IRONMAN 70.3 Pays D’Aix Earlier this month, pro triathlete Emma Pallant-Browne was having a great race at the PTO European Open triathlon in Ibiza, where she eventually placed fourth. But her race made headlines for a different reason: During the race, Pallant-Browne got her period . Wearing a pink one-piece swimsuit. A now-viral photo from the race captured it, and initially, comments were snide and snarky.
But then, something wonderful happened: Women (and plenty of men) started pointing out that menstruating isn’t just natural, for professional female athletes, it’s actually a fantastic sign of health that should be celebrated. And in a sport that glorifies everything from snot rockets to being covered in blood from road rash , why on earth would we ever be even a little squeamish about the menstrual cycle?
Pallant-Browne herself took to Instagram to proudly post the photo that does include visible blood, with a wonderfully strong caption to accompany it. Video player poster image “Celebrating the amazing women in sport and the equally amazing men who champion them," she wrote. “Humbled by the amount of messages I’ve had from both men and women (I am going to give menstrual cups another go) about the unglamorous reality of racing on your period.”
As we mentioned earlier, if anything, racing professionally and still getting a period should be celebrated, as it’s a major marker of female health . Considering that anywhere from 25 to 40 percent of elite female athletes don’t have regular cycles due to overtraining or […]