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Inside The CrossFit Culture, Part II: The Overhaul

  • By TJ Murphy
  • Published Oct. 18, 2011
  • Updated Feb. 19, 2013 at 8:50 AM UTC
One year after Drost started Crossfitting. She next plans to compete at the Throwdown on November 12. Irene Mijia/CrossFit Elysium

The Throwdown

One year after Drost started Crossfitting. She next plans to compete at the Throwdown on November 12. Irene Mijia/CrossFit Elysium

September 29, 2011. 2:45 a.m.

I woke up for no reason at all. It was one of those out-of-nowhere wake-ups where I checked my clock expecting it to be 5. But it was not even 3, and I knew instantly there was no turning over and going back to sleep. I got up, made a cup of herbal tea and woke up the computer.

Coach Leon Chang had posted the following announcement on Facebook:

“Announcing the first CrossFit Mission Gorge/CrossFit 858/CrossFit Elysium Throwdown! All the details are on our website, or just follow the link. Sign up and represent Elysium! Coach P and I can answer any questions you might have.”

Another CrossFit competition like The Left Coast Invitational, the Throwdown is scheduled for November 12—three workouts over the course of the Saturday, a team competition designed for beginner-to-intermediates. Reading the description, I knew it would be hard and hellish, three CrossFit workouts spread out over a matter of hours. Coaches, teammates and friends desperately screaming at me to go harder.

If I didn’t sign up, what would Briana think?

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TJ Murphy

TJ Murphy

T.J. Murphy is a 2:38 marathoner and five-time Ironman finisher. He is the former editorial director of Triathlete Magazine, Inside Triathlon and Competitor Magazine. His writing has also appeared in Outside Magazine and Runner’s World. He recently authored “Inside the Box: How Broke All The Rules, Stripped Down the Gym and Rebuilt My Broken Down Body.”

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