Pulling Through

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About Tom Matlack

Tom Matlack is the co-founder of The Good Men Project. He has a 18-year-old daughter and 16- and 7-year-old sons. His wife, Elena, is the love of his life. Follow him on Twitter @TMatlack.


  1. I really felt this story. I felt I was in the boat.

    I love questing – the sensation, the zeal, the fire it gives a man.
    Its bigness, its epicness, its panoramicness. I felt this in your description of the mountainwork and of the race itself

    In my head, I was hearing the opening bars of the Epic Vangelis’ “Chariots of Fire” Theme, with the horn calling the contenders forward, as i was reading of the battle of the boats

  2. I’m assuming it’s still good to be a dude!

  3. Writing as a rower, Concept2 owner, and veteran of many “bear complexes,” I say only: I feel you. As I prepare for yet another local strongman contest on 02/04/2012–the outcome of which won’t attract a single bit of attention from anyone–I’m always in danger of forgetting that I’m doing this for myself, not for anybody else.


  1. [...] instinct is to fight, to push, to stick to what I believe in even when it costs me dearly. My manhood is often expressed by pitched battle even with those I am closest to. I’m n0t sure that is good or bad.  It’s simply who I [...]

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