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