Photos by Nils Nilsen, story by Jennifer Ward Barber

If you follow the charismatic Luke McKenzie on Instagram, you know that the days leading up to the IRONMAN World Championship aren’t just about swimming, cycling, and running. Sure, there are the classic images of his last few training sessions, a lone figure set against Kona’s stark landscape like some kind of wild animal in a museum exhibit. But then there are the ones of him playing with his four-month-old daughter in the pool, or enjoying cocktails on a shore-side patio with his family and partner, fellow professional triathlete, Beth Gerdes.

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