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Better Know A Memeber: Meredith Riley
Welcome back to a newish feature on the CFSBK blog, Better Know a Member! (The name is a play on an old Stephen Colbert segment, Better Know a District.) You all love Underneath the Hoodie and Behind the Desk, and now, in a similar vein, we'll be profiling members from across the CFSBK community. In our previous installment, we introduced you to Frank H. Today it's time to meet Meredith R.!
Since college, those other places include Massachusetts, DC, NYC, the UK, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.
How long have you been CrossFitting, and how did you arrive at CFSBK? About a year-and-a-half. As a long-time runner, I'd been getting strength and cross-training through a neighborhood bootcamp class until it went defunct while I was abroad for a summer interning at the UN in Geneva. Another student there mentioned she was going to try out crossfit, and I was curious. A friend had been going to CFSBK and a few bootcampers had defected there, so I decided to tag along for the month. This other student neglected to mention that she’d been an officer in the Australian army while earning her first law degree (that was a material fact, Abby!), but we both survived. Then I signed myself up here and never looked back.
What are you up to when you're not at 597 Degraw Street? Mostly law school. It's pretty time-consuming. (But within that, I've been co-chair of Law Women, was in our global justice clinic, and am on the board of the international law journal and the student bar association.)
You have friends or family coming to visit from out of town. What do you take them to do in NYC? Totally depends on the person, occasion, and season. It's a great big wonderful city out there
Favorite and least favorite lifts: Favorite: Clean and Jerks, because they’re fun. Also Deadlifts, because they’re useful. Least favorite: Snatches. I can’t tell you how long I avoided Dnatch day
Second, don’t ever beat yourself up about things not going as planned. Figure out what went wrong, what you can do to improve on it, and have a plan for how you’re going to implement that in the next workout. Return to the beginning of this paragraph if things do not go according to plan.
Third, compare yourself to others only to better yourself, not to feel better about yourself. Nor feel worse about yourself? Everyone has their own path and neither one of those things are useful.
And last, I still consider myself “new.” Not only because my numbers are itty bitty and I still can’t properly string Double-Unders together, but because there is always more to improve on, more to learn, more to get better at, and different ways to get stronger. That’s the point. So: play the long game. This stuff only works if you’re in it for the long haul.
Yesterday's Whiteboard: Snatch Balance | Overhead Squats, Burpees