1 hr 17 min

Craig Alexander : Overcoming Self Doubt to become an Ironman World Champion The Chris Lieto Podcast

    • Mental Health

Overcoming Self Doubt to become an Ironman World Champion 
 
“Just continue to push just lean into and push, and at no second give up.  Because at the end a race is just a collection of moments, a collection of time, a collection of seconds, and you want to win ever second and every battle you have with yourself...” - Craig Alexander
 
Craig Alexander is a 3 x Ironman World Champion and a 2 x Ironman 70.3 World Champion.  He has over 50 victories in other Ironman and 70.3 victories around the World.  He is one of the best to ever compete in the sport of triathlon.  He dominated in the short course olympic distance then he moved up to Ironman later in his career to set new records and dominate the sport for years.  During his reign as the best Ironman athlete he and I raced against each other a lot and we had some great battles.  During those years I finished 2nd a lot to him and was runner up to 2 of his World Championships both with close finishes.  I have the greatest respect for him and we cultivated a friendship through racing because of the journey it took us both through.  
In this episode we go back and talk about a couple specific races and the thought process and mindset we both went through and how those races unfolded.  Through these discussions I realized something I would have never guessed in a million years.  Someone I thought was the most sure and confident person dealt with self doubt on a constant basis.  Hear how Craig dealt with that and how he overcame doubt to be one of the best Ironman athletes ever and an athlete that is still racing at 48 and winning races.  
This was a great discussion, but I look forward to talking even more in the future.  
 
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Addaday
Addaday is an active healing technology company focused on pre-and post-exercise recovery to help people move better and live their fullest. Its devices deliver targeted therapies and techniques used by professionals to prime the body for exercise, speed recovery and treat or prevent injury. They are the Official Recovery Partner of IRONMAN, USA Climbing, Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run and other leading sports organizations. In addition, many teams and professional athletes at the highest levels of football, baseball, hockey and Olympic sports now use Addaday’s products for their recovery needs.  Visit addaday.com/discount/chrislieto and you can get 20% off your order when you use coupon code: CHRIS20
 
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Coros watches
Visit https://Coros.com to check out my favorite adventure and training watch. Longest Battery life and has the best monitoring features I have used. Use promo code "CHRISPOD" to get your accessory for free.
 
SHOW NOTES
Check out Craig here:    Instagram 
 
In this episode, we discuss:

How we brought the best out of each other racing


Racing together at the Honu or Hawaii Ironman 70.3


The fight at Ironman Boise 70.3  


Craigs Mindset or Montra


Being self aware through your mind and body


What drives Craig and the importance of drawing a road map


Craigs biggest challenges


How lack of confidence effected his racing


Dealing with t

Overcoming Self Doubt to become an Ironman World Champion 
 
“Just continue to push just lean into and push, and at no second give up.  Because at the end a race is just a collection of moments, a collection of time, a collection of seconds, and you want to win ever second and every battle you have with yourself...” - Craig Alexander
 
Craig Alexander is a 3 x Ironman World Champion and a 2 x Ironman 70.3 World Champion.  He has over 50 victories in other Ironman and 70.3 victories around the World.  He is one of the best to ever compete in the sport of triathlon.  He dominated in the short course olympic distance then he moved up to Ironman later in his career to set new records and dominate the sport for years.  During his reign as the best Ironman athlete he and I raced against each other a lot and we had some great battles.  During those years I finished 2nd a lot to him and was runner up to 2 of his World Championships both with close finishes.  I have the greatest respect for him and we cultivated a friendship through racing because of the journey it took us both through.  
In this episode we go back and talk about a couple specific races and the thought process and mindset we both went through and how those races unfolded.  Through these discussions I realized something I would have never guessed in a million years.  Someone I thought was the most sure and confident person dealt with self doubt on a constant basis.  Hear how Craig dealt with that and how he overcame doubt to be one of the best Ironman athletes ever and an athlete that is still racing at 48 and winning races.  
This was a great discussion, but I look forward to talking even more in the future.  
 
My Masterclass
If you are Interested in knowing more about my Masterclass or coaching Sign Up Here
https://chrislieto.com
Listen, Watch & Subscribe
Watch and Listen to this show on YouTube | Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Podbean and other places you may listen to podcasts.  chrislieto.com/craig
 
This show and episode would not be possible without the support of these sponsors:
 
Addaday
Addaday is an active healing technology company focused on pre-and post-exercise recovery to help people move better and live their fullest. Its devices deliver targeted therapies and techniques used by professionals to prime the body for exercise, speed recovery and treat or prevent injury. They are the Official Recovery Partner of IRONMAN, USA Climbing, Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run and other leading sports organizations. In addition, many teams and professional athletes at the highest levels of football, baseball, hockey and Olympic sports now use Addaday’s products for their recovery needs.  Visit addaday.com/discount/chrislieto and you can get 20% off your order when you use coupon code: CHRIS20
 
KION AMINOS
Whether you’re looking to stimulate faster muscle growth, recover more rapidly from exercise, become more resistant to fatigue during a grueling workout, or just benefit from additional amino acids in their most absorbable form to support aging or a vegan, vegetarian, or ketosis diet, Kion Aminos essential amino acids has you covered.  Visit getkion.com/chrislieto and you can receive 20% off your purchase when you use promo code: LIETO
 
Coros watches
Visit https://Coros.com to check out my favorite adventure and training watch. Longest Battery life and has the best monitoring features I have used. Use promo code "CHRISPOD" to get your accessory for free.
 
SHOW NOTES
Check out Craig here:    Instagram 
 
In this episode, we discuss:

How we brought the best out of each other racing


Racing together at the Honu or Hawaii Ironman 70.3


The fight at Ironman Boise 70.3  


Craigs Mindset or Montra


Being self aware through your mind and body


What drives Craig and the importance of drawing a road map


Craigs biggest challenges


How lack of confidence effected his racing


Dealing with t

1 hr 17 min