From Excuses to Ironman

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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 watching the Ironman World Championships on NBC for years thinking, “Wow… I would love to do that! I want to do an Ironman someday.” I have actually daydreamed about being a part of the telecast. I would hear Phil Liggett tell my story of how I overcame my fear of the water and how I learned to embrace the discomfort of long lonely runs. Then the camera would cut away to a shot of me crossing the finish line with my hands up in victory, having finished well before the midnight cut off.  Phil would say, “Job well done, Amy Cotta. You are an Ironman.”

BAM, back to reality. Just as quickly as I had the dream, it was gone.  I remember all my excuses: I’m not a real athlete, I detest running, I can’t swim, I could never ride 112 miles on a bike, I have a bad back, and a hip that likes to move out of place whenever it feels like it. Not to mention, people like me don’t have time for such nonsense, I have a thousand kids, a job, and a crazy busy life to keep up with.

Fast forward several years, a couple of life changing events, a few hundred hours in the pool (learning to swim), a thousand or so miles in my combat boots suffering for my cause, and here we are. I’ve finally given up all my excuses and I’m putting my faith into action. On November 17, 2013 I will participate in my first full Ironman in Tempe, Arizona.

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Posted on November 23, 2013 in About Amy, Motivation

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