PUR­SU­ING A WORLD DREAM, CLOSER TO HOME

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - WARM-UP ELITE PROFILE - BY HE­LEN POW­ERS

A se­ri­ous triathlete for eleven years, Reid won gold in the U23 Cana­dian Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in 2013. In 2014, he switched to long-dis­tance triathlon and, last Septem­ber, he placed 20th at the Iron­man 70.3 World Cham­pi­onships. He will not be go­ing to the worlds this year, but plans to be there in 2019.

“In the last four years, I’ve been out of the coun­try for about half of the year,” says Reid “And I’m keen on spend­ing more time train­ing in Canada.”

He’s liv­ing in Guelph, Ont., now, and his new coach, Craig Tay­lor, runs the Guelph Triathlon Project sup­port­ing ju­nior, U23 and elite triath­letes.

“There’s a great crew there and that gives me train­ing part­ners for a good seven months of the year,” ex­plains Reid.

His race sea­son started in March with slower fin­ishes than early 2017, but given all the changes this year, maybe it wasn’t sur­pris­ing.

“Craig and I were still learn­ing train­ing styles to­gether then,” Reid ex­plains, “and he was find­ing out how far he could push me. Next year, we will gear up faster in the early races and, in­stead of big work­outs in Fe­bru­ary, we will do that sooner. It’s a fine bal­ance to reach, hav­ing an early start to the sea­son and need­ing to main­tain mo­men­tum for seven more months of rac­ing.”

After get­ting the vol­ume and in­ten­sity lined up in the early races, Reid moved ahead with a busy ros­ter for the year. He es­pe­cially looks for­ward to the Cana­dian events, and al­though he loves Vic­to­ria, Mont-Trem­blant in June tops his list of favourites.

“Trem­blant is one of the nicest events in the 70.3 cir­cuit. The roads and the crowds are amaz­ing and they re­ally treat the pros very well,” he says. “It is the clos­est 70.3 to home, so it’s eas­ier to get to and my par­ents and friends have come along to cheer us on.”

Reid has al­ways done well at Trem­blant and loves duk­ing it out with all the Cana­dian tal­ent com­pet­ing there.

After a 70.3 in Cal­i­for­nia in July, he’ll head to Su­per League in Pen­tic­ton, a unique three-day triathlon event he’s ex­cited about. “I’ve never done any­thing like the ros­ter for day two where you swim, run, swim, bike and then run again,” he says. It could be sim­i­lar to three days of hard train­ing, but with more strat­egy. “Be­ing a win­ner on day one doesn’t mean win­ning the whole thing. You have to choose when to ex­pend the en­ergy to win ver­sus us­ing less en­ergy when you just need to qual­ify for the next stage,” he says.

In Septem­ber, Reid has two more 70.3 races and the half-dis­tance Bar­rel­man Rev 3 in Ni­a­gara Falls.

BIKE RUN

“I’ve been out of the coun­try be­fore when this one was on,” says Reid, “but this time I’ll be here and it’s lo­cal, so let’s try it and see what hap­pens.”

Reid es­ti­mates his phys­i­cal train­ing time at 25 to 30 hours a week dur­ing the peak sea­son and 15 to 20 hours dur­ing non-peak time. He likes to train out­side as much as pos­si­ble be­cause “the real-life sce­nario is more my jam.”

As a spokesper­son for the On­tario branch of the In­ter­na­tional Dys­lexia As­so­ci­a­tion, Reid cred­its triathlon for teach­ing him per­se­ver­ance and over­com­ing dys­lexia when he was grow­ing up. He also vol­un­teers at the Kids of Steel race in his home town of Cale­don, ei­ther on the swim deck hand­ing out wa­ter and medals, or do­ing demos along with other triath­letes.

Reid’s com­pe­ti­tions have taken him all over the globe and yet this pro­fes­sional feels a strong pull to his Cana­dian roots. The ex­tra time he gains on home turf will be worth what­ever ad­just­ments are needed as he ups his game with the new changes this year.

He­len Pow­ers is a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor to Triathlon Mag­a­zine Canada. In his fourth year as a pro­fes­sional triathlete, Tay­lor Reid has made a lot of re­cent changes to his game. A new coach and dif­fer­ent ap­proaches (and lo­ca­tions) for train­ing are keep­ing him busy. He’s fired up about hav­ing more time in Canada as he re­fines his per­for­mance over the half-dis­tance, his race of choice.

BOT­TOM LEFT Tay­lor Reid tak­ing the win at Iron­man Puerto Rico 70.3 2017

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