Llantrisant triathlete Adam Bowden returns to Dubai this weekend to defend his crown after a career-best performance last year, unexpectedly winning the first race of the season in only his second year of competing in the 70.3 championship.
Injury and illness took it’s toll in the later part of 2019, but after a winter of recuperation and support from local sports therapy centre, one2one, Adam is back out there, in good form and ready to take the 2020 season by storm.
Adam is joined by Porthcawl triathlete Morgan Davies, who makes his international debut at this distance, although the biggest local news comes from the women’s event.
Bridgend triathlete, Triple Olympic and Double World Champion Helen Jenkins, returns to racing to compete in the Dubai 70.3 after spinal surgery. This will also be her debut in the 70.3 event and she admitted some nerves to tri247.com:
“We are here. I am excited and nervous. So many unknowns – where is my fitness? How will I like the 70.3 distance? The technicalities of a longer distance, nutrition, transition bags (so many!), long sleeve race suits, TT bikes!!”
Her husband, fellow triathlete Marc Jenkins added:
“It’s a new format for her, she isn’t as fast as she has been in either swim or run which is to be expected with the time since she started training, but we knew we had to draw a line in the sand and have something to focus on and that was Dubai. So, the goal is to get through the race and in 10 days’ time, train again. She will improve in the next 10 weeks there is no question of that, what we don’t know is, if her body will let her get through the intensity and duration of a race. She has managed the training to get there… so now to race day.”
Helen, Adam and Morgan are all in Dubai, ready to go – we are confident that our local triathletes will do South Wales proud this weekend and wish all three good luck for the event.
Adam Bowden image credit: https://blog.ribblecycles.co.uk/