Craig Alexander Triathlete Training Day Part Five
A continuation from part four, Craig Alexander talks about some of his experiences as a professional triathlete training for the Ironman World Championships.
“It’s going to be a tough race, it’s in a similar mould to something like Muskoka or St. Croix. Some courses have a a hilly run and a flat bike, or vice versa. Very few challenge you across the board – a challenging bike ride and a challenging run with some wind,heat and a great field thrown in. It’s going to be an interesting race, very competitive. You’re going to need to pay attention to things like your pace and nutrition very carefully.
I haven’t contested a world title like this distance since 2007 – I’ve only contested three, I’ve had two firsts and a fourth (position). It’s always been my best distance, thats how I feel. I made no secret of that. When you look back at my career, in the last six or seven years, I’ve only been beaten five times at this distance. I’ve been very consistent, but I haven’t been able to contest the world championships 70.3 for the last four or five years because it’s come after Kona. Its very hard to recover coming off a tough ironman race in October, and prepare for a flat fast 70.3 race against guys like Raelert and Ospaly, O’Donnell and Gamble, who are specifically training for a flat-fast course. The time just never really worked for me in the last five years, but now it does. I’ve always felt that this is my best distance – I have two world titles at this distance and two at the Ironman. I think it’s a nice symmetry.”
Part one of this series can be viewed here.
Part two of this series can be viewed here.
Part three of this series can be viewed here.
Part four of this series can be viewed here.