South Wales based Triathlete and Ironman 70.3 British record holder Adam Bowden is hoping for even more success this year despite battling injury and flu.
His next race, Ironman 70.3 Dun Laoghaire this coming Sunday will be his last before heading to the World Championships in Nice, where he hopes to be named world champion.
Adam is looking forward to the weekend, but naturally his training focus has been preparing for September’s World championships – and he says South Wales has proved invaluable in helping him to do that.
“Since having a Flu Virus 7 weeks ago things have progressed albeit with a few ups and downs along the way. My focus in training has hugely been geared towards the World Championships in Nice. The main focus has been bringing the biking on with a lot more hours and specific sessions that are needed to be able to perform on the hilly course for the worlds.“I’m so grateful to be based in South Wales, it means I haven’t needed to go abroad to find a mountainous terrain. Wales is perfect for this type of training when we have good weather. I’ve been mixing my training with group rides in the Brecon Beacons with the NTPCW squad and individual rides in the local Valleys which offer some good climbs.“Of course, there are other benefits to being based here – my girlfriend, Rhian Davies, is the Clinic Director of one2one Therapy in Bridgend, so I’ve had instant access to physiotherapy treatment, sports massage, strength & conditioning and podiatry which enables me to keep racing at the highest level. As well, the squad at The National Triathlon Performance Centre of Wales (NTPCW) are a huge support in helping me to push my body to the limit everyday.”
Sundays race will be a great tester for Adam before the World Championships as this is also a very hilly course and he’s up against some tough competition racing alongside Double Olympic & World Triathlon Champion Alistair Brownlee MBE and multiple Olympian & ITU World Champion Tim Don.
It’s going to be an exciting race!
Good luck Adam!