In 2012, Lisa Bender Thiel was primed to truly compete as an individual in the CrossFit Games Open and beyond. Her body was in the best shape of her life and her mind had finally decided that she was in fact, an athlete. Just two weeks before the CrossFit Games Open began, Lisa discovered 2012 would not be her year for competition after all. Three months pregnant, Lisa completed the Open WODs but of course was not in true competition mode.

As the 2013 CrossFit Games Open approached, Lisa, now the mother of a five month old boy, was faced with a decision....compete as an individual or sit on the sidelines for the second year in a row.

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