Curious about Crowie? Here are some frequently asked questions to help you get a little closer to this living legend.
Q&A with Crowie
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN COMPETING?
I completed my first triathlon in 1994 but also competed in athletics and soccer when I was at high school.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO GET INTO TRIATHLONS?
I started some swimming and running training to get back in shape after a hernia operation. (I was working part-time at university and a local milk depot at the time). A couple of mates encouraged me to buy a bike and I was hooked!
WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENT?
My family, without a doubt.
WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE FUTURE?
I’d like to keep living the triathlon lifestyle as long as I can and as long as I am improving. Currently it has positive impact on my family and so as long as that remains the case, it’s triathlons all the way.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO PEOPLE WANTING TO GET INTO TRIATHLONS?
Basically, to just get moving. Set a small race goal and work backwards from there. Join a club and enjoy the social aspects of training and preparing.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR AVERAGE DAY?
My day changes enormously depending on what part of the season it is but usually it consists of an early morning ride, breakfast with the kids before school, swim session, lunch with my wife, afternoon gym session or massage. A run before dinner and then recovery ice baths and compression before bed.
WHAT TRAINING TIPS DO YOU HAVE?
In my opinion, training affects everyone differently so it’s not easy to give general advice. Overall I’d say ease into it!
Every session you miss because of injury is one you never get back so take things slowly and don’t push yourself beyond your limits.
Try to get out of bed early (it’s the best time to exercise for a bunch of reasons but mostly because you’ll have accomplished something each day).
Also try to build activity into your normal day, such as ride to work or running part the way home, that way you stop thinking of it as ‘training’ and just do it without thinking.
WHAT KEEPS YOU MOTIVATED?
In all honesty I still haven’t mastered motivation completely. I owe it to the people who have sacrificed to allow me to pursue my passion and to be the best I can be.
HOW DO YOU GO TO THE TOILET DURING A RACE?
Most races do have portable loos on the course or at least some natural privacy screens, but if you need to go, you need to go!!