Inside The CrossFit Culture, Part II: The Overhaul

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?

[sig:TJMurphy]

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