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Happy New Year to everyone.

Still not many races happening but the team find them if they are.

At the HITS, Naples, Florida there was a good representation racing. A nearby tropical storm blew up choppy conditions and a brutal bike.
Deirdre Robbins came fourth in her age group in the half distance – great job!
Deirdre Robbins HITS








Husband and wife team Susan and Rick DeKeyser both competed in the Olympic distance with Rick coming in 8th position with a 2.45 and getting chicked by his missus in a 2.44 to give her a podium for third!

Kurt Taylor had to pull the plug with an injured knee but his wife Melissa Taylor got the job done. Well done and heal fast Kurt.

Down Under on the other side of the globe Craig Thwaites did the famed Lorne Pier to Pub swim – top 100 in his age group with over 5000 in this event is not too shabby! Our very own swim coach Brenton Ford came 6th overall and 5th in his category.

In New Zealand it was the Port of Tauranga Half distance which saw team members Mike Robinson and Pawel Chalacis battle it out.
mike and pawel

Mike Robinson made the most of his run but it took him the full 21km to catch Pawel who you can see in the very left hand corner of the pic!

Times – 4.57 with seconds separating them!  Mike actually got 12th in his age group and Pawel got 10th. Great job boys.

Back stateside it was the Disney Marathon with Anne Zimmerman Reed and hubby Mike taking part. Results to follow!

Great racing everyone.


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It’s been a long time since we’ve had a race roundup but we are BACK!

A big weekend of racing down under with 7 of our team mates racing at IM70.3 Taupo.

Taupo training run with Aaron Hewitt, Mike Robinson, Tim Ford and Mathieson Jenkin

It was great to see Mike Robinson back in the sport after a few months off. He had a great race finishing sub 5 which was his goal.

“Over the last 6 months I have planned to sell all my triathlon gear after Tauranga however, after a weekend with some of my best friends, hanging with mates and making new ones I feel like I have fallen back in love with the sport. Now to find the right balance between all of my passions to be semi competitive. Thanks to everyone who made this weekend great!”


In form Tim Ford was back on the podium with a 3rd, finishing in 4.34

“My 15th 70.3 is done and my 3rd race in 4 weeks. Very surprised to hit the podium again. This has been an amazing period of racing for me. It was epic to share the course with some great mates.”




Ian Graham snagged a Sunny Coast Worlds slot with his 6th place finish in 4.35. Ian is coached by Sergio Borges.

Our other competitors all did well, Aaron Hewitt a 4.51, Pawel Chalacis 5.04, Mathieson Jenkin 5.42 and Saleh Bin Talib 7.18.
The boys celebrated well of course!

Todd Martin attended our Gold Coast Camp earlier in the year and got 2nd in his age group with a 4.36!

Brian Upton raced IM70.3 Ballarat hoping for a Sunny Coast Worlds slot. He finished in 5.30 which got him 5th place. Will update as soon as we know if that was enough!



Braving the recently sighted sharks Jeremy Fleming and Chris Stevens were out in force in there MaccaX gear at the weekend at the Kurnell Sprint Series. Chris was disappointed with his run…

“If your looking for me this summer I’ll be at the running track. Once again my run letting me down. I’ve worked hard dropping from 5:10min/km down to 4:30 but unless I go sub
4m/km I’m behind.
Missed out on second place today by 60sec had to be content with 8th”


Competition is heating up with our Global Strava Challenge. This runs until December 15th with a new challenge beginning in the New Year. Remember to register on Strava for your workouts to count towards your team.

MaccaX will pay the race entry into any triathlon your choose for 2016. We will customize a training plan for you to crush this race AND you’ll get a 30 min Skype call with Chris McCormack so he can hear your plans, give you advice and hold you accountable!

You will need to log a minimum of 4 sessions into your Strava account to qualify. Speed and distance doesn’t matter, we just want to see that you’ve done at-least 4 sessions and logged these into your account + club.




And finally Swiss Miss Caroline Steffen was delighted to receive a card and pic from her number one fan Adrian O’Brien.





Photo 1 courtesy of @ScottNorrish


by Curtis Kloc

For those in the Northern hemisphere, the triathlon season is coming to an end. Time to think about winter, base training, nutrition, planning next year’s race season, etc.

One of the best ways to make sure those things happen is to write them down, then you can think about what daily steps you are going to take toward reaching those goals.

