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I'm Here to Win

A World Champion's Advice for Peak Performance
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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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  • steve
  • sleaford, United Kingdom
  • 13-04-13

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.

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  • stuart
  • SWINDON, United Kingdom
  • 07-07-11

Macca's the man

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

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Awesome

Wow what great story. Loved this audio from beginning to end. A classic story for anyone looking for a push in the Sport triathlon spirit.

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Great fun and interesting read/listen

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

its a great insight to the Tri world at pro level and what goes on behind the scenes and mindsets of the riders.

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Good insight into a great Triathlete

Would you listen to I'm Here to Win again? Why?

Probably not as there's not much more to gain, though it was a good story first time through.

What did you like best about this story?

Explored the thoughts, tactics and history of one of Australia's finest triathletes. Very good insight into the mind games he played to create a slight edge over competitors and yet still quite open on his failures.

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

Well it is all about Chris.

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Multiple Reads

You can go round the houses reading triathlon books these days, but I always come back to this one. Great story, coupled with tried and tested methods for success.

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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.

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Fascinating Insight, but not everyone's cup of tea

What made the experience of listening to I'm Here to Win the most enjoyable?

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).

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

I definitely felt there with him as he described his wins in Kona.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Great book

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

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Awesome

Insight from an incredible athlete on what it takes at the pro level! Genuinely fascinating listen.

I would highly recommend

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  • Brian
  • 26-07-11

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.

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  • Robert
  • 21-03-12

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...

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  • lotus
  • 20-02-13

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

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  • Israel
  • 10-07-11

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.

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  • Mikael Eriksson
  • 11-08-19

Great transparent recount of Macca's career

Loved this book. Combined very enticing stories filled with excitement and a good bit of humour, with practical insights into what made Macca one of the greatest. Any triathlete could benefit from listening to his advice, and some of it will surely be applicable to you.

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  • H. Peterson
  • 24-04-19

The other side of Chris McCormack

I've always liked Macca. I know he was portrayed as being rude and egotistical but in this book you see the why behind it. Macca spoke at my first half Ironman in New Orleans. It was then I knew he wasnt how he was portrayed. There are some training tips but this is definitely not that kind of book. This book is perfect for the Macca fan or for someone who wants to have a glimpse into the other side of professional triathletes. The narrator was pleasant and easy to understand. I have more respect now for Macca than I ever have after hearing his story. LOVE IT!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-03-19

Great book what a great approach to sport and life

I loved getting to know McCromack better from this book. Enjoyed the candid say it like it is way of telling a story. Thank you for writing this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-11-18

Fantastic insights

Fantastic insights into the mind and heart of a somewhat controversial champion.
The narrator came across as even more arrogant than the author but to some great dramatic effect.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-04-18

Excellent

Great listen for anyone interested in a motivational read or looking for insight into the mind of a championship endurance athlete.

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  • JOHN S RHODES
  • 06-07-17

great book

I listened once and am sure I will listen again before my first ironman this year!