The 31-year-old and his coach Matt Dixon believe his best years as an Ironman athlete are ahead of him, so they're using this year as a learning experience.
Australia's Tim Reed ran shoulder to shoulder with Germany's Sebastian Kienle, while Holly Lawrence dominated the women's race.
Both Tim Reed and Beth Gerdes ran their way to the top of the top of the Ironman Australia podium.
Australia’s Tim Reed and the United States’ Meredith Kessler kicked off their seasons with victories at a championship-level race.
Australia’s Tim Reed and Canada’s Angela Naeth swam, bike and ran their way to wins at Sunday’s Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs in two close races.
It was an all-Australian victory at this weekend’s inaugural Challenge Forster with Tim Reed and Rebecca Hoschke taking out the titles.