another tale? Nope, a thank you.

Saturday May 14th 2011

I have this silly tablet next to my computer at work with a list of things that I was thinking of writing about after the coaches asked me to…well…write. So I hit this list and chose a topic..then something different hits me. YEAH!

So this week there has been a buzz around the gym. There is a celebrity in our box. None other that Robb Wolf…paleo diet dude. The first day he was in there I noticed this funny vibe and these whispers. Oh..ok I get it. Now don’t get me wrong, I like the book, like the diet, I am super duper greatful he wrote it down the way he did…really. But… BUT…he is just a dude. A cool dude..fine OK…Stop yelling at me!

ok..the second day I see him come into the gym…sweet, he is here to workout..not get fawned over..cool. Well…shit..he is walking towards me…why? ok…his arms are out…hmmm… he says…”Wow, great to see you again.” then hugs me. He pulled away and said, ‘I’m Robb.” Well Mona…hmmm I just could not jog my brain loose at that moment. He clearly saw that on my face.

“I was here the first day you took a CrossFit class.”

Holy Hell. I remember that.

Me: “oh..right…I remembered the moment, I just didn’t remember it was you.

Robb: “You stayed? Well, it is working.”

Me: “Yeah, it turned out to be a fit in the long run.”

So, some of you may know this story. You guys just go hit a different blog so I don’t bore you. For the rest… here goes.

The first class I tried for free was a kick boxing class with Crow..I loved it. Pierre had tried the CrossFit and loved that. Rod was doing CrossFit. Crow said it was fine if I tried a CF class too..so off I went the next day to a CrossFit class.

I HATED IT. HATED…..

Why you ask? There was a huge disconnect for me…I seem to remember the class had quite a few people in it and the coach was…well… distracted? in a bad mood? At the time…it was fertile ground for my insecurites. I figured that I just did not belong at this place. Right about the time I was going to slip out the door…some random woman approached me. She said that she was here visiting and she would be happy to help me figure out some of what I was doing since the coach was busy.

At that point, I was close to tears. I felt completely out place and like such a jerk for even trying this thing. She guided me thought some stuff…told me I just needed some beginner classes which is how they set things up at their gym and I could get this stuff.

Guess who that woman was? Bingo…Robb Wolf’s partner.

So as I stood there in the gym this past Wednesday getting a big old hug and having memories flood back..(mouth hanging open I am sure) I thought…wow…

Undisputed were beginners too.

I almost did not come back. Pierre and I had a … tiff… about what to do. I said to him there is no way this CrossFit thing was for me. It was clearly for people who had always been athletes. I’d try the Kickboxing, but nothing else. Then my mind…wandered back to Rod. I thought, there is no way that Rod would still be here if this was a typical day at this gym. I also thought about how many times that people have told me that I come off as aloof when they first meet me. That first impressions can be wrong.

So, I decided the coach was having a shitty day and I came back …again…geeezzz how much punishment was I looking for?

So here I am..still. There have been changes with regard to bringing new people in…good, from my point of view. The intro and the Thursday form classes? AWESOME!

So what’s the point? I haven’t a clue. I do wonder why Robb remembered this…I know why I did.

She is one of the people on my list to thank for saving my life. That gentle kindness to a perfect stranger that helped keep me at Undisputed.

To my kids who endured a whole summer of getting up early to come to the gym.

To Rod for sharing your “new” passion with me in such a way that brought me in instead of turning me off.

To Pierre for agreeing with me that it was cheaper to pay for the gym than for the doctor bills.

To Tait and Crow for my early days and all of your firm guidence.

And to me…for walking through that door.

mona




This is amazing Mona!!! You are amazing! I am so glad that you stuck with it!!! And gave me a chance to be your coach.

Comment by Heather Eve — May 14, 2011 @ 6:02 am


I was telling someone tonight that one of the most amazing (and most difficult) things with CrossFit is that you have to be prepared to battle some demons. It’s not for the weak…and I don’t mean muscle-weak, but the weak of heart. If you stick it out, you come out shining. And you, Mona, are a star.

Comment by Alexis B — May 14, 2011 @ 8:13 am


just… YAY Mama!!!

Comment by Ana Deardorff — May 14, 2011 @ 1:44 pm


Mona, what an awesome story. You truly are an inspiration.

Comment by Darlene Vigil — May 14, 2011 @ 5:00 pm


I seriously started to tear up a little bit.

Comment by Nate Harris — May 14, 2011 @ 6:08 pm


I can’t even imagine if you hadn’t stuck around!! Thank you.

Comment by Tait Fletcher — May 14, 2011 @ 9:32 pm


you guys are the best…I’d be so…sad…and so not ME….if I were not with ya’ll

Comment by Mona Malec — May 14, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

Mobility WOD