Profile

  • Birthdate: March 12, 1990
  • Home: Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • Height: 182 cm / 6 ft
  • Weight: 70-74 kg / 154-163 lbs
  • Education: BSc Physics, 2012, Queen’s University (Top of Class)
  • Professional debut: 2014

Career Highlights

  • 3× IRONMAN Champion, 6× IRONMAN 70.3 Champion
  • 2019 – 1st IRONMAN Mont Tremblant (course record, sub-8 hours)
  • 2018 – Triathlete of the Year (Triathlon Magazine Canada)
  • 2018 – Elite Long Course Triathlete of the Year (Triathlon Ontario)
  • 2018 – 1st IRONMAN Chattanooga
  • 2018 – 1st IRONMAN Mont Tremblant (debut, course record)
  • 2018 – 1st IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman
  • 2018 – 1st IRONMAN 70.3 Victoria (course record)
  • 2018 – 1st IRONMAN 70.3 Taiwan
  • 2017 – 1st Challenge Aruba (course record)
  • 2016 – Top 10 IRONMAN 70.3 Professional Ranking
  • 2016 – 1st IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman
  • 2016 – 1st IRONMAN 70.3 Ecuador (course record)
  • 2015 – 1st IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman
  • 2013 – Ontario Long Distance Triathlon Champion (half distance debut)
  • 2013 – MultiSport Canada Triathlon Series Elite/Pro Winner
  • 2012 – Age Group Triathlete of the Year (Triathlon Ontario)
  • 2012 – Multisport Canada Triathlon Series Elite/Pro Runner-up

Bio

Cody Beals is a professional triathlete based in Guelph, Ontario. After dabbling in skiing, swimming and running, he found his way to triathlon in his late teens. Cody competed as a runner and triathlete throughout his senior high school and university years, although academics always took center stage.

Between 2008 and 2012, he immersed himself in his studies in physics at Queen’s University, envisioning a career in research and academia and finding little time for racing. He gradually came to realize that endurance sports, like his familiar academic sphere, rewarded consistent, deliberate practice even more than natural ability. Cody went on to graduate top of his class, but by then his growing obsession with triathlon rivaled his passion for science. Fortunately, he discovered that the two interests were highly compatible.

Following graduation, Cody found work as a consultant in the field of environmental science while continuing to pursue triathlon. Applying an analytical, data-driven approach to training and racing, he self-coached his way to the elite amateur level. Cody’s breakthrough came in 2013, when he won his first half distance triathlon at the Ontario Long Distance Championships in course record time (3:58). The following year, he made the jump to the professional ranks. Cody is now focusing on long course racing on the world stage.

About My Blog

The objective of this blog is to document the gradual, challenging process of transforming myself into a world class professional triathlete. Too often, we only hear about an athlete’s successes, while their struggles, insecurities and screw-ups don’t get the same billing. I haven’t shied away from sharing my highs as well as my lows, like recovering from overtraining, disordered eating and insomnia, coping with anxiety and coming out, managing finances, and more. In being so open, I hope to demystify elite development and help athletes of all levels learn from my experience.

This blog is more than just another glorified training log. Many posts are inspired by questions I receive or what I perceive to be common misconceptions. The subject matter may be technical at times, but I try to make the material as accessible as possible. I won’t pretend to be an authority in any particular area; I aim to show that you don’t need to be an expert to take an analytical, evidence-based approach to training, racing and self-improvement.