LOCAL footballer Luke Sims ticked off one of the greatest achievements of his sporting career last weekend, completing the Cairns Ironman.
Comprising a 3.8km swim through open sea, a 180km bike ride and a 42.2km run, Ironman triathlons are generally considered to be among the world’s toughest sporting events, and Cairns was no exception, with wind and rain adding to the torment for competitors.
Although it was his first full Ironman, Sims had some idea what he was getting himself into after taking part in the Canberra Half Ironman last December.
“I’d also done some smaller triathlons, so I had a bit of an idea as to what they were all about,” Sims said.
“But the only way to really learn is to actually participate, and this was something I’d had my eye on for a while.
“I trained for six months before Canberra, then just carried it through for this one, so all up I trained for about 12 months.
“I made the decision to put my footy on hold and really prepare myself as well as I could with the time I had.
“With family and work I had to be flexible about when I could get out and train, so most of the time I’d be out on the bike while it was still dark so I’d be home before the kids woke up, then in the pool at night after they were in bed.”