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Cody Beals
Canada
World Rank
52
Weight
72kg
Height
1.82m
Age
31
DOB
03/12/90
Swim: BlueseventyBike: Ventum
81%Swim88%Bike91%Run88%Overall
Athletes are measured as a percentage (for each discipline and overall) based on a relative comparison to the #1 ranked athlete who's rated at 100%.
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Cody Beals

There is openness and honesty to every aspect of Cody Beals' triathlon life.

From posting his training numbers and annual budget through to using his position "to make triathlon a more welcoming space for queer athletes", he is having a positive impact across the board, not just on the course.

Not many athletes go into their first IRONMAN World Championship at Kona with the best percentage-win record in the field. But Beals arrived in Hawaii last September with a perfect three wins from three starts at the full-distance.

A mechanical on the bike made it a 'what if' day but, as you'd expect from one of the smartest minds on the circuit, he had learned plenty from the experience.

Since the Canadian turned pro in 2014 he has won multiple middle-distance titles, including IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman three times.

It was after the third of those victories in 2018 that he dipped his toes into the water of full-distance racing, and promptly smashed it out of the park with first place at Mont-Tremblant.

He ran away from none other than Lionel Sanders that day, winning by 14 minutes in a new course-record time.

'They’re never as far ahead as you think'

"I still remember watching Simon Whitfield win the first Olympic triathlon gold medal for Canada at the 2000 Sydney Olympics as a 10-year-old. I hadn't the slightest inkling of my future career in triathlon, but his legacy helped inspire a generation of young triathletes."

That was the initial connection to the sport for Beals, and he was in the perfect environment to help him take the next step. "Both my parents were avid endurance athletes, especially cycling and skiing,” he explains.

"But my introduction to competition was a fluke. I was practically forced to run cross country in high school by an exceptional coach who recognised and nurtured some hint of potential he saw in me.

"I began dabbling in triathlon at age 16 and continued to run competitively throughout high school and university."

Cody’s studies (physics at Queen's University) were the priority, but it wasn't long before he started applying that analytical mind to his training.

He managed to combine graduating at the top of his class in 2012 with rising through the ranks of triathlon to the elite amateur level.

His first half-distance success came at the Ontario Long Distance Championship in 2013, by which time he was working as an environmental science consultant. A year later he turned pro.

There is always a danger when summarising an elite athlete's career that it appears always to be on an uninterrupted upward trajectory. The reality for most is very different, with ups and downs along the way.

Few have shared that story as effectively as Cody, from overtraining in his younger days to coping with anxiety and coming out.

He explains: “I'm a perfectionist and I know all too well what a double-edged sword this trait can be. My journey in triathlon is teaching me how to channel perfectionism in productive, healthy ways and not to let it dominate my life."

He doesn't get carried away by success but, equally finds positives from adversity. His first full year as a pro in 2015 acts as the perfect example.

He had already registered his first win that June at Eagleman, but it was a second place a few months later at 70.3 Cozumel which made the greater impression on him.

"That day I ran harder than ever to make up a deficit of several minutes. And I got to within a few metres of the leader, Andi Böcherer, with a kilometre to go before he surged and pulled away. Even though I didn't win, it was one of my proudest moments on the race course because I was satisfied that I gave my all."

Fellow Canadian Jeff Symonds must have been proud too. For he had given Beals some words of advice on the start line of his first pro race at 70.3 Texas a year earlier, saying: "Remember, they're never as far ahead as you think”.

"It's easy to feel dejected and overcome by negativity once your competitors are out of sight down the road. These words remind that it's worth fighting to the end," explains Cody.

With that mindset, Beals has added victories and course records to his results list in every single season since.

Cody has worked on all aspects of his performance to the extent where he admits: "Swimming was my first competitive sport and now, ironically, my weakest discipline”.

And he has been radically transparent off the course too, with unprecedented power and training data posted online along with his financial figures for every year as a pro.

He is also not afraid to admit when he gets things wrong. Ironically, doing too much PR and saying yes to too many requests probably didn't help him on his Kona debut. In the future, he is making sure the focus is firmly on training, racing and recovery.

Challenging assumptions

Cody came out professionally in an interview before the 2015 ITU Long Distance World Championship, but insists "it wasn't a big event”.

He says: "One thing I love about triathlon is that people care a lot more about the watts you're putting out in your last workout rather than your sexual orientation or gender identity! That's one awesome thing about the sport, I've found by and large the triathlon community has been so overwhelmingly supportive.

"And while I didn't hide it, I resisted playing up the fact that I was gay. I turned down interviews that wanted to focus explicitly on that.

