Angela Naeth MPT BsHSc - Elite Triathlete, Physiotherapist by trade
Monday, May 13, 2013
Thursday, May 9, 2013
On to the race: I did dust off the cobwebs a bit and exited the swim in fine fashion. I’m not quite Nemo yet, but I’m getting there! :) Unfortunately I was only 3 miles into the race before I got my first flat. I tried the trusty Pit Stop, but to no avail; the gash was a bit too big. I did manage to change my tubular and start up again (a first for me!). My spare was a light tire though and I knew it wouldn't last much longer than the first tire on the wheel! At least I got up and over the Beast before getting another flat just 25 miles into the ride. Bugger. And that was the end of my day.
I’m a bit disappointed. No one is in peak shape at the beginning of the season, but I really wanted to get out and put in a good effort to see where my fitness is. Oh well. Onwards and upwards!
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
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Monday, February 11, 2013
However, my boyfriend wasn't too fine with that. He noticed that even when I was supposed to be taking it easy and recovering, I was still a little stir crazy. Hey, aren’t all triathletes a little “Type A?!” Basically, he saw that I needed something brainless to do. In an effort to support me one day (though at the time I figured it was a sneaky way of getting me to be OK with him lounging on the couch...and perhaps it still is!) he made a great dinner and told me to sit down in front of the TV and watch.
He asked me what I enjoyed. Being out of the loop for so long I replied, “Hmm, Seinfeld?” Paul started naming off a bunch of shows he's followed and had on his Netflix account. Nope, never heard it. Nope, never seen it. Oh, Lost? I heard that was good. I was embarrassing myself.
Since then, times have changed! I've learned the art of putting my legs up in my SportPump sleeves, chilling and watching brainless TV. When we decided to move in together I was still pretty adamant about not owning a television; We compromised and now we curl up and watch our few episodes with his Mac between the two of us. I love it...mostly for the cuddle time. :-)
Friday, January 25, 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Happy new year! I guess I’m a little late on that, huh? Sorry! :-) Time has just flown by. I guess I should get you up to speed with what has been going on. Last year I moved to Las Vegas and I LOVE it! …minus the chills in the morning. I used to be such a tough Northern Canadian. What has happened to me!? With a new training base comes a new bike sponsor. I’m extremely excited to announce that I will be riding for Specialized this year. They are a great company with core values that are in line with my own. Plus, they are the one and only top bike company in my books.
I’m going to continue working with Mark Allen Online for 2013. I had a great year last year but, unfortunately, the bike crash at 70.3 Worlds didn’t allow me to finish off my season quite as I had planned. I had five wins last year, so I’m definitely headed in the right direction. Now it’s time to win the big one!
I will continue my 2013 with the awesome support of Pearl Izumi, Biotta Juice, Standard Process and Gu Energy, among others. I feel extremely lucky to have such great sponsors/supporters to help me on this journey of chasing my dreams. I quite literally couldn’t do this without them. I’m also going to take my everyday nutrition to the next level this year, as I’ve been learning how to eat a bit more raw thanks to Raw Food Express.
Even though Paul and I have been working hard together - going to bed early, getting up early and getting in our “off season” training, it’s not all work. I’ve actually started watching a little television in my down time. I’m stuck finishing the Lost series. I know, I know, I’m way behind. Give me a break! I’ve been out of the loop for a while. :-)
I wish you all the best in the new year!
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
This isn't exactly a race report, but everyone wants to know what happened at the 70.3 World Championship race in Las Vegas this weekend, so here it is:
I had a really solid swim and was actually excited to be in 4th position so quickly on the bike. At about mile 19 I was getting ready to pass Heather Jackson, when I caught a rumble strip. I partially lost control but then managed to "surf" the edge of the pavement/dirt until I hit something, causing me to fully lose control and slide down the road. Unfortunately, my front tire blew out and I broke my front wheel; I'm not sure exactly how it happened - whether the tire blew and caused me to lose control, or if it blew when I crashed - either way, the tire had a large gash in it. I waited to receive mechanical help and then got back on my bike, even though I was in a good amount of pain. I didn't feel like anything was broken, but my left hip wasn't feeling very good. To top it off, I lost my nutrition; I tried to make up for it with the Perform they had on the course, but it wasn't the same. Mentally, I was having a hard time getting through the rest of the bike, and I felt like I was crawling into T2.
I decided in T2 that I was going to just grin and bear it. It was actually inspiring and eye-opening experience to be in that position and have the opportunity to see the race from a different perspective - where finishing was the only goal that mattered. I was able to cheer on all my fellow competitors and was lucky enough to have my own spirits buoyed by more than my share of supportive/inspiring/"you're a bad ass" cheers.
I was lucky not to break any bones, but I did end up with severe road rash on my shoulder/upper arm, hip, and lower legs. I also required 7 stitches to close up the nasty gash I had on my ankle. Looks like no swimming for this girl for a wee bit. Thanks to everyone for your kind words and support! It really means the world to me. :)
Friday, August 31, 2012
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Thursday, July 5, 2012
I've been using it for a few months now and I can definitely tell a difference in my workouts. I also feel like it's boosting my energy, but that could also just be the fresh mountain air. :) You don't have to believe me though, because the research is here and here, and there is an article about it here, and one from the BBC (so you know it's legit) here! I find it's best to drink it at least 30 minutes before a workout, and I don't just save it for special workouts, I drink it every day! Go ahead and give it a try - I can't guarantee that you'll love the taste, but you'll definitely love the results. There it is - the secret is out.
Monday, July 2, 2012
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
Friday, May 11, 2012
Friday, April 6, 2012
Unfortunatley this plan of mine, failed about halfway through the swim when I had to make the decision to leave the feet I was following to get to the furthest buoy. The leader of our little pack was heading to shore. So the rest of the swim I navigated in circles and hit shore just as disoriented as one would after spinning around in place.
In all the racing I've done in 4 years, the views of Lake Mead area are truly the most stunning. It's too bad I was focused on staying aero with my head down most of the time!
After finally reaching the last mile of the run, I was greeted with a very steep half mile climb into Boulder City...and the finish line. Needless to say I was happy to see the Leadman finishing arch and defend my title!