Following a long off-season, newly sponsored First Endurance triathlete Taylor Reid kicked off his 2017 season with a decisive win at IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Rico amongst a competitive field of well-known names in triathlon.
Reid put together the 9th fastest swim, was 2 seconds shy of Paul Ambrose’s race best ride and 14 seconds off of First Endurance ambassador Stephen Kilshaw’s fastest run split of the day to win his opening season race. First Endurance athletes finished the day placing 3 competitors in the top 4 spots with Reid, Kanute and Kilshaw.
Race conditions in San Juan, Puerto Rico for the early season was a bit of an adjustment that Reid carefully managed. “This was a hot race for sure. The temps hit around 28C with humidity upwards of 80%. I have really suffered in hot races like this and having EFS-PRO really allowed me to overcome this, along with a lot of ice from ever aid station too!”
With a winning time of 3:49:50, Reid finished 1:32 ahead of 2nd place Andy Potts and 1:42 in advance of 3rd place, Olympian Ben Kanute.
“It is really exciting to win my opening race of the year. I have never started off on such a high note. All the pieces came together and I stayed very focused and relaxed throughout the entire race. The heat really played a big part in the race so having First Endurance EFS-PRO with such high sodium really was an advantage.”
Reid is looking towards backing up this result with another strong performance at Oceanside coming up in two weeks on April 1st.
1. Taylor Reid 3:49:50
2. Andy Potts 3:51:22
3. Ben Kanute 3:51:32
4. Stephen Kilshaw 3:53:21
5. Raul Tajada 3:54:07
6. Paul Ambrose 3:55:45
7. Jackson Laundry 3:57:26
8. Matthew Russell 3:58:34
9. Natham Killam 4:01:25
10. Frank Silvestrin Souza 4:01:55