As the winner of the 2010 Ironman Championship in Kona, Hawaii, Chris "Macca" McCormack may be the world's greatest athlete. In I'm Here to Win, McCormack shares his story, along with training tips and practical advice to help listeners develop their own routines, diet, exercise programs, and race strategies.
Chris McCormack has dedicated his life to training for - and winning - the Ironman World Championships, one of the most grueling tests of mental and physical endurance in the world. The race challenges athletes to swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run a full marathon of 26.2 miles, all while battling harsh conditions and their own willpower. In 2010, McCormack won the Ironman World Championship for the second time at 37 years old - a testament to his fitness and endurance.
Macca's journey to athletic greatness is more than just one of physical perseverance. After coming in fourth in Hawaii last year, Macca returned to the island chanting, "I'm here to win!" He had a new mental game plan in place that brought him first across the finish line.
In this much-anticipated book, Macca shares his playbook and reveals everything it takes - mind, body, and spirit - to become a champion.
In addition to his Ironman wins in Hawaii, Macca holds the record for the most triathlon race wins ever and it's his winning strategies and mindset that he now brings to the listener in I'm Here to Win.
For weekend warriors who casually compete to seasoned veterans who race every weekend, armchair athletes looking for an extra push, and everyone in between,I'm Here to Win provides riveting insight into the mind of a great champion with excitement and inspiration in every minute.
©2011 Chris McCormack (P)2011 Hachette Audio
As a cyclist who spends many a ride scarfing down a new book, this one was purchased on a whim. Not really a fan of Triathlon, but knowing a tiny amount about "Macca" from seeing the 2010 edition of Kona Ironman on TV and the obvious rivalry portrayed, I thought this would be an interesting listen. Definitely the case. For anyone looking for a good personal story about going against the grain and achieving greatness this is an entertaining listen. At first the Aussie reader was a bit of an adjustment, but I settled in fine after a while and it's only fitting considering the source. In addition to a neat story, there are great tips and tid bits that will probably find me purchasing the hard copy to further review. Will definitely listen to this one again.
Chris needed to focus more on racing and not his record in racing
No. The writing suffered from being in the first person, and came across very negative and preachy. Chapter after chapter the rant continued. And chapter after chapter he keeps telling you and telling you and telling you how great he is. To sum it up: he is great, and won a lot more then anyone else.
Well, I came into the book with no Idea who Chris was. I learned that he is an amazing athlete, and in 3 sports! But the more I listen the less of an amazing person he became. I kept listening in the hopes that the main character would grow up a bit and learn something from his suffering/racing. I stopped reading about 4 hours in. Which would have put me somewhere in the bike part of the race.
The ranting Chris.
If you are an age grouper. Or someone who wants positive motivation about the sports you love. Skip this book and find another. This book is about winning. And winning can only be shared by one man... Chris...
Inspiring, bold, fun
Maca- he's got drive, talent, boldness, and a great sense of humor. Aussies make some of the best triathletes. They know how to have fun
yes, great narration- it moves with enthusiasm
to follow your dreams, like Chris did when he left the security of a job for the life of a pro and didn't have a clue what was going to happen next
Maca should come back to Kona and do another Ironman - he is great at any distance. Everyone experiences the heat, so it's an even playing field
After watching Macca on TV, I didn't care too much for him and was happy when he got beat by his fellow countryman Craig. Reading his book has made me become one of his greatest fans. I have been really inspired by his unconventional journey and approach to the sport of triathlon. He also has a good writing style: informative, knows how to tell a story, and sprinkled with humor.
Being an age grouper that loves the sport this was a great book with good nuggets of information. Not a how to but a life story of a pro triathlete. Puts perspective to how hard they work and what it takes to get to that level. I will stick to age group events and know my limits.
The good is perspective and hints from a pro that has had ups and downs in the sport
The bad is listening to the ego. Not that he didn't deserve it but sometimes it's overwhelming. It is his story and he is not humble. He is a pro and he lets you know.
Great book and great story.
I can listen over and over again. Chris McCormack tells a great story, and his energy, enthusiasm, excitement and style is captured by the narrator.
Entertaining and motivational. Its a good combination of stories about his life,and real professional diet and training advice. He's also got a great podcast that I started listening to after I found this book, check it out.
"Macca's the man"
Its a good book, if you do triathlon just download it! its well worth the listen
"Fantastic for triathlon geeks and newcomers alike."
There is something compelling here for everyone. You should know who Macca is. But if you don't this is a great way to find out.
"Fascinating Insight, but not everyone's cup of tea"
Getting an insight into the psychology and mind games that are employed at the elite level of Triathlon - McCormack has developed into a master in this. However he IS brash and cocky despite what he protests.... but there is great purpose to the image that he portrays (and it is his personality).
I definitely felt there with him as he described his wins in Kona.
There are random and unnecessary "season stats" at the end of each chapter - not really useful or necessary, and should have been compiled into a few appendices at the end.
Extremely inspiring, and gives anyone thinking of taking up triathlon/ wanting to improve, the knowledge and motivation to do so
Didn't know much about Chris McCormack beforehand but seems like a real dude!
Narration is good too
Insight from an incredible athlete on what it takes at the pro level! Genuinely fascinating listen.
I would highly recommend
"Good book and honest"
Inspirational, Epic and Brilliant
Chris's 2010 win at Kona. An amazing feat for any athlete but at the age he was and with the competition in the field it was remarkable.
Lots of laughs and heartfelt emotion at various points in the book
Great read, had made me want to complete an Ironman
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