Craig Alexander is a professional triathlete with nearly a decade of racing experience. He is the current Ironman Triathlon World Champion and is a previous winner of the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in 2006. Craig, who some call “Alexander the Great,” is based in Boulder Colorado in the USA for the spring and summer, then heads home to Cronulla for the Australian summer. Once Craig mastered the short course triathlon and half-ironman distance worldwide and started competing over the ironman distance and now dominates that circuit as the two-time defending Ironman World Champion!
Having a background in physiology and anatomy, Craig has seen much success being self coached. Now, trying to take his racing to another level, he has enlisted the service of Chris Carmichael and Carmichael Training Systems. Craig has also recently begun training other athletes and running triathlon clinics.
Q & A
When did you turn pro?
I started as a full time professional in 1997. Straight after I spent 6 years at uni gaining a physio degree I have never used!
What are the events, wins, memories that stand out most throughout your career so far?
The 3 world Championship wins and the Life Time Fitness triathlon win in 2005
If there’s one thing that people in the industry would recognize you by, what would that be?
My nickname: Crowie.
When did you first start doing Triathlon? Where/why?
The story is I had got a bit fat, drinking beer and living the uni life. A cyclist mate heard I could run and swim, so he and I bought a bike through the newspaper and I raced in a triathlon the weekend I bought it. That was 1994. The bike cost me $800 AUD!! How things have changed.
Were you always a runner? If you didn’t always love it, how did it finally become a part of you?
Sheer hard work. I dabbled in all sports thru school, and always went well at the cross country and athletic carnivals on talent and minimal training. However, I have run a lot of miles since those school days to develop into the runner I am now.
How many pairs of (athletic) shoes and Oakley shades do you have?
If I had kept all the running shoes I have had since I started my career, I think I could kit out a small country. All the Newton shoes I discard now, go to a charity doing just this, kitting out kids to run. I certainly have quite the drawer of Oakleys, but my few favourites, and the essentials for racing and training travel the world in my well traveled Oakley backpack!
If you had to pick a “meal of champions” – one suited best for top performance – what would that be?
If you weren’t killing it in Triathlon, what would you be doing for a living?
Good question? I did OK at soccer as a kid, so maybe I’d be playing soccer in the UK or in a League somewhere.
Talent…other than being an awesome Triathlete:
a great dad, but I also fancy myself as pretty good on karaoke after a few beers.
Another sport you like playing or riding…
I like to play golf, but never seem to have enough time, or rest days to do it as much as I would like, as a result there is a lot of duff shots after the first few holes.
Your Favorite…music artist for getting psyched up?
Anything from the 80’s. I’m kind of stuck in that era when it comes to music.
Definitely open water swimming.I am in Hawaii right now, and swimming in Kailua Bay is amazing. Sealife a plenty, still waiting to have a swim with the dolphins, but plenty of turtles, and the occasional mantray. Not of course that I have time to wallow around and watch. It’s all business for me…
Best song to train to: dancing with myself:
Billy Idol. (told you I was stuck in the 80’s)
The “Sprinkler”? Or the “Funky Chicken?”
Dream vacation spot?
Would you rather get punched in the gut by Mr. T. or super roundhouse kicked in the face by Chuck Norris?
Neither, Chuck Norris I guess.
People would be super surprised if they knew that you…
love gadgets but am hopeless at using them.
You’ve been mistaken for…
Jonathon Crowe, the original “Crowie”
Megan Fox or Diane Kruger?
I never get the last word!