Crossfit and my alcoholism

Wow!

Crossfitters of a certain age

I am able to do Crossfit today because exactly 15-years-ago – August 27, 1998 – I got very, very drunk. It was the drunk I needed to hit my bottom. No mas. The end. Sayanara Corona.

It was the first time in my life I surrendered – completely. I finally said out loud to a room full of people what I had known for many, many years: I am an alcoholic.

Exercise and work were the counter-balances I used to physically and mentally sustain my drinking career for so many years. Luckily I have a career in which drinking is a badge of honor. Journalists are awesome alcoholics. Ever notice how many bars are located across the street from newspapers?

I used exercise – competitive exercise – to shield myself from the damage I was doing to my body with drugs and alcohol. The more I drank and smoked dope…

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