“As the Crow Flies makes truth of the adage, ‘a picture says a thousand words.’ [As the Crow Flies is] a must for any triathlete, or indeed any sports fan, to have on their reading list and coffee table!” — Chrissie Wellington, 4-time Ironman World Champion and author of A Life Without Limits: A World Champion’s Journey
“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
“In his book As the Crow Flies, Crowie has done something different. His simple and direct dialog about a period of time when the pressure was highest and the spotlight shone brightest on him gives a solid sense of who he is and what the public already senses about his solid moral compass in every part of his life surrounding his sport. Crowie’s book will not disappear into bookshelves once it is read—the magnificent photography helps narrate the story and makes it come to life and seem more real. I read about his workouts, races, or circumstances, then looked with new eyes at the photographs again and again. As the Crow Flies is a spectacular avenue in which he has chosen to share himself and his achievements.” — Paula Newby-Fraser, 8-time Ironman 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.” — Bob Roll, Tour de France television commentator
“There is a lot more to Crowie than what we see on the outside…Photographer Paul K. Robbins has been able to go in deep and beyond that surface…It is the photography in As the Crow Flies that for me truly captures the essence of all those quick, fleeting personal moments that make up Crowie's sporting world and family home each and every day.” — Delly Carr, award-winning sports photographer, World Photography Academy Inductee, Nikon Sports Photography Ambassador
“Craig Alexander fans will read about the skill, dedication and passion required to be an Ironman® world champion. In the photography world, Paul K. Robbins is one of our Ironmen…Robbins' body of photographs is a work of art. Simply brilliant.” — Peter Eastway, AIPP Grand Master of Photography, Publisher Better Photography Magazine
“Craig Alexander’s new book As The Crow Flies is a behind-the-scenes look at one of the greatest athletes the sport of triathlon has ever seen…This is a must-read for any fan of the sport of triathlon.” — John Duke, Vice President of Global Sponsorship Sales, Ironman®
“As the Crow Flies is a must-read for any athlete to reiterate that it is the days, weeks, months and years of training and sacrifices that make you good.” — Lee Troop, 3-time Australian Olympic marathon runner
In a tough year marked by challenges, reversals, and great performances, Craig Alexander ran into the record books, breaking a 15-year course record to win triathlon’s coveted Hawaii Ironman® World Championship for the third time. En route to Kona, he won the Ironman 70.3® World Championship, making him the first man to win both world championships in a single year. At age 38, Alexander has proven that now more than ever, he is the man to mark.
Triathlon’s most decorated pro is also one of its hardest-working. After more than 15 years in the sport, Alexander remains relentless in his pursuit of improvement. His masterfully intuitive method of training and racing has made him one of the most consistent and versatile athletes racing today.
As the Crow Flies combines Alexander’s revealing insights with striking photos taken over the course of a year by acclaimed sports photographer Paul K. Robbins. Together, they create a fascinating picture of the tenuous balance between dedication and determination, patience and persistence in racing and life. Triathletes will not want to miss the chance to steal a page from Alexander’s winning playbook.
“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 world champion