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They said it: Jackson Laundry and Taylor Reid on their top-10s in Cozumel

It's been a busy two weeks for Canadian pro triathletes Jackson Laundry and Taylor Reid

Photo by: Kevin Mackinnon

Despite the hot and humid conditions (with temperatures into the 30s and the humidex reaching 38), Canadians Jackson Laundry and Taylor Reid both managed top-10 finishes at today’s Ironman 70.3 Cozumel triathlon in Mexico.

It’s been a busy few weeks for Laundry and Reid – they were key organizers of the recent Canadian Pro Triathlon Championship, which Laundry won, then left just over a week after that race for Cozumel. The two will return to Canada tomorrow, then spend two weeks in quarantine. The plan is to take some well-deserved time off, then start the build towards Challenge Daytona in December, provided they each can get a spot in that race.

We caught up with them a few hours after the race:

Jackson Laundry:

I had a pretty OK swim, although I’m still feeling like I haven’t quite got my swim back yet. I haven’t swum in a pool for seven months, so I was pretty happy to get out with Matt Hanson.

He (Hanson) and I worked pretty hard on the bike – we worked our way up to a huge group of about 10 guys. Sam Long was off the front. We rode through the group, but couldn’t drop them until the end.

Jackson Laundry wins the Canadian Pro Triathlon Championship. Photo: Kevin Mackinnon

I was a bit worried that we pushed a bit too hard on the bike. I started the run up there in third or fourth, but Hanson and (Tyler) Butterfield pulled away from me.

In the end I was happy to grind it out for sixth on what I would consider to be an off day. I learned a lesson – to trust my instincts on the bike.

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After finishing second at Ironman 70.3 Campeche, I’ve shifted the focus from my shoulder injury. It’s time to move on. I don’t use it as an excuse any more. I am happy to be back racing and being able to do what I do. I feel like my shoulder isn’t a factor any more

I’ll have to do a lot of indoor training over the next few months, but I’ll possibly head to Utah for some altitude and outdoor training. I really need to focus on my swim training – today I was too far back out of the water, which can’t happen in a championship race like Daytona.

Taylor Reid on the bike at the Canadian Professional Triathlon Championship. Photo: Kevin Mackinnon

Taylor Reid

I was pretty happy with the race today – it was probably one of my best races in Mexico.

They did a really good job organizing the event. They took people’s temperatures before we could get in, people wore masks and there was hand sanitizer everywhere.

During the swim I got a weird cramp in my stomach, which set me up for a day of chasing.

I was really happy that I was able to negative split both the bike and the run. During the first loop of the run it took a while to get my legs.

Daytona will be my next race if I can get in – I have had good results there, finishing fourth and ninth. The distance of the race -2 km swim/ 78 km bike/ 20km run – seem to work well for me.

I can’t thank the PTO enough for the opportunity to race.