By: Taylor Reid
The beginning of 2016 racing year starts in December 2015.
After some much needed rest I have finally started to get things back under way. The 2015 races season was so much fun for me. I had a very consistent year- some highlights of the year were my two first place finishes, at Ironman Silverman 70.3 and Challenge St Andrews 70.3, a second at Ironman Mt Tremblant 70.3 and third place at my final race of the season, Ironman Austin 70.3. As well, I fulfilled my goal of qualifying for the 70.3 World championships in my first year as a 70.3 professional. I will be looking to build on these results in 2016.
I spent my down time just getting away from Triathlon. I got my party fix and ate all kinds of delicious food. By the end of my off-season I was just itching to get back out there and train my heart out.
It has been two weeks into the season and I love every bit of it. I am currently based in Caledon for the holidays and have had to get used to Canadian weather again. My time in California has made me a little soft. I seem to always over dress when I go outside. But it is worth it to stay warm. The training load has been rather light as I build back into the season. I am look forward to my first race on April 2 in Oceanside where I can take on some of the big names again. Some of the keys to the early season will be to stay healthy and injury free so I can go into the next phase of training ready roll.
Outside of training I have been spending a lot of time working on developing my connections and acquiring sponsors for 2016. This takes up a lot of my down time and I have had to really think outside the box. It is all part my life now and it is great.
My parents also chose to get a new dog a few weeks ago and it has changed up the house schedule a little. But he is worth it. He is a one-year-old rescue dog and full of energy. He loves to play fetch for hours and keeps me pre occupied when I am not training.