November Athlete of the Month

In an effort to get to know the fine folks of CrossFit Austin, we embark on our Athlete of the Month series.  Each month we will spotlight a different CFA athlete.  This month we have Queso Dealer/ Thruster connoisseur Dave Kiehl.

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(listing no Nickname will result in a “nicknaming contest” via the comments)

David Kiehl

Manager at Maudie’s Hacienda

Words to live by?
Do it to it!

What is your fitness background?
Excluding kids sports, nothing.  This is the first serious regimented exercise routine I have ever done.

How long have you been CrossFitting?
Seven months.  I love it.

What’s your favorite part of CrossFit?
The community atmosphere.  I really like the competitive nature of the program but also how we consistently support each other to excel.

What are your training goals?
Short term to finally master the kipping pull-up.  Long term to be the best athlete I can be.

Favorite sport or activity?
CrossFit, of course.  Outside of that hiking and backpacking.

Recent/Future adventure you’re planning?
As many of you know I just returned from a rather leisurely cruise to Alaska.  I am in the early stages of planning my return to conquer the Wrangle-St. Elias Ranges.  Hopefully, I will be doing this in August 2010.

Tell us something we don’t know about you?
A year and a half ago I challenged myself to get into shape.  In that time period I have lost almost 90 pounds.  This has been the single hardest and most important event in my life.

Longhorns or Aggies?
Aggies, class of ’08.  GIG’EM AGGIES WHOOP!!!!!

Is Maudie’s Queso as addictive as heroin?
No.  Recent studies have proven it to be as addictive as pure Afghani opium.  For any further comments you will need to contact our lawyers.

Does your lack of a mustache hinder your performance in your chosen profession?
I have found that my lack of mustache actually lowers my “creepy level” on the “creepy scale.”  This allows me to easier interact with my clientele.  However, a handlebar mustache would be awesome!  That may be my next adventure?

Leave the fine folks of CrossFit Austin with some parting words?
“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”
Winston Churchill