Chris McCormack - Four time World Champion Triathlete
Chris McCormack - Four time World Champion Triathlete - CoFounder @superleaguetriathlon @pho3nixlife
Episode 158: Chris McCormack
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In this episode of The Greg Bennett Show, Greg chats with Chris McCormack (aka: Macca).
With four World Championship titles to his name and countless more international race wins, Chris McCormack is one of the most successful athletes in the history of triathlon. The only male athlete to conquer every triathlon distance with World Championship gold, Macca is considered the most complete multisport athlete ever and the catalyst of the emerging new age triathlon talent that is flawless at swimming, biking and running.
Winning ITU World Championships titles in both Olympic and long distances and two Ironman World Championship titles. Add to those world titles he won 100’s of events around the world in his remarkable career. Macca has been as prevalent in the business world as he was racing.
He’s the CEO and co-founder of MANA Sports and Entertainment Group, One of the founders of the Super League Triathlon series, sits on the board of the Pho3nix Foundation, is the consultant and spokesperson for Bahrain Endurance, and he launched MX Endurance online training platform and community over 10 years ago.
He has been on the show twice before, but not for 2 years now. You can find those previous episodes Ep. 8 - Feb 17, 2020, Ep. 55 - Jan 11, 2021. Over 100 episodes ago.
His biography I’m Here to Win was a New York Times bestseller and has also gone on to bestseller status in Germany, Australia, Russia, and France.
As a passionate scholar of the sport with a keen eye for athletic talent and an understanding of what pathways would bring it to its fullest potential, Macca accurately predicted the rise of German athletes to the top of long-distance triathlon, and how ITU athletes moving into Ironman racing would change the game.
Here are some of Macca's career stats:
Won 76% of career events.
Finished on the podium 88% of the time.
Won 200+ races around the world since 1993.
Olympic Course + Ironman World Champion.
Twelve Ironman Victories, more than any other male.
Broken 8 hrs in Ironman distances 4 times. (Only man to do so)
Five-time International Triathlete of the Year.
Five-time Competitor of the Year.
ESPN World’s Fittest Man.
3:15 - Interview with Chris McCormack begins.
10:28 - Greg and Macca chat about his involvement and future of The Super League Triathlon series
13:53 - Chris's involvement in the Pho3nix Foundation is inspiring kids around the globe to play sport and is making a real difference in many under developed countries.
18:22 - Macca has been working with Bahrain Endurance for the past 9 years in the capacity of marketing and logistics.
22:41 - GB & Macca riff and give their respective opinions arounda range of topics, starting with 'is the sport more professional now than when they raced'?
There's definitely a level of science, performance & technology that we were not exposed to
29:47 - Pro Athletes no longer need to be looking for specific events to generate a healthy income, let alone have to depend on sponsorship. Macca and Greg describe the many world events and their advice to young athletes is to "just get racing".
There's plenty of money in the sport now
36:25 - Triathlon is in pretty good shape now as a mass-participation sport, however Greg & Macca share their view on where the sport will be in the next 10 years.
44:11 - With newer tech and performance tracking science, nutrition, and gear, Greg and Macca discuss how competitive they would be now if they were still racing.
I did Kona with a Timex watch, I just used to click it and hope that the mile markers were accurate
52:09 - The lads discuss who they think is the GOAT to compete in the sport of triathlon.
1:00:16 - What would Macca tell his 18 year old self?
1:01:22 - 3 special people you'd love to have dinner with?
1:02:52 - The boys finish answering these rapid fire questions:
One book you would recommend? Shoe Dog - Phil Knight, 12 Rules for Life - Jordan B. Peterson
Two most-used apps on your phone?
Out of 10, how cool are you?
Who would you want to play a movie of your life?
Which decade of music is the best?
Where is somewhere you haven’t been, you’d like to go?
Greatest movie of all time?
1:10:07 - Interview concludes
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