Luke is a Team GB Age Group triathlete and Ironman racer. He talks to Sundried about racing disasters and racing goals.
Have you always been into sport?
Yes, I grew up a swimmer/tennis/hockey player. When I left school I spent a few years skiing all around the world but an ankle injury put an end to that and I found triathlon.
What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?
I entered a few local races aged 18 due to peer pressure, coming from a swimming background it was demoralising being passed by everyone on the bike!
What’s been your favourite race to date and why?
Ironman 70.3 Dubai for the incredible atmosphere, still/warm conditions, fast course and unrivalled hospitality.
And your proudest achievement?
Either completing Ironman Copenhagen in 2017 or racing in my first age group triathlon European Championships on home turf in Glasgow this year.
Have you ever had any racing disasters / your toughest race yet?
Plenty of disasters:
- Getting lost at Castle Howard Triathlon and doing an extra 10km or so on the bike
- Forgetting to tighten the handlebars on my bike and racing with the bars at 90 degrees to the front wheel
- Forgetting to wear number belts
- Not tightening rear skewer before a race
- 5x punctures during the Weekend Warrior at London Triathlon in 2017...
Toughest race has to be Ironman Copenhagen last year - tons of headwind and hailstones that hurt your skin are not what you need over a 180km bike ride.
How do you overcome setbacks?
Take a break, reassess my goals and methods then come back twice as strong
What is the best bit of advice you wish someone had told you before you started competing?
Plan your training sessions out weekly based on work commitments and be realistic as to how much you can fit in during the week. Quality is better than quantity.
What are your goals for 2018?
- Top 20 at the age group European Duathlon Championships in Ibiza in October
- Qualify for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships for 2019 at Bahrain 70.3 this December.
Who do you take your inspiration from?
Chris McCormack - What a man!
What do you like about Sundried and what’s your favourite bit of our kit?
I really like the way that everything is made to fit perfectly. My favourite piece of kit is the Roteck 2.0 Training Tights. Super comfortable and flexible, great for winter runs.