Even spectators could tell that something went wrong with Angela Naeth’s race. She headed out on the run covered in road rash, which was a result of a crash at mile 19 of the bike. Thankfully she came out with no broken bones, but she’s dealing with road rash on her shoulder, hip and lower legs, plus seven stitches in her ankle. As another top podium contender, Naeth had to shift her focus from placing to finishing. She got to the finish line in 4:52:52 and 17th place.
“At mile 19 I was getting ready to make an attempt at a pass on Heather Jackson, caught a rumble strip, and went off road. I managed to ‘surf’ the edge of the pavement/dirt and either hit something then or prior, as I then lost control and slid down the road. Unfortunately my front tire blew and I broke my front wheel either by hitting something or what, I’m not sure. It had a large hole in it and the tire was gashed. It’s hard to really know what happened. I received mechanical help and started riding again albeit in pain. I didn’t feel like anything was broken but my left hip wasn’t feeling too good. I lost my nutrition and tried to make up for it with [PowerBar Ironman] Perform. I definitely was losing it at times on the bike and felt like I was crawling into T2.”
“I decided in T2 that I was going to grin and bear it. It was actually very inspiring for me to see the race in a different perspective—where finishing is what mattered rather than trying to win! I was able to cheer on all my fellow competitors and also received more than my share of ’you’re a bad ass’ and supportive/inspiring cheers.”
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