MAK­ING HIS MARK

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - T1 -

IN 2013, TAY­LOR Reid took the Cana­dian U23 cham­pi­onship over the stan­dard dis­tance, sig­nalling his prow­ess in the draft-le­gal for­mat. But, since he’s moved to long-dis­tance rac­ing over the last few years, he’s re­ally started to shine on the world scene. Now into his third year work­ing with Paolo Sousa, who also coaches Heather and Trevor Wurtele, Reid has be­come a reg­u­lar fea­ture at the front of half-dis­tance races around the world. In March, he took Iron­man 70.3 Puerto Rico over a stacked field that in­cluded for­mer 70.3 world cham­pion Andy Potts.

“Paulo is a very good coach and I en­joy work­ing with him,” Reid says of the U.s.-based Sousa. “We have a pro­fes­sional re­la­tion­ship and that is the way I like it. He tells me how to be­come faster and I do what I am told. We do have some good laughs as well. The group in Poway is very im­por­tant to me and they help push me to the next level. It is nice to have a group of com­mit­ted ath­letes to train with.”

After spend­ing the first four months of the year with Sousa and his squad in Poway, Ca. (just out­side of San Diego), Reid has moved his base to Guelph, Ont., but he’ll make an­other move down south later in the year as he starts to fo­cus on the Iron­man 70.3 World Cham­pi­onship in Chat­tanooga, Tenn. in Septem­ber.

Orig­i­nally from Cale­don, Ont., Reid turned to triathlon at 16 after spend­ing time moun­tain bike rac­ing and run­ning. He went to Mcmaster Univer­sity, where he ran for the cross-coun­try and track teams and grad­u­ated with a his­tory de­gree – an im­pres­sive feat for some­one who was di­ag­nosed with dys­lexia at the age of eight.

While the world cham­pi­onship race in Septem­ber will be a ma­jor fo­cus for Reid in 2017, he takes a lot of in­ten­sity into ev­ery race on his sched­ule: “I will be fo­cus­ing on rac­ing ev­ery race this year like it is my last,” he says.—km

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