After his fifth place at Ironman Melbourne, three-time Ironman World Champion and course record holder Craig Alexander announced his retirement from Ironman racing, making it the perfect time to look back at his amazing career with the man known as Crowie.
Craig Alexander is the three-time Ironman World Champion and the Ironman World Championship course record holder. He came on with Huddle and me to chat about, among other subjects, his 2012 race in Kona, how he has changed his training and racing now that he is almost 40, and what might have happened if Lance Armstrong had raced in Kona this past October.
So what happens after you become the Ironman World Champion? Plenty! Three weeks after the biggest win of his life, Pete Jacobs came on to take us through the months and weeks leading into Kona and the blow-by-blow of race day.
Funny story. The evening before this chat, Pete was in Noosa having dinner with fellow Aussies three-time Ironman World champion Craig Alexander and two-time Ironman World Champion Chris McCormack. A fan came up and wanted to get a photo…..with Crowie and Macca. “Pete, it just shows that winning only once doesn’t quite do it,” laughed Crowie.
Three-time Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander came on to chat about the impact Lance Armstrong had on his decision to race Kona this year, how the race changes without Chris Lieto in it, and his preparation for a shot at win number four in Kona.
Chris Lieto is now 40 and is still considered the premiere cyclist in triathlon. With him not racing Kona this year and setting the pace on the bike, how does the race change? Who does he feel will be a factor? What did he say to Craig Alexander in the Natural Energy Lab in the midst of the 2010 Ironman? As always, Chris Lieto proved to be a great interview.
It was a classic. The three-time Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander dueling it out with 10-time Ironman New Zealand Champion Cam Brown at the first ever Ironman Melbourne. Crowie came on to chat about the race, how he has changed his game through the years, and the challenges he faces balancing his racing, training, traveling and promotional opportunities with spending quality time with his wife, Neri, and their two young children. Craig also talks about the possibility of Lance, Lieto, Macca, himself, the Raelert brothers, and so many others going head-to-head in Kona in October.
Chris McCormack came on after winning Lava Man to chat about his prospects for making the Aussie Olympic team. Even more exciting, Macca chats about the prospects of two Americans, Lance and Lieto, getting off the bike with the lead in Kona this October, with the two Aussies who have won the last five Ironman World Championship titles – Crowie and Macca- trying to chase them down, along with the Raelert brothers from Germany … could be amazing!