Nelson has loved rowing on the Concept2 Rowing Machine for about 26 years and for much of that time he rowed competitively. During the time of his remission, in 2007 he participated in the international competition held in Boston and became certified as a rowing instructor in 2008. He has been on the staff at the Kinetic Fitness Studio since that time; the staff photo on the left was taken in 2008 before his disease recurred. The studio club owner honored Nelson by creating ‘The Boyd Row House’ and the members are very supportive and generous. Nelson has rowed almost daily since his diagnosis in February of 2005 and he continues to do so today at a much slower pace. Sometimes it’s just enough to move back and forth on the machine for him to feel somewhat better. He continues to teach his rowing class every Tuesday morning. It’s what he loves to do, just as the SC loves to put together outfits.
Today the Mile High Indoor Rowing Competition took place in Denver, and Nelson has participated for almost all of the past 25 years. Yesterday he thought he wouldn’t be able to take part in the event because of extreme fatigue and lethargy secondary to chemo. But this morning he decided to go! He rowed at a slow pace in a noncompetitive category with determination, persistence, strength, resilience and courage. This post is a dedication to Nelson’s inspirational spirit!