Chiang Mai – Crossfit Weekend at Thailand Throwdown

 

This last weekend I did something completely different: I attended my first Crossfit competition, the Thailand Throwdown 2014 held by Crossfit Chiang Mai. 48 athletes from 16 countries as far afield as Venezuela, Australia, Taiwan and the USA competed. What a great weekend!

Highlights for me were:

  • Watching the Masters (40+) athletes at work, particularly Jenny, the Women’s Masters winner, beat all the other women across all ages in the rowing;
  • Seeing the Crossfit Chiang Mai athletes do so well;
  • Being awe-struck and inspired by all the women athletes;
  • Meeting so many nice people from the Crossfit community.

(And of course I’d be lying if I tried to deny that spending an entire weekend watching a lot of very fit, often topless, men working out damn hard was not a whole lot of fun too.)

So here are some photos from the event (and a brief bit about my short history with Crossfit).

2000m row with Hannah of Crossfit Phuket nearest the camera

2000m row with Hannah (4th place Rx) of Titan Fitness, Phuket nearest the camera

 

Men's Masters winner Loris, owner of Crossfit Tay Ho in Hanoi, and runner up Rick from Crossfit CSTL in Hong Kong

Men’s Masters winner Loris, owner of Crossfit Tay Ho in Hanoi, and runner up Rick from Crossfit CSTL in Hong Kong finishing their event with muscle-ups

Women's Masters winner Jenny, of Crossfit Bangkok, showing the youngsters how it's done in the 2000m row

Women’s Masters winner Jenny, of Crossfit Bangkok, showing the youngsters how it’s done in the 2000m row

Rx Women in action in event 2, 10 minute AMRAP

Rx Women in action in event 2, 10 minute AMRAP

Rx Men in the 2000m row

Rx Men in the 2000m row

Bodies everywhere after the rowing - it was about 30C and medical teams where busy with bags of ice

Bodies everywhere after the rowing – it was about 30C and medical teams where busy with bags of ice

Towards the end of the final event, Women's Rx, 30 cleans at 95lbs

Towards the end of the final event, Women’s Rx, 30 cleans at 95lbs

John from Crossfit Chiang Mai doing 40 toes to bar in the final event

John from Crossfit Chiang Mai doing 40 toes to bar in the final event

Almost at the end of the final event the pain of 30 x 95lb cleans is starting to show

Almost at the end of the final event the pain of 30 x 95lb cleans is starting to show

Women's Rx winner, Emily of Crossfit CSTL in Hong Kong, knocking out her muscle ups

Women’s Rx winner, Emily of Crossfit CSTL in Hong Kong, knocking out her muscle ups

Crossfit and Me

I started Crossfit a year ago when I moved to Chiang Mai and loved it.  I then stopped for a while because of illness.  I rejoined, starting from a pretty low fitness level, and loved it even more.  My fitness started to improve, I loved the sense of community and pushing myself to be better (sometimes scoring higher than people 20 years younger was very nice too – especially when they were men).

When I had to interrupt my marathon training due to injury I continued with Crossfit (not the best idea, it ended up exacerbating my injury). Then I went on holiday and a minor disaster struck: out for my first run in a while I tripped and broke a bone in my foot. I had to travel the next day so didn’t get medical treatment, just hobbled along with an old walking stick somebody had given me.

I found out my I’d broken my second metatarsal (surprisingly I do have something in common with David Beckham) when I returned to Chiang Mai a month after it happened. The lack of proper medical treatment/advice means my foot has healed incorrectly and is still causing me problems three months on.  I finally got some rehab advice courtesy of Jonathon at Crossfit Chiang Mai just yesterday (thank you so much Jonathon, I greatly appreciate it). I now have a program to sort it out and hopefully I’ll be back at Crossfit in 2-3 months.

Thanks to X45 Fitness/Crossfit in Kota Kinabalu, Borneo for the main image.

Hosts: Crossfit Chiang Mai; also on Facebook and Twitter @CrossfitCNX

See a great slow motion video of the Throwdown here

Crossfit boxes mentioned:  Titan Fitness, Phuket, Thailand;  Crossfit Tay Ho, Hanoi, Vietnam;  Crossfit CSTL, Hong Kong; Crossfit Bangkok, Thailand;

 

ATT

2 thoughts on “Chiang Mai – Crossfit Weekend at Thailand Throwdown

    1. Candice - Desert to Jungle Post author

      I really recommend it if you come to Chiang Mai. As well as the gym bit there is a lot of outdoor space so it means there is scope to do things like flipping tyres (they have tractors tyres) and trolley pushes that lots of gyms don’t have the space for.

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