Practice English Speaking&Listening with: The Road to Kona with Chris McCormack: Overcoming the Odds (2 of 3)

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When I came to the sport of triathlon, I got on a roll, started winning races

and I won my first World Championship in 1997.

I arrived.

(Voice off screen) Chris McCormack World Champion!

But my dream as a kid was always Hawaii; always Ironman.

My mother had passed away of breast cancer in 1999

and I'd made a promise to her

I said Mom I promise you I'm going to win the Hawaiian Ironman.

The top scientists had told me I was a short-course specialist.

I had a lot of power but not a lot of endurance.

They told me you'll never, ever be competitive at 8 hours of distance.

It's just not in you, you can't do it.

You're a dreamer.

I went the first year and fell apart nutritionally.

Went back the second year; walked to a 9:36 finish. 70th place. Was humbled and humiliated.

I get to Kona and fall apart, and fall apart.

You know, I'd watched this race as a kid. I wanted this more than anybody.

I hadn't got the title.

I was going to go down as the best triathlete in history never to win in Hawaii.

Ironman is an 8 hour event. Nutrition is part and parcel of what you need to do.

It's basically swim, bike, run, nutrition.

CLIF Bar. They were the people I went to. And without their arsenal of products, I never would have been able to make this jump.

In '07, it was crunch time.

Race morning, you know I looked at myself in the mirror and said, This is it.

You know, just be courageous.

And catch me if you can. This is my run for the title.

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What did it feel like running down Ali'i Drive?

To my mates and my mother. There Mum, I did what I promised you.

It was everything, man. It was absolutely everything.

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