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REVIEW: Chris McCormack (Macca) "I'm Here to Win"

03 May 2023, 17:05, parser
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Chris McCormack (or better known as Macca) stands at the top of the pantheon of "gods" of modern triathlon. This is a unique athlete who tells in this wonderful book about his life path — not only about sports, but also about his family.

About triathlon

A little bit about what Macca has achieved during his long professional career, which, by the way, is not over yet!

He has won 76% of triathlon competitions in his career (this is more than 200, counting since 1993). He took a place on the podium in 88% of the competitions.

At the time of writing, he has won twelve Ironman races (a one-day race that includes 4 km of swimming, a 180 km bike race and a 42 km marathon). Four times I passed the Ironman distance faster than 8 hours, moreover, on two different types of tracks. Twice won the main Ironman in Hawaii (in 2007 and 2010).

Titles won:

ITU Triathlon World Champion
ITU World Cup series Champion
Second place with a minimum margin, ITU World Cup series
Four-time champion, ITU World Cup Japan
ITU World Cup Canada Champion
ITU World Cup Switzerland Champion
Number 1 in the ITU world ranking
Goodwill Games Triathlon Champion
Two-time USA Professional Triathlon champion
Australian Triathlon Champion
Oceania Triathlon Champion
Fourteen national championships, including — France, Switzerland, Australia, and the USA
Australian Sprint Triathlon Champion
Four-time winner of "Escape from Alcatraz"
Two-time champion of Mrs. T’s Chicago Triathlon
Three-time champion of San Diego International Triathlon
Two-time champion of San Jose International Triathlon
Two-time Los Angeles Triathlon champion
Seven titles at the French Grand Prix
European Triathlon Champion
Five-time winner of the title of International Triathlete of the Year
Four-time winner of the title of Competitor of the Year
Winner of the title of ESPN World’s Fittest Man

The author tells how this sport began and where it is going today from the point of view of a professional. It is interesting to see how professional athletes live, who spend 3/4 of their lives traveling and training. It was especially interesting for me personally to find out the attitude of the heaviest Ironman superstar to doping and illegal drugs — after all, we know absolutely nothing about it!

Macca considers Coca-Cola the best sports drink!

And the book is just full of advice from a professional triathlete — about preparation, psychological preparation, nutrition and much more.

About life hacking

Chris is a real! He pays a lot of attention in the book to the topic of "mind games" — McKee's personal system, which allowed him to defeat those whom he could not physically defeat. Makka is a master of public speaking, controlled scandals and demoralization of rivals. All this can be applied in real life, believe me ...

About pain

Triathlon, like any professional sport, is a test of pain. Makka often talks about pain, about how to accept it, how to talk to her and what kind of relationship should be with her, especially if you have to endure her 8 or more hours of racing a full Ironman.

By the way, Makka claims that he has never received serious injuries. Many novice runners (there are many among the readers of this blog too) complain of pain and injury. Macormack believes that this is due to unnecessary overtraining and self-deception.

If at least one of the topics of the book is interesting to you, then read it. For me, it went in one breath. It is not often possible to directly get the thoughts and memories of a star of this level!

I'm here to win | buy in Russia | buy in Ukraine

Paper book

E-book in English

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