Three-time Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander says 2013 will be his last appearance at Ironman Hawaii

Can Crowie round off his final appearance in Kona with a win?

Craig Alexander was asked about retirement at the pre-race press conference before tomorrow’s race in Hawaii and while he said he’ll continue racing, he’s intending this year’s raceto be his final outing on the Big Island.

“I think this is my last time, but never say never”

Alexander said: “I’ll be racing triathlons next year, but I’m pretty sure this is my last time racing here. I love the race but you have your run and I’ve got a young family and I just can’t keep coming back forever; it impacts on them. Physically, I’m the same athlete I’ve been for two or three years but other things in life take over.”

Crowie spoke about missing training due to coaching commitments and the fact that this didn’t bother him being a change in his attitude to the sport compared to even a year earlier.

He added: “You have to find a good balance and this year I wanted to come back here, so I’m not saying that I haven’t prepared right for this race. The athlete that I’ve prided myself on [being] is someone [to] whom every race is a world championship, that’s the way I’ve raced for 10 years and this year that hasn’t been the case. I’ve had to pick my battles a bit more carefully. Being a 40-year-old that’s probably the smart way to do it. But it was hard mentally to go to races knowing I wasn’t in my best shape”.

To round off, Alexander said: “I think this is my last time, but never say never. Two years ago I thought was the last, then last year was definitely the last… don’t give up on me yet.”

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