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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.

I don¬'t exercise, I train!

teamthinkstrongby teamthinkstrongOct 30th 2010
As someone that struggled with my body image from my pre-teenage years to my late twenties, the change in perception of how I view exercise was a real break through for me! I guess I never thought about it until now, but when I did my 1st triathlon a few years back it was the 1st time in years no one cared about how I looked! And most importantly I didn¬'t care how I looked! What an uplifting experience it was! All that mattered was how fast can I swim, bike and run! I think this is one of the reasons why I love this sport so much! I was introduced to this new to me unknown concept, and the feeling it created was just incredible! There is this amazing freedom in the training I do and when I race as well! In this world where so much attention is paid to our looks I found an outlet, a way out! And to me, there is nothing more refreshing! In training or racing, there is no she or he. You are simply a triathlete!
When I train, I don¬'t worry about how many calories I burned; I worry about how many watts I can push in the pedals. I don¬'t do a workout so I can enjoy a piece of cake later without feeling guilty, I nourish my body so I can sustain the training I need to do and I don¬'t care how my butt looks in the skin tight race suit. I just care about how aerodynamic it will make me! The truth is, I have never loved and respected my body and myself more. Giving my body this new purpose aside from staying healthy is one of the most satisfying feelings.
 
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