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5 Racing Weight Tips From Chris McCormack

  • By Matt Fitzgerald
  • Published Jul 5, 2011
  • Updated Dec 17, 2012 at 4:22 PM UTC
Macca is one of the bigger athletes to win the Ironman World Championship. Photo: Paul Phillips

Macca is one of the bigger athletes to win the Ironman World Championship. Photo: Paul Phillips

Sixteen men have won the Hawaii Ironman World Championship. None of them has weighed more than Chris “Macca” McCormack did when he won his first title in 2007 at 177 pounds. Macca is living proof that you don’t have to be a natural-born whippet to excel in long-distance triathlons.

But he’s also living proof that a careful and committed approach to weight management is needed to excel in longer races, especially if you are naturally bigger. McCormack’s normal weight—the weight he returns to when he’s not actively seeking his racing weight—is 185 pounds. When he claimed his second Ironman World Championship victory last October, he was just 175 pounds.

Nobody has more experience-based knowledge of how to manage weight for maximum triathlon performance than Macca. Here are his top five tips.

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