Friend of the podcast Heather Tepe is competing on season 2 of NBC's Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge as a member of Team Showtime alongside Mike Cannon, Yurel Echezarreta, Katie Huber & Samantha Zack. We asked her how performing as a Broadway swing helped her prepare for this challenge:
"Being a swing on Broadway I'd say is what really helped in preparation for a race like this. Going into it, we had very little information on what it would consist of. We could watch the previous season, but we knew it was going to be very different. As a swing, you have to be prepared for whatever is thrown at you at any given moment. Things were sure being thrown at us during this race! You also always have to be aware of your surroundings. There was so much going on and lots of people around with not as much room as you'd expect. We had to look out for each other and make sure everyone was doing ok while making sure we weren't going to interfere with another team. I've also gotten very good at staying calm when it feels like everything is going wrong. I've been thrown on for tracks I don't cover and have had to learn it as I go, playing children and men at the same time. I've grown to love that kind of stress. Having those experiences was very helpful in the heat of the moment on the course. Basically nothing was guaranteed to go right. We were touching all of the obstacles for the first time, we were soaked and freezing - oh and it was in the middle of the night! Being a dancer did help with that. We often have to improvise, and we know how our bodies work and can adapt pretty easily when something feels strange. It was a thrill for sure and an experience I will cherish and never forget!"
Season two of Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge premiered on NBC on Monday, June 12.