20 Minute AMRAP:
4 Handstand Push-ups
8 KBS (72/53)
Submitted by his family:
As early as the sixth grade, Nate Hardy wrote a paper about becoming a Navy SEAL. Through his years on the soccer and lacrosse fields he discovered and developed the fierce competitiveness and team-first mentality that would later serve him well on the road to achieving his goal. In his senior year at Oyster River High School, he was selected by the New Hampshire soccer coaches to the all-state second team. He was also elected by his teammates as a co-captain of the ORHS Boys Lacrosse team.
In November 1997, five months after graduating from ORHS, he enlisted in the United States Navy and began his SEAL journey, which included graduation with BUD/S Class 221, three deployments with SEAL Team Eight, completion of the eighteen month course in Arabic at the Defense Language Institute, successful screening and selection as the “number one draft choice” to the elite Naval Special Warfare Development Group (aka SEAL Team 6), and a final deployment with DevGru KILO Team. He was killed in action against an al Qaeda suicide bomb cell on 4 February 2008.
Nate’s military honors included selection as Distinguished Military Graduate from Quartermaster “A” School, selection as Honorman at tactical entry expert school, two Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, three Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Medals, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, three Sea Service deployment awards, NATO Medal, Expert Rifle Medal, and the Sharpshooter Pistol Medal, and promotion to the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He seldom talked about his SEAL deployments. He kept his first Bronze Star in a locker at his base, and dismissively told his father: “Dad, it’s not about the medals. It’s about serving my country and the guys I work with.”
His life was fulfilled in his marriage to Mindi Buck on 4 June 2005 and the birth of their son Parker on 16 July 2007. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on 15 February 2008.
Welcome to Hell Week! This week’s programming will include only hero workouts. Hero workouts are named after men and women who have lost their lives protecting our freedoms and ensuring our safety in this beautiful country. These workouts are always more challenging than our typical CrossFit workouts. Expect next week to challenge you both mentally and physically. You can pre-order our new Hell Week T-shirt at the front desk. For those who complete all 5 days worth of workouts next week will earn the “I Survived Hell Week” badge on their t-shirt. It doesn’t matter if you scale any workout. You just need to finish. Let’s do this!