AHS grad competes in Ironman

Published 5:42 pm Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Former Austin High school grad, Scott Bowe swam, biked and ran his way to an 18th place finish in Ironman Wisconsin at Madison on Sunday. There were over 2,500 men and women Triathletes.

In the 30-34 year old age group division Bowe finished second, earning him a qualifying spot in the 2014 Ironman World championship to be held at Kona, Hawaii. Bowe’s total time for the 140.6-mile course was nine hours 30 minutes and 57 seconds. This was Bowe’s 13th Ironman competition.

After the swim on Lake Monona, Bowe ranked 16th overall with a time of 55 minutes nine seconds for the 2.4 mile open water swim course. A strong cross wind created a good chop on the return leg of the swim race which the field found more than challenging.

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Bowe, age 34, said the bike leg was extremely challenging with twisting rolling hills and the same strong cross winds that made the swim tough punishing the bikers in the rural area around Verona, Wis.

After the bike leg, Bowe had dropped to 23rd place. Bowe’s time for the 112-mile bike portion of the race was five hours, 12 minutes and 12 seconds, averaging 21.52 miles per hour.

During the run, Bowe was able to run down several ahead of him finishing the race in 18th place overall and second in his 30-34-age division. His time for the 24.2-mile run was three hours 19 minutes and 36 sec. His total time for the 140.6 mile course was nine hours 30 minutes and 57 seconds.

Bowe was extremely please with his race and earning a qualifying spot in the 2014 World Championship.

Bowe earlier this year competed in Ironman Coeur d ‘Alene (Idaho) and finished well there earning a qualifying spot in the 2013* Ironman Championships scheduled for October. Bowe opted not to compete in this year’s World Championships due to time constraints, personal commitments and a desire to spend more time with his family.

Bowe will assume the role of spectator and baby sitter when he cheers on his wife Mary at Ironman Arizona-Tempe in early November.