"But I've started to realise each time I've mentioned it casually in an interview or put something on social media I get an outpouring of support from people. And not just queer people, but their allies, parents or friends, thanking me for my visibility.

"And it made me appreciate that I do have a platform to help effect some positive change. That's a really small ask for me, to help people feel more at home in our sport.”

Cody hopes honesty about a whole range of issues provides trust and authenticity, which isn't always in evidence at the highest level of professional sport.

"Initially, my perception was that sponsors want you to keep the narrative really positive. And fans only want positive stuff; no one wants a downer coming across their social media feed.

"But I've started to challenge that assumption. I feel that some of my more negative posts about the hardships in my life or things I've been dealing with have garnered more support from people and really shown me the best of the sports community around me."

Current PTO World Ranking Points
52
Average best 3 races 2019/2020
89.67
2020 Challenge Daytona
76.35
Average
83.01
Ranking History
#3#95#187#279#371201420152016201720182019202020212014Overall103.72 pts#180Swim68.62 pts#351Bike129.28 pts#80Run82.25 pts#2282015Overall242.31 pts#30Swim105.75 pts#276Bike175.07 pts#22Run146.90 pts#672016Overall250.75 pts#30Swim107.53 pts#315Bike176.87 pts#31Run158.74 pts#502017Overall246.03 pts#47Swim104.99 pts#367Bike171.17 pts#45Run154.09 pts#692018Overall261.16 pts#32Swim148.10 pts#190Bike173.08 pts#42Run162.99 pts#492019Overall281.62 pts#20Swim150.79 pts#177Bike181.99 pts#31Run180.80 pts#232020Overall269.00 pts#21Swim135.40 pts#177Bike171.39 pts#40Run187.05 pts#82021Overall83.01 pts#52Swim64.40 pts#231Bike78.43 pts#68Run85.11 pts#36
Results
47 Races10
1
8
2
5
3
2021
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
27 Jun
6
IM Coeur d'Alene
52:05
4:37:34
2:56:29
8:29:58
61.9765
08:02:2761.98
23 May
DNF
IM Tulsa
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
07:51:38-
2020
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
6 Dec
21
Challenge Daytona
24:57
1:43:39
1:00:51
3:11:41
76.3512
03:05:0776.35
7 Nov
5
IM Florida
54:02
4:12:52
2:46:24
7:59:55
85.1847
07:49:2985.18
13 Sep
6
Canadian Pro Championships
17:41
58:43
35:34
1:51:57
0
--
15 Mar
10
IM 70.3 Campeche
24:32
2:14:42
1:29:17
4:10:48
17.8423
03:43:1717.84
2019
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
12 Oct
DNF
IM Hawaii
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
08:03:00-
18 Aug
1
IM Mont Tremblant
50:36
4:20:52
2:42:28
7:58:34
102.175
08:00:08102.17
9 Jun
2
IM 70.3 Eagleman
--:--
1:58:57
1:17:39
3:18:29
48.5649
03:04:1648.56
2 Jun
2
IM 70.3 Victoria
24:40
2:11:43
1:17:16
3:56:25
69.6836
03:46:0869.68
28 Apr
2
Challenge Cancun
22:48
2:05:49
1:16:11
3:48:10
81.6358
03:42:0381.64
24 Mar
DNF
IM 70.3 Taiwan
--:--
--:--
--:--
--:--
03:46:17-
2018
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
30 Sep
1
IM Chattanooga
--:--
4:20:25
2:48:17
7:10:22
84.1679
07:00:2384.17
19 Aug
1
IM Mont Tremblant
52:35
4:24:28
2:49:22
8:10:36
95.2787
08:07:0995.28
10 Jun
1
IM 70.3 Eagleman
24:43
2:03:26
1:16:06
3:49:04
79.6556
03:42:1779.66
3 Jun
1
IM 70.3 Victoria
24:38
2:10:48