Have you reached your racing potential? What’s holding you back? Endurance, strength, muscular endurance, technique, racing weight? Print this out and grab a sharpie…

Most of us age group triathletes could stand to lose some lbs and gain functional strength.

Answer these questions:

Question One

What does your ideal body look like? Weight? Body fat? Strength? Endurance?

i.e. Can you find people you know, celebrities, people whose pictures you can find that help inspire you…

Belinda0001 Chris-McCormack-Wanaka-2013-IMG_5061








Question Two

What does your ideal state of health look like? Are you always injured? Over-trained? Lack of strength?

i.e. To have a vital, energetic, strong, and disease-free body that lives long and allows me to stay active and enjoy my life to the fullest.

Question Three

Why do you want to achieve these goals?

i.e Confidence? Kona? Overcoming huge medical obstacles? Ego?






Question Four

What limiters do you have that will stop you from achieving these goals, and what can you do to overcome the limiters? Hire a coach, a personal trainer, a sports nutritionist?

Sergio Academy
MaccaX Coach – Sergio Borges


i.e. A triathlon coach would help me put together a better race season that is more thought out and properly prepared for.

One month of sports nutrition advice would have me closer to my racing weight at the right time.




Assess yourself

Now, let’s see where your overall functional strength, mobility and coordination is to start this off-season. (This is something you should do every 3-5 weeks to see how your strength and conditioning program is progressing…)

60 seconds for each item with 1-3 minutes of rest between each one.
Do in order
This should take you about 30 minutes.
It’s a good workout that takes very little equipment when you’re in a pinch!

I’ve included my number in (parentheses.)

Can you beat the coach? Let us know how you go!

  • Push-Ups                                (67)
  • Straight Leg Sit ups                (48)
  • Jump ropes                             (139)
  • Box Jumps                               (47)
  • Body Weight Squats                (59)
  • One lap (~ 365 yards)              (:57)
  • Burpees                                   (16)
  • In n Out with arm wrap (abs)  (75)
  • Bench Dips                              (56)
  • Arnold Press                            (17 @ 35lb dumbbell)
  • Push Press (ab ball)                 (28 @ 35lb dumbbell)

To Your Health,

Curtis Kloc, Certified Personal Trainer

If you’d like a personalized strength or weight loss plan that actually gets results, email me at

A few weeks ago I had a friend and fellow triathlete come and stay with me for a solid weekend of training. While he was down we did a park run. For those of you who don’t know a parkrun is a free 5km race held around the world. They are a great opportunity to go out and smash yourself every week to see how you are going. I ran well for me and managed to complete the 5km in 18:21. After the race I was talking with my mate about the places you go in your mind while you are racing. The thoughts that you have while you are hurting. It was interesting to get his opinion as he has completed 3 full Iron Man races. But what we agreed on was that no matter whether it is an Ironman that can take some people 17 hours or a 5km race done in less than 20 minutes you will have similar thoughts at some point during the race. I thought I would try and talk about the different stages of racing that I usually go through. With a triathlon, you will find I may go these stages multiple times, sometimes on each leg and sometimes a few times on the same discipline.

Stage 1 – Nerves
Prior to the race start I am always nervous. Depending on the race I am nervous for different reasons. Before a triathlon I am usually nervous about having a mechanical issue on the bike, something outside of my control going wrong. With a run I am usually nervous about how much it is going to hurt. Anyway no matter how much I care or don’t care about the result, I always experience the nerves before the start of a race. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I find the nerves force me to concentrate, I use the opportunity to go through the race in my head. Think about what I am going to do at what point. I also find it helps me to focus. It is funny, but I do the exact same thing before an exam. I use the nerves I am feeling to ‘get in the zone’. I know some people say we feel nerves because we are scared and this might be the case. We fear that we haven’t done enough or we aren’t good enough. It doesn’t matter what it is that causes the nerves but it is important to accept they are going to come and come up with a way to manage the nerves. Trust in the work you do and try to remember the feeling you will experience when you cross the finish line.

Stage 2 – Overconfidence
Every single time I race I know I am going to do this. I try to prevent it. Tell myself not to. But time and time again, the first thing that I do is go too hard. When you get to a race you are usually well rested from a good taper. You reduce your training volume so you go to the race fresh and ready to go. If you have done this properly you have probably been feeling a bit frustrated from the lack of activity. Throw in the adrenalin of race morning and you have a cocktail for some seriously fast racing, whatever your level.  When I did my last park run I saw that after 500 metres I was running at around 3:10 pace. This is way too fast for me. In a triathlon it is usually ok because it is good to go out hard when you start the swim. You avoid the violence of the swim and can get on the feet of a weaker swimmer. I really notice this happening to me when I get onto the bike. The bike is my strongest leg so I am super keen to get on it and go hard. In fact the only leg I don’t normally experience this is when I get off the bike and onto the run. I may not feel good but I do usually tend to start running too quickly. It is critical to acknowledge that what you experiencing and try to adjust as quickly as possible.

