Training Day with Craig Alexander Part 2
So just how does Craig Alexander prepare for the Ironman World Championship? Take a sneak peek inside as Crowie gets up close and personal with the crew from triathlete.com. If you haven’t already seen Part One of this five part series, check it out here.
And you know today the goal was to ride about 180 k’s, 112 miles, you’ve got some good work at threshold at race pace and it’s great to have training partners, but like you say i think you need to be disciplined enough and confident enough to know what the goals of your session are and to hit those goals.
I mean last night I was excited like it was a race almost. I get to test myself again and for me that’s what it’s all about. It’s a personal challenge to be the best I can be.[00:01:28.23] Craig Alexander: It’s a very simple thing, but it’s a commitment I made to myself a long time ago and I love it. I don’t get tired of it, I must say for me the motivation, and the fire still burns as strong as ever.
Craig gave Miranda a 6 minute head start before heading off on the two loop course that they would ride at Ironman pace to simulate the last 25 miles of the Queen Kay highway.
Craig’s goal was to go as hard as he could and hopefully ride Miranda down.
[00:05:56.23] Craig Alexander: I was very tactical last year you know, I mean Mac could have been vocal all year about trying to get the guys to work with him, and they did and you know they were very smart in the way that they did it.
I think as defending champion I was expected to close all the gaps, and i was able to do that for 60 miles and I think the gap opened just before Harvey and those guys were able to work together and really consolidate it, and that’s the way it was. Our group didn’t want to work.
You know and I didn’t expect anyone to work for me. I would have liked someone to work with me, I sat on the front of that group for 30 or 40 miles. It was a learning experience and you know I think I’ve been pushed and I’ve had a great run in Kona.
I’ve got a good record there and something I’m proud of. It’s one thing to win it, it’s another thing to be consistent every time. You’re not going to win every time out there’s just too many goog people out there.
Watch Part 3 – The Run