“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena
At first, she was a rival of mine, someone I had the utmost respect for as a competitor. Then she became a friend, as happens in this sport. We had a couple of great races together where I would come off the bike and try to ward her off on the run, with varying degrees of success. She beat me at Ironman Louisville and then I snuck in ahead of her at Kona in 2010. No matter the outcome, she always inspired and motivated people (including me for sure) with her work ethic, her sportsmanship and her ever present smile.
They say one of the roles of a teacher is to prepare students for the future. In that regard, endurance sports is one hell of a teacher. It compels us to work hard. It teaches us humility. It teaches us how to set goals and the thrill of meeting them.
But maybe most of all, it teaches us to endure hardship.
If that is the case, then our next athlete is definitely a straight A student.
It is with sincere admiration, a dose of awe, and great pleasure that we announce our Heart and Courage Ambassador, Amy Gluck!
In September of 2012, Amy was in Michigan putting the final touches on her annual Kona prep when she nearly lost her life. While on her last long training ride, Amy, who had the right of way, was hit by a gravel hauler truck. Her injuries were devastating and many thought she would not survive. In fact, most thought she wouldn't. She was a beloved member of the triathlon community and that community was in shock.
But those who know Amy know that she was a fighter and she never gives up. In an awe-inspiring display of courage, tenacity and toughness, Amy endured a medically induced coma and multiple surgeries.