As the Crow Flies: My Journey to Ironman World Champion

Author(s): Craig Alexander

Sporting Biography

Millions of triathletes around the world know Craig Alexander as 'Crowie' - the formidable triathlete whose sheer talent and disciplined work ethic have earned him three Ironman(R) World Championships and the new world record. In As the Crow Flies stunning black and white photos document what it takes to perform at the highest level of the sport. Celebrated Australian photographer Paul Robbins follows Alexander's most tumultuous season yet - as Crowie balances training with family life, non-stop travel, the ageing athlete's body, and the endless obligations to sponsors and the media. Alexander describes the physical and mental demands of triathlon - which go well beyond the necessary fitness and skills as a swimmer, cyclist and runner.


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As the Crow Flies is a fascinating behind the scenes look at what it takes to be the best. Craig Alexander is the Ironman(R) World Champion and world record holder - As the Crow Flies invites the reader into his world, both public and private, to find out what it takes to become a world class triathlete. Striking black and white photography combines with Crowie's own reflections to create an intimate and beautiful look at the sport, lifestyle and business of triathlon.

""As the Crow Flies" invites readers into Craig Alexander's private life for a never-before-seen glimpse of what it really takes to be world champion. Paul Robbins' photography captures Craig's life in intimate, revealing detail and offers a rare perspective on his legendary work ethic. Paired with Craig's veteran insights, advice and storytelling, this book is a must-have for every fan of the sport." -- Julia Beeson Polloreno, "Triathlete" magazine editor-in-chief "In his new book, Craig Alexander reveals the approach that took his triathlon career to new heights. "As the Crow Flies" is an intimate look into how Alexander balances his training, traveling, racing and family life." -- "Inside Triathlon" magazine "As you will discover in reading this book, it's no wonder Craig is one of the greatest triathletes ever. "As the Crow Flies" is filled with riveting stories of commitment, setbacks, focus, and keeping it old school. He is ready for what's thrown at him, whether in training, racing, or life itself." -- From the foreword by Greg Welch, 5-time triathlon world champion "I saw Craig for the first time competing in an Olympic-distance race in Pacific Grove, California and, without forecasting his destiny, I recognized his uncanny and innate ability to draw on his internal will and passion to excel...His incredible journey is captured in this brilliant book "As the Crow Flies." Not only does it cover his Ironman world record in Kona at the 2011 Championships but it pictorially captures the true essence of the highs and lows of an incredible person and a phenomenal champion." -- Dave Scott, 6-time Ironman World Champion
"Being a true champion is recognizing that it takes a team to be great. Crowie has done a great job at illustrating this in "As the Crow Flies."" -- Laura Bennett, 2-time Olympian, 4-time triathlon world championship medalist, 2-time U.S. national champion
"Now everyone--not just the stratospheric elite of triathlon--can get to know Crowie." --

Known to fans as 'Crowie', Craig Alexander is three-time Ironman(R) and Ironman 70.3(R) World Champion. Named one of Inside Triathlon magazine's greatest male triathletes of all time, Alexander is respected throughout the triathlon community for his disciplined approach to training and his down to earth personality. Craig lives between New South Wales, Australia, and Boulder, Colorado. Paul K. Robbins is a seasoned veteran photographer, and founder of Monde Photo, a leading photo agency. He lives and works in Australia.

General Fields

  • : 9781408189863
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Sport
  • : September 2012
  • : 248mm X 285mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : December 2012
  • : March 2020
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Craig Alexander
  • : Hardback
  • : 1012
  • : 796.4257
  • : 208
  • : Black and white photographs