Woman training for Iron Man overcomes after being hit by car

Posted at 9:36 PM, Oct 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-29 01:24:57-04

BOISE, ID — In 2014 Rachel Corey says she was training for the Iron Man World Championship Race. While she was doing a training ride, she says she was hit by a car which she says resulted in a spinal cord injury. She wasn't expected to survive let alone walk.

"I was really angry that I survived because I felt like what I was left with, I didn't feel equipped to deal with," said Corey.

Corey says she decided to treat her rehab like an Iron Man training.

"It would take hours and hours of work just to take maybe two minutes off my swim time and it's very much the same thing now. It takes hours and hours of work to get you to know, one small thing back."

Corey says she goes to the gym often as well as physical therapy. She says she lives very independently, but sometimes she needs some help.

"Once I had a squirrel come in my pet door and I couldn't get it out so that was an interesting conversation to call my neighbor and be like, hey I have a squirrel in my house. Can you help me get it out?"

Corey says it hasn't been easy., but she says she hopes to get out of her wheelchair full time.

"I just would prefer to live my life like I can't fail. I will throw this wheelchair over a cliff because that's really the only way to know what's really, truly possible."