Road to Kona: Sarah Crowley

Sarah Crowley wins the 2017 IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship. Photo: Korupt Vision

Sarah Crowley wins the 2017 IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship. Photo: Korupt Vision

Sarah’s approach to triathlon is deceptively light-hearted – her Instagram is filled with jokes about her ‘aero hair’ and photos of her playing Xbox prior to races. But her racing pedigree speaks for itself: ITU Long Course World Champion, IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Champion, and the IRONMAN 70.3 Middle East champion would all be enough, except she also claimed the 2017 IRONMAN Europe championship; a surprise win that she referred to as ‘uber fun’.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I liked the idea of being an artist actually. I used to love painting but I ended up an accountant then a triathlete.


What is on your mind as you prepare for Kona?

The Noosa Triathlon :)


What are three of your travel essentials?

My turbo, my drone and my recovery boots.


What do you see as your biggest strength going into Kona?

My Hills District Training Crew.


What was the last gift you gave someone?

A big chain ring.


What makes Kona different from any other race?

The fact that everyone is going full gas. Most athletes leave a piece of themselves out there… literally.


What is your favorite Rudy Project piece of equipment?

My Tralyx sunnies. Love them. Comfortable fit and they stay in place so well.


What do you love about the triathlon community?

Everyone is keen to help each other out.


What would make this a perfect season for you?

I would love to be able to continue with the form I have been in this year. Training is bumbling along well, so if I race to my potential at the World Championships I will be happy.


How do you like to spend a day off?

I love watching movies. I have a pretty active analytical mind so it switches my brain off.

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