The PURPOSE Podcast: Andy Wibowo, from Olympian swimmer to rising Ironman star
Ironman age group elite athlete Andy Wibowo from Indonesia is a well-known name in the triathlon circuit, having qualified for the prestigious Ironman World Championship in Kona twice, as well as often winning triathlon races of varying distances. Triathlon, however, is his second competitive sports career. He was first a swimmer, specialising in the 100m butterfly, with medals from the Southeast Asian Games in this event. He also qualified for the men’s 100m butterfly at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.
But did you know that before he started swimming, he was trying his hand at badminton?
Having achieved the highest level at swimming, Andy felt it was time for a new challenge. His first brush with triathlon is when he took part in a relay, covering the swim leg of course. However, with the swim being the shortest time taken out of the three disciplines, Andy found himself getting bored waiting for teammates to finish. That was when he decided to try doing the entire race by himself.
At 40 years old, Andy shows no signs of slowing down. His goal is to finish in the top 6 overall in his age group at Kona. Based out of Bali (a beautiful place to be stuck at in this pandemic honestly), Andy tells us how he met his wife, how he handled attention from girls during his younger days and what Team Hope is all about.
Listen to this episode on Spotify here.