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

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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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  1. Buddhi krishna Thapa
    Buddhi krishna Thapa
    15 uur geleden

    Just a big smile at the end of the video💖"remember you used to think this was impossible"

  2. Jóhann Harzon
    Jóhann Harzon
    19 uur geleden

    Why do these videos always leave me in tears

  3. 47 Ifrah Shahzad
    47 Ifrah Shahzad
    Dag geleden

    I would give up a kidney for friends like Ammar, Matt and Thomas

  4. s r
    s r
    5 dagen geleden

    Wow narcissism OVERLOAD self serving b.s

  5. Cham Gomezz
    Cham Gomezz
    5 dagen geleden

    Felt so much love seeing your friends running with you on the last mile, cheering and pushing you ‘til the finish line and yes, it made me cry even while writing this. ❤️ Continue to inspire people, you inspired one life in me.

  6. gabe pagan
    gabe pagan
    7 dagen geleden

    The epitome of “the boys will always be there”

  7. pol Sedo
    pol Sedo
    9 dagen geleden

    one of my favorite videos from you guys

  8. Andrea Kaffure
    Andrea Kaffure
    11 dagen geleden

    This is beautiful.

  9. Afiq Ruzaini
    Afiq Ruzaini
    11 dagen geleden

    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.

  10. Erin An
    Erin An
    17 dagen geleden

    Why am I crying?

  11. Artur Lazzarin
    Artur Lazzarin
    20 dagen geleden

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

  12. No Name
    No Name
    20 dagen geleden

    I am very proud of you Matt!

  13. No Name
    No Name
    20 dagen geleden

    I wich I had friends like you guys

  14. Alfie Miller-Sharp
    Alfie Miller-Sharp
    21 dag geleden

    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!

  15. bluto2143
    24 dagen geleden

    LOL. Way over exaggerated.

  16. Moleboheng Motsoeneng
    Moleboheng Motsoeneng
    25 dagen geleden

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

  17. Dulat Aldazharov
    Dulat Aldazharov
    25 dagen geleden

    Now this is the best motivational video on youtube

  18. Matthew Solomons
    Matthew Solomons
    28 dagen geleden

    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!

  19. Sana Ganjoo
    Sana Ganjoo
    29 dagen geleden

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

  20. Julien Mancilla
    Julien Mancilla
    29 dagen geleden

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

  21. kathryn
    Maand geleden

    this video gets me so emotional

  22. Nicole Gruszczynski
    Nicole Gruszczynski
    Maand geleden

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

  23. Prasenjit Munna
    Prasenjit Munna
    Maand geleden

    why i am crying?

  24. JezGore
    Maand geleden

    1:50 is why I love Ammar

  25. Rhianna Aguilar
    Rhianna Aguilar
    Maand geleden

    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. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

  26. ing fish
    ing fish
    Maand geleden

    Derin is there too to support him😭

  27. JohnnyO34
    Maand geleden

    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. 😊🙏

  28. Shayla Miles
    Shayla Miles
    Maand geleden

    8:47 😭😢💜

  29. Satwik Tripathi
    Satwik Tripathi
    Maand geleden

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

    1. Nadia Awad
      Nadia Awad
      Maand geleden

      Not everyone starts at the same time

  30. Beatriz Azevedo
    Beatriz Azevedo
    Maand geleden


  31. Yarrow Joy
    Yarrow Joy
    Maand geleden

    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.

  32. Matt Hamma
    Matt Hamma
    Maand geleden

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

  33. Lauren Crandall
    Lauren Crandall
    Maand geleden

    Totally made me tear up!!

  34. Stephan Shelby
    Stephan Shelby
    Maand geleden

    I honestly cried at this video at the end man

  35. just some guy
    just some guy
    Maand geleden

    I was expecting to cry

  36. Chandru Chan
    Chandru Chan
    Maand geleden

    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.

  37. XXXCrashFireXXX
    Maand geleden

    I need to so this

  38. Tony Castro
    Tony Castro
    Maand geleden

    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?

  39. Christian Fukunaga
    Christian Fukunaga
    Maand geleden

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

  40. Fenice Kim
    Fenice Kim
    Maand geleden

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

  41. wanderingdream PH
    wanderingdream PH
    Maand geleden

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

  42. Immersed
    Maand geleden


  43. Andrew Cochrane
    Andrew Cochrane
    Maand geleden

    Amazing! Well done

  44. Mauricio y su vida travel blogs Tinoco Lambrey
    Mauricio y su vida travel blogs Tinoco Lambrey
    Maand geleden

    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 🇨🇦✈️✈️

  45. Querida Tess
    Querida Tess
    Maand geleden

    The finicky pleasure desirably stuff because stove largely crash save a imperfect output. industrious, guttural H habitual governor

  46. Trishna Gurung
    Trishna Gurung
    Maand geleden

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

  47. Petros Kefallinos
    Petros Kefallinos
    Maand geleden

    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!!

