The Pat Hines Journey Continues: Rock me like a Hurricane!

Pat is an endurance athlete who broke a world record in 2016 for the oldest woman (she’s 62) to complete the Great Pacific Race, a 2,400-mile trans-Pacific rowing competition from California to Hawaii. She and her crewmate were also the fastest pair to cross the Pacific by any two- or four-women team.

When rowing in open waters, a light breeze is one thing; hurricane wind is another. The ocean may look inviting and calm from land, but the current is unpredictable. Things can change with the wind, especially if you’re rowing across the Pacific in a small boat.

It started within hours of her launch. The breeze gave way to gusts that morphed into hurricane winds. With daylight fading, Pat knew she was in for a long night.

The winds reached 45 mph. Waves, the height of a four-story building, crashed against her tiny vessel, tossing it around like a toy. Pat knew that the risk of the boat breaking and sinking were high. Rowing was futile; survival, paramount. She had to lock down the oars first; a loose one could whip back and damage the boat or kill her and Pat wasn’t going to let that happen.

She secured the oars and whatever else she could. She grabbed her crewmate and took refuge in a small carbon fiber hutch the size of a small cab, the kind that fits on a truck. The space barely held one person, much less two people. The chances of the boat suffering a crack were high. All it would take is ¼” breach. If that happened, Pat knew survival was dim.

For hours, the boat was thrown into the air and came crashing down onto competing waves. The force threw Pat from one side of the cabin to the other. The rowboat did somersaults, sometimes landing on its side or completely upside down. The screeching and howling cacophony accompanying the storm were deafening.

“I had never heard sounds like I heard that night. I’d never experienced anything close to this. The situation was frenetic but I was as calm as the eye of the storm. BioTE® helped me remain clear-headed and composed. I never lost it out there.”

After hours and hours of tossing and turning, it was over. Pat was beaten up but alive; her crewmate, a little worse for wear. Pat’s rowboat had temporarily lost momentum but she came out of the storm still determined to go the distance.

There were more surprises in store, but Pat was resolute. She went on to row the full 2,400 miles and clinch two world records.

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The Pat Hines Journey Continues: Shark Attack!

Pat is an endurance athlete who broke a world record in 2016 for the oldest woman (she’s 62) to complete the Great Pacific Race, a 2,400-mile trans-Pacific rowing competition from California to Hawaii. She and her crewmate were also the fastest pair to cross the Pacific by any two- or four-women team.

There are many threats during an ocean row: high waves, wind, rain, the current, and technical malfunctions. But, sharks are supposed to stay in the water, right? Not necessarily.

Pat may have thought she was hallucinating when she turned around and saw a shark pop up on the side of her boat but she wasn’t.

Early into the Great Pacific Race, a thresher shark made his presence clearly known by ramming the side of her 22-foot rowboat. The dance went on for over three and a half hours, in the middle of the night no less. But Pat was resolute. The shark finally grew tired of getting nowhere and swam off to find easier prey.

Most people may have panicked and “lost it” out there in the darkness and silence in the middle of nowhere, but not Pat. “I was calm because I knew I was ready. I had trained hard physically and mentally. I felt strong. I was prepared. And, I had my secret weapon: BioTE®.”

There was much more to come and Pat met every challenge with the confidence and strength of a true champion.

That shark never had a chance.

BioTE® Medical was founded by physicians for physicians and is committed to excellence in educating doctors and clients about the health benefits of bioidentical hormone pellet therapy. BioTE® is headquartered in Irving, Texas and has over one thousand certified medical practitioners nationwide. For more information or to fin a provider near you, visit www.biotemedical.com