Angela Naeth celebrates at the top of the podium with Lisa Roberts (left) and Lenny Ramsay (right). Photo: Sean Haffey/Getty Images for Ironman

It wasn’t easy (winning an Ironman never is), but based on the year Angela Naeth has had, one would hardly expect it would be. We outlined some of the challenges Naeth has gone through over the last two years in our recap of her big win in Chattanooga on the weekend (click here to read that story) – but she added some more details in an Instagram post today.

 

 

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Racing as a women has its ups and downs. There’s been a lot of buzz on the female athlete lately – how to train and work with your cycle. // It is true, I’m more powerful, stronger and feel better when I’m not premenstrual. BUT, you can race (and do well!) when you are in the midst of it! Chattanooga Ironman was just that! // Eat the right nutrients, calories, hydrate, and focus your mindset. It’s not my favorite way to race, but it’s who I am, and damn proud of what we, as women accomplish! // My bio has a link to an article I wrote earlier this year on working with your cycle. // I had a rough go on the run from GI issues that I always get premenstrual (which yes, included the worse while running!), heat tolerance is more difficult, mentally harder, and I’m more tired – etc. // I’m a woman, and hell yes #iracelikeagirl – we showcase what it means to inspire the youth, and our inner self. // FYI team @iracelikeagirl membership is now open! Iracelikeagirl.com. Our team supports each other like no other. Just love the real talk, real life, real support of our team members. // #girlsquad #girlsgetgritty #iracelikeagirl #periodtalk // I post this on the other side, ha! // 💪!

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Here are some more photos from this weekend’s race

Athletes enjoy the downstream, point-to-point swim in the Tennessee River. Photo: Sean Haffey/Getty Images for Ironman
The bike course is a bit long – 116 miles – including two loops in Georgia. Photo: Sean Haffey/Getty Images for Ironman
American Bob Richter flies through the bike course on his Cervelo P5X. Photo: Sean Haffey/Getty Images for Ironman
Just as he did in May at the 70.3 race in Chattanooga, Sam Long takes the men’s race. Photo: Sean Haffey/Getty Images for Ironman
As is his tradition, second-place finish Matt Russell does a “Blazeman Roll” to show his support for ALS research. Photo: Sean Haffey/Getty Images for Ironman
Long tries to cool down after a tough day in the Tennessee heat. Photo: Sean Haffey/Getty Images for Ironman
American Lisa Roberts posted the day’s third-fastest run on her way to a runner-up finish in the women’s race. Photo: Sean Haffey/Getty Images for Ironman
The men celebrate on the podium – Matt Russell (left), Sam Long (centre) and Nicholas Chase (right). Photo: Sean Haffey/Getty Images for Ironman

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