In this exclusive interview, CrossFit Games team athlete Sol Sigurdardottir joins the Morning Chalk Up and opens up about training, staying motivated through injury and how she’s going to tackle the new CrossFit Games season format.
Sigurdardottir competed at the CrossFit Games twice with Icelandic teams, placing 38th in 2017 and 34th in 2016. In 2018, she qualified for European Regionals as an individual. However, Sigurdardottir suffered an elbow injury during training in the lead up to Regionals. The injury left her unable to perform many of the basic CrossFit movements she’d need to train to be competitive against a strong European field.
“I was unable to hold anything overhead or pull anything from the floor for weeks,” Sigurdardottir said. “I couldn’t walk on my hands, do pull-ups, toes-to-bar, or muscle-ups.”
With limited training options, she was forced to find new ways to adjust her training.
“Just be patient. I know it’s hard, because I’ve been there. Be kind to yourself and let it heal because it’ll take more time if you’re always nagging on it. Write down what you can do and do that. Don’t focus on what you can’t do.”
“Just be patient. I know it’s hard, because I’ve been there,” Sigurdardottir offered as advice for athletes working through injuries. “You feel like you’re not doing anything because you can’t do certain things. But in fact you can do a lot of things, you can do so much. Be patient don’t force it, don’t nag it. Be kind to yourself and let it heal because it’ll take more time if you’re always nagging on it. Write down what you can do and do that. Don’t focus on what you can’t do.”
Sigurdardottir placed 34th at the 2018 Regionals. Afterwards, she continued the healing process and focused on other elements of her fitness.
“I’ve been taking it slow. I’ve been adding weights slowly. I did a bunch of cardio when I wasn’t able to use my arm. Right now I’m better at cardio and I’m building up strength again.”
Sigurdardottir, who recently competed on a 3-person team at Wodapalooza, shared where she’s currently prioritizing her training for the 2018 season.
“Right now, my focus is the RCC (Reykjavik CrossFit Championship) individual, but if a good team comes up I’ll have a hard time saying no,” Sigurdardottir said.
Sigurdardottir placed 205th worldwide in the Open in 2018.