Elites At Christmas

Do elites train on Christmas day or are they tucking into a full roast? We discovered their festive plans and party secrets.

Posted: 14 December 2010
by Michael Donlevy

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Craig Alexander

How do you like to spend the run-up to Christmas?

December is usually a time of year I take off from training, and try to fit in all those things that I can't indulge in for the rest of the year: a night out with the boys, a few rounds of golf, paddling a surf ski, and long drawn-out coffees at Gloria Jeans, dissecting the latest sports news with one of my mates.
What about the day itself?

Christmas is a family time for us. Having two kids means an early start. And on Christmas Day, we have a tradition we started several years ago - we go for an early morning swim at the beach.
And for lunch?

Lunch is our big family Christmas meal: lots of cold salads, mountains of prawns and seafood, ham and a little Lebanese flavour: hummus, tabbouleh and kibbeh.
So no training then?

For the past couple of years we have gone camping, back to basics, with my wife's family. There are loads of kids/cousins for our children to hang out with.

The 37-year-old Australian was Ironman World Champion in 2008 and 2009

Picture credit: Quinn Rooney/ Getty Images

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