Off to Best Season Start, Sigmundsdottir Faces Major Test in Miami

February 19, 2020 by
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Sara Sigmundsdottir is having one of the best season starts of any female CrossFit Games athlete. She kicked off the 2019-2020 season with her second consecutive, and third career overall Open win. She followed that up with back-to-back Sanctionals wins — Filthy 150 and Dubai CrossFit Championship — showing strong focus amid serious challengers like Kristin Holte, Sam Briggs, Jamie Greene and Alessandra Pichelli in both events.

On Thursday, Sigmundsdottir, who is once-again coaching herself this season, will face a true test of her new strategy in this rematch with the reigning Fittest Woman on Earth Tia-Clair Toomey along with a dozen more former Games athletes competing at Wodapalooza.

One big thing: Sigmundsdottir is about as fine-tuned mentally as I’ve seen her and this 112kg/247 pound clean and jerk PR tie is the reason why. It’s not what she did but rather what she didn’t do.

  • Sigmundsdottir originally planned to jump from 105kg-110kg-115kg but backed off when 110kg felt pretty heavy, opting for 112kg which ties her all-time PR.
  • The cautious approach was smart because 112kg was already good enough for a first-place tie, plus it added a confidence boost.
  • A similar situation arose at Filthy 150 in November. Sigmundsdottir tied her snatch PR at 95kg on her second lift then opted for a 5kg jump to 100kg instead of going for 97.5kg. She’d already won the event at 95kg so she lost nothing by taking a big jump but given how well she lifted 95, 97.5 was certainly in the cards and a lot more likely.
  • Sara Sigmundsdottir: “I’m on a very good road now, just a very good path,” she said in a sit down interview. “Not comparing myself while I train, I think that’s my biggest issue is that I’m training and thinking ‘this person can do this and this person can do that.’ No, what can Sara do? Am I reaching my full potential in this training? Can I do anything better? That’s my mindset now in training.”

By the numbers: A quick look at Toomey v. Sigmundsdottir.

  • Toomey is a perfect three for three at Sanctionals. Sigmundsdottir is three for six, but both have three Sanctionals wins apiece.
  • The two have competed head-to-head in two Sanctionals last season: Wodapalooza and Rogue Invitational. Toomey won both events by wide margins though Sigmundsdottir performed well with a third and second-place finish respectively.
  • Sigmundsdottir made significant improvements against Toomey at Rogue, beating her in three events compared to zero in Wodapalooza. She also tightened the margin of victory from 112 points to 76 points, which is the tightest margin Toomey has faced since the 2018 Games.

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