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Winter Death Race 2015

May 26, 2014

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Why Death Race?

There are so many reasons, SO MANY!! It’s the ultimate challenge. One where nearly the whole field of participants quit or are DNF’d! This race is a test of will, determination and revolution! It is a revolution against the very programming of your brain. From racers I have talked to, this race reboots that “monkey mind”. It resets all the fear, all the “I can’t do it’s” and more.

Who am I:

  • A husband to a fantastic and beautiful woman, Leah
  • Father to three fantastic children (Xena, Alex and Colin)
  • Brother, uncle, cousin, nephew, etc.
  • I’m a family man, they always come first
  • I’m as blue-collar as they come, I am a cable guy

Hence the reason for this fundraising campaign, in order to accomplish this race it needs to have little, to no, impact on my family life and or finances.

So why do a Death Race, it’s sounds selfish right? Hell no! Can I come out a better person? That’s part of the idea I believe, so it’s not selfish. Although I know I am the one who needs the change.

In a way I am doing it for myself. Years back I was diagnosed with extremely high cholesterol issues. Since then I changed my diet, started running and exercising. That was when I found out about the world of Obstacle Racing. I have tunnel vision now and think about it all the time. Some friends and I even started one of the largest OCR communities in the US, maybe you’ve heard of the New England Spahtens?

Recently I took another blood test and my cholesterol is still screwed. After much care and consideration, my diet needs tweaking again. Until I can get it under control I’m taking on a strict vegan diet. I had cut out all red meat, preservatives and as much processed food as I could before. It didn’t work. So I am going to train over the next few months completely vegan and do this race as such, for my health.

I am also doing this race to honor someone, my father. We lost him last year after his long battle with Cancer. Years back he was told he only had a few months but he fought, and I mean FOUGHT, to live another 6-7 years past the diagnosis. He stuck his finger right in Cancer’s face and told him not right now, you’re not taking me now!

My father taught me to be the man I am today. To work hard and take care of your family. His last few years were spent fixing issues with a house he and my Mom had purchased in Florida, somewhere my mom always wanted to live. With his hands he constantly did what he could to make sure when he passed the woman he loved so much would be safe and secure, and not want for anything else, except to maybe have him back.

He was a man’s kind of man. He wasn’t afraid of anything, even DEATH when it came knocking.

He was a veteran, and fought for our country in Vietnam. He was exposed to Agent Orange amongst other things, it’s nearly certain that is what brought on the Cancer. He never asked for anything though, just treatment. The military did some wacky things to soldier’s back then, and he had every right to piss and moan about it, but he didn’t. I have, but we’ll save that for another time

What do you get out of this:

Satisfaction! You get satisfaction in knowing that your contribution has gone to positively impact not only one persons life, but many peoples lives. I’m not talking about just my immediate family, if this is as life changing as they say than all of humanity will be better. How come? Well as a catalyst for positive change I will hopefully write a book on my experience here and from some previous things I have done in life.

I do not have shirts to offer, I do not have extra physical perks as most folks who use this page. But what I will do is create a blog (http://deathracenate.wordpress.com/) so you can all see the progress that is made. I will share training logs, meal plans and everything else I do in the lead up to this event. There will not only be writing but I will post videos using my GoPro camera. I will give you all access to what I am doing in preparation for this challenge. I will leave myself as wide open as possible to questions, etc.

E-mail me anytime at nate@nespahtens.com

Other Ways You Can Help

I am seeking other ways to reach my goal. As I mentioned, diet is going to be huge. If you have advice, that would help. I am open to anything. If you have recipes ideas, please let me know. If you have a product that you think can be of use, please let me know. Want to sponsor me in any way? Please do!

So, there it is. I have yet to see the list of what we are going to need for the race, it usually doesn’t come out for a while. I will post it to the blog though when it does. I know an ax is necessary as are numerous dry bags to keep things dry, hand warmers, toe warmers, flashlights, a dry-suit, etc. Again will post later if you want to help in that way

 Thanks for taking the time to get to this sentence, I’m rather long winded. You will certainly see that in the blog! (http://deathracenate.wordpress.com/)

E-mail me anytime at nate@nespahtens.com

One Comment leave one →
  1. May 31, 2014 2:22 am

    You’re back! Great! All the best going vegan – I’ve been vegan for a couple of years now. The stuff I cook is pretty boring but it tastes great when you add things like ginger, garlic, oranges and coconut oil.

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