In-form triathlete ready for Busselton event
TRIATHLON: Sunshine Beach's Luke McKenzie hopes to continue his good form at Ironman Western Australia next weekend.
The 37-year-old is coming off the back of a win at the Challenge Asia Pacific Championship (half ironman) in Taiwan on Sunday.
And an 11th placing at the iconic Olympic distance Noosa Triathlon three weeks ago has helped him improve his intensity.
"If I can bring some of the speed from Noosa and Taiwan and carry that into Ironman Western Australia, I think it will produce a good time in Busselton,” he said via an event press release.
He's had success previously at the gruelling event, which consists of a 3.8km swim, 190km ride and 42.2km run, winning it in 2015, with a then course record time of 7hr55min.
That time was bettered by his good mate, Terenzo Bozzone, by almost four minutes the next year.
The two are set to collide this time around, with renowned bike rider Cameron Wurf in the field as well.
"I am excited for this year's event. Terenzo and I go back a long way, since our junior days in the late 1990s,” McKenzie said.
"So it is pretty cool that we both are having a crack at each other,” Luke said.
Bozzone is on the comeback trail following a life threatening accident in New Zealand in July.
"Terenzo's accident really sent some shock waves through our community and being a very close mate of his and his wife Kelly it was very hard times, especially knowing that he has two kids, like myself,” McKenzie said.
McKenzie competed in the famous Ironman World Championships in Hawaii last month but his latest tilt at the event didn't go to plan.
"I was on for a good race in Hawaii but I got an unexpected drafting penalty ... which ruined my race,” he said.
"The good thing about Ironman WA is that it comes off the back of Kona, so if everything doesn't go well in Hawaii you still have some redemption ahead of you.”
"I have been motivated to put in some really good work to try and get my name back on the Ironman Western Australia trophy again.”
He said his hometown race at Noosa put him back in the right direction.
"It was good to do a local home race and get a hit out and it set me up for a great race in Taiwan. It shows that the form for the longer stuff is in good shape.”