Bowden, 52, desde Burbank, California, le dijo a Fox News que era bastante activo mientras crecía: jugaba béisbol y atleta. Pero después de casarse, se entregó a su trabajo y se convirtió en una especie de “couch potato.”
That all changed in August 2019, when Bowden’s wife of 26 years died. En el momento, Bowden said, he was at his heaviest weight: close to 280 libras.
“When my wife passed away, I found myself in a different situation,” Bowden told Fox. “I didn’t really know what to do and I didn’t know who I was. I didn’t really have a direction.”
Around that time, Bowden starting bonding with one of his co-workers – a triathlete who was also going through a difficult time. She had an upcoming race that Bowden agreed to help prepare her for.
“Through that, she kind of took me under her wing a little bit,” Bowden said, adding later: “She inspired me, she motivated me.”
He said he joined a gym and started to work out regularly, all the while his co-worker started encouraging Bowden to eat healthier by making him salads for lunch and giving him the recipes.
“The first month I lost a little less than 20 libras,” Bowden said.
About eight weeks into his fitness journey, en febrero 2020, Bowden switched from the stationary bike at the gym to his first road bike. At first, his friend started riding with him as he did three rides a week, riding between 10 y 15 millas, él dijo.
“Y entonces, before I knew it, I was riding 50, 60 miles a week,” Bowden added.
En agosto de 2020, Bowden joined a bike club and by November, he did his first 100-mile.
As he continued on his fitness journey, Bowden also continued losing weight, reaching 178 pounds by January 2021. He told Fox he had some of his extra skin removed around that time and lost another 20 pounds after that procedure.
Hoy dia, he weighs about 162 libras, but he said he’ll “never be done.”
For Bowden, that mentality and motivation has turned him to triathlons. In June of this year, he decided to train for his first event, la 2XU Malibu Triathlon – taking place Saturday.
He already has two more triathlons scheduled for later this year.
Bowden explained that before his co-worker and close friend started encouraging him to eat better and exercise, he felt like he had “given up.”
“[Ella] motivated me and inspired me that that’s no way to live, that’s no way to be,” Bowden said, agregando: “[Ella] saved my life.”
“It’s taken me a lot to get here,” él agregó. “Para mí, I realized that I wanted a better life. I wanted something more…honestly, I didn’t think I had it in me to make that happen. And now I know that I do and that I did.”