I am back. I took a little time off from blogging. It is tough to maintain a regular blog with everything else I have going in life. I am going to try an be more regular and more frequent. To get me back going I have decided to post a few excerpts from my Tahoe Double Crossing (wetsuit) back in 2010. I am fortunate to have a crew that supports me through these adventures. During my swims I have a live portal that people can follow along. It has evolved over the years to where we currently have GPS, video, and text updates that occur fairly frequently. Below are a few of my favorite posts made by my crew. I hope you enjoy.
This first post was done by my wife before my Tahoe Double Swim.
Hi everyone, My name is Terry….I’m Jamie’s wife. I’ve never blogged before so this is a first for me, but I wanted to share some of my thoughts on this journey that he (and we) have embarked on that is ultimately leading us to the Tahoe Double at the end of the summer. I’ve been asked many times “how does he do it?” or “how do the two of you fit his training schedule into your lives?”, or “is your husband completely crazy?” so I thought I would try and answer some of those questions! First of all, in many ways I have no idea how he does some of the things he does, but I do know there is a drive that comes from within him that enables him to complete most anything he has ever started. He’s not necessarily always the fastest (except when it comes to swimming, and then he often is), but I have learned in the 10 years we’ve been together that he has the ability to keep enduring even in the face of great physical pain (I can’t even begin to imagine walking, much less running with the blisters he had on his feet during the Ultraman and the Virginia Triple Triathlon). I think pushing himself to his limits physically is like meditation is to some – it grounds him and lifts him up all at the same time. As far as how we fit his training schedule into our lives….because he is such a morning person, he’s often beginning his day 2 or 3 hours before my daughter and I have even gotten out of bed. It’s not unusual for him to start training as early as 4am, and be home again before noon. In the years before our daughter was born, we often tied his workouts into overnight getaways for the two of us – he would ride his bike and I would drive and meet him at various places along the coast, both north and south. And even when his workouts have meant less time with me, or with our family over the years, the upside of getting to travel all over the world for his races has by far outweighed any of the downsides of less time with him on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Lastly, as for whether or not he is crazy….I suppose that is subjective depending on what you define as “crazy.” I can honestly say as his wife that there have been times in our relationship where my first reaction has been “oh my God – he has got to be kidding!” or “if this is what he wants to do now, what’s going to be around the next corner?” What I’ve realized after coming around to accepting that each new goal he’s set for himself happens at the time it is meant to in his life, is that he truly does know his own limits….when it’s the right time to keep pushing, and when it’s the right time to pull back. I also know that pushing himself to those limits is what makes him grow as a person, and gives him a happiness and fulfillment that I would never want to take away from him. And in so many ways my life has been enriched in the process as I’ve gotten to share in some of his greatest struggles along the way, but also the joys of incredible personal accomplishment at the end! My dad shared an article with us recently about long distance runners, and one of the men who was featured sums up so well how I think of Jamie and this great passion he is pursuing…. “it’s a way of celebrating life instead of just letting it pass you by.” He is most certainly not one to let life pass him by, and I look forward to being by his side in this endeavor to love, support and encourage him, and I know that we as a family together will embrace this challenge and conquer what lies ahead. I am very proud of him and can’t wait to see him emerge from the waters of Lake Tahoe victorious in his goal. Lastly, I want to just say thank you to all those who are involved in this journey for their amazing and continued support….it means more than we could ever say to both Jamie and our family! With thanks and gratitude, Terry
These next post were four of my favorites posted to the live portal during my Tahoe Double Swim
“Jamie can see the green roof of the Hyatt, and is pulling from somewhere deep inside to keep swimming on. The latest REWARD for him out here on the water has been the arrival of his wife Terry Patrick and Hadley Patrick his daughter.
He is still in pain and his stomach is giving him trouble… the spirit on the boat, family, friends and everyone following has been amazing truly Jamie – EVERYONE IS CHEERING FOR YOU….
Jamie is giving it what he’s got and then some… GO JAIME… GO JAMIE.. GO!!!”
“Jamie is in his deep zone you can see it and feel it from all around him. His stomach continues to be a struggle and feedings have dramatically decreased since Greg completed his part in this last night… up until Camp Richardson he was eating regularly every 20 minutes. Since approx. 4am he has had little food. Before 4am last night he was averaging 350-360 cals an hour now he is averaging maybe 150 cals an hour. His most recent feeding happening as I type was an attempt to give him mellon, however the mellow is floating in the water. Jamie is struggling with swelling all over his body. In his face, neck, hands an tongue. The swelling is from his wetsuit a natural suction cup one hour shy of 24 hours into this. We have medical assistance on call. He is breathing well, talking well, full of love sweat and tears. We are approx. two hours out and infamous Karen Rogers open water swimmer, resident of Tahoe and personal friend to Jamie is here onboard and ready to swim with him. Jamie still wants to power through this on his own. We are amazingly proud of him and keeping safety as the number one priority.”
“We are less than ten miles to the finish, 19.5 hours into this, with 6,000 calories consumed so far, food and feedings are going fantastic, water temperature has not been an issue mostly due to his amazing SailFish wetsuit. Jamie quotes from the water “in a world of hurt right now” and another Jamie quote from this journey.. “guys just stand back and let me have a moment to cry” In one of my first talks with Jamie leading up to this event he explained one of the ways he works through his emotion and mental anxiety leading up to and during the swim is through tears.”
“To say the very least it was an EPIC ending as Jamie swam into 100+ fans waiting to welcome him. As he emerged from the water to a crawling stand coaches and crew helped him out to hug his wife and daughter. Media crews and the white finish line were crossed making Jamie the first man to do a double crossing wetsuit swim of Lake Tahoe. Medical assistance was there waiting and after a quick review Jamie was well enough to stick with the crowd and acknowledged he would admit himself later in the evening as needed. Jamie sat with his family, friends and fans and soaked up the rewards of his accomplishment. The evening continued at Jakes with a congratulatory celebration of achievement. For the moment Jamie Patrick has lived his dream.
Thanks for following along. Love and Peace to all.