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An­gela Naeth, New Iron Lo­gis­tics, Mont-Trem­blant Purse

An­gela Naeth cap­tured her sec­ond Iron­man 70.3 Panama ti­tle on Sun­day, Feb. 16. The Prince Ge­orge, B.C., na­tive had a fifth-place Iron­man de­but at Iron­man Lake Ta­hoe last year and got mar­ried soon af­ter­wards. Naeth is look­ing for­ward to putting to­gether her best sea­son ever in 2014.

TMC: Con­grat­u­la­tions on your sec­ond win in Panama. What is it about that race? Why did you go back?

An­gela Naeth: Panama is an awe­some race to put on any bucket list. It’s hot, hu­mid and tough – all things I crave. I went back to Panama for a num­ber of rea­sons, but the main one was the points that were be­ing pro­vided for the 70.3 and Iron­man Cham­pi­onships. I also have very good friends in the area, plus the cof­fee is amaz­ing.

TMC: Typ­i­cally, you had a great bike ride to take the lead, but you also had to dip into your bag of run tricks to out­duel Ca­tri­ona Mor­ri­son. Tell us what hap­pened and what was go­ing through your mind at the time.

AN: Get­ting off the bike I was in a bit of a bad place with lack of wa­ter. I was try­ing to move for­ward and wasn’t mak­ing much progress. Cat caught me and I willed my­self to stay with her. We’ve bat­tled out on the run in a few races and I knew if I played it smart I could get more out of my­self. At mile 11 I de­cided to make a move and it was one that worked.

TMC: What will be the fo­cus of the 2014 sea­son? Kona and/or the Iron­man 70.3 World Cham­pi­onship?

AN: Def­i­nitely both. I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to both these races and get­ting to the start line.

TMC: You’ve been un­der the tute­lage of Iron­man great Mark Allen for the past few years. How has your train­ing and men­tal ap­proach to triathlon changed since he came on the scene?

AN: It’s been ev­ery­thing. Mark has cat­a­pulted my ca­reer and way of think­ing. He’s helped me im­mensely in find­ing who I am. We’re not done yet.

TMC: It cer­tainly seems like you are a hap­pier ath­lete these days and rac­ing for the right rea­sons.

AN: It’s a way for me to reach that bliss­ful state of awe. It’s when I’m rac­ing and I’m not hold­ing back – no thoughts are in my head, no doubts, sim­ply noth­ing. Sur­ren­der­ing my­self to what I’m do­ing in the mo­ment. It’s achiev­ing this state I de­sire each time I toe the line. I know at that point, I’m do­ing my best and can face fears of fail­ure. It’s per­fec­tion de­fined. It’s where I let my own light shine and, I hope, give oth­ers the strength to do the same.

An­gela Naeth on her way to win­ning the 2014 Iron­man 70.3 Panama

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