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I'm Here to Win: A World Champion's Advice for Peak Performance Paperback – May 28, 2013
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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."―Stack.com
About the Author
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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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...Read more ›
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.
Macca made me a fan when he talked about athletes who skip the growth process by using performance enhancing drugs in their obsession to gain a greater result. Never have I read such an introspective stance on the issue of drug use in professional sports. His insights are the result of years of racing at the highest level and should be a must read for anyone who hopes to compete in this sport.
Let me tell you first what I was expecting from this book:
1. Insight to Macca's approach to racing,
2. Insight on his career,
3. Some toughs on training and nutrition.
Well when you read this book you will get that and more. Macca talks about from the beginning of his running career and his early passion for triathlon to his amazing approach for Kona 2010. You can read very explicitly what he did to improve his game since his Euro season to the transition to the Ironman scene.
You also get a look at how he prepares for 16 weeks with a complete workout plan and the best of all he talks about how he address his nutrition issues("big guys") for hot races...like Kona, how he powers up from recovery. Great insight on his mental game and how he use it not only to take the confidence of his contenders but how he pumped his.
A good book and reference for amateurs to pro's, if you can't take something from this book. YOU ARE A FOOL!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's not perfect, but a good read for any triathlete and provides an interesting perspective on what is required to be and remain a world class athlete!Published 3 months ago by Jeremy E. Kerth
I finished this book, but in retrospect I can't believe I did it. Macca is unarguably an amazing athlete. He has a great story to tell. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Big_Fish
What a amazing read! Macca shares the ups and downs of his life and how it affected his career. This book is filled with priceless knowledge that can only be experienced by man... Read morePublished 15 months ago by blake haugland
It took me a few weeks to get through the book. It appeared to drag at times as McCormack didn't really keep my attention very well the first half of the book. Read morePublished 15 months ago by D. Olesky
Awesome book with valuable tips and insights for any endurance triathlete. And Macca's story is also an amazing one.Published 16 months ago by Gavin P. Stevens
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.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
... This is a great book to read! It's great to learn what was going on in Macca's head while he was winning everything that there was to win!Published 17 months ago by Pawel Chalacis