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

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In I'M HERE TO WIN, Chris "Macca" McCormack opens his playbook and reveals everything it takes-mind, body, and spirit-to become a champion. Now he shares the story of his triumphs and the never-say-die dedication that has made him the world's most successful triathlete.

In 2010, at the age of 37, Macca beat the odds and won the Ford Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawai
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Joey O'Connor
This was a really fun read. I stayed up many a late night (which is not good when you're in training and my body needs rest!).

I devoured the stories and loved the helpful information. Macca was near the finish line at the 2011 Ford Ironman World Championship cheering on my buddy Scott Rigsby, the first double-amputee to complete the Kona Ironman (2007). Scott was finishing his second Ironman and like Macca, offers true inspiration for overcoming setbacks and obstacles.

Macca tells some wonderful
Initially I felt this to be self indulgent and was overwhelmed by the hefty dose of Chris McCormack's enourmous ego. However for what ever reason I perserved and am damn glad I did! He tells his story in round about way and slowly the real Chris emerges who demostrates humility and grace whilst acknowledgin gthat to achieved what he has takes ego and arrogance. There is a lot in here that can be transfered to ones own life to improve and tweak ones weaknesses. I have found myself inspired and mo ...more
Marc Geraldez
Really enjoyed reading this book and often found myself laughing out loud every time he talked about the mental games with the other athletes. He really opened up a lot in this book and cemented the fact that he is my favorite athlete.
I *wanted* to like this. I really wanted to walk away from this book thinking that Macca is misunderstood. But, the book just further solidified Macca's image as an cocky asshole. I am and will always be Team Crowie.
Mitch Kelly
This was great listening while I worked out. Even when I was commuting to work, it encouraged me to get out for a run as soon as I got home. In my opinion, it's close to the ideal audiobook.
Stephen Redwood
Very readable although hard to get past the repeated self-aggrandizing without it grating. McCormack is without question has been/ is one of the top triathlete's in the world and his journey to get there is interesting and eventful in all sorts of ways that have tested his fortitude and character. He comes across as a somewhat complex character: he puts energy into doing many worth things in the world, but seems to fear us not appropriately ranking his good and great deeds, and spends a lot of t ...more
Dennis Mix
I enjoyed Macca's take on racing and appreciated his honesty on what it took to beat Crowie. Must read for every triathlete.
Rachelle Ayala
Totally awesome book! First time I ever seen Macca was on a Wheaties box. His grinning face was on our breakfast table for over a year. Don't know why they're doing the old Mary Lou Retton, Bruce Jenner and Ali boxes nowadays. I want Macca back!

This book is a great introduction to triathlons by the greatest triathlete on the planet. What I admire about Chris McCormack is his honesty. That's right. He talks about his failures as well as his glories and doesn't sugarcoat his mistakes.

The chapter a
Michelle Lines
*Sigh*, where to start?

This was my first 'audiobook'. When I went to the library to pick up this book, it turned out that they only had an audio copy, so I took it, figuring it would be good listening material for my long runs. Long story short, I made the classic rookie mistake of not taking my iPod off "shuffle" prior to starting my run. So my first impression of this book (40 mins worth), was bordering on disgust. I couldn't believe any publisher would allow a book to be so scatterbrained...
Gotta love Macca. He's confident and brash, but he knows who he is. And he's a real competitor. I think we can all relate in some ways to what he describes in the book...those nerves at the start of the race but the desire to look supremely confident. I really enjoyed hearing about his race tactics and the way he modified his style to fit the changing world of triathlon.

I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who is a competitor or just loves reading about world class athletes.
Jonathan Cote
Great read (or audiobook listen for me) to learn a lot about one of the best endurance athletes around. I was surprised to the level in which tactics impacts triathlons. It's brains as much as physical if not more at the highest level. Macca is very open and provides valuable tips and entertaining stories. Love his passion, enthusiasm, and drive to be the best he can.
Dmitriy Demidov
Прочитал меньше половины. Книга не оправдала моих ожиданий. Я брал ее, как источник мотивации для занятий спортом - как что-то похожее на "Рожденный бегать", а она оказалась автобиографией не самого приятного человека. Кроме того, написанной (или переведенной) не лучшим образом.

