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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Corey Bellemore - Staying Home, Staying Healthy

What was your main athletic focus prior to COVID-19 actions?

My main athletic focus prior to COVID-19 was being as fit and ready as I could for Olympic Trials which were scheduled for the end of June. I was injured in the fall and into early winter but developed my fitness from staying dedicated with lots of cross training. I was in Arizona having a great training camp with Lionel Sanders, where I was focusing on my track training but supplementing with some swims, strength work and a few spins. 

Understand you may not have a definitive competition schedule at the moment, how are you approaching your training right now?

It's a weird time now with no races for a long time and them moving back the date to have a specific time count until after December. With that being said, I love training; I find it beneficial for my mental health and it keeps me in a solid routine day in and day out. 

What positives, if any, can you take from our situation with respect to your training and being best prepared for a return to competition?

I think continuing to train fairly hard but more importantly smart is the key to being ready when competitions start up again. This is the time to listen to your body, adapt healthy habits and find new ways to bring enjoyment out of your training. There are bigger things going on in the world..training shouldn't stress you out or be the most important thing, it's a privilege and a blessing to be able to stay active. 

How has your training benefitted your mental state as we Canadians maintain social distancing?

There is nothing like a little adversity to get you going. I enjoy training solo and it helps take my mind off of everything else in that moment. I think training, exercising and moving around in general are the things that keep you energized, excited and ultimately, keep the endorphins flowing. I appreciate and want to thank all the essential workers, specifically front-line workers doing the most to get us all through these tough times. 

Thanks for sharing Corey, I agree it is a privilege and a blessing to be able to stay active. 

- Darcy Haggith, President, Infinit Nutrition Canada