Watching Lindsey's Last Go

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Guest post by Web Smith.

The knee scope left her nervous about the 2013 season. Could she get back to full, competitive strength in time for the Central East Regional Qualifier? It was a 50/50 proposition. With her lack of sleep, her professional demands, and her maternal ones - she would be preparing for a long shot. Needless to say, I’ve had a front row seat to watch her get back up to speed.

By her own admission, the Open Qualifier hasn’t ever been her best showing but it was her personal goal to improve her metabolic engine. And that she did. Despite the dozens of late nights, training sessions at 9:30 PM, she held her own with the professional athletes who have hours upon hours in the gym, each week. She believes that the beauty in her opportunity is the fact that fitness is used to improve everything else she does. It is not the only priority.

The Central East Region is our home and it is an intense one. With Julie Foucher sitting out for the year, that leave CrossFit Games veterans for three spots. Not to mention, at least ten challenging female athletes who truly believe that they are better than the incumbents. It won’t be easy but it will be fun to watch.

Of course, for the guys, it will be even tougher to move beyond our brutal region. Ten of the top guys could be good enough for top ten finishes at the Games. All in all, from a family/fan perspective - the competition will be unbearably tense.

Now, after 2010 and 2011 and 2012, this is the last go-round . The final shot for an athlete who first showed up in 2009 because she was looking for a way to fulfill her competitive wishes after giving birth to our daughter - Alexis.

She has exactly two months to prepare for this last effort and amidst her role as the super mom, the CrossFit L1 Seminar trainer, a transitioning prep school athletic director, and an athlete. But one thing that i have learned over the years? Never doubt Lindsey Smith. She always finds a way to get it done.

She truly does compete every day. Even “top athletes” can prove something to themselves in The Open.


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