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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.

The many challenges we overcome!

teamthinkstrongby teamthinkstrongMar 18th 2011
The word ¬"challenge¬" itself can be intimidating and scary because it instantly applies a feeling of hard work, difficulties or heartache. Sometimes other circumstances make it even harder, like not knowing when these challenges will end or if they will ever end. Some people might prefer life without challenges, they might prefer to take the easy way out of difficult situations, until one day there is no easy way out and they are forced to stand up to the challenge! Others purposely ¬"challenge¬" themselves physically and mentally to better prepare themselves for the real life challenges that might come their way. Out there in the water, on the bike or on the road, athletes like us learn how to deal with many physical and mental challenges and we constantly are looking to push ourselves even further! We are not world champions, this is not our job, this is a hobby, but yet so important that it affects every other aspect of our lives.
So as others look for the easy way out, we dive right in and ask for more. We set new goals, we put the time in, we are patient, we are focused, we look for balance, and we strive to be the best we can be under our own personal circumstances.
There is no way we could put less then 100% into every part of our world.
The challenges we face as athletes can be physical but also mental and so is every other challenge we can come across. Life is about attitude and through our sport we learn to have the right attitude when it comes to overcoming challenges that will transfer into our work, our relationships, our everyday of life.
I hear people who have gone through some really rough times and survived great misfortunes and tragedies say that they would not be the same people if it weren¬'t for the challenges they have overcome. I think we would not be the same have we not decided to test our physical and mental abilities by competing in triathlons.

We learn beyond just how to swim, bike and run faster. We learn how to control our thoughts when our bodies get tired, we learn how to help others and how to appreciate what we have accomplished without ever failing to set new goals!

And if some real life challenges come our way let¬'s remember that the challenges we face don¬'t define who we are. The way we respond to them does! Because we call ourselves triathletes we are much better prepared to take on anything that life throws at us!
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