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).
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.
See a great slow motion video of the Throwdown here