Going out too hard will limit your ability to come home strong

Stage 3 – Oh Shit!
This is what I think when I realise I am going to hard. You know that by going to hard this early you will pay for it later. It can be hard to change your approach when things are going well. As stage 2 is called overconfidence, you don’t immediately accept that you are performing above your capacity. If I have gone too hard for too long I know that I am going to suffer later. It becomes a matter of how I am going to suffer.

Stage 4 – Rhythm 
After things have settled down you are able to get into a zone where you are able to maintain your pace. It might not be easy, you may still be suffering, but you are able to endure. Even when it hurts it is ok. You have trained for it before and know how to deal with it. In my opinion, the secret to racing is to try and maximise the length of this stage. The longer you are able to stay in the rhythm zone the stronger your performance will be. While you are in this zone your mind can sometimes wander. For me, I do a lot of maths in my head. If I run at this pace for the next X kilometres that means I should run this time and get to the finish in this time. It is important to try and stay focused. If you really get distracted it is possible that your pace will drop off and your technique will go out the window. This can lead to injury. So while this stage is the longest and I suppose kind of the easiest, it also has some of the greatest risk. Again, you may not feel good in this stage but it feels a lot better than what you are about to endure.

Stage 5 – Hello My Friend
Stage 5 is where I believe your race really begins. This is when you start to realise you are hurting. You may feel a niggle or notice how sore your muscles are. Your breathing might become hard and you are struggling to hold the same speed you were before. It is about this time when the voices in your head start to kick in. It is amazing how quickly I can go to a negative place when I start to hurt. I have experienced this feeling in every single race I have ever done. The response that I have had to it has varied from successfully managing to deal with it to letting it beat me. Some of the best advice I have ever heard about dealing with this pain is accepting that this is going to happen. You are going to hurt. You are going to have negative thoughts. I deal with these negative thoughts in a number of ways. Firstly, I thing that if I am suffering it means that I am working hard which for me usually means I am having a good performance. I then try to think about the positives. I try to remain positive. I analyse the race, how long is left, can I use some sugar? How is my form? This all works for me. Sometimes this is the second last stage of the race. Other times there can be one which is even worse.

Stage 6 – I’ll Show You
This is the stage you go to when you are in real trouble. I have gone to this place 3 times when racing. The first was during a bike race in Norway, the second was the marathon I ran in Trondheim in Norway and the third was at Western Sydney 70.3 last year. This is when you can do nothing to manage the pain and suffering but force yourself to keep going. It is horrible, it is emotional. You quit, you pull out, you retire from the sport, you make all kinds of comments. I like to say to my wife that I am not responsible for what comes out of my mouth when this happens to me. It isn’t true but there certainly is an element of truth to it. I don’t really remember thoughts from those times where I have really been hurting. I remember feelings anger, fear, sadness. Every person will deal with this stage in their own way. It is why we train, to be able to manage the worst case scenario. It is why we push ourselves to the limit on the track, in the pool. It is the stage in the race when you realise that your mind is stronger than your body. Your body is in agony but your mind tells you to keep going. If you can survive this stage then the final stage will be even better.

When it gets bad it can be really bad

The Final Stage -Euphoria
The first feeling I normally experience when I finish a race is relief. This is often followed with a strong desire to:

  1. vomit
  2. lay down
  3. eat
  4. drink

As the minutes after you finish pass you start to feel better and better. You see the people you know, your friends and family. If you have had a good result you start to realise what you have achieved. You start to feel amazing. I actually believe that no matter how much I have hurt while racing I normally feel great for a good 30 minutes after the race is over. I am actually surprised they do not try and get people to sign up for more races at the finish line. I reckon they would have huge success. This stage is the reason why I choose to suffer. It is all worth it at the end of the race.

That finish line feeling makes it all worth while
That finish line feeling makes it all worth while

So this will ultimately be different for everyone, but these are kind of the stages that I go through when I am racing. I am really curious to know if anyone else experiences the same and how they deal with it.

Are there any other stages which people experience? Leave your comments below.