Два - исключительно из-за уважения к спортивным достижениям автора.
Macca Tells It Like It Is

Great book from a self proclaimed cocky triathlete. Great stories about his lifetime achievements and his career in triathlon. Fun book to read with good, solid advice.
Nick Cicerchi
Great sports book.... More about the mental aspects of sports and accomplishing goals, than the physical. Chris is a great story teller. He writes like he speaks. One of my favorite sports books.
Good read-motivating and tells much of what he went through-the last pages are washy washy thoughts of what he sees in his future -but the whole time I felt it was more like a conversation and he wanted to fell like he was emphasizing certain parts-
You may or may not agree with everything that Chris McCormack has to say, but you have to admire his tenacity...
A good read that appeals to the triathlon addict on multiple levels. Though Macca has been known as something of trash-talker on the professional triathlon circuit, his book provides insights into his personality and motivation. Much of it reads like he's sitting across from you, dishing colorful tales about his race day experiences and interactions with other famous pros. However, he also includes plenty of training advice, including sample workouts and insights on nutrition and preparation tha ...more

The training schedule is valuable, but the approach to sport is shallow and irritating. This is all a matter of taste and I know many people have enjoyed this book. McCormack certainly was a great triathlete. But I found his criticism of other athletes a bit pathetic and his glorification of playing mind games with competitors inconsistent with what sport means to me. I lost respect for him after reading this. As I say, it is a matter of taste and he is a much better triathlete than I will ever
Tomomi Sasaki
I stayed up til 5am to finish this book, reading about Macca's career as he learns how to approach each race as a mini-war (his words) and plan accordingly. Consider all elements related to an event, learn from other sports, study the other athletes, follow the race not the results, take a holistic approach to training. The book also talks about triathlon and Ironman as a growing sport, what the Olympics did for its development, regional differences of athletes and events, the role that the medi ...more
Garrett Trubey
I use to hate Macca just based on Kona sound bites and interviews I had seen, but I was endeared to him through this book. I like to give people the benefit of the doubt and I feel he did a good job of being as objective as he could be ( given his self proclaimed levels of confidence). I feel like he gave his rivals and opponents their due. It was a great book, and an awesome insight into ironman. I put it on par with Chrissie Wellingtons book. I really enjoyed it!
These sentences written by Mark Allen in the forward embody the spirit of the book; "You can either live the safe route that many others have done and will continue to do, or you can take the leap of faith: Jump off the cliff that can send you into a world that in unpredictable, extremely challenging, and altogether unsupported by those who see risk as a negative. Do that and you can truly live the life that you were put here to live."
Jay N
Good book with a large amount of insight into how he approaches the sport. The whole "everyone says I can't do it and I'm gonna show them" theme does get a little repetitious by the end. However, it was interesting to read about how he applied a strategy to win certain races. I just don't think McCormack is quite as groundbreaking as he thinks he is and gives himself credit for which he does consistently throughout the book.
Really enjoyed reading this book. Macca's road to his second Kona championship win is pure adrenaline and reading his book one gets to understand the focus, dedication and passion of Chris McCormack to triathlon and the ups and downs of walking the path of a professional triathlete. Lots of great quips and nuggets of tri wisdom to takeaway. Makes for riveting reading and couldn't put the book down once I started.
I have been on a tear through books about running and triathlon and this was one of the best athlete driven ones. Macca gave great training information but the book was mainly about his personal story. I enjoyed the writing and I think his editor did a great job. Just enough personal stuff to keep it interesting, just enough juice about other athletes to make me hit Wikipedia afterwards.
Chris Lee
Really enjoyed this book. My first Ironman read. Liked hearing McCormack's philosophies behind competing and training. Good mix of memoir, Ironman event recap and training information. Definitely de-romanticizes the race. While I have no plans to include an Ironman on the bucket list, the wheels might have turned once or twice.

Would definitely recommend.
Mark Dunn
A great book to read, especially if you're doing or thinking about doing triathlons. It does get into the technicalities of the triathlon rather than just been sporting stories. Macca is a unique athlete who talks through both training to win as well as the mental game of triathlon.
Maccas attitude is straight lined and is all about a hard working ethical approach. I like it. It's about, time go, let's go. That simple. If you like biographies in regards to athletes or even triathlete's naturally you've got to check this out.

Format: audiobook (he narrates it, had to go this route)
Rating: 4 stars, solid.
Chris McCormack is my favorite triathlete and I liked reading his take on racing and the sport of tri. But this book could really have used a better editor, it was a bit repetitive in places and he doesn't have to work so hard to convince us that he's a great triathlete. Let your record do that talking.
Peter Meyers
You can tell the book was rushed. It is still a good read. It reminds me a lot of the type of conversation you would have with him if you shared a 13 flight home with him. Minus the pauses...
If you are the kind of person that has motivational posters hanging up then you'll love the book.
I really loved this book it showed me a new side to Macca, an intelligent, thoughtful and insightful Macca. I really enjoyed his dissecting of the races and the past as well as elaborating on his strategy. This book is easy to read and hard to put down!
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Chris McCormack "Macca" was born in Sydney, Australia on April 4, 1973. He won titles and awards for his participation in sports during his school years, but initially chose education over a pro sports career and became an accountant after graduating from the University of New South Wales. He began competing professionally in 1996, and most recently, won the 2010 Ironman World Championship.
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