Xtri Reviews Craig Alexander's As the Crow Flies
Every so often, as a sports fan, we are lucky enough to witness greatness unfold before our eyes. Legends form over time with repeated incredible and historical performances, and in 2011, Craig Alexander solidified his legendary status with a season that the triathlon world had never before seen. On October 1, Crowie will give us a personal look into the trials and tribulations that led him to two World Championships.
As the Crow Flies, is an autobiography that pairs breathtaking photography by Paul K. Robbins with Craig's engaging thoughts and feelings. The book begins with a brief look into Craig's start into triathlon, and then smoothly transitions into the end of the 2010 season and how Craig refocused his career with the people that matter most to him before tackling the 2011 season. We get a look into the most important part of his life, his family, and just how much of an influential role they play into his training and success in the sport.
One of the most impressive aspects of Crowie's season, was his ability to recover from an illness that led to a broken rib. We gain access to great insight surrounding the whole illness, and how he stayed busy when he couldn't race/train. From the illness we are walked through the season, sponsorships, friends, more family, and able to get his personal perspective on the tough decision to leave Orbea for Specialized. The book finishes up with the record setting performance in Kona, and everything that follows the champion thereafter.
This is definitely a must read. The book does a tremendous job of touching on all the major events and aspects of Crowie's life. When you are finished, there are no questions left unanswered about him personally or professionally from the 2011 season. You are left with a tremendous feeling of satisfaction. The pictures help to transform this text into a highly enjoyable and readable documentary.
After reading the final page of the book, you feel like you have built a personal connection with Craig. Before reading, I knew he was one of the most respectable and genuine athletes in our sport and I also knew how important family was to him. Once complete, I now have a completely new found respect and admiration for him and his personal/professional values. In a day and age where many professional athletes are lightening rods of controversy, Craig Alexander reaffirms all that is good in the world of sport. On October 1, don't miss out on a copy and chance to read this book. Once you complete it, you will find it hard to root for anyone but Mr. Alexander.