Lisa Mikkelsen, winner of the 45-49 Masters Division at the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games, talks about fitness over age 45. Hilary Achauer reports.
In 2011, Lisa Mikkelsen was a member of the CrossFit New England team that won the Affiliate Cup. This year, Mikkelsen entered the 45-49 Master’s Division. She won five of the seven events and beat the second-place finisher by 41 points to stand atop the podium.
Mikkelsen admits that she is not an average 46-year-old. But for her, being active and athletic is just a part of who she is. Mikkelsen’s lifetime of athletics began at a young age. The youngest of four kids, Mikkelsen said the attitude in her family was that if one of the kids was going to do an activity, they were all going to do it. So she started swimming competitively at age 5 and made it to the Junior Olympics in swimming. Mikkelsen started running after college. She swam around Key West, qualified for the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii and did a 200-mile relay with her husband, an ultra-runner.
“My husband couldn’t come to the Games this year because he was running across Tennessee,” Mikkelsen said.
“We do not have a normal family.”