‘Crowie’ will continue to race distances up to 70.3 (1.9km swim/90km bike/42.2km run), with the occasional Ironman thrown in, but his 23rd place at October’s Ironman World Championships confirmed to ‘Crowie’ that now is the right time to retire from attempting to add to his Hawaii tally.
‘I won’t be going to Kona and I won’t be doing two Ironman races in a season again,’ said Alexander. ‘It becomes too hard to manage with the family.’
The 40-year-old Australian leaves behind an Ironman Hawaii CV that’s up there with the best in the sport. He won Hawaii in 2008 and retained the title a year later. However, it was his 2011 performance that etched Crowie’s place in history. His astonishing 8:03:56 eclipsed what many thought was the unbeatable time of Luc van Lierde’s 1996 victory by 12secs. It included a 51:56 swim and 2:44:03 marathon, but it was on the second leg that he rammed the critics’ lambasting of his bike down their throats with a 4:24:05 180km split. All three Kona triumphs came aboard fi’zi:k saddles.
Alexander also won the second of his two World 70.3 Ironman Championships in 2011 and it’s that form of racing which occupies his future plans. He’s just confirmed he’ll race the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Putrajaya (Malaysia) in April 2014 with next year’s Ironman 70.3 World Championships his main race. There’s also talk of Alexander racing Ironman Melbourne in March but that is yet to be confirmed.