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Team THINK STRONG - Veronika Patty
Team THINK STRONG - Veronika Patty
I am a triathlete! I am also a mom and a wife, a boss, a coach, a student, a friend and a motivator and in every aspect of my life I choose to THINK STRONG! I am committed to control my thought process and choose to think only the thoughts that are productive and that will strengthen my spirit. I am dedicated to energize, empower and support others despite any circumstances.

100 on 100 Relay Captain's report

teamthinkstrongby teamthinkstrongAug 30th 2010
So here we were, a nurse, a fitness director, a hair stylist and what ever it is that Alan and Juan do! (It┬'s not that they didn┬'t tell us, but my brain just can┬'t capture what exactly these two do ☺). Some of us were friends and some of us were meeting for the first time. Honestly, I thought my teammates would laugh at my idea to pack 3 days worth of belongings into a 16x10 box. They did until they realized that I was dead serious! That┬'s right don┬'t mess with the organizing skills of Captain V! After a few try┬'s and sorting their belongings into ┬"necessary┬" and ┬"unnecessary┬" piles we were packed. A few ┬"rebels┬" managed to sneak in some ┬"luxury┬" items like a neck pillow and hair products (surprisingly this was Tinamarie and not Jamie!!).
Excited and a little nervous, we laid our heads down in Stowe, VT on Friday night and anxiously woke up the next morning ready to conquer the hills of Vermont!
Down one runner we had our work cut out for us but went in with no fear ready to rock and roll! We started at 7:30am and it didn┬'t take long to realize that ┬"relatively flat┬" means something totally different in Vermont then it does anywhere else in the country (for the locals, I think High Street no longer qualifies as a hill!!). As the day went on the spirits remained high regardless the miles, the hills and the heat that took a toll on all of us!
Tinamarie/runner #2/ Energizer Bunny comes in a small package but she showed up big time during her runs! Her small feet kept on going, and going, and going ┬... well you get the idea ☺ Being one of the runners on our team that filled in for the missing runner #4┬'s 2nd leg, she paced herself just right to be able to finish strong on the hilliest leg of the relay, the Killington climb! She climbed up 500 feet in elevation over the last 2 miles of this run! Crazy!
Juan/runner #3/the rookie on the team surprised everyone with his steady 3 legs running a 7 something min/mile pace! All this was done with a smile on his face! Juan had the longest 3 mile decent down to transition #15, dropping over 1000 feet in elevation over such a short period of time is a sure to get the quads good! He also managed to make some fashion statements with his ┬"one shoulder sequence┬" outfit!
Jamie/runner #5/The stick man had the most difficult job ahead of him running a double leg (combining legs 16 and 17) to make up for our lost runner. A little nervous about this task Jamie took off and looked strong at the Jamie-Jamie transition but experienced ┬"bonking┬" for the first time only about 1.5 miles before the end of his run! In Jamie┬'s honor, from now on ┬"bonking┬" is going to be referred to as ┬"pulling a Jamie┬"!! Juan was the hero of the day and hopped in to finish Jamie┬'s run and completed the last hand off to Alan! Jamie gave us a little scare but recovered ok by Sunday morning and was even able to enjoy a nice team breakfast!
Our last runner #6 Alan/ The Glut Masseuse (don┬'t ask!) brought the team home with his heroic run through the dark roads of Vermont! He was the lucky runner that got the privilege or punishment (pick one) to run the ┬"saddle┬" (dropping 300 feet down and coming right back up!) He also did not disappoint and performed his now famous ┬"warm-up/I am so freaking excited┬" dance in the last transition and took off to finish what we started that morning 100 miles away in Stowe, VT!
I was happy to share such a fun weekend with our team! We prevailed! We were strong, we were supportive, we kept our heads in the game and got it done! But most importantly we made new friends and new memories! Go TTS!
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