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American Iron or Ironman Triathlon: Corvette Driver Taylor is Fast Either Way

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Four-time IMSA champion completes inaugural Ironman triathlon over the weekend

Holly Kane

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DAYTONA BEACH, Florida. Jordan Taylor admits that his big toes are blistered and his leg muscles are still so sore that it hurts to walk and especially climb stairs. But his heart is full and there is a big smile on his face.

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It turns out that the Corvette Racing driver is fast and without wheels.

The popular IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship entrant completed his first Ironman Florida event this weekend in Panama City, Florida, the culmination of a grand goal he has been striving for since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While others took a break from the hustle and bustle, the four-time IMSA champion stepped out of his comfort zone. An intense multi-year training regimen culminated in an impressive debut in the Ironman race, which includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike race, followed by a 26.2-mile marathon run.

Taylor finished in 10 hours 20 minutes 33 seconds, actually beating his expectations and target time.

“It’s like preparing for a Rolex 24, but I’m preparing my body, not my car,” Taylor said. “It was a really cool experience.”

Taylor was especially pleased to beat his personal goal in the marathon run—the final part of the race—by over 20 minutes; finished strong with a 3hr 42min over 26 miles. And he thanks his “team” of fans and coaches for their work, especially in this final part of the competition.

It was a hot day by marathon standards – 80 degrees outside – and the heat began to take its toll about a third of the distance. Taylor said he developed chills and other symptoms of possible heat stroke around mile 11.

But his older brother, multiple IMSA champion Ricky Taylor, was there for support and motivation – and he essentially helped Jordan talk through the toughest sections of the run.

It was a fitting scenario as Ricky and their mutual friend Mark Jensen made up the group that originally pitched the idea of ​​preparing for Ironman during the COVID downtime.

“We kind of all started working out together during COVID and it was a good motivator to keep fit during quarantine,” Taylor said. “And then I just fell in love with this sport. I like to follow a professional [Ironman] now participates in races and some professional athletes.

Image 2041Taylor took his preparation for the race very seriously – as you would expect from someone who takes racing very seriously. He trained due to COVID and then continued the rigorous regimen even during race weekends with long bike rides and runs at the WeatherTech Championship tracks and surrounding areas on practice days.

“You think about it and you work so hard for one day,” Taylor said. “One little hitch can ruin everything. Luckily, everything went well and I was able to tick all the boxes.”

So, after years of planning and preparation, will he do it again?

“I think so,” Taylor laughs. “It takes commitment and sacrifice of time, but now I’m kind of on the hook.

“I’ll let my toes recover and think it over well anyway.”


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