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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.

Pay attention!

teamthinkstrongby teamthinkstrongMar 21st 2010
Today I wanted to share a 1 year old story with you. It really made me realize how important it is to pay attention to people we meet and situations that could lead to possible learning experiences. This story took place at one of my races during the running portion of an Olympic distance triathlon. It wasn┬'t my best race, everything felt forced and I was starting to loose my mental focus as well. I wasn┬'t in a good place physically and definitely not mentally. All of a sudden an older gentleman runs by me, looks back and slows down to run next to me! I have never met this guy, and it didn┬'t appear we had anything in common other then we were both athletes! He took one look at me and knew exactly where I was mentally at that moment, and he made a choice to support me. No words were spoken for few minutes, we just ran, the only thing he announced to me was the pace we were running at and asked me what pace I wanted to be at. I told him and he slowly sped up to the pace I needed to run. I wanted to say thank you as I was so grateful to have him there , this ┬"stranger┬" who was helping me for no particular reason, but he just said ┬"don┬'t speak, focus on your steps┬" and I was not going to argue with him! A few more miles went by and all of sudden my steps were not as heavy, my breathing settled down and I started smiling, I was back! At that moment he looked at me and said ┬"isn┬'t this the LIFE┬" ? Well it took me some time to figure it out, but this single moment changed the way I race and live my life! I used to race for the factor of ┬"I did it┬" , I would race just getting to the finish line. Now I realize that the race itself is the journey, not the fact I finished it! During the race is when we can learn about ourselves, what breaks us down and how we build ourselves back up. It is during the competition where we challenge our physical and mental abilities and learn valuable lessons that can be used in our non-athletic lives.
So back to my hero from the race. I took off about a mile before the end, I kept turning back, I really wanted him to finish with me after all he has done for me, but he just kept waiving his arm are yelling ┬"GO, GO, GO┬"! So I went, I basically sprinted the last mile, and cried when I crossed the finish line. As I was walking away I saw him finishing and waved! He pointed at me as a ┬"good job girl┬" and we went our separate ways to spend time with our families. Now I am very certain our paths will cross again and can talk to him about what an impact a few words can mean in someone┬'s life, but the message I want to leave you with is to pay attention! Pay attention to people you meet, the things they say, the situations you find yourself in! As athletes we have a great advantage to test our mental strength every time we race or train!
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