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I'm Here To Win: A World Champion's Advice for Peak Performance Hardcover – May 23, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street (May 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455502677
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455502677
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #643,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"McCormack recaps important races throughout his career with candor...He shares training expertise while offering readers advice to develop their own routines, exercise programs and race strategies... not for the faint of heart."—Forbes.com

"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."—Stack.com

About the Author

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 in Honolulu.

Tim Vandehey is a professional ghostwriter, book collaborator and "book doctor." Since 2004, he has ghostwritten or co-written more than 30 books in the self-improvement, memoir, sports, spiritual, health, business, and financial genres. They include Produced by Faith with DeVon Franklin, Running on Faith with Jason Lester, and How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life with Mark Victor Hansen and Art Linkletter. Tim lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington, with his wife and two daughters.

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Customer Reviews

Great Book,Lots Of Great Information.
christina reichert
This is a must read for any aspiring or seasoned triathlete.
Tom
It seems like a bit of an afterthought.
P. Dixon

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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Joe P. on May 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I'm not an Ironman; my triathlons are strictly sprint distance. But as a cyclist and swimmer, I've followed the career of Chris McCormack for years, and I both anticipated and dreaded this book. Anticipated because who wouldn't want insight into the mind of the greatest athlete in the history of triathlon? Dreaded because I was afraid it would be some publicist-softened puff piece that glossed over Macca's trademark cockiness, mental game and trash talking.

Well, I worried needlessly. "I'm Here to Win" is brilliant and exhaustive. Chris bares his soul to talk about everything from his mother's death from breast cancer to the death of his best friend on the very day that he qualified for Ironman Hawaii. You get a lengthy look inside the mind of this great athlete and realize that as incredible as his talent and training regimen are, his mind is truly what gives him the edge over younger, faster triathletes. There is gold in here, and the blow-by-blow account of the incredible 2010 Kona finish with Andreas Raelert is worth the price of the book all by itself!

Then there's the "Macca is cocky" stuff. This book pulls no punches there, either. Macca comes across as totally real and authentic, which means that sometimes, he does come across as a cocky SOB. The section that relates his "war" with Normann Stadler and Faris al-Sultan after the 2006 Ironman World Championships is absolutely priceless. I found myself alternating between thinking the guy was an obsessive egomaniac and rooting for him to take down the people who disrespected him. Of course, all that ego is balanced out by accounts like his honest, agonizing story of dropping out of the 2004 Kona race because of heat cramps only to watch a bloodied age group racer carry his bike after a terrifying crash...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Manizza on December 27, 2012
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McCormack's arrogance, although it has served him well, really got to me after awhile. I am a collegiate coach, and the idea that intimidation and head games is the way to succeed did not appeal to me. I value sportsmanship and good ethical behavior as well as performance.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Wright on July 12, 2011
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I loved this book. It's more than just a book on training, it's about balance in life, finding what you love, and being successful at it. I found Macca to be a true inspiration.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Dixon on May 25, 2013
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I'm a triathlete (Olympic, not Ironman) and have read quite a few other books on the subject (Chrissie Wellington's, Rich Roll, Iron War) so feel I have a good idea of the genre. Although I'm not the biggest fan of Macca, I thought I'd give it a shot.

For me the book tried to do 3 things: 1. The background story of Macca, what makes him tick; 2. The story of his races; 3. Tips for other athletes out there. I'll judge each accordingly:

I think it did a good job of explaining Macca's life. What drove him to the sport, how he approaches races. Although, as I mentioned before, I'm not a huge fan of Macca's smack talk, you do get an appreciation of WHY he does it. I can understand him a bit more now.

Getting behind the story of his races was a bit mixed. We did continually come back to the Kona triumphs and they were dealt with in some depth (especially the wins!). A lot of the other races were skipped over, but of course he can't cover all his races. What I didn't like was the chronology. I wanted to start at the beginning and progress. Instead, we'd start talking about 1997 then jump to a 2002 race or 2006. Very confusing. As an example, the last season Macca rounds up (there's a summary of each season) is....1997!?!

The "tips" section is also a bit poor. It seems like a bit of an afterthought. Don't get me wrong - I believe that if you want tips then you go to something like Joe Friel's Triathlete's Bible and none of the 'story' books give decent advice. However don't advertise your book as "Champion's Advice for Peak Performance" on the basis of the handful of common-sense 'tips' included in this book.

If you're interested in Macca's story - buy it. If you want triathlon tips - look elsewhere.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kona Fool on October 21, 2011
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This audiobook has so many layers of "stellarness" it is difficult to capture all of them. No matter what you do, if you strive for excellence, this book has something for you. Fail to read/listen to it at your peril.

I am currently training for the Marine Corp Marathon, but found so many pearls of wisdom for life in general. Macca's innovator mindset should be practiced by everyone in all walks of life: including business. The skill of the Aussie reader added something and helped me work on my Macca impersonation.

This book will make you laugh, cry, and punch the sky: visceral, classy, and memorable to the last.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anon on January 17, 2012
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I'm a triathlete and found this book to be really great. It's full of fascinating race stories, serious nutrition advice and an honest heartfelt side of Macca you will be in awe of. Everytime I need some extra motivation to go do a long workout or pull through in a race I think about some of the things he mentions in this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 18, 2011
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I have been eyeing this book for a while and have been hearing some good reviews on it. Being in the triathlon community and having people ask if you have read it and you say no, they want to tell you about the whole book .I am a little more than halfway through the book and it is very interesting in the way he interprets his mental game in triathlon which has always been called the 4th discipline. Anyone who is really interested in the Pro triathlete world and likes Macca, will definately find this amusing and informative at the same time
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