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I'm Here to Win: A World Champion's Advice for Peak Performance | [Chris McCormack, Tim Vandehey]

I'm Here to Win: A World Champion's Advice for Peak Performance

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Brian Salinas, CA, United States 07-26-11
    Brian Salinas, CA, United States 07-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great way to pass the miles..."

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert ALPENA, MICHIGAN, United States 03-21-12
    Robert ALPENA, MICHIGAN, United States 03-21-12 Member Since 2003
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    "It takes an Ironman to finish"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Chris needed to focus more on racing and not his record in racing


    Would you ever listen to anything by Chris McCormack and Tim Vandehey again?

    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.


    What character would you cut from I'm Here to Win?

    The ranting Chris.


    Any additional comments?

    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...

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    lotus kailua-kona, hi, United States 02-20-13
    lotus kailua-kona, hi, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "great motivational story"
    If you could sum up I'm Here to Win in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring, bold, fun


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes, great narration- it moves with enthusiasm


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    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


    Any additional comments?

    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Israel Chassell, MI, United States 07-10-11
    Israel Chassell, MI, United States 07-10-11
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    "A must-read for triathletes"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Lee Scottsdale, AZ 09-25-12
    Chris Lee Scottsdale, AZ 09-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Hooked me on endurance!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Really appreciated the real life insight into what goes on during an Ironman event. Macca made you feel like you were there with some of the descriptions he goes into.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd only listened to It's All About The Bike (on Lance Armstron and which I loved) and this audiobook set me down the path to having now consumed pretty much everything I could find on Audible on endurance sports and triathlon. Great listen while running or biking. One of the things that set me down the path to completing my first triathlon with designs on many more. Thanks, Macca!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 08-22-12
    Jennifer LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 08-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book with some good mental training tips"
    If you could sum up I'm Here to Win in three words, what would they be?

    Winning Triathlete's Story


    What other book might you compare I'm Here to Win to and why?

    None


    Have you listened to any of Howard Brunner and Chris McCormack ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    What did you learn from I'm Here to Win that you would use in your daily life?

    I learned some great mental toughness tips for training


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book and like Chris much more now than I did before I listened to his story. I feel like I understand his method more now and really admire his abilities and determination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Santeri Tampere, Finland 07-24-12
    Santeri Tampere, Finland 07-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "My Hero!"
    If you could sum up I'm Here to Win in three words, what would they be?

    Champions think different


    What did you like best about this story?

    Macca's general approach to training and racing


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he confronted the germans at the after party


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Listen and trust your self and your way


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Travis MCLEAN, VA, United States 05-21-12
    Travis MCLEAN, VA, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent listen!"
    If you could sum up I'm Here to Win in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant and Spot On


    What did you like best about this story?

    Strategic approach to triathlon


    What does Howard Brunner and Chris McCormack bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The Austrailian accent and sense of humor


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Absolutely. It was good to hear a success story from someone who has personally applicable racing issues.


    Any additional comments?

    Leave your bias at the door. Macca's attitude and persona simply reflect a guy with focus, intent, and passioniate. The guy gets a bad rep for saying what most are too insecure to. It's not disrespect; it's brutal honesty. Respect that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aleksandar Goderich, Ontario, Canada 01-16-12
    Aleksandar Goderich, Ontario, Canada 01-16-12
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    "The (R)evolution in Triathlon"
    Would you listen to I'm Here to Win again? Why?

    Yes. Explores the mindset and psychology of triathlon - how to train smarter not necessarily harder.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Macca. Inspiring & dedicated.


    Have you listened to any of Howard Brunner and Chris McCormack ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Needs to be reflected on.


    Any additional comments?

    Fabulous

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Odd Norway 01-03-12
    Odd Norway 01-03-12 Member Since 2008

    I love to make my mind think and in totally new ways. In that way I can make my world in my minds eye bigger. Maybe I just need more space?

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    "A good view into a peak performing mind!"
    Would you listen to I'm Here to Win again? Why?

    There are many skills that can be used in everyday life as well as in sports. But the most interesting thing is the view into a winning mindset and how Chris changes and adapts to keep peak performing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chris was the MAN! Because he accepts his shortcomings, uses them to his advantage and keep learning to KEEP peak performing!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    How he adapts and overcome his limitations to win his big race in 2010.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There is not a part in the book that moved me but, the way he thinks - moves me!


    Any additional comments?

    A great book for professional athletes or anyone doing sports and wants to better them self. A good roll model of how to accept oneself and learn and develop.

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  • steve
    sleaford, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "5 star"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • stuart
    SWINDON, United Kingdom
    7/7/11
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    "Macca's the man"

    Its a good book, if you do triathlon just download it! its well worth the listen

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A.Hewit
    11/6/14
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    "Good book and honest"
    If you could sum up I'm Here to Win in three words, what would they be?

    Inspirational, Epic and Brilliant


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I'm Here to Win?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Chris McCormack and Howard Brunner – was your favourite?

    Chris


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Lots of laughs and heartfelt emotion at various points in the book


    Any additional comments?

    Great read, had made me want to complete an Ironman

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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