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Sydney, March 2012, Susann interviewing Chris
When I was Down Under at Chris’ in March I took the chance to talk with him about Olympic distance racing, about the changes in training he had to make, about aging as an athlete, and many other things.In this first part of the interview he is talking about what it means to implement change and not just replicate what he was doing when he was a short course guy. The biggest issue of the whole enterprise, Chris says, is pace. In Ironman racing you lose your ability to change pace. When he started training last year with the Australian team he ran into injuries and felt abnormally fatigued. He knew he had to change his approach to training and not just follow the routines of the young guys.
He realized that he could not do track sessions as he used to when he was 22. So Chris extended his training blocks from 7 to 12 days and added other training methods to get more speed. To put it in a nutshell: it’s all about being open to change and structure your work in a way that you regain your ability to change pace.
But listen to him yourself. He is of course way better to explain what he is doing and why than I can ever summarize what he was saying.
Sydney, March 2012, Susann interviewing Chris
When I was Down Under at Chris’ in March I took the chance to talk with him about Olympic distance racing, about the changes in training he had to make, about aging as an athlete, and many other things.In this first part of the interview he is talking about what it means to implement change and not just replicate what he was doing when he was a short course guy. The biggest issue of the whole enterprise, Chris says, is pace. In Ironman racing you lose your ability to change pace. When he started training last year with the Australian team he ran into injuries and felt abnormally fatigued. He knew he had to change his approach to training and not just follow the routines of the young guys.
He realized that he could not do track sessions as he used to when he was 22. So Chris extended his training blocks from 7 to 12 days and added other training methods to get more speed. To put it in a nutshell: it’s all about being open to change and structure your work in a way that you regain your ability to change pace.
But listen to him yourself. He is of course way better to explain what he is doing and why than I can ever summarize what he was saying.

McCormack wins his second title

To the scientists who said he couldn’t ever win in Kona, Chris McCormack has a simple message: you got it wrong.

In 2002, Chris McCormack rolled to the Big Island here in Hawaii and boldly stated that he was here to win the Ironman World Championship. That year he dropped out along Alii Drive. A year later he also dropped out of the race. Eventually he finished sixth, then had an impressive second, and finally won in 2007. That day he proved to those scientists that he didn’t sweat too much, that he didn’t have problems with heat and humidity, that he could not only beat the best Ironman athletes in the world, but that he could overcome the tough conditions typical here in Hawaii to do it.

“The day is always ridiculously tough,” said Chris McCormack at today’s press conference. “It’s important to do the little things right. Last year we went back – me and my team – and looked at what we needed to change.”

To read the full story, please click here.

Chris “Macca” McCormack was so kind to leave with us an autographed jersey,
one identical to the one he sported during the 2009 Ironman Hawaii World-Championship,
as proof of his visit to Lafayette, LA.

We got one more ride in with Macca early this morning.
Donald, Frank, Jason and Ruud had the honors escorting Macca on a 2 hour ride.



Photo credits: Jason Meaux

Mark Miller has taken Macca over to New Orleans, early this afternoon.
It has been a fun filled and interesting week, having Macca in Lafayette.
Aside of thanking Macca for his visit,
a sincere thanks to Mark Miller for realizing this.
Besides having a family, a bike-shop and a training schedule,
Mark has been a wonderful liaison officer,
accommodating Macca and everybody else involved.
Mark, you are the best and we’re blessed to have you here in Lafayette;)

All of us at Precision Bikes wish Chris “Macca” McCormack
and all local athletes racing the
Ochsner Ironman 70.3 New Orleans
a great race!

Macca received a nice ride support from 4thDimension Fitness Will Jones and stellar athlete John Fell, for a good 3 hour effort around beautiful Lafayette.
Macca’s talk at Red’s last night, was very well attended!
It was great hearing Chris share his life-journey
and having us pick his brain on so many subjects.
I am sure I can speak for many,
expressing gratefulness to Chris for coming back to Lafayette, LA.

Chris “Macca” McCormack flew into Lafayette, LA yesterday afternoon.
After having his bike build up by Mark Miller’s Precision Bikes,
just to be ready for a Tuesday training ride, it was party time!
Frank Camalo, known for Italian fashion and classic bikes, showed another side of his:
A fabulous host, chef and entertainer.
Both Frank and Peggy put on a wonderful evening!
The meal served was traditional Italian pasta, with meatballs and sausage.
The sausage was made per recipe that has passed down the Camalo generations and it was delicious. A tremendous pressure has come upon Frank to release this secret recipe….
Once available we’ll post it to this site…
Macca felt right at home and it seems he enjoyed some relaxing time with friends, while in the middle of a very hectic traveling schedule.


Please remember, at 7:00 PM tonight,
you’ll have the chance to hear Chris “Macca” McCormack speak at Red’s.
The event is hosted in Studio A
It is free of charge and you don’t have to be a member of Red’s.

Chris McCormack (born 4 April 1973) is an Australian triathlete, known affectionately to the triathlon community as Macca. McCormack began competing on international-distance courses in 1996, winning both the 1997 Triathlon World Championships and the 1997 ITU World Cup Series; to date, no-one else has won both titles in a single year.

After shifting focus to longer distance racing he displayed exceptional aptitude for the distance winning many races. McCormack won Ironman Australia in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. Twice he has finished the Quelle Challenge Roth, an Iron-Distance triathlon in under 8 hours, a feat only 5 other athletes have completed.

In 2007 he won the Ironman World Championships in Kona Hawaii after 6 attempts at the race coming as close as second, within 2 minutes of the winner, in 2006.


Last year’s planned event, to have Chris “Macca” McCormack speak at Red’s,
had to be canceled due to inclement weather.
Macca was held up in Dallas, TX and ended up flying in late that night.
He still got some swim-bike-run training in, here in Lafayette,
before competing in the first New Orleans Half Ironman.
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Well Macca is coming back to Lafayette!

He will give a talk at
Red Lerille’s Health&Racquet Club
on Tuesday April 13th-2010 at 7:00PM
You don’t have to be a member and there is no charge.
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This event is made possible by:
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And
Smitty “Mongoose” Smith.

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A heartfelt thanks to Red Lerille’s for opening his doors, free of charge, for this event.