The 12-Hour Race That Almost Killed Me...

Birt 2 jún 2019
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Matt takes on one of the toughest endurance events on the entire planet, the Ironman. The Ironman consists of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile (42.20 km) run, raced in that order and without a break.
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  • gabe pagan

    gabe pagan

    11 klukkustundum síðan

    The epitome of “the boys will always be there”

  • pol Sedo

    pol Sedo

    3 dögum síðan

    one of my favorite videos from you guys

  • Andrea Kaffure

    Andrea Kaffure

    4 dögum síðan

    This is beautiful.

  • Afiq Ruzaini

    Afiq Ruzaini

    4 dögum síðan

    THANK YOU. whenever i feel like my back is against the wall, and i am down and helpess, i'd go back to this vid. especially the advice of from a phone call about how our construct of self is so strong that we can only break it by going for the distance, seeking discomfort and keep pushing. thanks again guys. now i wanna sign up for ironman after this pandemic. imma prove that the fact that i had covid, mental illness and struggling financially and academically would not stop me from keep pushing and believing in myself. thanks. see you when i see you. preferably at the top.

  • Erin An

    Erin An

    11 dögum síðan

    Why am I crying?

  • Artur Lazzarin

    Artur Lazzarin

    13 dögum síðan

    You guys are so inspiring omg!! Cheers from brazil, love the videos. Its all about LIFE

  • No Name

    No Name

    14 dögum síðan

    I am very proud of you Matt!

  • No Name

    No Name

    14 dögum síðan

    I wich I had friends like you guys

  • Alfie Miller-Sharp

    Alfie Miller-Sharp

    15 dögum síðan

    This is THE most inspiring video I've seen to date. Congrats Matt on completing an Iron Man. The moment when Ammar lets him fall into his arms is just so simple and profound, it makes me cry even watching it for the third time. Well done Yes Theory and well done Matt!

  • bluto2143


    17 dögum síðan

    LOL. Way over exaggerated.

  • Moleboheng Motsoeneng

    Moleboheng Motsoeneng

    18 dögum síðan

    The process 😭😭😭, a year later and it's still my favorite

  • Dulat Aldazharov

    Dulat Aldazharov

    19 dögum síðan

    Now this is the best motivational video on youtube

  • Matthew Solomons

    Matthew Solomons

    21 degi síðan síðan

    1AM in South Africa, and I am revisiting this video for probably the 100th time. Truly one of the most inspiring videos I have ever seen - in fact, this is the video that pushed me to accomplish one of my greatest achievements yet: a marathon. Now I know a marathon compared to an ironman is like a walk in the park, but to me it was by far the toughest challenge I have ever faced.
    I did it because I wanted to push myself beyond my mental and physical limits, to create a habit of overcoming the thoughts that keep us from achieving the impossible. During any long distance run, once it becomes difficult we automatically become negative. We speak down on ourselves and we question why we thought we could even accomplish something like this. These are the thoughts that push us to quit. Funny thing is, we don't only have these thoughts during runs, we have these thoughts almost everyday. The moment things get a little difficult en route to our goals, we start having these negative thoughts, because now we're treading in territory that is new and uncomfortable. However, the goal is on the other end of this discomfort, but many of us cannot push through it - or at least, that's what we think.
    So I took this journey to push myself mentally, more than just physically. I wanted to create a habit of silencing those thoughts and pushing through, and on this journey I learned something I will treasure as long as I live - we are all stronger than we think. I never thought I could do a 15km, and then I did a 20km. I never thought I could do a 25km, and then I completed 30km. Point is, I never knew what I was capable of until I pushed myself beyond what I thought was possible, and it was only then that I realised how much strength I have.
    Haha, long story short, thank you to the YesFam for constantly pushing yourselves and breaking mental barriers, because through that, you made me realise that I indeed am stronger than I think! Keep it coming, and also, #bringMattback! lol just kidding, no pressure!

  • Sana Ganjoo

    Sana Ganjoo

    22 dögum síðan

    Definitely cried seeing the friendship/brotherhood y'all share. This was amazing, Matt. Thank you for showing us that our potential is truly infinite.

  • Julien Mancilla

    Julien Mancilla

    22 dögum síðan

    Matt, you're so fucking inspiring....

  • kathryn


    23 dögum síðan

    this video gets me so emotional

  • Nicole Gruszczynski

    Nicole Gruszczynski

    24 dögum síðan

    I cried as soon as I saw all the love and support running there beside you

  • Prasenjit Munna

    Prasenjit Munna

    24 dögum síðan

    why i am crying?

