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What Ironman Failure Taught Me

What Ironman Failure Taught Me About Life and Racing Well, I’ve always said this life I’m living (to give back with my feet) is a journey. And it definitely has had it’s ups and downs. In 2012 during my first 1/2 Ironman distance race I was struck by an SUV three miles from the bike finish.…

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The Thrill of Victory the Agony of PTSD

The Thrill of Victory the Agony of PTSD  By Myra Brandenburg For Amy Cotta, it isn’t the actual competing in extreme athletic events that gives her an adrenaline rush, it’s something so much more, deeper, more refined than just the thrill of the event….. or even the finish. Keenly aware of what its like to have…

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From Excuses to Ironman

Originally posted on Swiftwick.com Have you ever had a dream that you didn’t pursue? Have you ever sat back and watched people around you accomplish feats that you knew you couldn’t do yourself? Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to be a part of something bigger than yourself? Me too. I’ve been…

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Mother of Marine Runs Ironman in Combat Boots

Posted: Nov 13, 2013 5:00 PM CST By Jamey Tucker, Video Journalist FRANKLIN, Tenn. – A Franklin mother is planning to run the Arizona Ironman Triathlon this weekend in honor of fallen soldiers and their families. Amy Cotta told News 2 her son Cpl. Tyler Zych joined the military immediately after completing high school. “When…

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Ironman Motivation – Eminem Til I Collapse

Ironman Motivation Video  I love this song and this video. It has quickly become one of my all time favorite Ironman inspirations. Eminem Til I Collapse – Ironman 140.6 motivational video. This will make you believe that an Ironman lies within you. Till I collapse by Eminem       Get Uncomfortable with me!

2013 Women’s Half Marathon

I posted my best half marathon course time at the 2013 Women’s Half Marathon in Nashville. It was a beautiful day and an awesome day for a run. The course was nice, the women were awesome — encouraging me and thanking me along the way. I’m very thankful that I have the ability to do…

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Mind Games – 5 Ways to Keep Training Without Giving Up or Getting Bored

Mind Games   5 Ways to Keep Training Without Giving Up or Getting Bored   Use the “next one” technique.  Focus on something in the distance and tell yourself, “I’m going to keep going at this pace until I hit that next ___.” Then once you make it to that object find the next object…

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Ironman Diary 7.5.13

It’s been a rough couple of weeks. I woke up one morning (about 2 weeks ago) unable to move…My neck and entire left trapezius muscle was one big knotted cramp. I was in so much pain that I actually had my husband come home from work to take me to get it looked at. Once…

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