Greetings from Bob

Welcome to our 10th newsletter! I recently caught up with Craig Alexander on Babbittville Radio, which you can catch here. Despite retiring from racing at the Ironman World Championship, and turning 43 this year, the guy is still mixing it up with the best and continues to find his way onto the podium, as he did at Ironman 70.3 Vineman on July 10th. I’ve had the pleasure of covering Crowie throughout his career, from his early days on the Olympic-distance circuit through his three World Championship titles in Kona. And he has always impressed me with his talent, professionalism, commitment to family, and willingness to share amazing insight and knowledge on his racing and training. I thought it would be fun to focus this issue of the newsletter on Crowie, and feature a few of my favorite interviews and an article I wrote on Craig and his family after he won his first Ironman World Championship.

Breakfast with Bob from Kona: Craig Alexander

I sat down with Craig Alexander during Ironman week in Kona last October, and the three-time Ironman World Champion and course record holder reflected on his seven years of racing in Kona.

WATCH Breakfast with Bob from Kona: Craig Alexander


The Puzzle

The pieces are small and scattered all over the jagged emptiness of the Big Island lava fields. The edges have been blasted to bits by the hellacious winds that can, at different times of the day, help you, frustrate you… or destroy you. The colors of the pieces now blend together after being scorched off by the mid-day sun, just like the runners who dismount their bikes and head out for a marathon with triple figure temperatures smacking them right between the eyes.

Mix in food poisoning, jet lag, cramping, a forearm shiver to the goggles, a penalty on the bike, a mechanical, missing a special needs bag, a stomach not able to assimilate all of those thousands of calories in one hundred degree heat, and you’re one step closer to solving the Ironman puzzle.

Kind of.

Training Day with
Craig Alexander

A few years back, a film crew from Triathlete Magazine, including Steve Godwin and Kevin LaClaire, went to Boulder to tag along with Craig Alexander for three days as he ramped up his training for Kona. This was exactly four weeks before he won the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Las Vegas, and eight weeks before he won his third Ironman World Championship and broke the course record. In this episode, we followed Crowie as he put in a grueling day on the bike, and got insight from the champ on how he trained to help tackle the bike course on the Big Island.

Thank you Crowie, for all the amazing performances and insightful interviews throughout the years. You are missed on the race course in Kona, but it’s great to have you join us on race morning as a spectator!




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