Hi Corey, it’s nice to have a look into the approach of athletes all over the world. How do you approach your sport and personal life and of course the combination of both!
How about training facilities where you live, swimming pools enough? Running in nature or in town?
I live in Cape Breton, a small island that is part of the province Nova Scotia, Canada. I have access to four 25 m swimming pools. I am a member of a great masters swimming program. The practices run 6 days a week from late September to June. This is a really fun group to train with. If I’m not training with the group, I am usually getting a workout in before work, at the local YMCA.
There are some nice running trails close by. I like to mix it up by running on trails or on the roads outside of town. I enjoy track sessions. Most of our tracks are hard packed gravel, but I do have access to a synthetic track at the university in my town. I also enjoy treadmill sessions if there are specific intervals to follow.
Winters are cold in Canada, how do you train when it’s snowing, and what can our athletes in Europe where climate is a bit warmer in wintertime, learn from it?
Winters in eastern Canada are brutal. We can potentially have snow for 6 months of the year. During those months, if the roads are clear from snow, it is usually too cold (for me personally) to bike outside. I spend all my bike training indoors alone during this time. It helps that I’m kind of crazy and I actually like training inside. Most often, it is more beneficial for me and certainly more time efficient. This also helps my body get used to training in a warm environment. I’d like to buy a smart trainer to perhaps make it more enjoyable.
People who are fortunate enough to live in warmer climates can definitely take advantage of consistently riding outside. You’re probably less likely to experience training burnout as well. It can be very tough, mentally, spinning for several hours and not moving. Even if I lived in a warm place all year, I would still do some training inside. I feel it should be apart of any solid training program.
You won Ironman Lake Placid, it’s a superperformance to win an Ironman. What did this do with you mentally?
I am ecstatic about winning an Ironman. There were no pros in this race but being first across the line and lifting the banner was an unbelievable experience. I thrive on pushing my body to see how fast I can become. Winning the race hasn’t changed that. I don’t want to look back in several years from now and wonder how good I could have been. While I’m fortunate to have the opportunity, I will keep pushing hard and training smart.
I hope winning such a big race like Ironman Lake Placid, will help motivate people in my local community to try a triathlon one day.
What are your goals next season ?
My goals next season are to try and improve the best I can, with the time I’ll have available to train. This means making each workout count, physically and mentally. Teaching is busy with preparation and marking, but I’ll also be taking university courses this year to upgrade my teaching license. Balancing work, training, and family life is always a challenge, especially when you want to be competitive.
I will race a couple 70.3 distance triathlons next summer as my main A races. I will do another Ironman in a few years, with the hope of going back to Hawaii. I would love to be more than a participant there, and give myself a chance to compete for a top 10 in my AG.
Thank you Corey for meeting up and very welcome to our strong squad of passionate athletes! If you want to follow Corey you can follow him www.coreydeveaux.com !