Everyday Spartans: Episode 2On November 15, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
Yesterday was fantastic. We all got to hang out together,
got to meet everyone for the first time. But I know today,
we are going to do something crazy. I am excited but very afraid.
I know it’s not going to be easy. I am a little bit worried
about the physical challenges today. I feel a bad pain in my leg
and it’s not getting better. We are in Odawara City,
outside of Tokyo, at Daijoin Temple. This is Komyou and he is a waterfall monk. He goes under an ice-cold waterfall to wash his mind away from the negativity
to stay positive and clear. I am now 39 years old and I was born here. So talk about commitment, he was born here
and follows the same habits every day. They go to bed at the same time, they wake up
at the same time, they eat at the same time. If anything starts to deviate in their life,
they quickly recalibrate. -Good morning!
-Good morning! It’s just extremely moving
and very hard to put into words. What is very overwhelming
is how simple their life is. And when you see people
that live such a very simple life. You see that they have everything
they need, it’s in here. And it’s just like we’re are all
just looking in the wrong place. And you think about the difference
in what these guys are doing and what the whole Spartan thing is about,
it is a very similar thing. It’s like, simplify your life. If you don’t simplify your life you are
going to be a victim to all of these things, this society candy that everyone wants
that is making so many people so unhappy. I think this is a very special experience. and I don’t know why but I feel
kind of more powerful and some energy coming in. It makes me feel quite peaceful. -It was just emotional, -I don’t know why,
it just caught me off guard. -Listen, when you are at the waterfall,
just make your wish. -It was just such a different way of living. He lives that lifestyle,
of just peace and tranquility. And I was just in awe of him
and for whatever reason it kinda just overwhelmed me. I felt him communicating something to us. -I think I want to live here.
Will they let girls live here? – No, okay. I guess not. -It was really nice. Thanks guys, sorry. -It’s alright, it’s alright. We are a team right?
-I know that, it was just a beautiful thing. I definitely want better health and more success, which is one of my goals
and that’s what I will wish for at the waterfall. I want to test my body and I hope I can stay
in the waterfall as long as possible. I am seeing the waterfall
as for me – it’s like being reborn. Getting rid of all the mental stuff I don’t need. The worries, the fears, the doubts,
the anxiety and just being reborn. I am a little nervous as well.
I dont’t know what is going to happen but I am sure I will be okay,
and I am sure it will be an experience. My name is Pete Cohen. My mission is inspiring people
to be better than their best. I’m all about helping people get answers,
get results, get success. Thank you, that is really kind. I would imagine that some of you want
to play golf at the highest level. Would anyone like to do that? Just imagine if I could wave a magic wand,
and all of a sudden you are on tour. I live about an hour outside of London
with my wife Hannah. I have always been into exercise
and testing myself. There are many great feelings
a human being can have, but I think there’s not many better feelings
than the feeling of accomplishment. Especially when you didn’t feel like it,
and that’s what being a Spartan is. It’s about working towards something,
it is about obstacles. It is about doing
what you don’t feel like doing. It is so easy to be complacent with what you do. You gotta train hard because life is hard. Where are my trainers? There they are, Jerry’s got them.
He’s found the canoes. Jerry’s found them! If you bumped into Pete,
anywhere, you gonna remember him because he will impact your life
in some way, shape or form. He found something in life
that he enjoys doing, he’s always got a smile on his face,
he is always positive, full of energy. -Press record.
Can you see it’s recording now? -Yes.
-Press stop. -Let’s show people how we roll.
