T.J. Murphy got his start in publishing as an assistant editor for Triathlete Magazine in 1996, when the magazine was located near the corner of Mission and 2nd in downtown San Francisco. Before then he had held a series of jobs that weirdly enough turned out to be an education of sorts that he has since drawn upon: Bike messenger, sports massage therapist, running shoe sales guy and an unpaid position as an assistant running coach for the Golden Gate Triathlon club. His magazine career, thus far, has included time as the editor-in-chief for Triathlete Magazine and also Inside Triathlon. He has also served as editorial director for Competitor Magazine. He recalls earnestly that none of this would have been possibly had he not survived his time on staff at the Special T Bike Messenger service.