Monday, April 28, 2014

Ironman Australia and Ballarat 70.3 2014

The bags are packed, bike is bubble wrapped and we are off to Ironman Australia that brought such good memories last year. Things have been a little different to start the year but with the knee scope done and recovery gone well as they say it is time to get back on the horse.

Although the recovery has taken time meaning prep has been not ideal however in saying that I have done everything possible in the time available to get to Ironman Australia and defend my title as Australian Champion. I am excited and eager to get out there.

Ironman Australia and rehab has taken up the majority of time in the first few months of the year but the time has also allowed me to work with Ironman Asia-Pacific and I am excited to be the Ambassador and face of the new Ballarat 70.3 event for the next 3 year.

With events growing fast it has been exciting to be a part of it all and this will allow me to work closely with Ironman Asia-Pacific and the Ballarat community. Exciting times.

In the mean time it is on the plane this morning up to Port Macquarie NSW to rack the bike, take a dip in the ocean and enjoy a run along the coast line.

 Best Luke

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

"Back on the horse"

Due to the incident during Ironman Western Australia late last year during the bike portion where an altercation with a media motorbike resulted in knee surgery early in the year. It is now nice to be bouncing back all be it later in the Australian summer than hoped, (missing Ironman Melbourne - home event) and gearing up for Ironman Australia in Port Macquarie.

Although the preparation has not been 100% due to rehab, I can say that I have been able to do as much training as possible that my body would allow me. That means I am heading into Ironman Australia (as defending champion) in the best position I can be under the circumstances, or cards dealt.

I am very much looking forward to getting back on the start line, feeling those nerves pre race and just "letting go" once the gun goes off.

We train to race and race because we love it.
Luke :)

Monday, April 7, 2014

March Madness

The past month has been a little like the college basketball in the US, "March Madness" I was great to have the opportunity to ride with Jensen Button and also be a part of Ironman Melbourne where some amazing racing took place. The only downer was I was on the other side of the fence helping with the media side of things.

It has come time to get back on the horse and with the knee coming around post surgery I have signed up to Ironman Australia to head back and get the 2014 seasons going. Being the defending champion it is always nice to head back... to be able to defend on minimal training well we will have to wait and see how things end up in May. I have done as much training possible as my body would allow me to do.

Having some down time also has allowed me to hang out with sponsors more and do things that would not normally be possible or not have the time to do. We have headed away camping and just getting out doors doing other activities. I was also lucky enough through Oakley to attend a drive day with the Jack Daniels Racing Team (V8 Supercars) and thanks to Rick Kelly got to hang on and rip around a few "hot laps"

I look forward now to a few more weeks at home before heading to Ironman Australia early May then heading back to San Diego the home away from home for the summer.

Some easy miles with Jensen and the boys.