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I was recently listening to TRS Radio where Benn Hobbs was talking about the rivalry between Jan Frodeno and Sebastian Kienle. He said the problem is that they are too friendly; they buy each other dinner after a race and seem to be friends. Throw in the number of sub 8 hour Ironman performances recently including Frodo’s amazing result in Frankfurt and I started to wonder, as a spectator what do I want to see?

One of the first stories you hear when you enter this sport is the Iron War. The epic 1989 Kona battle between Dave Scott and Mark Allen. They had been facing off for years and finally Mark Allen was able to beat the man who had bested him so many times before. It is the stuff of triathlon legend. Fast-forward to 2010 and we have the closest race since 1989 between Andreas Raelert and Chris McCormack. There is even video footage of Macca exclaiming “Its like Iron War!” These are the stories we learn about as we become more involved in the sport, the stuff of legend. A battle between two people that is not short but last for 8 hours in some of the toughest conditions on the planet.


Possibly the greatest race ever seen in triathlon
Possibly the greatest race ever seen in triathlon

There are the other stories we know, the great rivalries of triathlon. Macca and Crowie, Brownlee and Gomez, Rinny and Chrissie, Allen and Scott. These rivalries often split the fans of the sport. Most triathletes will have taken a side for no particular reason other than they maybe started to follow a particular pro first. I for one really got into triathlon after I read Macca’s book. While I really like Crowie as well I would still like to see Macca beat him in a race. This isn’t a bad thing though. This is the closest thing triathlon has to the fanfare of many team sports. In football (whether a round ball or oval) you have a team and you want them to beat the other teams. So to have the fans picking sides is only natural. But imagine if the 2010 battle between Macca and Raelert was in fact between Macca and Crowie. While I know the two have raced each other a number of times I feel like we never got to see a real battle between them. Perhaps this is the reason why the 89 race between Scott and Allen is considered the benchmark.

Dave Scott and Mark Allen had faced off against each other 6 times before the Iron War. Allen was dominating races around the world but couldn’t beat Dave Scott in Hawaii. Then in 1989 Allen was finally able to beat Scott and the race is considered the greatest race in the history of the sport. They gave us both the long-standing war between the two of them with the great final battle. In other words they gave us both the battle and the war.

Macca is considered one of the most controversial characters in the sport and he has had his share of wars between athletes. He recounts his issues with Normann Staddler and Faris Al-Sultan in his book “I’m Here To Win” and of course his rivalry with Crowie is well known. However his greatest performance is often considered the 2010 Iron Man. I believe this is because the race was a true battle between Raelert and Macca. So it would seem that the most remembered races are those great battles.

Image credit: Slowtwitch
Image credit: Slowtwitch

Lets move it to more recent times. Last years women’s race between Mirinda Carfrae and Daniela Ryf wasn’t a battle like that between Scott and Allen or McCormack and Raelert, it was a battle non-the less. Rinny came off the bike 14 minutes down and over the 42.2kms ran down her competitor to come away with the win. In the men’s race Sebastian Kienle provided a dominating performance when most considered him injured in the lead up. We were denied the race we all wanted to see between the former Olympic Champion and Kienle but has this created the sports next great rivalry? I for one was excited to see Kienle face off against Frodeno in Frankfurt this year. Frodo’s performance was incredible but you can’t help but wonder whether both athletes gave it 100%. The fact is in the world of long course triathlon, it is all about one race. This means that no matter how good a field, or how strong a rivalry, we will only see the true battle at Kona.


The next great rivalry?
The next great rivalry?

I think this year we are going to see one of the most exciting pro races at Kona in both the male and female races. There are literally too many people to mention who have a real shot of taking the title. After the domination of Frodeno at Frankfurt many people have him named as the favourite. Take a moment however and imagine that on the day things don’t quite go right for him. Perhaps he has another mechanical, maybe the heat gets to him and Kienle wins again. Say this happens for the next couple of years then maybe in 3 or 4 years we see the two of them in an epic showdown where Frodeno finally bests Kienle. Would that be a more dramatic event? Would it be a race to rival the status of the Iron War? Would it become the Iron War for a new generation of triathlon fans? Who knows? What I do know is that these rivalries are what make the sport exciting. I don’t think it matters necessarily if they are friends or not friends when not racing. I just want to see faster, close races between the biggest names in our sport. Characters like these who are able to perform at such a high level on triathlons biggest stage might be what is needed. Not just to help keep existing fans interested, but to also help long course triathlon win the battle of becoming a mainstream, popular sport something that not only athletes follow but people enjoy watching in front of their television.

