For some, entering an event is about having a new goal, something to train for and keep you motivated. For others it’s about getting a PB time, placing in your age group, or getting on to the podium. But for many out there, it’s just about finishing.
I was lucky enough to meet Mount Festival regular participant- Tagaloa Michael Stowers aka IronMike, and chat over a flat white and cinnamon brioche at his local café. Mike knew almost everyone who walked in and out of the café, and it was quickly clear that he is a bit of a hero around here.
At 53 Mike is a husband, father of four girls, a busy Chartered Accountant, and one heck of an athlete. In the next three months alone, Mike has the following events in his diary: Auckland Marathon – Maraetai Peoples TRI – K2 Cycle Race – Ironman Western Australia – Rotorua Half Ironman – Tauranga Half.