  • JezGore


    26 dögum síðan

    1:50 is why I love Ammar

  • Rhianna Aguilar

    Rhianna Aguilar

    26 dögum síðan

    I love this channel, it is absolutely inspiring. I found this page about 2 weeks ago and I have been on a binge. I can’t wait for next season. Also, I literally have fallen in love with Ammar! His story, his struggles and his bravery, his heart and his strength and endurance is just ahhh. I love you Ammar for everything you have helped realize in such a short period of time. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

  • ing fish

    ing fish

    27 dögum síðan

    Derin is there too to support him😭

  • JohnnyO34


    27 dögum síðan

    You guy's are so inspiring. I'm 44yo and I'm not even diabetic but I have a chronic ulcer on the bottom of my foot. 7 years in and 5 surgeries I can't beat it. It's a drain on my life. I can't "go for a walk", I can't put weight on it. I've gained a lot of weight since 2014. I'm beyond frustrated but there's nothing I can do about it. Vids like this are inspiring to me. 😊🙏

  • Shayla Miles

    Shayla Miles

    27 dögum síðan


  • Satwik Tripathi

    Satwik Tripathi

    28 dögum síðan

    8:38 its says he finished in 12:08. But no issues, you did a great job Matt. more power to you.

    • Nadia Awad

      Nadia Awad

      25 dögum síðan

      Not everyone starts at the same time

  • Beatriz Azevedo

    Beatriz Azevedo

    28 dögum síðan


  • Yarrow Joy

    Yarrow Joy

    28 dögum síðan

    I've watched this video probably 500 times since it's been posted, and that number is on the low end. This singular video gives me so much hope, encouragement, and inspiration. Thank you, Yes Theory, for all that you do.

  • Matt Hamma

    Matt Hamma

    28 dögum síðan

    This was fucking epic. Pumped me up so much, and had me almost in tears. Congrats Matt.

  • Lauren Crandall

    Lauren Crandall

    Mánuði síðan

    Totally made me tear up!!

  • Stephan Shelby

    Stephan Shelby

    Mánuði síðan

    I honestly cried at this video at the end man

  • just some guy

    just some guy

    Mánuði síðan

    I was expecting to cry

  • Chandru Chan

    Chandru Chan

    Mánuði síðan

    I started with the tuvalu video this morning at 9am, first time came to know about this channel.You guys are incredible and brutally loving.I think fee u guys have understood the true purpose of life is.Thomas insecurity and maat marathon and egypt tour and lexie journey ohh boyyy u guys are truly inspirational. i love you guys. I spend the entire day watching all ur videos and i had a real sense of fulfillment and motivation..
    u made me cry in many videos.

  • XXXCrashFireXXX


    Mánuði síðan

    I need to so this

  • Tony Castro

    Tony Castro

    Mánuði síðan

    My goal is to complete a full IRONMAN event this year at 62 years old, but unfortunately I have two Titanium knees, it’s never been done before and I will be the first, I’m signed up for the 2021 California inaugural Sacramento IRONMAN Oct 24th, can you help make my dream come true?

  • Christian Fukunaga

    Christian Fukunaga

    Mánuði síðan

    thanks for encouraging us to push our limits! Every time when I feel depressed, I watch this masterpiece.

  • Fenice Kim

    Fenice Kim

    Mánuði síðan

    I think the only thing that can top this is getting David Goggins to train you for the Antarctic Iron man.

  • wanderingdream PH

    wanderingdream PH

    Mánuði síðan

    This made me cry 💛😭😭 heck this is wholesome 😞

  • Immersed


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  • Andrew Cochrane

    Andrew Cochrane

    Mánuði síðan

    Amazing! Well done

  • Mauricio y su vida travel blogs Tinoco Lambrey

    Mauricio y su vida travel blogs Tinoco Lambrey

    Mánuði síðan

    You guys inspired me so much I’m going to study abroad in 17 days and I’m scared I’m nervous excited sometimes I doubt myself and I don’t believe in myself getting out of my confort zone is challenging but I will do it I will embrace the fear and excitement and do it 🇨🇦✈️✈️

  • Querida Tess

    Querida Tess

    Mánuði síðan

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  • Trishna Gurung

    Trishna Gurung

    Mánuði síðan

    man the ending was so emotional im crying in my lunch break

  • Petros Kefallinos

    Petros Kefallinos

    Mánuði síðan

    Having done a meer marathon myself and knowing how energetic and perfect i felt at the beggining and drained in the end when i saw you preparing for the marathon after the 180km bike ride made me laugh, cry and wonder...You are a true Ironman!! congratulations!!

