Australian Craig ‘Crowie’ Alexander is one of the fittest people on the planet, five time World Iron Man Triathlon Champion and the list goes on. In As the Crow Flies (Boulder, CO: Velopress, 2012), the five-time world champion reveals his approach, his training, and the relationships that make him the successful athlete he has become.
Alexander has a reputation as an incredibly hard worker, friendly and fair competitor, who toes the line of races as ready as any man there. The most striking thing about Crowie to me is how he has integrated the demand of triathlon with his first priority, Team Alexander: his wife Neri and their young kids Lucy and Austin.
Alexander shares key workouts, training blocks, and pivotal moments in big races, balancing the day to day training and racing with examples of injury, illness, and replacing sponsors, revealing the delicate balance between elite performance and disaster. None of this was deterrence enough, as he won both the Ironman and Ironman 70.3® world championships, making him the first person to win both championships in the same year.
Sharing center stage with Crowie’s words are striking photographs from acclaimed sports photographer Paul K. Robbins, who has captured moments both active and still, with family and alone. The photos add a layer to this complex portrait of a World Champion who is the epitome of grace and professionalism in his sport.
If you buy only one book on triathlon, this should be the one. Coffee table beautiful, a bio of a true champion, and a smidgen of practical training advice, the balance of sport and family makes this a lifelong keeper.
(Disclaimer: I was sent this book for free to review on my blog, courtesy of VeloPress. I did not pay for the item, receive payment for this review, or agree to give a positive review. Aside from information gleaned from the company website, the opinions are my own.)
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