Spartan Race World Championships – Beast

October 16, 2013By Anthony MatesiRace Reviews No Comments

The World Championships of Spartan Race arrived more casually than I had anticipated. For such a big event, I suppose I expected the day to arrive more dramatically. This would be my third appearance at the Spartan Race World Championships, my first taking place in Texas December of 2011, last year I was here in Vermont … Read More

Super Ultra Beast – Part 3: It’s Not All About the Finish

October 9, 2012By Anthony MatesiRace Reviews 3 Comments

Setting out for that second lap was extremely difficult.  Within minutes I found myself alone, which generally I am quite used to.  During this long of a race, being alone can turn into the beginning of the end.  As I ascended that mountainside once again I could just barely hear the sound of voices not … Read More

Super Ultra Beast – Part 2: Always Finish What You Start

October 3, 2012By Anthony MatesiRace Reviews 2 Comments

Almost 26 minutes passed before our Race Director arrived on the scene, developed a solution and we were presented our options for how to proceed with the obstacle race of the year.  The Ultra Beast left us with tough decisions to make and little time to evaluate. Our options were as follows: continue the race … Read More

Super Ultra Beast – Part 1: Going Above and Beyond

September 29, 2012By Anthony MatesiRace Reviews 3 Comments

After months of anticipating this race, it was finally here, The Spartan Race Ultra Beast.  My father tagged along with me for this trip so we woke up at 4am on Friday morning, Sept 21st. We arrived in Boston around 10am and wasted an hour trying to get our rental car situation sorted out, and … Read More

Thoughts Before the First Marathon Distance Obstacle Race

September 17, 2012By Anthony MatesiNews No Comments

A mountain out in the beautiful land of Vermont awaits. It’s exact location is at the Killington Ski Resort. This isn’t just any mountain, it’s known locally as the Beast.  That’s where Spartan Race came up with the name for their half marathon obstacle race.  This week marks a first for the sport of obstacle … Read More

News Update: Getting Back to the Obstacle Races

September 12, 2012By Anthony MatesiNews No Comments

Since the Death Race I have been on a bit of an adventure/obstacle race hiatus with the exception of that pitiful excuse for a race in Downtown Chicago, Mud Wars, and a few visits to Dirt Runner to help them build and test run Illinois’ first permanent obstacle course training park.  That all changes for the … Read More

More Obstacle Race Training in the ATL

September 4, 2012By Anthony MatesiWorkouts 2 Comments

When you are staying with other Obstacle Racers, the obstacle race training never ends.  Sunday morning we, Maureen, Andi and myself, headed over to Matt’s house to have breakfast together. After we all ate we were put to work. We helped Matt gather firewood from a neighbor’s house who was moving away.   Even his lil’ … Read More

Ultra Beast Obstacle Race Training

September 2, 2012By Anthony MatesiWorkouts 2 Comments

At the spur of the moment, less than a week to prepare, fellow racer, Maureen, and myself, committed to driving out to Matt B. Davis’s Ultra Beast/Mudder training weekend in Atlanta, GA. The event was co-hosted by Andi Hardy, who frequents the podium at Spartan Races. Why would we drive from the Midwest, Chicago and … Read More

Utilizing a Business Trip for Ultra Beast Training

August 17, 2012By Anthony MatesiWorkouts No Comments

Tuesday, August 14th 2012, it’s almost 4 o’clock and I’ve just checked into my hotel in Hickory, NC after driving 45 minutes from Charlotte Douglas International Airport .  It’s another short in and out trip for work. As soon as I got to my room I connected the iPad to the wifi and looked up the nearest … Read More