Myles Alexander is a PRO triathlete, model, and recovering anorexic. He is the reigning NYC Elite Champion, and primarily races the LTF short-course series. He has also raced ITU and local regional championships. On his first race in the PRO wave he took 3rd in Arizona.
Alexander, a.k.a. “Chitriman,” (pronounced shy-try-man) is a fixture on the Chicago triathlon scene where he is known as an athlete who loves his hometown and is especially committed to its fitness community. Partnering with one of his sponsors Running Away Multisport, Alexander enjoys contributing his expertise to a communal approach to training by leading weekly group rides designed to offer seasoned racers an opportunity for recovery while simultaneously offering less experienced cyclists a challenging yet supportive context for developing their skills.
Back in late 2009, Alexander almost died. In the midst of a life-threatening struggle with severe anorexia, Myles discovered triathlon competition as an important part of his recovery process. This self-described "economics junkie" at Sarah Lawrence College (class of 2010) caught the eye of the then Aquatics Director, Sandra Clarke, who recognized not only a young man facing a tremendous health challenge, but someone with the discipline, determination, and drive to be a professional athlete—a triathlete, to be specific.
Clarke’s hunch was confirmed over the next two years as she watched her mentee begin to podium at, and eventually win, Midwest regional triathlon competitions. In 2012 Alexander won overall in the Midwest Regional Sprint Championship in Elkhart Lake, WI, the Purdue University Boiler Sprint Triathlon, and the Evergreen Lake Sprint Triathlon outside of Bloomington-Normal, IL. He topped off the season with a stellar performance at U.S.Nationals to earn a spot on Team USA. 2013 began in a similar fashion with overall wins at ITU San Diego while setting the ITU Fiesta Island World Record, defending his titles at Boiler Sprint, Elkhart Lake, and Evergreen. He was the 4th fastest American at ITU Worlds in London.
Alexander began his 2014 season by a third place overall at the Life Time Fitness South Beach Triathlon, a blazing fast 52:41min Sprint Triathlon performance for an overall win and another sub hour performance at Elkhart Lake. He made his Elite Division debut at CapTex where, despite a competitor unzipping his wetsuit which resulted in his exiting the water 4 min behind the leaders, he was able to run himself to finish 8th. Alexander then had another Elite Division race at Lake Zurich where he made it onto the podium in 1:50 for second place. He recently, grabbed his Elite win at the New York City Triathlon where he broke early from the pack to race comfortably all day, cruising to the finish line without being challenged by his competitors. Moved to the PRO ranks and took 3rd at Life Time Tempe in Arizona, and is currently gearing up for his debut at the 70.3 distance.
Alexander is excited to finish this season strong, continuing to develop and use his platform and dream of becoming a world champion to help spread his message about finding strength and joy in recovery from anorexia. From a position of leadership in the sport, he seeks to set the example that there is no shame with this disease. That no one need suffer in silence. And, that there is help, hope, and a community of support that loves and cares for those battling this tragic disease!