We are proud to announce that one of Canada’s best 70.3-distance triathletes, Taylor Reid of Caledon, Ontario, will be on the start line at Barrelman this year! Taylor has one Ironman 70.3 competitions around the world and is passionate about racing in Canada, for the amazing atmosphere he feels on race day and because he races best when he feels at home.
We had a little Q&A with Taylor about why he’s choosing Barrelman and what he’s most looking forward to on race day, September 16!
How has your 2018 season been going?
What do you like best about racing close to home?
What are your race goals for Barrelman?
My goal is to win the race but there are a lot of factors and smaller goals that go along with winning a race. I will be racing the week before in Santa Cruz so I need to make sure I am recovered and ready to go. One week is a quick turn around but it has been done.
This is shaping up to be one of our strongest men’s pro fields ever. Thoughts on this?
I always love racing a good field. With a stronger field there are more challenges but it also is more exciting race. It makes the end result much more satisfying.
Have you done Barrelman before?
As a half-distance specialist, what are some tips you have for our first-timers taking on the distance at Barrelman?
I am a first time Barrelman athlete too, so any tips from you Barrelman veterans out there are appreciated. For first timers at the distance I would say stay relaxed and make sure you enjoy everything. Also with the two transitions make sure you plan the days before the race accordingly so you have lots of time to get your stuff set up.