Tom Lowe, who ended his 2014 triathlon season with a 2nd place finish at Ironman Florida, has announced his retirement from professional triathlon. He follows in the footsteps of his girlfriend, Chrissie Wellington who also is retired from the sport of professional triathlon.
He posted his retirement announcement on his site, here is what it says:
That's all Folks
I've been extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to be a professional triathlete and make my passion for sport my career. It has enabled me to test myself physically and mentally, train and race with some of the most talented athletes in the world, seek advice from renowned coaches, create lasting friendships and quench my thirst for travel. Throughout this time I've been supported by very loyal sponsors whose products and services are second to none and whose help I could not have done it without. I have many fond memories that will last a lifetime. Coming third in my 1st Ironman in Arizona in 2010 and finishing 11th at Kona in 2011 are races that particularly stand out in my mind.
To be a successful athlete you need to be committed in both mind and body. The day before last year's 70.3 Pescara in Italy, while recceing the bike course on a pleasant summer morning, I cruised up a lovely climb and passed through a quaint village. There was a small amount of hustle and bustle with the locals buying their daily fare, the huge cured legs of prosciutto ham hung in the window of the delicatessen, the ritualistic hit of espresso to get the day started was being honoured and I could smell the warm, fresh bread from the bakers next door. I wanted to stop, partake in the culinary delights for 10 minutes, get back on my bike (which, while sipping my coffee, would have miraculously changed from a TT bike into a light climbing steed) and ride for another three or four hours with the sun on my back and friends by my side. For some reason my head wasn't focused on the race the next day. Unsurprisingly, I had a poor result.
This feeling, that you not only experience in your heart but head and stomach too, was not a one off. It recurred intermittently throughout the 2014 season. The drive to be the best that I could be, comply with a strict training regime and ultimately really enjoy what I was doing for a living started to peter out.
My 2014 season finished with a 2nd place at Ironman Florida and since then I've had the chance to truly think about the future. The upshot is that I've decided to move on from professional triathlon and carve out a new path. It hasn't been an easy decision but I've sought advice from friends and family and most importantly listened to what my mind is telling me.
I'm not sure what the future will hold as yet but the unknown is also very exciting. I'll take all of the memories, skills and experience that I've gained and developed within triathlon into the next chapter of my life.
I'd like to thank everyone that I've had the pleasure of working with over the last five years. I will miss it, but leaving the sport now feels absolutely the right thing to do.
All the best,
• Professional Triathlete Bevan Docherty Retiring from Triathlon