Ironman World Championships tempt Kiwi
By Radix Team 2/05/2017 11:35 am
Mark Bowstead

Ironman triathlon is widely regarded as an event for the tough, resilient and those comfortable with their own company. Competition is fierce in the sport, but ironically it often takes many years to rise to the top. Training for ironman is relentless. Depending on the proximity to a competition, a typical training schedule can be anything from a 25 hour light week, up to 40 hours when the pressure is on. Then add the necessary stretching, recovery and rehabilitation work to ensure such rigorous efforts can be maintained. Ironman experience counts as much as raw talent and Mark Bowstead is considered relatively young in the sport, having already dedicated five years to professional competition. Radix had a chat with Bowstead, to learn what's next for this upcoming athlete.

Athlete: Mark Bowstead

Age: 28

Lives: Waiuku, Auckland, New Zealand.

Event: Ironman World Championships, Kona, Hawaii, October 14th, 2017.

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Bowstead’s journey began at the age of 13 and throughout university, was a regular feature at the top of the amateur scene. Winning the long-distance ITU Triathlon World Championships, in 2009, it was clear he had a future in the sport.

“Right now, the goal to compete at the Ironman World Champs is what gets me excited and pushing my limits day in day out. In this sport, you constantly need to find new motivation.

“I wouldn’t aim for the World Champs, unless I felt 100% ready. To continue to grow in my sport, it’s time I step up a gear – in more ways than one!”

Qualification for the globally prestigious event does not come easy – Bowstead must accrue enough points during the year’s official Ironman series and finish as one of the top 50 point scorers. Any official race during the season is a chance to earn points. He has performed consistently well at enough races to have a fighting chance of qualifying at the World Championship.

“I have mapped out a race schedule, which I believe will give me the best chance of qualification.”

Each athlete is judged by their three best full Ironman results plus two best 70.3 Half Ironman results. Based on racing results to date, Bowstead must produce solid performances at another full Ironman plus a further half ironman to be in with a chance.

“I’m certainly encouraged by my previous results; coming fifth at Ironman NZ and placing 16th at the World 70.3 Championships. I am confident qualification is achievable and I am hungry for it.”

Bowstead has a busy few months ahead and plans to race the following events:

  • - 70.3 Ironman - Busselton, Australia – May 7th.
  • - Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship - Cairns, Australia – June 11th.
  • - Ironman European Championships – Frankfurt, Germany - July 9th.
  • - 70.3 Ironman – Cebu, Philippines - August 6th.

“It is important to have a contingency plan. I have pencilled in the European Ironman Championships in Germany as a backup race, in case I don’t get the result I want in Cairns. Coming sixteenth at the World 70.3 Championships earned me decent points. Right now, it is all about my next two events in Australia – to deliver solid performances.”

Radix believe Bowstead is an exciting athlete and are proud to support him on his journey.

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