Death Race Reflections – Gear: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

September 10, 2012By Anthony MatesiDeath Race, Product Reviews No Comments

Looking back on the Death Race isn’t hard to do.  Nearly every morning I still have visions of being on that mountain back in Pittsfield, VT. The mornings that I don’t think about it are few and even when they do occur, at some point of the day my mind reminds me of all I … Read More

Legend of the Death Race – Part 9: And We’ll Keep on Fighting Til the End

July 30, 2012By Anthony MatesiDeath Race, News, Race Reviews, Story 1 Comment

Being out on the mountain, living, surviving, being physically and mentally challenged, this is what life is about. From chaos, came clarity.  In the heart of feeling defeated we had found our inner strength.  Camaraderie creates a very powerful connection; it has the ability to make the impossible become another training day.  The presence of a … Read More

Legend of the Death Race – Part 8: The Comeback Kids

July 23, 2012By Anthony MatesiDeath Race, News, Race Reviews, Story No Comments

Andy asked me whether I was sure I want to quit or not. Well no, I was not sure I wanted to quit. More than anything I wanted to finish. That’s why I came out to Vermont to compete in this race in the first place.  Finishing the Death Race was the only option I had … Read More

Legend of the Death Race – Part 7: Make It Hurt So Good

July 19, 2012By Anthony MatesiDeath Race, News, Race Reviews, Story 1 Comment

At last, I could relieve myself of carrying my pack. I was overdue to give my shoulder a rest from all the added weight. Unfortunately, swinging an axe, being left handed, splitting a log in half and then both halves into sixths is not the kind of rest I needed. Walking along the right side … Read More

Legend of the Death Race – Part 6: Human Error or Betrayal?

July 16, 2012By Anthony MatesiDeath Race, News, Race Reviews, Story No Comments

Another fork in the road halts us.  We challenge the information we’ve been provided by a couple different people. A portion of us want to go one way, another group wants to go down the other path, and a few are lost as to how we got so mixed up. After a few good arguments … Read More

Legend of the Death Race – Part 5: Team Tire’s Tribulations

July 10, 2012By Anthony MatesiDeath Race, News, Race Reviews, Story 1 Comment

Up until now, Team Ten had been rocking out. We were leading every challenge thrown our way. We were struck with poison though. It came in the form of a tractor tire.  The troubles the tire caused us took the Death Race to an all new level for everyone out there. The teams that got … Read More

Legend of the Death Race – Part 4: Bloodroot Mountain Trail Begins

July 6, 2012By Anthony MatesiDeath Race, News, Race Reviews, Story No Comments

It was still light out. There we were on our first challenge as a team heading up into the mountains of Vermont. We would be on our way toward one of the most wicked, switchback infested, narrow passages I’ve ever encountered. Passing room would be so narrow we feared for losing someone the entire evening. … Read More

Legend of the Death Race – Part 3: Crawling Under Highways, Pink Swim Caps, and Slosh Pipes

July 2, 2012By Anthony MatesiDeath Race, News, Race Reviews, Story No Comments

Now that we had our fancy bibs, I’m not going to lie I’m still a bit pissed that we did not get the awesome bibs that the racers had at the 2011 Death Race. When we made it back to the farm our first task was to report to Sergeant Screamer, as most of us have dubbed … Read More

2 Pairs of Shoes. 2 Laps. One Trail – Workout of the Day 4-16-12

April 16, 2012By Anthony MatesiWorkouts No Comments

Today I set out to play on another new trail for me, my good friend Jon told me about while I was visiting him for his Marathon this past weekend. The trail is within a 10 minute drive from my house so I headed out as soon as I got home from work. The plan … Read More

Yes, It’s True…I Love Trails!

April 11, 2012By Anthony MatesiDeath Race, Workouts No Comments

Just got my new pair of Brooks Cascadia 7’s last night and of course I had to give them a go around today as soon as I made it home from work. These are the shoes that as of now I plan to use while competing in the Death Race. There will be an overall … Read More