What do you think? What is the sports greatest rivalry? What would be the best race between any two athletes? Let us know!

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Susan and Rick

Lucky Lady

by Susan DeKeyser

I jumped into triathlon life in 2009 and became a Macca fan from the start. I was lucky enough to meet him in person in 2011 in our hometown of Key West for the annual Sprint & Olympic triathlon. I was absolutely blown away by his laid back attitude and eagerness to spend time with us age groupers. I read his book, “I’m here to Win”, before this race so it was fantastic to have him autograph this book. I raced that year and scratched my right cornea during the swim so badly that I finished the race with one eye open and went straight to the ER. Wore a patch for a week but I didn’t care–I met Macca–and was even more about excited triathlon.

My husband and I decided to make 2012 a memorable race year. We raced Honu 70.3 in June and then our first 140.6 in November at Ironman Cozumel. We fundraised for the MaccaNow Foundation during our Ironman training and raised $1,800. It was meaningful to have focus on something other than my training. The fundraising was rewarding, knowing we were helping breast cancer patients and their families.

Cozumel was a blast. My husband and I crossed the finish line seconds apart. I was hooked with endurance training and racing. I wanted to do this long term. I will qualify for Kona when I’m an old lady!

MaccaX Miami Camp
MaccaX Miami Camp

We were lucky once again in 2013 by joining the first MaccaX camp in Miami. The camp was hands down, a fantastic opportunity. We learned so many tips but on top of that, socially had an amazing time.

Miami Man Susan DeKeyser
Susan on the podium at Miami Man
We raced Miami Man the last day of the camp and I took first place. I was excited to be there. I was passionate about this sport and my ability to shine…with gratitude no doubt. I have always felt blessed to have the ability to be athletic. Many people do not.

Early 2014, I registered for my second 140.6 distance, Ironman Louisville. I was amped! Training started in May and the race was in November. One training month down and I felt great. I went in for my annual mammogram which turned into a biopsy a week later. On June 5, I was told I had early stages of breast cancer on one side. I was 48. Been a runner since age 15, lived a pretty healthy lifestyle most of my adult life, blah, blah, blah. It doesn’t discriminate. It can hit anyone at anytime. All the cliches were relative. I was forced to make tough decisions. I opted for radical surgery on both sides. Take them off, get “it” out, move on. In less than one month I was in surgery. Triathlon was on major hold.
Susan, Macca and Rick
Susan, Macca and Rick

Sometimes it’s better that we can’t forecast the agony we will endure. It was tough and three additional surgeries were needed over the next nine months. I am lucky because this breast cancer was caught early. I had so much support from my amazing husband. I also had amazing support through family and friends. And then there is the MaccaX family. I received a phone call from Macca before my first surgery. After his call I decided to treat my surgery like a race. Embrace the Suck. Conquer and prevail! I had tremendous support…and lots of humor (medicine). I truly love this group.

Susan back doing what she loves
Susan back doing what she loves

I’m healing and gradually getting back to where I want to be with triathlon again. The year away from triathlon made me long for it even more. Positive attitude and mental strength correlate to both my battle with breast cancer and performance, and life in general. You learn to “power on”.

I am grateful for being part of MaccaX and the MaccaNow Foundation. 

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by Jo Baxas

In our Up Close and Personal series we feature one of our German members Henning von Poser – known to the team as Poserlicious! He kindly answered some questions in German and English.

Wie bist zum Triathlon gekommen? How did you get into triathlon?
Ich hatte schon immer eine große Leidenschaft für Sport. In meiner Kindheit fing ich, wie fast jeder deutsche Junge, zuerst mit Fußball an und himmelte Franz Beckenbauer an. Da ich jedoch ein Nachzügler in meiner körperlichen Entwicklung war, konnte ich gegen die „großen“ Kerle keinen Blumentopf gewinnen, auch wenn mein Trainer mir große taktische Kompetenz nachsagte. Dann fing ich mit ca. 10 Jahren mit Tennis an, himmelte hier den Rowdy John McEnroe an und schaffte es sogar in die Jugendmannschaft. Aber damals war Tennis eher das, was heute Golf ist und dies gefiel mir nicht so sehr, alles ein wenig „unlocker“. Somit kam ich mit ca. 13-14 Jahren zum Radsport und das war echte Liebe auf den ersten Blick. Nachdem ich dann ca. 12 Jahre lang leistungssportlich Radsport betrieben hatte und es in die höchste deutsche Amateurklasse sowie in die Rad-Bundesliga geschafft hatte, musste ich mich entscheiden, wie es für mich sportlich weitergehen würde. Denn mein Talent hätte nicht für eine Profikarriere gereicht. So richtet sich mein Fokus auf das Studium und danach auf die berufliche Laufbahn.

