The S&M community meets the CrossFit crew at the Taranis Winter Challenge. Emily Beers reports.
When CrossFitters from different boxes gather together, it usually becomes one of those rare moments in life where strangers feel like friends. But for the people around us, our presence can be overwhelming.
We check into our hotels and immediately get noticed. Some people look intrigued, others intimidated, and others confused. They start asking questions as if we belong to some distant Amish community:
“Who are you? What is CrossFit? Where did your legs come from?”
This wasn’t the case in Victoria, B.C., Nov. 4-6. Our group of CrossFit athletes came from all over British Columbia, Alberta, Washington and Oregon for the Third Annual Taranis Winter Challenge, a competition of 180 competitors that sold out in just 36 hours.
When we checked into the host hotel, we were immediately overshadowed by another community, a group draped in black leather and fishnet stockings, a group holding ball gags and chains.