Okay, so how committed is two-time Ironman World Champion Chris McCormack to winning his third title in Kona on October 12th? After traveling the globe over the past month racing everywhere from the Philippines to Austin to Malibu to Canada, you’d think not very. But that’s exactly the way the man they call Macca likes it.
Chris “Macca” McCormack came on to share his thoughts on Lance Armstrong. How badly did he want to race Lance in Kona and how would Lance have done if he had been allowed to race this past October? Does Macca feel that announcing his ten year deal with The Challenge Series during Ironman week was in bad taste? How does he get along today with his bitter rivals from the past, Normann Stadler and Craig Alexander? Will he be racing in Kona next October? There is one guarantee when you ring up Macca, when you ask a question, you will get an answer!
So what happens after you become the Ironman World Champion? Plenty! Three weeks after the biggest win of his life, Pete Jacobs came on to take us through the months and weeks leading into Kona and the blow-by-blow of race day.
Funny story. The evening before this chat, Pete was in Noosa having dinner with fellow Aussies three-time Ironman World champion Craig Alexander and two-time Ironman World Champion Chris McCormack. A fan came up and wanted to get a photo…..with Crowie and Macca. “Pete, it just shows that winning only once doesn’t quite do it,” laughed Crowie.
It was a classic. The three-time Ironman World Champion Craig Alexander dueling it out with 10-time Ironman New Zealand Champion Cam Brown at the first ever Ironman Melbourne. Crowie came on to chat about the race, how he has changed his game through the years, and the challenges he faces balancing his racing, training, traveling and promotional opportunities with spending quality time with his wife, Neri, and their two young children. Craig also talks about the possibility of Lance, Lieto, Macca, himself, the Raelert brothers, and so many others going head-to-head in Kona in October.
Chris McCormack came on after winning Lava Man to chat about his prospects for making the Aussie Olympic team. Even more exciting, Macca chats about the prospects of two Americans, Lance and Lieto, getting off the bike with the lead in Kona this October, with the two Aussies who have won the last five Ironman World Championship titles – Crowie and Macca- trying to chase them down, along with the Raelert brothers from Germany … could be amazing!
When it comes to radio guests, two-time Ironman World Champion Chris McCormack is the absolute gold standard and he proved it once again in this 70 minute instant classic. We spoke about his move back to the Olympic format, his thoughts on the Brownlee brothers and, even though he won’t be racing in Kona, how he thinks the race could play out. If you’ve got an hour ride or run planned, my suggestion is to take Macca along with you. He is a ton of fun to chat with and listen to!
In his career he has won the Ironman 70.3 World Championship, Wildflower and countless other big races. For the past few years he has been two-time Ironman World Champion Chris McCormack’s number one training partner. The big question: Can New Zealand’s Terenzo Bozzone follow in Macca’s footsteps and win triathlon’s biggest race?