Da ich dem Sport in Form von Radfahren und Laufen immer treu blieb und auch immer wieder Kontakt zu Triathleten hatte, erfuhr ich dann über einen Freund von Chris McCormack und der Faszination Triathlon. Ich verfolgte dann die Triathlon-Szene und schloss mich dann 2012 dem MaccaX-Team an. Die Leidenschaft packte mich immer mehr, aber schlussendlich startete ich erst im September 2013 bei meinem ersten Triathlon über die olympische Distanz.

I always had a great passion for sports. In my childhood like almost every German boy I started playing soccer admiring my big idol Franz Beckenbauer. However, as I was a latecomer concerning my physical development I had no chance against the ‘big’ boys, although my coach said that my tactical capabilities were excellent. When I turned 10 years old I started playing tennis admiring the rowdy John McEnroe being able to play in the club team. But Tennis during that time was more like what Golf is today and that I did not like: not laid-back. With 13-14 years old I discovered cycling and directly fell in love with it. I cycled for about 12 years on a competitive level in the highest German amateur class and in the German national cycling league (Bundesliga). But then I had to make a decision what to do with my sport career as my talent was not big enough to turn pro. So I turned my focus on finishing my master in business administration and later on my occupational career.

As I always kept doing sports, especially cycling and running I also had regular contact to triathletes. A friend of mine one day told me about Chris McCormack and the fascination of triathlon. So that I started to follow more closely the triathlon scene and decided in 2012 to join team MaccaX. The passion had caught me so that I participated in September 2013 in my first triathlon race which was an Olympic distance.

How did you find MaccaX? Wie bist du auf MaccaX gestoßen?
Da ich mich für Chris McCormack interessierte und er eine Ikone des Sports ist, entdeckte ich automatisch Team MaccaX und finde das Konzept überzeugend.

As I was interested in knowing more about Chris McCormack as he is such an icon of the sport I automatically discovered team MaccaX and considered the concept as very convincing.

What do you like about the group? Was gefällt dir an der Gruppe?
„Leidenschaft verbindet“, das ist hier das Motto. Ich finde es einfach faszinierend mit Gleichgesinnten die gleiche Leidenschaft teilen zu können. Zudem sind die MaccaX Leute ein sehr netter und witziger Haufen an Leuten. Die Angebote, die auf der MaccaX-Onlineplattform zu finden sind, überzeugen mich einfach: Gute Inhalte, vielfältige Trainings-Sessions, weitgehende Ratschläge, Coaches etc. zu einem sehr fairen Preis.

Henning left - part of Team MaccaX relay, Challenge Roth 2013
Henning left – part of Team MaccaX relay, Challenge Roth 2013

Ich habe über die Plattform auch neue Freundschaften geschlossen und die Leute bei Triathlon Veranstaltungen persönlich getroffen. Es macht einfach Spaß, hier die Potentiale des Internets auszuschöpfen und global mit anderen Triathleten in Kontakt zu treten. Und ständig entwickelt sich die Plattform weiter.

‘Passion connects people’ that is the motto here. It is just fascinating to share the same passion with like-minded people on a global scale. In addition the MaccaX team members are a very nice and funny bunch of people. The offering, which the MaccaX online platform is offering is quite convincing: Great content, manifold training sessions, extensive advice, competent coaches etc. and all that for a fair price.

I made new friends through the platform and met them at triathlon events. It is just fun to fully fledge the benefits of the internet through such a platform and to get in contact with other triathletes across the globe. And last but not least the platform is constantly evolving.

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by Jo Baxas

Team MaccaX member Robin swore she would never do an Ironman….Editor in Chief, Jo Baxas, finds out what changed her mind.

I grew up southern California, surfing , skateboarding and showing horses. Probably where I got my love of swimming and the beach. Graduated from UCI with a degree in business. Then spent the next 2 years sailing around the pacific as crew on a sailboat.

Moved to Hawaii in 1984, met my husband and got married in 1989, we have 2 kids now both in college. I didn’t do much sport during those years, my husband was active duty Navy and we moved every couple of years. Plus he was deployed, a lot.

