With the final weeks of 2013 winding down, Brisbane-born Ash Miller is revelling in a well-earned rest back in his native Queensland.
Having toiled in the UK over the last 18 months, Miller is enjoying soaking up the Australian sun and catching up with family and friends, most of whom he hasn’t seen since he moved to the UK in March 2012.
“It’s been such a ride, but I’m really happy to be home for a while,” Miller said.
“It’s been a great chance to refocus, regenerate and really get on top of plans for 2014. I can’t express in any amount of words how much I’ve needed a little home time!”
Miller ends 2013 with a firm grasp of 2014 plans, with both a return to the dancing stage and the circuit planned for next year.
Reuniting with the globally-renowned Gaelforce Dance Irish Dancing troupe, Miller will hit Germany for a 3-month stint, following on from a tour of Russia early in 2013.
“I really can’t wait to get back with the dancing. It’s a unique way to keep on training, and keep on progressing physically, there’s nothing like dancing fitness to really push your physical boundaries. Mentally, too, it’ll be an incredible experience. It all hypes me up to really go hell for leather when I get back.”
The circuit, too, is set to see a Miller return, and off the back off several testing opportunities in Australia, Miller is feeling primed and prepped to make the most of his racing season next year.
“At this stage the final pieces are being sorted but I’m excited to have some promising things going on for next year. It’s about time!”
Training hard, and catching up on many months of news, Miller is happy, relaxed and ready to do battle upon his UK return. What makes him the most anxious though?
“The weather! I’ve missed the hot weather so much I don’t think my body will be ready for the shock back in the UK!”
Miller returns on December 5, with rehearsals for Gaelforce kicking off in Ireland on December 9, and testing duties allegedly touted for after Christmas.