It's a winning lifestyle
TIM REED says there is no coincidence between his move to Byron Bay and his ever-increasing success as a champion triathlete.
Since making his home on the Northern Rivers last year the 27-year-old has had a string of victories, including taking out first place in the Australian Long Course Championships, where he set a course record.
But it's not just Reed's athletic career which has blossomed.
Last month he married his partner, Monica, at Byron Bay.
And now he's a proud father after his wife gave birth to their son, Oscar, just last week.
Reed doesn't doubt for a second that the decision to live in Byron Bay is what made life "perfect".
"We came here because I had turned professional and Monica was training to be a doctor. We suddenly realised we didn't have to live in Sydney any more," he said.
"Career-wise it's been great.
"I've got a good coach (Grant Giles at Lennox Head). My training has been so much easier in the clean air and humidity and my results have improved out of sight. I live in this fantastic part of the world with a great lifestyle.
"I got married, we have a son, and now we can raise my family here."
Originally from Lord Howe Island, Reed started competing in triathlon events at an elite level in 2007.
He won every race he entered for the next two years, except the 2009 World Ironman Championships, in which he finished second.
In 2010 Reed stepped it up a notch and became a professional triathlete.
Now he's rebuilding his fitness in preparation for the World Ironman 70.3 World Championships.
"I train 20-30 hours a week, up to six hours a day," he said. "But it's not all hard; sometimes it's just cruising along on the bike with friends."
Part of Reed's training will involve competing in next month's Byron Bay Triathlon.
After that, he will head to America to race on the highly competitive professional circuit.
"It's hard to leave, especially being away from my wife and newborn son," he said.
"However if I want racing to put food on the table, I have to go there to race the best in the sport.
"I realise how lucky I am."