So start recording. -Yes. -Okay, so we’re gonna go down the hill. I used to be very competitive,
with a background in sports. I came across Spartan race and it definitely captured something in me
and I thought, this is fun! When I started to do the Spartan race
I actually thought to myself Am I gonna do this to push myself
to the absolute limit and win for myself? or am I going to do this in a different way? So I will go around
and look for opportunities to help people, which I think is what Spartan is all about. We are live now. Good morning,
happy beautiful day, it’s Pete Cohen. It is a shared experience
and it is a community thing as well. That’s what the world needs, desperately. In the first moment, the water is so cold
but you feel the power from the monk. And in this moment, you connect with nature. You feel all the power of nature
and your body begins to relax. It’s a really really good sensation. I want to go back inside. It was awesome, I want to stay there. It was just beautiful, I really enjoyed it. I want to stay inside more because my body
was in a little bit of pain after the staircase. But I loved the cold water. It was awesome. I’m just grateful for this opportunity. I am excited. I was scared. I was really scared,
so I froze up a little bit. But the monk came and grabbed my hand,
cause I started to turn around, and it was so cold
and you can’t regulate your breath and then it took 30 seconds to realize
that I wasn’t going to turn around. Then I started feeling like, okay this is cool. And then when we were done
I felt, holy shit I just did it! Yeah, it was amazing.
Like now I would totally do it again. Well, I mean another time. It was amazing. It was really, really awarding. -On to another adventure.
Let’s see what happens. It’s gonna be crazy. -Are you sure about this? -Go to the summit. I’m nervous! Not for me, for you. I still have not seen a team. I see a bunch of individuals
not doing anything as a team. There is stuff that needs carrying. We are staying on that mountain. We have to be
there by a certain time. Guys, seriously! -Two of us will not return. Two of us.
-I say four. I will make him brake you.
You don’t know the guy that I know right here. They’re laughing, they have been spoiled,
you have been handed everything. It’s ridiculous, it’s a freaking holiday. The time for laughing and joking really went. It was time to really get serious
about what we were about to embark upon. I have to say I was genuinely scared. -How many beads are here?
-84 -84 burpees for 84 beads. If I don’t make it back,
just let my mom know I love her, alright? I’m still trying to figure out.
Are they trying to scare us? This is getting really serious. The team dynamics are a little tough right now. On the outside, on the surface
it looks like everybody knows each other, is bonded and is working as a team. But I just saw them do burpees,
just getting organized. It looks like a mess, which is normal whenever
you take 8 or 9 people and jam them together. They don’t know each other,
they are from different parts of the world. The problem is that it is a bit dangerous up there. If it starts to fall apart, it puts everybody in danger. -Are you okay?
-I have a really bad pain in my right leg. -Are you going to be okay?
-Yes, it’s getting better. -Somebody wants to carry her pack?
-I can do it. It is a big challenge for me
but I bought myself this here, and I can rely on my team
and we will do this together. We came here as a team, and we will do it. I am scared but I am happy. My name is Sophia,
I live in Ruhpolding. A small town in Bavaria,
in the south of Germany. Before my training I always pass by here
and grab a cappuccino. It gives me that little extra power before training. Nice, now I am ready to go. -Get stronger, and get faster.
-Yes -The next race is coming up
and I hope you will get to the podium. -I hope so too, I qualified. At the moment, in the world elite ranking,
I am in third position. I am really proud of that. The girls ahead of me are my idols
and a big motivation. I will do my best to hold that position
and even get better. -Give me a second.
-Can you grab it? -It must be 20kg
-20 or 30kg, it is pretty heavy. -Hello!
-Hi! It is an obsession probably,
but we support her. She has been into it for a while. But of course
some people think it is crazy. When I grew up,
sports always played a big role Sports also meant socializing. You meet up with friends,
you do something together. -I always cry when I eat spicy food It’s great to meet up with training partners,
different training partners. There are so many people that I really like. This is my greatest weakness. But we need weaknesses
to work on them and to get better. But I think it’s not the biggest shame.
It’s getting better. They look a lot more organized than we do. Look at that, one after the other in a perfect line. No talking, I like it! 300 hundred, Japanese 70-year-old women
just went by in perfect formation. This is organized chaos. You don’t look very organized. Those Japanese women
were a lot more organized than this. So far, we are just trying to get our shit together and make sure that we are working as a team. I think it is a little bit of human nature
to start trying to control things on your own but that’s not going to work here. Joe and Emily had to remind us about that. A kick in the ass was probably something
we needed in the beginning of this trip. I think this is a bit of a wakeup call,
now that this has got real. This is not a walk in the park. My calf muscle from yesterday
is so tight it feels like it’s going to explode. We are at Mount Fuji
and we are about to embark on a journey up, that on a good day takes 6 hours. But we’ve got really bad weather rolling in, and just to make matters worse,
I had to bring the kettlebell. I handed it to the team as a team building device. That 45 pounds
is going to start to weigh on them and it’s going to feel
like much more than 45 pounds. You’re going to start to see cracks
in them individually. You will see cracks in the team. Ultimately creating a transformation, where we become one unit
and we achieve our mission. -Can we just have a check-in,
is everyone okay? -Yes -Mount Fuji, only 6 km to the summit?
