Amidst the buzz of the CrossFit Games Open, another Sanctional will be taking place, treating fans of the sport to a fitness filled weekend.
The task of taking on Open workout 19.1 plus six more events in just two days is stout, but for Sara Sigmundsdottir — an athlete with podium aspirations in 2019 — the importance of this weekend’s performance extend beyond just her placement on the leaderboard.
“I just wanna get my mojo back. It started a little bit in Miami (Wodapalooza) in the end,” revealed Sigmundsdottir, “Now I wanna have it back the whole weekend, not just the second half.”
After her 2018 Games were cut short due to a fractured rib, Sigmundsdottir has recovered and stayed busy working to get her mojo back on the competition floor.
“I just wanna get my mojo back. It started a little bit in Miami (Wodapalooza) in the end. Now I wanna have it back the whole weekend, not just the second half.”
This is her third sanctioned event in as many months on three different continents. She’s the only former CrossFit Games athlete who will have done three events in the lead up to the Open.
And so far her record is sound — third place overall finishes in both Dubai and Wodapalooza.
By the time competition closes on Sunday, Sigmundsdottir will have officially competed in more workouts (24), than she did in the entirety of the CrossFit Games season last year. Some might worry the wear and tear of competing so frequently this early in the season could be detrimental, especially to an athlete who suffered two straight rib injuries in less than a year.
Sigmundsdottir however, sees it much differently.
“I love competing, it drives me in training, so I think it gives me more, to have something to look forward to than just waiting every three months to compete,” Sigmundsdottir said.
Sigmundsdottir’s pedigree makes her a heavy favorite for the top spot at CrossFit Strength in Depth, which would earn her an invite to the Games. It would be tough mentally to walk away from three Sanctionals without one. This is an event she should win, but for it to happen she’ll need to execute better.
“I love competing, it drives me in training, so I think it gives me more, to have something to look forward to than just waiting every three months to compete.”
“I made some mistakes in Miami, I made some rookie mistakes,” admits Sigmundsdottir. “My hopes are high that I won’t make any clumsy mistakes this weekend.”
Mistakes are more costly given how fiercely competitive the women’s field is, and it’s something Sigmundsdottir has to improve on if she wants to get to get back to the Games and return to the podium.
Chances are she’ll still qualify through the Open if something goes awry this weekend, but winning and earning an invite beforehand certainly wouldn’t hurt.
It probably wouldn’t hurt her mojo, either.
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