 rounds and then I could stop if I was dying. I never actually had to stop, but having that plan in the back of my mind helped get me through the early months. And now I can’t even remember the last time I thought about using an “escape plan” during a WOD!
I’m just over a year into CrossFit and I’m really starting to notice how far I have come. I still can’t lift the weights prescribed for Level 1 workouts, but that’s ok! I leave my ego at the door and work within my limits, scaling whatever I need to scale. Even so, I have gained a ton of upper body strength and I especially enjoy any workout that includes bar snatches, push presses, or clean & jerks. I have also noticed a huge improvement in my flexibility and squat. Last year during Hatch, I could sometimes break parallel on a squat, but not always. And when I did, I wasn’t always sure that I could actually get back up again! This year, I am able to squat below parallel every time while lifting a heavier weight. And while I still don’t love burpees, I no longer dread them. But I’m still not doing the 100 burpees a day challenge!
The best thing about MCCF, though, is the people. During the week, I start my day with Elayne and the 5:30a crew and there is not a better way to start the day! From Day 1, everyone was welcoming, encouraging, and fun to be around. Starting my day with such a great group of people makes it easy to get up and out the door at 0’dark-thirty. And the people and coaches I’ve met in the weekend classes are equally great. My only regret is that I didn’t join years ago!”
Congratulations Kristy, we could not be happier you chose MCCF!