Today’s guest, Mike Bates is a former British Royal Marine Commando and covert counter terrorism operator who is often referred to as the real-life James Bond.
The day Mike stepped foot off the train at Lympstone Commando to begin Royal Marines training was the start. The start of a journey into finding his physical and mental limits, then overcoming them. This journey took him from the mountains of Afghanistan to the deserts of Iraq and far further. It whetted his appetite for demanding training, for setting challenging goals and striving to constantly improve as a human being.
The Atlantic Grappler:
This challenge took him more than 3000 Miles west from San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain (28oN 18oW) to Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda (17oN 61oW).
Mike had to battle with sleep deprivation, salt sores and physical extremes inflicted by the row. His only company were his own thoughts, the expanse of the ocean and the job of getting the boat safely to the other side.
To put this into perspective, more people have reached the summit of Everest or travelled into space than have successfully rowed an ocean.
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