  • Nurul Auni Iman

    Nurul Auni Iman

    Mánuði síðan

    Rewatching this to cry again after matt left🤧🤧🤧

  • StormOnTheSea


    Mánuði síðan

    "Remember, you used to think this was impossible" is going to be what I live by I swear

  • Dylan Robertson

    Dylan Robertson

    Mánuði síðan

    I remember when my dad did the Ironman races and I was a little one but I was so happy to see him do it though, he trained with his friends and he even drove to Florida from Texas just to do some races

  • Steven Paulescu

    Steven Paulescu

    Mánuði síðan

    Anyone know the music at 2:58 ?

  • Cheyenne Hammonds

    Cheyenne Hammonds

    Mánuði síðan

    Crying?? No... just.. allergies acting up...

  • Kudjo Hillarius Atsu

    Kudjo Hillarius Atsu

    Mánuði síðan

    Their friendship is beautiful

  • Mama Jokes

    Mama Jokes

    Mánuði síðan

    My teacher from 6th grade competed in the Ironman and when she came back we celebrated for her!

  • Londen Tabor

    Londen Tabor

    Mánuði síðan

    My husband did 2 tough mudders in the same day. There's a backstory but...yeah. oh and he also participated in the World 1st Toughest Mudder😁

  • Duarte Maria

    Duarte Maria

    Mánuði síðan

    Beautifull friendship, beautifull video, beautifull content, im super happy I found your channel :) Forever subscribed, keep doing the best!

  • Cody King

    Cody King

    Mánuði síðan

    Yo I just cried like a baby at the end

  • mtb forever

    mtb forever

    Mánuði síðan

    this is cringe

  • Satish Kumar

    Satish Kumar

    Mánuði síðan

    You son of a bitch did it 🔥🔥

  • Anirudh Kashyap

    Anirudh Kashyap

    Mánuði síðan

    Omg....12 hours!! Amazing

  • iFNhU


    Mánuði síðan

    So much cussing..



    Mánuði síðan

    I was literally cheering for Matt during his last mile

  • J F

    J F

    Mánuði síðan

    Guys especially Matt, you‘re so inspiring trank you for everything just keep going

  • Jyoti Prakash

    Jyoti Prakash

    Mánuði síðan

    At 8:34, why does it show 12:08 minutes? Didn't he complete the race in 11: 58 minutes?

    • Ryley Palmer

      Ryley Palmer

      Mánuði síðan

      Not everyone starts at the same time because there’s too many people, so he would have been in the group that started 10 minutes later

  • Sejal Lodha

    Sejal Lodha

    Mánuði síðan

    Watching this again knowing he is no longer going to come on camera makes me wanna cry so bad😭😭 such an inspiration he is 😭

  • craig woodgate

    craig woodgate

    Mánuði síðan

    The amount of training and pain you put yourself through just to do one of these is insane I know someone who has done the Ironman race and it’s left him walking with a stick as he had a bad knee injury where he had to have an operation on it. I know the coast to coast isn’t the toughest challenge but I’m wanting to beat my time and do it in 2 days instead of 5 days. Congratulations Matt what an achievement

  • Faircrest Solutions

    Faircrest Solutions

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    The loutish clef congruently jump because authorization accidentally repeat via a selfish bagel. lyrical, fluffy respect

  • Lily Wolf

    Lily Wolf

    Mánuði síðan

    I just started watching this channel about two hours ago, and it made me realize that I’m not living the life I want; and if I want to live the the life I want, I need to isolate myself from the stuff that is holding me back from it. I’m just waiting for God to give me the good people in my life, and I want to live to my full potential, and not to be an average human. I always wanted to do more with my life but I was always scared of leaving my comfort zone without even know it, so I never did. Now of course the road I will be taking is going to be a very lonely road, but fuck, it’s going to be worth it. I’m so excited! 💝🙏🏼

  • Connor Forbes

    Connor Forbes

    Mánuði síðan

    My dad has done 12 Freaking Iron Man’s

  • adc isla

    adc isla

    Mánuði síðan

    Beautiful experience and journey. Wow. Thank you.

  • Da Boi

    Da Boi

    Mánuði síðan

    I remember going almost every year to go and watch my friends do it

  • Ailex Joy Pirante

    Ailex Joy Pirante

    Mánuði síðan

    Matt you're so amazing.

