Nicknamed "Lung," Lowe is a British triathlete who finished third on his first attempt at an Iron-distance event at the 2010 Ironman at Arizona. In the process, he recorded the fastest time for a British Ironman, crossing the line in 8:11:44. Since then, Lowe, whose partner is four-time Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington, has repeatedly pushed himself further. He came third at the 2012 Ironman 70.3 Mooseman, won 2012 Ironman 70.3 Steelhead and went on to finish 11th at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii on his first race on the island.
Lowe started off as a sprinter when he was just nine years old, but soon changed direction and by age 11, he was representing his county at the English Schools Cross Country Championships, two years under age. He continued racing on the track, road and through mud, the latter of the three being his favorite, until the age of 26. He then spent the next 12 years in the Army and loved the experience. By 2003, he was tired of single sports and decided to buy a bike. Within six months, he was completing his first dualthlon, and took a bronze medal at the European Duathlon Championships in Edinburgh, 2007. After turning to triathlon, he hasn’t looked back.
Known as both one of the most laidback characters in the sport, and one of the hardest working and driven athletes, Tom has acquired an understanding of his body and what it takes to succeed – but the hard way. The many years of hard training took their toll on him eventually, and Tom took almost three years away from the sport due to severe cartilage damage in his right knee.
The last few seasons have been impressive, however, with a win at the 2012 Ironman 70.3 Muskoka, Canada; a third at the 2012 Ironman 70.3 New Orleans, USA; a win at the 2013 Challenge Henley, UK; and a fifth at the 2014 Ironman New Zealand.
Along with racing, Tom is a fully qualified UK Athletics Level 2 Endurance Coach, as well as a REP’s Level 3 Certified Personal Trainer. He is currently working towards his UK Athletics Level 3 qualification. He is thrilled to be able to share advice on training methods, programmes, goal and race planning, nutrition, and other subjects that form part of the overall training regime in endurance sports.