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Ten Months Postpartum, Annie Thorisdottir Sitting Pretty at Lowlands Throwdown

June 13, 2021 by
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After giving birth to her baby girl Freyja last summer, two-time CrossFit Games champion Annie Thorisdottir, who competed at her first Games in 2009, realized she wasn’t ready to retire.

  • When she first became pregnant, she said she wasn’t sure whether or not she would go back to competition, but soon she felt the fire burning again. “I’m not (competing) because I have to, because I can do other things, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with quitting…I have competed at the CrossFit Games 10 times, and it would be very normal for me to retire…but I am just 30, and I feel like I can continue. Like I want to,” Thorisdottir said. 

So far so good: Heading into Day 3 at the online CrossFit Lowlands Throwdown Semifinals, Thorisdottir is sitting in fourth place and has finished in the top seven in all four events so far—7th, 7th, 2nd and 1st. She also has a 60-point buffer on Spain’s Elena Carratala Sanahuja, who’s currently in the dreaded sixth place position.

One big thing: Four months ago, Thorisdottir told the Morning Chalk Up that while her conditioning was close to 90 percent of what it used to be, her core strength still had a long way to go, as she was still suffering from diastasis rectus abdominus (a separation of the left and right sides of the outermost abdominal muscles) from her pregnancy. But if the second Semifinals workout on Friday, which can only be described as a core beatdown, is any indication, it seems Thorisdottir’s abdominals are back to normal. 

  • Thorisdottir won the event, which included 100 GHD sit-ups, along with 100 single-arm dumbbell overhead squats, 100 dumbbell deadlifts and 100 dumbbell shoulder to overheads, in a time of 11:06. Her time also bested the entire field at the CrossFit German Throwdown, where Kristin Holte topped the leaderboard in a time of 11:18.
  • Worth noting: Though she didn’t say why, Thorisdottir posted on Instagram that she actually did that workout twice. “Didn’t go fully according to plan with doing Event 2 twice…but proud of my effort and using my opportunity to get an event win,” she wrote. 

The bottom line: After a year off competition to give birth, Thorisdottir is back, and in a big way. And this time around, she has mom strength and a new why. 

  • “I want to show my daughter that even though I had her, I can still continue training and my career if I want to,” Thorisdottir said. “I want to show Freyja what it means to be strong, not just physical strength, and I believe that I am a better mother if I take care of myself, and (I’m) becoming myself again, so I will be able to give her even more.”

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