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Australia’s reigning Hawaiian Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander has completed his preparations to defend the crown he captured last year with a blistering win in the Muskoka IM 70.3 event in Canada.
Alexander set a new race record over the 2km open water swim, 94km mountainous ride and 21km run course, finishing over 12 minutes faster than his last years winning time. Alexander produced a trademark sub 3 and a half minute kilometre throughout the half marathon run but it was his bike leg that will have his competitors in Hawaii reaching for another gear.
“Its great to put all that training to the test and confirm that the changes I made to last years preparations are paying off”.
On the bike leg, Alexander was over 10 mins further down the road than this time last year leading into just his third World IM Championship attempt in Hawaii and believes his improvements are more than just incremental.
“I felt really strong all day and was able to run a little quicker off the bike also. Hopefully I can carry this form over to Kona in a few weeks time. This was a great warm up but the hotter the better for me usually so I am keen as mustard to see how fast I can go in the big one.”
Alexander’s half marathon time was 1hr and 11 mins, suggesting he is on track to get under the elusive 2hr 40 min marathon mark in the Hawaiian Ironman event on Oct 10.
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