Joined a gym, finally, and got my personal trainer certification in 1997. I loved helping people overcome different obstacles on their way to fitness.

Moved to Washington state, in 1999 and spent several years just running marathons. My husband entered his first triathlon and I was hooked. Everyone was so awesome. Little did I know what a steep learning curve it was. It was early 2000’s and where we live there weren’t any tri groups or triathletes. So I bought a book and set out to do my first tri. My husband had long since gone on to full Ironman distance, swore I would never do that. So I spent several years just doing sprint tri’s, wasn’t too bad at it. Plus it was a great example for our kids.

Robin on the run
Robin on the run

Hired a coach, which we are still with in 2006, she convinced me to do my first 70.3, I was terrified. But, by the end, I couldn’t wait to do another! I realized I was good at distance, I’m not fast but I am very steady. So much for that “I’ll never do a full IM” Since then I have done 14 70.3’s and 3 IM distance races. Plus I recently did my first 50K run. What fun that was!

Started working in a multisport store where customers convinced me to coach them and get my USAT coaching certification. It goes back to my personal trainer cert. I love helping people realize that they CAN do this sport.

I honestly can’t remember how I found this group, Facebook maybe, but I know I was one of the first to sign up. I’ve always just loved Chris McCormack, I love his smack talk and brashness. He made you work if you wanted to beat him, so fun to watch. The people I’ve met online in this group are amazing, and I’ve also been able to meet some in person. Everyone from beginners to seasoned athletes are so supportive and everyone is so humble about their accomplishments. No matter where I go in the world, or what race I do I know there will always be a team-mate there.




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Mathias RiminiHow did you get into triathlon? Wie bist du zum Triathlon gekommen?
Ich bin durch eine dumme Wette 2012 zum Triathlon gekommen! Aber so im nach hinein muss ich mich bei ihm bedanken. Das war das Beste was mir geschehen konnte, ohne ihn würde ich immer noch nur Laufen.

How did you find MaccaX? Wie hast du MaccaX gefunden?
Nach dem ich meinen ersten Sprint-Triathlon 2012 gefinished hatte, hat mich der Virus Triathlon nicht mehr los gelassen. Ich habe alles gelesen was mir in die Hände gekommen ist, u.a. das Buch von Chris McCormack “I’m Here To Win” und habe mich bei seinem Newsletter angemeldet. Als Anfang Oktober 2012 die Email kam, das Chris eine Online Trainingsgruppe in Leben rufen wird, habe ich mich sofort, ohne eine Sekunde nachzudenken, angemeldet. Und seitdem bin ich überglücklich diesen Schritt damals gemacht zu haben.

Mathias - Macca's haircutWhat do you like about the group? Was findest du gut an MaccaX?
Was ich an MaccaX gut finde, es sind sehr viele verschiedene Sachen, aber was richtig super war/ist, dass ich Macca persönlich treffen konnte und daraus eine kleine Freundschaft entstanden ist. Aber auch der Kontakt zu anderen MaccaX Team Membern ist klasse, du fühlst dich wie in einer Familie, es beginnt mit Chatten und dann triffst du die Mitglieder irgendwo bei einem Rennen und es ist, als ob du diese schon eine Ewigkeit kennen würdest. Leider habe ich eine Person noch nicht persönlich getroffen, aber ich hoffe das schaffen wir auch noch Jojo!

Mathias and Macca, swim startWhich triathlons do you race this year? Was hast du dieses Jahr für Rennen geplant?
Mein A-Race ist Ende August der Ironman 70.3 Zell am See, bis dahin werde ich den ein oder anderen regionalen Halbmarathon laufen sowie 2 Sprint und 3 Olympische Triathlons absolvieren.

Bei der Challenge Roth werde ich als MaccaX Challenge Roth Ambassador dabei sein und alle MaccaX Teilnehmer bzw. Diejenigen die sich einen Challenge Roth Trainingsplan von Macca gekauft haben (, durch die Challenge Roth führen…

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I caught up with Clinton Millar who shared his latest venture the Kokoda Challenge Gold Coast 2015
Team Wild Earth – sponsored by wild earth store

