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Paratus Preliator
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Zero to Hero – Cody Smith

Paratus Preliator

 Paratus Preliator – “Ready Warrior”  this is the motto of the National Guard’s Recruit Sustainment Program and relates to the individual being a warrior in body, mind, and spirit.  My short career with the Guard has been spent teaching me the fundamentals of the Warrior Spirit and the more I learn, the more I realize that you can’t make a warrior, you can only “Make Ready” a warrior.   A Warrior willingly subjects themselves to any punishment both mental and physical so that they may advance upon and overcome any obstacle that dares to challenge them.  How you will know a warrior is relatively simple,  warriors in general ae “go-getters”, Type A personalities always looking for the next big challenge, the next feat to overcome.  Warriors make an oath to themselves, consciously or not, to do one of several things.  First they will always place the mission first,  no matter how discomforting, how “out of their zone”  they have a mission whether directed to them or taken upon individually to accomplish the mission at all costs.  Secondly, Warriors will never accept defeat.  Everyone in their life will come up short on some things, plans don’t fall into place and if you subscribe to Murphy’s Law ” A good plan never survives first contact.”  The difference between a Warrior and a common man is simple, the warrior has taken it upon themselves to complete this mission and come hell or high water they will be succesful and they will declare victory.  A Warrior doesn’t always get it right the first time, but when push comes to shove they will accomplish the feat for their philosophy is “Pain is temporary, Pride is forever.  Thirdly Warriors will never quit, There will be times when the challenge they face is one that will take the warrior every ounce of mental and physical stamina to overcome, but where most men fail the warrior succeeds, because they will accomplish the mission at whatever they must pay in blood, sweat, and tears.  Finally Warriors never leave a fallen comrade, a warrior leads from the front plain and simple.  When people start falling behind, injured, or otherwise the warrior is right beside them pushing them until they can’t push anymore and then a warrior picks up their comrade and completes the mission.  A famous Roman General said it well “Of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are nothing but targets, nine are real fighters… We are lucky to have them… They make the battle. Ah, but the one, one of them is a Warrior… and he will bring the others back.”  You are the Warrior it is up to you to declare victory and bring your people home.  So as you train for whatever in life not just the Spartan Race, because that is only the first step to make ready the warrior, are you training as an individual for a race, or are you training to be a Ready Warrior?

US Army Warrior Ethos:
I will always place the mission first

I will never accept defeat

I will never quit

I will never leave a fallen comrade

Spartan Code:

  • A Spartan pushes their mind and body to their limits.
  • A Spartan masters their emotions.
  • A Spartan learns continuously.
  • A Spartan gives generously.
  • A Spartan leads.
  • A Spartan stands up for what they believe in, no matter the cost.
  • A Spartan knows their flaws as well as they know their strengths.
  • A Spartan proves themselves through actions, not words.
  • A Spartan lives every day as if it were their last.

-Cody Smith

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Zero to Hero – Cody Smith

I come from three generations of Firefighters and my family may as well have been the first privates in the Revolutionary War so to say my life was already planned out before I came into the world is an understatement.  Until this very year there was one absolute about my life,  I was going to be a soldier and so at a very early age I volunteered on a Search and Rescue team and set out to improve my fitness levels.  Really it wasn’t anything drastic, a couple of fun runs here and there mixed in with various obstacle courses and other competitions.  In all actuality I was never really an “athlete”  that is until the summer of 2011.  See I had never planned to follow my father and grandfather into the Volunteer Fire Service, instead I was to be a career officer, a warrior, a locked on and steady troop at least that was always the plan until I just happened to be on Hulu (I was quite the Zero mind you)  and I stumbled across a documentary about the Oregon Fire Service so I watched it and instantly I was hooked.  I had it in my head that I was gonna be a Firefighter.  So being just a wryly sixteen year-old I immediately applied for the volunteer Department my dad had served on, not realizing the physical requirements.  After the initial application I began my training to be a firefighter,  now I had never been one to lift any weights besides a ruck, so I grabbed two stones (named them pride and discipline and occasionally they accompany me on a WOD) tied two straps to them and used them as free weights.  For two months I did the same routine while running and eating a “warrior diet” (more on that later).  Now I still wanted to join the military and a couple of my friends joined the National Guard which pushed me over the edge, at this point there were two absolutes in my life I was to be a firefighter and a soldier.  Motivated by my new revelations I started looking for 5k’s to run, after seeing the usual “Fun run” rubbish I began thinking that there HAS to be something out there that combines the military aspect with running, lo and behold I found the Sparta Nation!  After one look at the WODs I was hooked!  I had always been a huge subscriber to the “fit to fight” and “functional fitness” theories which basically says to work out for the mission and Spartan Race did just that!  Instead of the boring weight lifts I was now doing functional stuff, lifting, pushing, pulling, and weighting my body to grow into the warrior I am today.  As a result I am pleased to say I am a proud member of the Corn Fed Spartans, a firefighter who knows no limits, and a warrior (ok artilleryman) ready to put steel on steel with the bad guys.  Life is a battle, Spartan Race gets you off the defensive, get your feet dug in, Spartan up and carry on.  If you’re reading this and even thinking about Spartan Race just do it, you won’t start transformation from Zero to Hero without motivation!

– Cody Smith

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