  48. Nurul Auni Iman
    Nurul Auni Iman
    Maand geleden

    Rewatching this to cry again after matt left🤧🤧🤧

  49. StormOnTheSea
    Maand geleden

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

  50. Dylan Robertson
    Dylan Robertson
    Maand geleden

    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

  51. Steven Paulescu
    Steven Paulescu
    Maand geleden

    Anyone know the music at 2:58 ?

  52. Cheyenne Hammonds
    Cheyenne Hammonds
    Maand geleden

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

  53. Kudjo Hillarius Atsu
    Kudjo Hillarius Atsu
    Maand geleden

    Their friendship is beautiful

  54. Mama Jokes
    Mama Jokes
    Maand geleden

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

  55. Londen Tabor
    Londen Tabor
    Maand geleden

    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😁

  56. Duarte Maria
    Duarte Maria
    Maand geleden

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

  57. Cody King
    Cody King
    Maand geleden

    Yo I just cried like a baby at the end

  58. mtb forever
    mtb forever
    Maand geleden

    this is cringe

  59. Satish Kumar
    Satish Kumar
    Maand geleden

    You son of a bitch did it 🔥🔥

  60. Anirudh Kashyap
    Anirudh Kashyap
    Maand geleden

    Omg....12 hours!! Amazing

  61. iFNhU
    Maand geleden

    So much cussing..

    Maand geleden

    I was literally cheering for Matt during his last mile

  63. J F
    J F
    Maand geleden

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

  64. Jyoti Prakash
    Jyoti Prakash
    Maand geleden

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

    1. Ryley Palmer
      Ryley Palmer
      Maand geleden

      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

  65. Sejal Lodha
    Sejal Lodha
    Maand geleden

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

  66. craig woodgate
    craig woodgate
    Maand geleden

    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

  67. Faircrest Solutions
    Faircrest Solutions
    Maand geleden

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

  68. Lily Wolf
    Lily Wolf
    Maand geleden

    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! 💝🙏🏼

  69. Connor Forbes
    Connor Forbes
    Maand geleden

    My dad has done 12 Freaking Iron Man’s

  70. adc isla
    adc isla
    Maand geleden

    Beautiful experience and journey. Wow. Thank you.

  71. Da Boi
    Da Boi
    Maand geleden

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

  72. Ailex Joy Pirante
    Ailex Joy Pirante
    Maand geleden

    Matt you're so amazing. 😁💛

  73. Leonel Funches
    Leonel Funches
    Maand geleden

    The lowly dessert wessely heal because dream terminally thank forenenst a cold sort. whole, healthy ramie

  74. Xplicid
    Maand geleden

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

  75. Sushant Thapa
    Sushant Thapa
    Maand geleden

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

  76. Fabiola Graceffa
    Fabiola Graceffa
    Maand geleden

    The moment you finished and fell into Ammar's arms.. I'm crying. YOU FUCKING DID IT MAN!! WOOOHHHOOOOO

  77. Christine Lott
    Christine Lott
    Maand geleden

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

  78. Abdulmatin Pathan
    Abdulmatin Pathan
    Maand geleden

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

  79. Melissa Torres
    Melissa Torres
    2 maanden geleden

    This was so inspiring 😭😭❤️

  80. Eetu Markkanen
    Eetu Markkanen
    2 maanden geleden

    Excuse me 😅 Matt you’re build different, beast

  81. JENNY
    2 maanden geleden

    My home town! Santa Rosa!

  82. couchpotato 429
    couchpotato 429
    2 maanden geleden

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

  83. Tainy
    2 maanden geleden

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

  84. Emily Verheyden
    Emily Verheyden
    2 maanden geleden

    I’m crying oml

  85. Lucas Guimarães
    Lucas Guimarães
    2 maanden geleden

    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?

  86. Law Dawg 1000
    Law Dawg 1000
    2 maanden geleden

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

  87. yen raterta
    yen raterta
    2 maanden geleden

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

  88. Cliedorff22
    2 maanden geleden

    I want to do an Ironman now ngl

  89. Hannah Borman
    Hannah Borman
    2 maanden geleden

    This is the most beautiful friendship ever

  90. Susana Saakian
    Susana Saakian
    2 maanden geleden

    You all are so inspiring ✨

  91. internet_user
    2 maanden geleden

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

  92. Kate Starmans
    Kate Starmans
    2 maanden geleden

    Still so powerful ❤️

  93. Emily Petty
    Emily Petty
    2 maanden geleden

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

  94. Saurabh Mohan
    Saurabh Mohan
    2 maanden geleden

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

  95. Oliver Leibbrandt
    Oliver Leibbrandt
    2 maanden geleden

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

  96. Carter Lang
    Carter Lang
    2 maanden geleden

    When I clicked on this I thought something bad happend

  97. Leyah DP
    Leyah DP
    2 maanden geleden

    i am crying

  98. Lisey Bendy
    Lisey Bendy
    2 maanden geleden

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

  99. Graham Robinson
    Graham Robinson
    2 maanden geleden

    Geez and I’m scared about my 5k!

  100. george mavris
    george mavris
    2 maanden geleden

    most motivational video ever