News: Challenge Accepted
Story by Capt. Kerri Brantley
CAMP BUEHRING, KUWAIT - Week two of the CrossFit Open 2013 is here and Capt. David Nelson, of Columbia, Mo., assigned to the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade will complete workout 13.2 March 13 and is excited to compete against his brother.
“I am doing the open because my older brother, [Lt. Col. Ross Nelson, of Vermillion, S.D., who is a Professor of Military Science at University of South Dakota-Vermillion ROTC] talked me into it," said Nelson. “It’s fun to compete and to see how you rank. I hope to catch my brother in some of the events, but we will see.”
Once Nelson decided to participate in the open, it naturally increased his need to improve on his weaknesses. His main focus has been to practice pistol squats, overhear squats (OHS), and squat snatches in fear that those will be exercises chosen for the Open. He has also spent a great amount of time working on his flexibility to help his OHS form, which would allow him to be able to push the prescribed weight during the Open.
Nelson has been an athlete, playing basketball, running and swimming for most his life and started training CrossFit on Sept. 15, 2012.
“CrossFit has allowed me to enjoy working out again. A new challenge and the camaraderie makes me want to come in and complete the workout each day,” said Nelson. “It is fun to see myself improve, but I enjoy when others get over the initial difficulty and start enjoying the challenge after three to four weeks.”
As a Battle Captain/Aviator of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, Nelson tracks all brigade operations within three days of execution and maintains situational awareness of operations for the Commander. Nelson comes in and works out dependant on his shift schedule. However, he always finds the time to sneak in the workout-of-the-day (WOD), even if he has to go to the main gym to WOD.
“The workout helps me complete each day of this deployment. Will be interesting to see how I fit it in when I return home,” said Nelson.
Like many of us that are a part of CrossFit, Nelson has a favorite benchmark routine. His is Nicole, which is to complete as many rounds in 20-minutes possible of a 400-meter run and maximum, unbroken repetitions of pull-ups.
"Nicole is my favorite because it is my wife's name, [I] got beat down by this workout just recently and it was a great challenge, [I] had been looking forward to it for the last few months,” said Nelson, who cannot wait to be re-united with his wife at the completion of his deployment. He has been in Kuwait since July 2012.
Nelson will be taking the CrossFit Level One Course here at Camp Buehring next month to further his progression to succeed in this community. He currently does not coach, but assists other athletes when they have questions.
Right now he is focused on the Open, he hopes to fair well and most importantly have fun, maybe even beat his brother, even if it is just in one event.