Meet Corrine Abraham, Corinne is a professional Ironman athletes from the Wales in the UK. We love having Corinne visit Morzine, her positive attitude and friendly nature is infectious.
Corinne’s most notable results include winning the Asia Pacific Championships at Ironman Melbourne in 2013, being crowned the European Champion after winning Ironman Frankfurt in 2014 and winning Ironman Cozumel in 2015. Corinne is aiming for the Ironman World Championships in Kona this year and will tackle Ironman Lanzarote and Ironman Austria in her lead in.
It’s never too late to get into Triathlon. Corinne came to triathlon in her mid 30s after watching her boyfriend and his mate do IM Zurich in 2009.
She has always been active and involved in sport, and has tried a variety of sports over the years including judo as a junior, climbing, canoeing, pot-holeing and walking in the rain! She took up volleyball for a while through university years as well as Kung Fu, kickboxing and tai-chi.
When Corrine heard about a race where you swim 2.4miles, ride over 100miles and then run a marathon at the end, she liked sound of it. She though it would be a good challenge and entered and trained for IM Regensburg. She finished 1st age group female and 3rd female overall (including the pro women) and qualified for Kona. She then left her job as a university lecturer shortly after and turned professional the following year.
Corinne lives near Geneva, loves to train in the Jura mountains and the Alps. She is also a big fan of the training in Morzine & Les Gets and Buzz Performance.
Favourite Training session? Long easy run – preferably on trails, preferably in the mountains, preferably with running buddies
Favourite piece of kit? Running trainers! Alternatively: suspension trainer / TRX type thingy.
Best part about being a pro triathlete? Learning about how my body works
Hardest part about being a pro triathlete? Managing the financial and business side of it
Who do you look up to? People who stand up for their values and what they believe is the right thing to do, even if it might be difficult to do so.
Greatest accomplishment? Athletically – coming back from injuries to win European Championship (IM Frankfurt) in 2014 and IM Cozumel in 2015
Key to your success? A lot of support from many people and perseverance
What got you started? Watching my boyfriend do IM Zurich in 2009
What is the best advice you’ve been given? There are 3 simple rules: 1) Get yourself to the start line 2) Get yourself to the start line healthy 3) Get yourself to the start line fit
Tell us something we don’t know about you? I like to ice cakes and my older sister was brave enough to let me ice her wedding cake