7:00 a.m. ET | New York, NY — It’s the triathlete’s equivalent of shooting hoops with Kobe Bryant, tossing a football with Peyton Manning or having a volley with Roger Federer: a morning run with Craig “Crowie” Alexander, course record holder for the Ironman World Championships with a time of 8:03:56. Crowie was in town for less than 24 hours between stops in London and his home in Boulder, CO. “I’ve got to get home and get some training done if I want to do Kona this year, which is three months away,” he said while we jogged a few miles in Central Park. “Which is enough time. At my age I’ve got 20 years of base to call on.” I’d called on my base to get out of bed at 5:30 a.m. — and I was glad I made it.

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