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Meet the Outlaws: Karl Alexander
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Posted on: Thursday 17th July 2014

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Karl Alexander targets a big performance at the Outlaw

Karl Alexander is making the most of being a full-time triathlete… after he's taken the kids to school of course. The 35 year-old former IT Service Desk Manager and Army officer from High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire has a busy programme of events this year, including the Outlaw Triathlon ( on Sunday 27th July.

As a Kona qualifier from previous years, he will definitely be amongst the favourites at the Outlaw and fighting for the unique Raceskin winner's jerseys.

Why did you decide to do the Outlaw?

The Outlaw has been on my radar for a few years, this year I wanted to give it a shot as I've heard great things about the event.

What do you expect the event will be like?

Having seen the race on TV and speaking to previous participants, I expect the events to be fantastically well organised and have a great atmosphere.

What are you most and least looking forward to?

All of it! Regardless of your ability, whether you're a first-timer or a seasoned veteran, an iron distance is a bloody long way. There is a lot that can happen out on course. Just have faith in your training and know you're ready.

Have you raced in Nottingham before and will you come up to ride the route?

I hadn't prior to the Outlaw Half. I will be coming up to recce the bike and run courses before the event. Part of managing your race is knowing the course.

Men's podium

How did you get into triathlon?

I swam and ran competitively at school and became interested in road cycling achieving my elite racing license. I saw a piece on the Hawaii Ironman on TV and was awe struck. Six months later I was on the start line of IMUK 70.3 for my first triathlon. That was 2006 and I've been racing ever since.

What's your main strength?

Definitely a bike specialist given my background, but I can turn in a decent swim and run too.

Karl Alexander - F3 Events Winter Duathlon

What are your best performances to date?

I was second place at the British Middle Distance Champs over the Belvoir Castle Course in 4:00:11 and have been sub five hours over IMUK 70.3 at Wimbleball.

With Scott Neyedli at Belvoir Castle

I've been sub-10 three times with 9:50:11 my fastest time, this was over IMUK which has a pretty tough bike course. All of these times were set whilst still working full time.

What's your ultimate goal in triathlon?

I set myself goals at the beginning of each season, with key milestones that I would like to achieve along the way, ultimately my goal is to be the absolute best I can be, if I achieve that then I know I'll be competitive.

What does a typical training week look like for you?

An average training week at the moment comprises around 200-300 miles on the bike, around 70 miles of running and around 8-10 miles in the pool. 

Outlaw Triathlon winners jersey

Do you train with a club?

During the early season I train with VC10 Cycling. I like to get some steady social miles in. As the season progresses I train alone more and more as my sessions have specific goals which can't be achieved when training as part of a group.

What is your home life like?

Up until recently I was an IT Service Desk Manager, now though I'm in the enviable position that after the kids are at school I get to go and train. I'm married with two beautiful daughters who are aged 2 and 5.

My youngest, Elsie, was diagnosed with MCADD a rare metabolic condition. It's why I missed Kona and took a year away from triathlon in 2012.

When she was diagnosed it put things into perspective, so I concentrated on making sure my wife and kids had everything they needed. Triathlon wasn't going to go away and I knew I could comeback to it.

Prior to 2008, MCADD wasn't routinely tested and it is believed to be one of the largest causes of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Karl Alexander - F3 Events Winter Duathlon

How did you get selected for the ERDINGER Alkoholfrei team?

I had some great results last year and won a number of events that ERDINGER Alkoholfrei guys were at. I always chatted with them and they liked my attitude to racing. When I was offered a slot on the team I said yes immediately. I have a great relationship with the management team and their support just makes things all a little bit easier. I'm also supported by XTERRA Wetsuits.

What's the best lesson you've ever learned as a triathlete?

It sounds pretty cliché, but never give up. Last year I punctured early on in a race and was ready to throw in the towel. But instead I repaired my bike and got on with the job, despite the setback I was able to claw my way back up to fourth overall and first in my age group. You never know what will happen if you just persevere.

Outlaw Triathlon Race Coverage

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