My good friend from the Deep South, Mr. Scott Rigsby, is the first double-amputee to complete the Hawaiian Ironman. You can read his amazing story of heartbreaking failure, stunning setbacks and overcoming incredible obstacles in his inspiring book, Unthinkable: The Scott Rigsby Story.
You won’t be able to put this book down as it will make you laugh and cry. I first met Scott a couple of months after his 2007 Ironman finish and we’ve been close friends ever since. I could go on and on about all the hilarious episodes we’ve shared (like walking in our home filled with my teenage son’s friends and the looks on their faces when they see a Terminator-Bionicle-Transformer before their very eyes…).
Scott’s the reason why I do triathlons today and why I have the privilege to serve The Scott Rigsby Foundation. (I also had the chance to be inside the finish line as part of his media team when he raced in his second Hawaiian Ironman in Kona 2011… now that was a fun trip!)
If you want a great read, an inspiring story to tell your children, and a reminder to list the 1,001 reasons you’re grateful to have two two legs, then pick up a copy of Unthinkable.
Then go do your unthinkable!
After losing both of his legs in a car accident at age 18, Scott Rigsby battled his way back from depression and addiction to achieve the unthinkable—become the first double-leg amputee ever to cross the finish line in the sporting world’s most grueling and prestigious competition, the Ironman Triathlon. Scott has since become an inspiration to hundreds of thousands of physically challenged and able-bodied athletes the world over. Unthinkable documents Scott’s remarkable journey. From the scene of the devastating crash that claimed both of his legs, and his subsequent battle with depression and alcohol addiction, through his dawning realization that God has a greater plan for his life, readers will be inspired. From his decision to participate in the Ironman competition, to the moment he crossed the finish line, readers will engage with Scott’s unthinkable courage, determination and faith. Unthinkable releases simultaneously in both hardcover and softcover. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Scott Rigsby Foundation, a Georgia-based non-profit organization dedicated to inspire, inform, and enable physically challenged individuals with loss of limb or mobility to live an active lifestyle.