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Chris McCormack: Life As Ironman World Champion

By April 9, 2013June 15th, 202315 Comments

I cannot tell you how excited I am to share today’s guest — a man who needs no introduction — triathlon legend Chris “Macca” McCormack.

This interview is PURE GOLD!

In case you’ve been living under a rock and have never heard of Macca, he is one of the winningest triathletes of all time, dominant at all distances from sprint to Ironman.  He is a two-time Ironman World Champion and victor in over 200 triathlon races, including 12 Ironman titles, the 1997 ITU World Cup Series and the 1997 Triathlon World Championships, to name just a few.

If you are a fan of Macca, then you’ve probably heard more than a few of his more outspoken — but always entertaining — interviews.  I didn’t want to reap an over-plowed field, so I chose to instead focus on aspects of his life less well-known — how he handles the balance of training and family life; how turning 40 has impacted his always evolving perspective on training and racing; and how he is learning to leverage social media as a service tool to help better communicate with and educate his amateur athlete fan base.  case in point – check out his MX12 Training Videos by clicking  HERE.

I am super proud of this episode — Chris could not have been more candid, engaging and fun.  I hope you enjoy the show as much as I enjoyed doing it!

Speaking of enjoying the show — if you are, and inclined to help support what we are doing, then make sure you subscribe on iTunes and leave a comment on the  iTunes page for the show.

Finally, proud to announce that the paperback version of Finding Ultra* is coming out on May 21.  Sure, that’s still a bit off in the distance, but it’s already up for pre-order on Amazon.  Pre-order now by clicking HERE* and get it before it hits bookstores!

Thanks for listening!


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  • Ned says:

    The legend!!!

  • Epic Podcast w Macca Rich 🙂

    Been waiting 23 episodes for this one….Lovin It.

    GO MACCA!!!

  • Really great interview! Thanks for everything Rich!

  • Eric says:

    not into ironman but thought life approach,focus,determination and general spirit was inspirational.

  • Looking forward to this. Keep up the great work! 🙂

  • Love it! big big fan of these two guys and what they are doing for others!

  • Claire Rose says:

    Awesome podcast. Want more Macca!

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  • Jim Newell says:

    Hey all,
    I recently ordered my first Garmin watch with heart rate monitor and footpod. I have yet to use it, as it just arrived. But on my run yesterday morning, I tested the theory that Rich and Macca discussed. The only gauge of my training I’ve used is a bike computer for rides, which I put in my pocket when running to know what time it is and how long I’ve run (my watches have dead batteries). The computer stays in my pocket until done. My goal for this run was a 90-minute aerobic session (which I will test next) on my local trails. After quite awhile on the trails, I picked a stopping point to check the time. Before looking I tested the theory about time. My estimate by feel was that I’d run about 70 minutes, and to my amazement, I was within about one minute or less of the actual time. So, though I understand the importance of using tech for training, I 100% agree you guys that we need to unplug regularly to keep in touch with our natural senses.
    Best and keep them coming,

  • Kim says:

    Enjoy listen to your podcasts. They are always so informative and motivating. I loved the interview with Macca. I’ve heard him in a number of interviews and feel this one is by far one of the best. Great job Rich.

  • Ashley says:

    Awesome interivew once again, loving the podcasts, I’ve listened to every one from the beginning, incredible content! One tiny thing, having listened from the very beginning, it’s noticeable the beginning/pre-interview “ads” are getting longer and longer, there’s now what feels like a huge amount of time spent describing and advertising numerous things before getting close to starting the “episode”. It’s totally understandable to monetize what you do and to make this known, but it’s reached a point of being really irritating having what is essentially the entire length of some short podcasts simply in advertisements.

  • Scott Ormond says:

    Nice to hear that things don’t come easy even for champions. Each of us puts together a puzzle piece by piece. That Aussie accent is really fun to listen to as well. I need to hear this one again. Lots of nuggets. I appreciate it guys. scottyO-Aspen

  • Jim Claussen says:

    Fantastic podcast and interview. It IS the best interview I have heard with Maca. Really insightful. So…. when is Maca coming back? +1 for that!

  • By far my favorite episode so far!

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