1:16:55
3:54:45
75.3105
03:46:2275.31
13 May
7
IM 70.3 Monterrey
25:19
2:00:32
1:15:46
3:44:16
63.4159
03:32:3663.42
8 Apr
22
IM 70.3 Texas
25:18
2:14:43
1:17:43
4:02:07
26.3619
03:38:0226.36
18 Mar
1
IM 70.3 Taiwan
25:40
2:01:09
1:13:28
3:46:39
81.7165
03:40:3681.72
2017
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
22 Oct
1
Challenge Aruba
27:47
2:08:25
1:19:36
3:57:36
75.1146
03:49:0375.11
24 Sep
4
IM 70.3 Cozumel
23:08
--:--
--:--
3:57:15
62.1904
03:44:3162.19
10 Sep
4
IM 70.3 Santa Cruz
10:54
2:06:18
1:16:01
3:37:19
76.4986
03:29:5576.50
30 Jul
6
IM 70.3 Ecuador
27:33
2:11:27
1:20:33
4:01:47
43.7925
03:42:5943.79
25 Jun
3
IM 70.3 Mont Tremblant
24:35
2:10:10
1:15:37
3:54:26
65.8196
03:43:0065.82
11 Jun
2
IM 70.3 Eagleman
27:14
2:05:47
1:17:48
3:54:49
66.8182
03:43:4166.82
14 May
4
IM 70.3 Monterrey
26:28
2:00:50
1:16:29
3:46:22
71.2238
03:37:0071.22
2 Apr
9
IM 70.3 Texas
26:51
2:03:37
1:20:59
3:53:56
58.9573
03:40:2258.96
19 Mar
2
IM 70.3 Campeche
27:21
2:11:19
1:14:53
3:56:04
77.9739
03:48:3177.97
2016
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
30 Oct
3
IM 70.3 Los Cabos
28:14
2:10:10
1:19:24
4:00:04
66.9678
03:48:4466.97
24 Sep
5
ITU Long Distance
1:08:06
2:58:07
2:00:35
6:08:17
0
--
11 Sep
4
IM 70.3 Santa Cruz
25:29
2:09:59
1:13:32
3:53:28
71.5151
03:43:5471.52
31 Jul
1
IM 70.3 Ecuador
25:41
2:05:16
1:14:36
3:48:04
81.0612
03:41:4681.06
26 Jun
4
IM 70.3 Mont Tremblant
25:03
2:08:54
1:19:59
3:57:33
62.2408
03:44:4962.24
12 Jun
1
IM 70.3 Eagleman
27:41
2:03:41
1:16:21
3:50:02
86.9996
03:45:3887.00
7 May
7
IM 70.3 St. George
25:48
2:12:42
1:15:14
3:56:37
76.1175
03:48:2676.12
10 Apr
3
IM 70.3 Brasilia
27:43
2:06:15
1:22:02
3:59:12
58.8697
03:45:1858.87
20 Mar
7
IM 70.3 Monterrey
24:41
2:07:22
1:14:03
3:48:49
65.3129
03:37:3065.31
2015
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
25 Oct
3
IM 70.3 Los Cabos
28:00
2:13:04
1:22:47
4:06:29
54.8528
03:50:5154.85
4 Oct
2
IM 70.3 Silverman
29:38
2:12:59
1:20:47
4:06:00
73.2206
03:56:3073.22
20 Sep
2
IM 70.3 Cozumel
23:38
2:05:14
1:16:01
3:48:33
82.6412
03:42:4582.64
30 Aug
21
IM 70.3 World Championship
24:01
2:18:35
1:23:10
4:09:34
41.9722
03:49:3541.97
21 Jun
6
IM 70.3 Mont Tremblant
24:27
2:07:35
1:17:22
3:53:25
65.8736
03:42:0365.87
14 Jun
1
IM 70.3 Eagleman
28:08
2:01:58
1:19:11
3:51:05
78.5603
03:43:5378.56
26 Apr
3
IM 70.3 Texas
26:22
2:04:30
1:15:02
3:48:21
74.2773
03:39:5274.28
19 Apr
4
IM 70.3 New Orleans
20:21
2:01:59
1:17:40
3:43:14
81.1132
03:37:0581.11
2014
Points: NaN
DatePlaceRace
Swim
Bike
Run
OverallAITPoints
7 Sep
2
IM 70.3 Muskoka
25:11
2:20:13
1:18:35
4:07:12
59.9771
03:53:1259.98
6 Apr
5
IM 70.3 Texas
27:35
2:04:43
1:15:44
3:50:41
43.748
03:32:4443.75
Ranking per Season
Overall
Year
Points
Position
2021
83
52
2020
268
21
2019
281
20
2018
261
32
2017
246
47
2016
250
30
2015
242
30
2014
103
180
Swim
Year
Points
Position
2021
64
231
2020
135
177
2019
150
177
2018
148
190
2017
104
367
2016
107
315
2015
105
276
2014
68
351
Bike
Year
Points
Position
2021
78
68
2020
171
40
2019
181
31
2018
173
42
2017
171
45
2016
176
31
2015
175
22
2014
129
80
Run
Year
Points
Position
2021
85
36
2020
187
8
2019
180
23
2018
162
49
2017
154
69
2016
158
50
2015
146
67
2014
82
228
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