  • Leonel Funches

    Leonel Funches

    Mánuði síðan

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  • Xplicid


    Mánuði síðan

    Here I am thinking my half marathon in 3 hours was fucked 😓

  • Sushant Thapa

    Sushant Thapa

    Mánuði síðan

    Two drops of salty water came from my eyes at the momemt he finished the ironman but i don't know why.

  • Fabiola Graceffa

    Fabiola Graceffa

    Mánuði síðan

    The moment you finished and fell into Ammar's arms.. I'm crying.

  • Christine Lott

    Christine Lott

    Mánuði síðan

    The hard-to-find frown mostly search because mountain distally fancy to a beautiful nose. nonchalant, humdrum mine

  • Abdulmatin Pathan

    Abdulmatin Pathan

    Mánuði síðan

    Matt is a beast...!!!👏💯
    Ammar is true friend...!!!💯

  • Melissa Torres

    Melissa Torres

    Mánuði síðan

    This was so inspiring 😭😭❤️

  • Eetu Markkanen

    Eetu Markkanen

    Mánuði síðan

    Excuse me 😅 Matt you’re build different, beast



    Mánuði síðan

    My home town! Santa Rosa!

  • couchpotato 429

    couchpotato 429

    Mánuði síðan

    6:04... Am I the only one seeing like a 60-70-year-old man running an Iron Man xD?

  • Tainy


    Mánuði síðan

    Pourquoi il y a le titre et une partie de description de seulement cette vidéo qui est en français ? C'est un bug Youtube vu que je suis en France qui me le met en français ou même les américains le voient en français ?

  • Emily Verheyden

    Emily Verheyden

    Mánuði síðan

    I’m crying oml

  • Lucas Guimarães

    Lucas Guimarães

    Mánuði síðan

    I signed up to run my first Marathon in June 2021, in Florianópolis, Brazil. I'm willing to do it regardless the event is confirmed or not. Anyone down to join me?

  • Law Dawg 1000

    Law Dawg 1000

    Mánuði síðan

    respect to the camera man who did an ironman with camera equipment

  • yen raterta

    yen raterta

    Mánuði síðan

    Made me cry!!! ❤❤❤... I love Yes Theory!!! FOREVER!!!!❤

  • Cliedorff22


    Mánuði síðan

    I want to do an Ironman now ngl

  • Hannah Borman

    Hannah Borman

    Mánuði síðan

    This is the most beautiful friendship ever

  • Susana Saakian

    Susana Saakian

    2 mánuðum síðan

    You all are so inspiring ✨

  • internet_user


    2 mánuðum síðan

    tbh i feel like this video lacked actual content... would have liked to see a lot more of this training and the aftermath

  • Kate Starmans

    Kate Starmans

    2 mánuðum síðan

    Still so powerful ❤️

  • Emily Petty

    Emily Petty

    2 mánuðum síðan

    I already miss matt and its been like a week since stopped doing videos

  • Saurabh Mohan

    Saurabh Mohan

    2 mánuðum síðan

    Matt, you are were and always will be an inspiration. So sad that the world wont see more of you.

  • Oliver Leibbrandt

    Oliver Leibbrandt

    2 mánuðum síðan

    “I’m in a stretcher being wheeled away to a medical tent wait I need a thumbnail”

  • Carter Lang

    Carter Lang

    2 mánuðum síðan

    When I clicked on this I thought something bad happend

  • Leyah DP

    Leyah DP

    2 mánuðum síðan

    i am crying

  • Lisey Bendy

    Lisey Bendy

    2 mánuðum síðan

    My dad does Ironman and he is the 33 person in the world to do 11 in Australia

  • Graham Robinson

    Graham Robinson

    2 mánuðum síðan

    Geez and I’m scared about my 5k!

  • george mavris

    george mavris

    2 mánuðum síðan

    most motivational video ever

  • Saiful Nizam

    Saiful Nizam

    2 mánuðum síðan

    I miss this kind of sports event. I’m working with company that organise marathon. Because of covid, we cannot do any marathon event for last year. Maybe for this year. I miss to see everyone that participate in marathon.

  • Rjay Datingaling

    Rjay Datingaling

    2 mánuðum síðan

    Nakakaiyak naman to lalo na yung last mile ano beyen!!!! 😭😭😭

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    Zobot's diys

    2 mánuðum síðan

    What's with the click bait???

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    2 mánuðum síðan

    sub to me

  • A G

    A G

    2 mánuðum síðan

    Amar brings tears to my eyes, he is such a loving and supportive friend.