Monthly Archives: December 2014

the Death Race chronicles – how it ends

Posted on December 16, 2014

*MISSED PART OF THE STORY? Here are PART 1, PART 2, PART 3,  PART 4 and PART 5. I started blogging about my Death Race experience last summer. Yet after four blog posts, I couldn’t write another line. It wasn’t in me. People emailed, people wondered, people asked. I couldn’t do it. Why couldn’t I finish it?

[…] not what you are looking for. You are looking for the customary soul splitting narrative [like this or […]

death race chronicles – part 5

Posted on December 15, 2014

*MISSED PART OF THE STORY? Here are PART 1, PART 2, PART 3 and PART 4. Saturday, June 22, 2013 1130 hours, 21 hours into the race THE PURGATORY After the verdict has been presented, and a brain clearing conversation with Joshua has taken place, I wipe any traces of bacon off my face and

Patrick at 1:22 pm Oct 25
As I read this it comes back to me like it was yesterday. Hugs in the darkness is still a unbelievable memory for me.

the drop: now that the race is over, why do I feel so sad?

Posted on July 10, 2014

In September 2012, I wrote the following: “It has been just over a week since the Ultra Beast, and I have thought about this race every single day. For most of the week, I have been dragging my feet, skipping my workouts and eating cookies.” I bet you know the feeling. Heck, I even called

[…] Spartan Race, thank you for giving me the best racing family I could ever have. Thank you for combining the […]

The Spartan Death Race 2014 – The Crew’s Perspective

Posted on June 29, 2014

This must be a new special level of crazy, when you drive nine hours to NOT do something. After doing the Spartan Death Race in 2014, this year I wanted to show up and cheer. See others race. Help out. Provide water and hugs. But most importantly to see the event from the other side.

[…] I drove out to the mountains of Vermont this year, just to put myself back into that place. To smell the air, to experience the event from another […]

the Death Race 2013 chronicles – part 4

Posted on July 10, 2013

*MISSED PART OF THE STORY? Part 1 HERE. Part 2 HERE. Part 3 HERE. Saturday, June 22, 2013 0630 hours, 16 hours into the race Fourth Circle of Hell – GREED After a short hike, we stop. We are told to empty our backpacks, and fill it up with gravel. Greed is punished. Those more

[…] PART OF THE STORY? Here are PART 1, PART 2, PART 3,  PART 4 and PART […]

the Death Race 2013 chronicles – part 3

Posted on July 4, 2013

*MISSED PART OF THE STORY? Part 1 HERE. Part 2 HERE. The comedy begins. Friday, June 21, 2013 1430 hours, 0 hours into the race INFERNO My Death Race has officially started. I work my way through the racers, who are already sweaty and dirty, until I finally find Team Four. We have few metal pipes to

[…] PART OF THE STORY? Here are PART 1, PART 2, PART 3,  PART 4 and PART […]

the Death Race 2013 chronicles – part 2

Posted on June 29, 2013

*MISSED PART 1? Read it here. After much commotion, we finally leave. Mission – reach Kearns’ (my racing partner and teammate) house, crash for the night, and continue on early in the morning towards Vermont. With all the evening traffic, the drive can hardly be called relaxing. As we approach the border, I learn that Leyla

[…] PART OF THE STORY? Here are PART 1, PART 2, PART 3,  PART 4 and PART […]

the Death Race 2013 chronicles – part 1

Posted on June 27, 2013

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 Days until the Death Race: 2 Part of me wishes I could put on the backpack and start rucking through the night right now, to take the waiting out of it. Waiting is worth than Death (Race) itself. Tonight we had we-love-you-no-matter-what-please-don’t-die girls night out. It was an awesome distraction. Thursday,

[…] years ago I registered for the Spartan Death Race and started this blog. All this time… I continued to […]

the value of self-doubt

Posted on June 19, 2013

Days until the Death Race: 2 Hours slept last night: 7 In the past month, the following quotes have been thrown around quite a bit: Banish the doubt. You have to know that you can do it. Otherwise, there is no point in even trying. If you think you are not ready, you are not

[…] Self-doubt does a little dance in my head. What if I fail and not accomplish these things that I publicly said I will accomplish? What if I’ll never write a book or run across Sahara? […]

the Death Race 2013 playlist

Posted on June 18, 2013

Days until the Death Race: 3 Hours slept last night: 7 The soundtrack for the next few days… … PACKING FOR THE DEATH RACE 1. Bare Necessities (The Jungle Book) Look for the bare necessities The simple bare necessities Forget about your worries and your strife I mean the bare necessities Old Mother Nature’s recipes

nancyfrancis at 4:25 pm Jun 21
aaaaannnnnnndddddd Patsy Cline for the win :)

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