Crowie has been told he’s the kind of person you’d love to have as a neighbour.
Okay, so he doesn’t have much in way of tools in his garage (there are plenty of smelly old running shoes and some pretty good training equipment, however) but he does have a stack of enthusiasm and a pile of interesting experiences to share with the whole street!
Craig Alexander was nicknamed Crowie after Australian Surf Ironman and fellow Physiotherapist Jonathan Crowe, as his friends thought he looked just like him.
Here’s a summary of Craig:
- Born: 22nd June 1973, Sydney, Australia
- Hometown: Cronulla, NSW, Australia
- Married: Nerida “Neri” (January 1999)
- Children: Lucy (born May 2005), Austin (born April 2009), and Lani (born April 2013)
- Early sporting love: Soccer
- Hobbies: Watching sport and sports shows, talking sport over coffee, stand-up paddling, surfing, golf, paddling a surf ski and playing guitar
- Passions: Hanging out with family and running to music
So here’s how it all began: In 2006, Crowie won the inaugural 70.3 Ironman World Championship. Then, in 2008, he claimed the Hawaiian Ironman World Championship for the first time, confirming his triathlon status as “Alexander the Great”.
In 2011, at 38 years of age, Crowie achieved what no other man in the history of Triathlon was able to: he won both the Half Ironman and Ironman World Championships in the same year. By winning his third Hawaiian Ironman World Championship he also claimed a new world record time and a new “King of Kona” was crowned.
Craig was humbled when Ironman legend and six-time World Champion Dave Scott lauded him as “The first true men’s champion the sport has seen in years.”
The race of the decade
In the inaugural Melbourne Ironman in 2012 (which some have described as the “race of the decade”), Crowie achieved a sub 8 hour winning time. Crowie managed to complete the 2.4mile/3.86km swim course in 50:33, the 112mile/180km bike ride in 4:24:42 and the 26.2/42.2km run course in 2:38:45. That’s the equivalent of less than 40sec per lap in an Olympic pool for over 77 consecutive laps, an average of almost 41km per hour km on the bike for close to 4 and a half hours and an average run speed of 6min per mile or sub 3min50 per km for the entire marathon.
Before Craig was dubbed “Crowie”, “Alexander the Great”, crowned “King of Kona” or even toed the start line of a single race, he was always had a winning mentality. Crowie has worked hard over the years to combine a relentless pursuit for improvement with an internal drive to achieve the outstanding every day.
The secret of Crowie’s success
At the core of Crowie’s success and achievements is an appreciation index that’s thankful for every breath and a self-assured humility that has been forged in the foundry of bloody hard work. Crowie is known for his humble attitude and he combines this with a firm love for sport and the lifestyle it affords his family.
The other side of Crowie
Crowie is also a tertiary qualified Physiotherapist, Media contributor, Professional Speaker, former bar tender, waiter, labourer and ‘net learner’. He’s an avid fan of many sports, including his first love of soccer, and he has a ‘Rain Man’ like ability to recall obscure statistics and famous plays.
The most important thing to Craig is family. He is beyond proud of his wife (and the love of his life) Nerida, and his three amazing kids, Lucy, Austin, and Lani. Everything Craig does starts and ends at home with his family. Crowie’s won a lot of titles over the years but the one he likes best is ‘Daddy’.
‘Team Alexander’ is often referred to as the ‘first family of triathlon’ and they divide their time between their base in Cronulla, New South Wales, Australia, and their home-away-from-home in Boulder, Colorado.
Everything you ever wanted to know about Crowie and a few things you probably don’t care about at all!
- Fave foods: All things chocolate, seafood, chips, Neri’s cooking (as long as there aren’t too many veggies!)
- Fave running trail: Switzerland Trail in Boulder, CO
- Fave workout: Open water swimming in the ocean off Cronulla
- Worst Injury: Broken rib
- Favourite beaches: Hungry Head (North Coast of NSW), Clovelly (Eastern Suburbs of Sydney) and North Cronulla (home town in Australia)
- Fave cities: New York and Sydney
- Fave race destination: St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands; Phuket, Thailand, Kona, HI
- All-time fave destination: Kona, a big Island of Hawaii
- Fave movie: Shawshank Redemption
- Fave book: “As the Crowe Flies” provided a great opportunity to reflect
- Last meal: Left over Spaghetti Bolognese
Let’s get down on some of Crowie’s basic facts and figures:
- 180 cm: height in centimetres.
- 68 kilos: my weight pre race.
- 65 kilos: my weight post race.
- 43 years old: my age next birthday (officially old).
- 1,000 km: the distance I swim each year.
- 25,000 km: the distance I bike each year.
- 4,000 km: the distance I run each year.
- 22 years old: the age at which I completed my first triathlon competition.
- 3 other men: have achieved back-to-back Kona victories.
- 8: the number of hours I spend in an ice bath each year.
- 2:41:59: my marathon split at the 2010 Ironman World Championship.
- 3: the number of offspring who call me ‘Dad’.
- 1994: the year in which I raced my 1st triathlon.
- 27: The number of consecutive half Ironman distance victories (2004-2010) I’ve achieved.
- 20: The quantity of M&Ms I eat each day.