Who are your team members?
Me – 3 x Ironman, 7 x 70.3, 100Km Blackall Ultramarathon (9th male overall), Australian Age group Triathlon Rep, 50km Daybreak Ultramarathon Winner
Joel Murray
– Ironman, Triathlete, Wild earth Kokoda Challenge 2014 Team (4th Place)
Rich Seymour – Triathlete and Wild earth Kokoda Challenge 2014 Team (4th Place)
Mat Grills (aka Tattoo Runner) – Ultramarathon Runner, Coast to Kosci Ultra run 240Kms finisher, Winner of 2015 Buffalo Stampede grand slam (26k, 75k 42k over 3 days)

How did you get chosen – did you apply? Do you know the other members?
I have known Joel Murray for a few years through Redcliffe Triathlon Club. He was asked to be a part of the Wild Earth 2014 Team along with Rich Seymour. This year they were looking for more experienced Ultra runners so I was approached by Joel to join the team and was asked if I knew someone else with great experience so I got in touch with Mat to join also.

How many teams are racing and are you the only sponsored one?
There was a total of 334 Teams last year. There are several teams that are also sponsored through Running clubs, bootcamps, hammer nutrition etc however Wild Earth are the major sponsor for the challenge so this year they have 2 teams that will race. 1 being my team of all 4 x men and another mixed team (male and female) which includes football star Mat Rogers.

96km trail run/hike.  What’s the terrain?
This is a extremely tough course with 5000m elevation gain which goes through the bush and rainforest on the Gold Coast hinterland. There is lots of mud and creek crossings and the terrain mimics the actual kokoda trek in Papua New Guinea

What do you hope to get out of it?
A great team experience, gain extra fitness in lead up to Blackall 100km ultra 2015 in November, meet some new friends, have a blast and raise money for the Kokoda Youth program.

Clinton Millar Winner
Clinton Millar 1st Place 50km

What’s the format – do you all run together or is it a relay?
We all have to start and finish together as a team. The kokoda challenge is based around working as a team and having the same core values as our diggers – Courage, Endurance, Mate ship and Sacrifice. No man is left behind.

You’ve clearly got a good base fitness – tell us how you’re preparing for the race?  What specific training do you think you’ll be doing?  Will you train solo or with the other members?
I am racing Ironman Cairns in 6 weeks prior to the Kokoda challenge on July 18/19, so my training will be based around that which is lots of triathlon and long distance training. The only change I will make is to base most of my run sessions for Cairns on the trails and hills with lots of elevation as this is key.

Nutrition – tell us about your plant powered lifestyle and the difference it’s made to you and your fitness.
1 Year ago I had a serious accident where I was hit off my bike by a van and this led me to make a serious decision on where my life was going in regards to health and fitness. I always felt that I was lacking in 1 area and this was my nutrition. I am dedicated enough to train the house down, however I know I ate a lot of crap also. I started noticing that a lot of the world best athletes, especially ultra-marathon runners were either vegan, vegetarian or plant base and this got me interested on how they have so much power and energy not eating meat and limited or no dairy products. Fast forward a few months and I am now 6 months meat free, processed food free and 90% dairy free. My diet is plant base and I am now vegetarian and follow a high carb, low fat diet which is primarily based around fruit and vegetables. I would say I am 90% vegan and this is something I would like to transition to over the next few years.

Clinton Millar Bananas
Clinton Millar Vegan

I went from eating little to no fruit or vege to now smashing 10 x bananas per day and having large volumes of fruit and vege. I love this new found lifestyle and it makes me feel awesome. I never feel like I have that mid arvo crash, I recover a lot quicker, I barely pull up sore after big training sessions and I am able to back up event after event. I did a 250km solo ride in February where my wife and kids followed me in the car and during this ride all I ate was fruit. I swear by it!

And finally –Team MaccaX– how did you come to join the team, what does it mean to you etc.
When I first watched my wife complete a sprint triathlon I knew I wanted in on the sport of triathlon. So like everything I’ve ever been interested in I started researching everything I could about the sport. After a few sprint triathlons it wasn’t long before I caught the tri bug. I joined Maccax online training in 2012 to learn how to train properly. I live 1 hr away from Noosa so I went up to watch the Noosa triathlon and compete and it was there that I met Macca for the first time. I was blown away by how friendly Macca and all pros were at Noosa. I’ve gained a lot of fitness through the Maccax workouts . I know them all! It’s inexpensive and motivating and the team of coaches are very knowledgeable. The whole Maccax community is very friendly and motivating each other on a daily bases and I am really looking forward to training with the team as part of the challenge camp* on the Gold Coast in September.

*We have since learnt that Challenge Gold Coast has been cancelled but the camp goes ahead!  It will be bigger and better than ever.


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