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Who are you?

by Meghann on October 16, 2012

My swim team and I all agree, it’s getting harder and harder to wake up early for swim practice in the morning. With the sun rising later and the water getting cooler, we’ve all been struggling to push ourselves out of bed. This morning was no exception, I was so close to bailing, but knew I had to get my swim workout in while I had team members there to push me.

Luckily the early morning practices won’t be around too much longer. Last night someone sent a group text out asking for a switch to early evening practices and there was an overwhelming response in agreement of the switch (including mine!). Out of the 6 of us at the pool this morning, I’d say 5 of us mentioned at one point or another how excited we were with the change. I’m usually not an afternoon workout person, but swimming later is something I could get myself of board with. Personally, I can’t wait until the switch. ;)

Practice this morning was good. We focused on shoulders again (with some butterfly drills) and did a lot of kicking (50 hard with the kick board followed by 50 hard freestyle = numb legs). I finished practice with some one-on-one coaching that concentrated on the pull of my stroke. Sometimes I feel like I’m being told the same thing over and over again, but for what ever reason what they’re saying isn’t clicking. I know what my pull is supposed to look like, but executing that pull is something I’m constantly struggling with. Some days I have it and some days I don’t. It’s frustrating, but the best I can do is try and try again. :/

After practice I made a pumpkin protein smoothie for breakfast.

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in the mix:

  • ice
  • plain greek yogurt
  • vanilla whey protein
  • peanut butter
  • pumpkin spice
  • milk
  • pumpkin
  • honey

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So. Good. I went a little light on the canned pumpkin this time because I was afraid of overdoing it. Next time I won’t be so afraid and just go for it, the more pumpkin, the better. ;)

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We were discussing my recent CrossFit adventures before practice this morning when one of my teammates joked to not fall into the “CrossFit cult.” She was completely joking, of course, but the statement had me thinking. Is it just me or does there always seem to be some sort of friendly rivalry between one group of workout enthusiasts versus another?

You have the triathletes who train day and night for hours on end and bank miles every week, you have the runners who pride themselves on 4:00am runs and consuming as many carbs as humanly possible, you have the yogis who usually stay away from meat and meditate as often as they move, you have the gym rats who switch between spin class, body pump, and the elliptical, and you have CrossFit where they lift heavy things for 20 minutes at a time and eat like cavemen.

Please keep in mind those those are just my guesses of how one group sees the other. They are complete generalizations of stereotypes and not accurate by any means. This also doesn’t mean there isn’t crossover, trust me I’m the queen of crossover – I’m a equal opportunity workout enthusiast.

My point is, I find it amusing how in general one group likes to talk about the other behind their back. My teammates were poking fun at CrossFit this morning, just as my new friends at CrossFit were poking fun at me as a triathlete yesterday morning ( “You ran 9 miles for fun on Saturday? Why the heck would you do that when you could come here and knock out just as great of a workout in less than an hour?! I just don’t get runners.”)

I’ve seen it both ways and most of the time it’s just in good fun. The problem only comes when another group legitimately starts making the other group feel bad for doing what they love. That’s where I always draw the line. I can joke with the best of them, but I would NEVER tell someone that the workout they love to do (whether it be running, crossfit, swimming, or body pump) is a waste of time. Feeling good about yourself and getting out there and MOVING is never a waste of time.

In my opinion there are no right or wrong workouts. Don’t just start running because that’s what everyone else is doing and don’t dedicate your life to spin class if you hate spinning. Find the workout (or multiple workouts) that work for you and stick with it. And don’t ever let anyone make you feel ashamed about that.

My name is Meghann and I’m a runner and triathlete who occasionally enjoys doing yoga and recently started CrossFit. I’m an endurance cardio junkie who would rather run a marathon than a 5k.

Who are you?

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