-Yes, it is the same as a Sprint. -A sprint. Okay give me the kettlebell. -You’ll see. It’s the same distance,
but way different. -Okay.
-You’re seriously, ok? -I´m a monk.
-The Spanish superstar. -You know we can’t let him do that
because he is going to get burned out. Sometimes egos take over,
what you just saw there was a little ego. Mr. Spain just decided he will carry
the kettlebell himself to show off. We don’t know how that is going to turn out
but I suspect it might be fatal. -Frank! Good job! -Head lamps on now, – It’s going to get dark in 26 minutes.
That means it’s going to be really dark. -Can you overdose on oxygen? -Push there. We are starting to see a little insanity I think. Folks are getting nervous
about not having enough food. Apparently, there is bad weather coming in. It’s getting dark and we forgot headlamps. Everything that can go wrong
has gone wrong now. Two of us will not be returning.
Which two will it be? What’s nice is that it’s a big mountain
so that we can bury everybody right up here. Sunset is at 6:56. In 20 minutes. After 7:24 it will be pitch dark. I feel a little pain in my leg
but it is so much better than I thought it would be. As we Spartans say:
never give up, because quitting is no option. On the first part of the trail,
we were taking turns carrying the kettlebell and then the circumstances changed. The altitude changed, the path changed. We were going very high,
through rocks and it’s kinda hard to carry the 44 pound kettlebell,
plus your 40-50 pound luggage on your back. So I guess we went from being happy
and excited to terrified. I was terrified. -Who is the team captain?
You guys are falling apart. You’re not taking inventory
of your team members. This guy is carrying the kettlebell non-stop. -I’d have to say that honestly, I think that Pete has been our biggest
team captain, cheerleader and supporter. -Sorry to cut you off.
Pete, I love you, you are my guy. But I’m telling you, you guys in the back,
listen, I don’t mind carrying the kettlebell but keep up the pace because every time
you guys come up the hill, we have to take another stop for you guys. So if you keep up the pace we can all stop
at the same time and we will save time. The faster we get there,
the more we can relax and chill. So just don’t be all the way
in the back chillin’, bro. We are carrying the kettlebell for you,
you are not carrying the kettlebell, so if you can just a little bit,
keep up the pace. I love you, I respect you,
I think you are amazing, awesome, but let’s keep up the pace. -Hey guys, are you happy with that?
Pick up the pace a bit? -These ladies are not carrying anything
which is amazing, but they are keeping up the pace.
You guys are too far behind us. -I am just sweeping in the back,
just making sure that everyone is ok. – So tell them, move ahead.
That is all I got to say. I don’t mind carrying it
but we’re down on time and we have to be there at a certain time
or they won’t let us in. -I have something to say. I don’t have altitude sickness and I know
nobody wants to give me the kettlebell. But honestly, I want to on occasion,
somebody put the kettlebell in my backpack. Because, I’m not going to be the weak link. -Okay, well,
we can just put it in there now if you want? -Okay.
-Thanks. -If you keep going let’s go. We are only a few thousand meters up and what is starting to happen
is their facades are starting to come off. They are starting to chip away that look
that people put on to protect themselves. We are getting down to their true inner being. So it’s going to be exciting to see the truly naked
versions where everything is hanging out. Look how much closer we are.
We may make it before they close. -Listen, don’t rush your head. -If we walk slow, we got to take another break.
-It’s not about that. -I can’t take a another deep breath. -What am I supposed to do when I’m dizzy. -No! No! No! No!
Nobody’s taking my bag. You may think this is the end. This is the beginning…