RM Collegiate: Josh Fowler of Arizona

U of A standout lets us know what keeps his feet going

Image compliments of Jimmy Song Photography

RM:  How did you find your sport of choice?   

JF:  My dad always did triathlon while I was growing up, and I think this is a big part of what pointed me to the sport. My parents definitely instilled in me the idea that being active, whether it be climbing or canoeing, or swimming and biking, is an important part of life. I swam club when I was young, and then ran cross country in high school. I guess after high school I was looking for something that would allow me to continue to develop as an athlete, be part of a team, and to have fun. I joined TriCats at the University of Arizona, and it has been a pretty great time.

RM:  What drives your competitiveness?   

JF:  I like to challenge myself, be it in triathlon or in school. It's fun to see improvement and to be fit. My teammates on TriCats also push me. I think having a group with similar goals helps me to keep up my desire to improve.

RM:  Athlete that inspires you? Why?   

JF:  There are many athletes who are inspiring. Seeing other athletes perform incredible feats informs my knowledge of what is possible, but at the same time, I know that each athlete has an individual path to follow. One of my favorite people is Ben Kanute, a former TriCat, who is a great person pursuing his triathlon dream. He is a person who gives back to his friends, and who is able to push himself to do great things. I think it is inspiring to follow him as he improves and kicks some ass.

RM:  How many years have you been competing?   

JF:  I started swimming when I was 8-ish. I did that through freshman year of high school. I started running in 8th grade. I stopped swimming after freshman year to focus on running (swimming was the same season as track). Then I started triathlon last year when I started college. So, about a year and a half of triathlon, with lots of competition and training beforehand.

RM:  Perfect weekend workout trip... where to? what do you bring? 

JF:  Tucson is pretty good, but the perfect weekend workout trip would probably be up into the mountains in Colorado. A long, long trail run in Leadville, and a long, long bike ride over Ute Pass. What do I bring? I bring a couple friends for company, I bring my road bike for bike riding, I bring a pair of short shorts and shoes for running (that's pretty much all you need), I bring some cinnamon rolls, some of pasta, some eggs and hash browns, and maybe some Pop-Tarts for eating, and I bring some apple juice for drinking, I bring a book for reading, and I bring a tent and sleeping bag for sleeping.

RM:  Group Training or do you prefer solitude? why?   

JF:  I definitely prefer group training. Sports are pretty much the only way I socialize, so I kind of need group training to not go insane. I think a group pushes individuals to do more because people are held accountable. Sometimes you have to make schedule sacrifices, and things are a little less efficient with a group, but I still like it. If I need to, I can just throw in an extra workout on my own to make the training my own.

Image compliments of Jimmy Song Photography

RM:  Best result so far?   

JF:  My best result was probably at 2014 Collegiate Nationals. I raced the draft-legal, then the olympic and the mixed-team relay. I got 14th, and then 15th in the big races. Although I have placed higher in smaller races, Collegiate Nationals is a big race, and I raced over multiple days. That was super fun because I (or at least my legs) felt like I had a productive weekend.

RM:  What are you working on right now?   

JF:  Right now, I am working most on my cycling, which is the leg newest to me. I am also trying to improve in swimming.

RM:  What are you training for now?   

JF:  My main focus is Collegiate Nationals. I will probably do a few races this summer, but I don't race very often.

RM:  Training secrets? Care to share?   

JF:  Consistency.

RM:  Do you have a dream race you want to create?   
JF:  Umm, I think there are a lot of great races out there right now. I think Alcatraz seems like a cool race. Also, I will eventually do Wildflower. There is some race in Sweden, Ötillö, which is swim/run with a partner across a bunch of islands. When I'm older, I want to do the Leadville 100, and maybe some other ultras because I think they have a super cool atmosphere.

Images compliments of Jimmy Song Photography
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