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I'm Here To Win: A World Champion's Advice for Peak Performance [Kindle Edition]

Chris McCormack
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"If you're a competitive athlete and want to focus on your mental game, read "I'm Here to Win". "Macca" is straight up and honest, putting forth embarrassing moments, times of doubt, and how he made it to the top of the podium so many times.""

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Winner of the 2010 Hawaii Ironman Champion and many other Ironman competitions across the world, Chris 'Macca' McCormick has earned the title of the "World's Greatest Athlete'. In I'M HERE TO WIN he tells the story of his rise to the top, from the roads of Australia to the front of a Wheaties box.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3633 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1455502677
  • Publisher: Center Street (23 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,952 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Unlike many other sports, and even unlike the three parts that make it up, Triathlon as a sport is very young. As a result, compared to other sports `Legends' are comparatively rare, and biographies about them are even rarer. So when I heard that Chris McCormack was preparing to publish a biography, I pre-ordered on Amazon and waited patiently for it to come; readers in the US and Australia seemed to have earlier access than us here in Europe, their glowing reviews and tweets about it making me anticipate it even more.

When it arrived, the book did not disappoint. It is a frank, no-holds barred and fast-paced guide to competing at the top in triathlon. Loosely structured around a few themes, the book details Maccas early interest in the sport and his decision to abandon a corporate career for an uncertain and unproven future; the people around him, his personal tragedy in losing a best friend and his Mum, the change of direction from ITU to WTC, his dominance of races in Australia, Europe, and the US, right through to his crowning achievement - the 2010 Ironman Championship in Kona, his second win on the course.

For me the most useful part of the book was the emphasis Macca placed on the psychological, strategic part of triathlon. It is easy to think that our sport amounts to endless training, and spending more and more on equipment, being scientific about nutrition, while little value is placed on planning, strategy and competing with your strengths. The reality is that all of these things are important and none can be neglected. Maccas continuing achievements in his late 30's demonstrates how powerful this different mindset can be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read. 2 Aug. 2011
By nicolew
Enjoyable read. Having only followed triathlon for the past few years I was unaware of many of McCormack's earlier achievements. It was fascinating to see how his experiences shaped his attitude and perspective, and his love of the sport is obvious throughout. He obviously has self confidence in abundance, but it's actually the way that he recognises and addresses his weaknesses that comes across most strongly in this book. It's an easy read, and he includes lots of practical tips for age groupers. Recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Muddled Ego Trip, but still a good read 4 Oct. 2011
This book proved to be something of a mission to get through which was strange, as, in itself it is a very readable story which Macca purveys with great emotion. But, it is confusing to say the least, jumps around a little and parts seem quite muddled.

On the other hand is the overwhelming ego-trip that provides the spine of this book. Not a page goes by without Macca proclaiming himself to be the worlds greatest, and reminding us over-and-over about how good he is. Every star athlete needs a strong ego, otherwise he wouldn't win. But we know how good he is, we are reading his book because we are aware of his successes - we don't need his supreme amazingness shoved down our throats with every turn of the page.

I was lent this book, because as a runner with very low self esteem it was thought I could take some tips from this amazing warhorse of an athlete. It was a strange book - full of insight into his life, but devoid of any tips or opinion as to how one might go any way towards achieving this state of mind. This is odd given the tagline to the book " A World Champion's ADVICE for Peak Performance "

All in all; a good story, poorly written, try not to get bogged down in the ego and enjoy reading about the successes of one of the greatest triatheletes of all time!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Kostas
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Macca has written the history in the era of the highly competitive modern triathlon.
The book describes Macca's dream to conquer and win races all around the world, which he
achieved more than anyone else. This includes his ultimate effort to become an
Ironman World Champion, despite the scientists' belief that he could never achieve this.
Macca has broken all those mental and physical barriers that the majority of triathletes face,
the book describes how his will converted upper limits into temporary problems with a very detailed
manner, you feel as if you are racing with him as you read the book and through his words
you become a hero, as if you are him for a while. He has unveiled all his deep thoughts
about triathlon race strategies, so much, that I think no other world class athlete will
ever attempt to share around.
The most astonishing chapter for me is that about Ironman Hawaii, how he 'cracked
Kona code' and realising his ultimate plan 'My Masterpiece: The Ironman Championship'.
I've read the book twice already and some chapters are so touching that I keep on reading
them over and over again... As a triathlete, I find Macca's words a pure motivator and
an open minder for new achievements.
Thank you Macca - this book is a coach for my training sessions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I met Macca at Abu Dhabi International Triathlon 2011 - the man is amiable, good looking and a fine athlete. He also has the personality and the skill sto inspire others in the sport - I wanted to see what made him tick and what methods I can apply to my madness! Now I have the book I also know the secret of the 'tan'! I'm satisfied with this book.
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Published 22 days ago by Pat
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a great book.
Published 6 months ago by James Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Interesting to read about the trials and tribulations of one of the greatest triathletes ever. A number of tips were definitely picked up and can now be executed in my own plans. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Andrew Kennedy
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
This book has been a good read, the (w)insights could have been left to the end; there was quite a bit of repetition.
Published 7 months ago by mr j.a.ede
5.0 out of 5 stars What a triathlon write
This book inspires me. I am an age group Ironman. I take so much from Macca. An inspiration. Read and become a triathlon.
Published 9 months ago by Guy Higgs
1.0 out of 5 stars a true athlete who lacks the humility of a true champion
Although I must respect the man for his achievements, sadly I am left feeling nothing but pity for the man who believes mind games are a key to his success. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. G. J. Barber
5.0 out of 5 stars Xmas present
Have to assume the book is informative as it was bought for my sin in law as a Xmas present and he seemed pleased to received it
Published 10 months ago by Nicholas smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag
The problem with Macca is that he's lacking in self confidence. With a bit more belief in himself then he could of made something of his career.

I'm joking of course. Read more
Published 14 months ago by J. Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Insirational Macca
Great book, coaching tips are fantastic and it gives a great insight into what happens around the endless hours of training it takes to be a champ. Attitude is everything
Published 15 months ago by Jwno4
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
everythink perfect ! In really good shape. According to conditons. Good packing. It took a lilte bit more time tnah arrived it but i understand. I live in Czech .-)
Published 16 months ago by lenka latova
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