COACH CHRIS

Chris is the founder of Big Sexy Racing and the team is named after his nick-name. Since 2001, Chris has competed 51 Ironman races. His personal best is 7:33 over the IM distance and 3:48 over 70.3 distance and today he is a 7x Ironman Champion. During his athletic career, Chris has had the chance to work with some of the great coaches and athletes in the sport of triathlon including Scott Molina, Dave Scott, and Brett Sutton.
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IRONMAN

51 FINISHES
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COMPETITOR

38 TOP 5 FINISHES
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CHAMPION

7 OUTRIGHT WINS

Milestone Races For Chris "Big Sexy" McDonald

Chris wins the inaugural Ford Ironman Louisville in a time of 8:38:39

2007 / 8

Chris wins the inaugural Ford Ironman Louisville in a time of 8:38:39

Back to back double following up a win in Louisville, Chris wins IRONMAN Wisconsin with a 8:43.29 finish with a 2:56 marathon.

2008 / 9

Back to back double following up a win in Louisville, Chris wins IRONMAN Wisconsin with a 8:43.29 finish with a 2:56 marathon.

Following a frustrating swim, Chris crushed the bike course and battled the run to fight back to a 8:37:41 win

2009 / 1

Following a frustrating swim, Chris crushed the bike course and battled the run to fight back to a 8:37:41 win

Chris's 2nd Ironman win at Louisville besting his time with a 8:27:36 finish

2011 / 8

Chris's 2nd Ironman win at Louisville besting his time with a 8:27:36 finish

Chris fought his way to a win at Lake Tahoe with a finish time of 8:55:14

2013 / 9

Chris fought his way to a win at Lake Tahoe with a finish time of 8:55:14

Chris was fourth out of the swim (48:56), first off of the bike (4:29:14) and the first to complete the marathon (2:57:56), giving him the win in a time of 8:21:34 and a new course record.

2013 / 9

Chris was fourth out of the swim (48:56), first off of the bike (4:29:14) and the first to complete the marathon (2:57:56), giving him the win in a time of 8:21:34 and a new course record.

Chris won his 4th Ironman Louisville with a 8:40:51 finish and worked very hard for the victory

2014 / 8

Chris won his 4th Ironman Louisville with a 8:40:51 finish and worked very hard for the victory

CHRIS McDONALD COACHING

Premium Triathlon Coaching Plans - $300/month

During Chris’ athletic career he’s had the chance to work alongside some of the greatest coaches and athletes in the sport of triathlon: Scott Molina, Dave Scott, Brett Sutton and Elliot Bassett just to name a few. Chris offers a very personal based coaching package and likes to work with motivated and driven people. He coaches athletes from all ranges of ability and age. He finds they all have one thing in common: driven to achieve goals. That may be to achieve the midnight cut-off, get a Hawaii slot, or for some, to dip under that magical nine-hour barrier.

  • Premium quality one-on-one coaching
  • Season planning and race scheduling
  • Custom programs and sessions tailored to you
  • Trainingpeaks.com account
  • Access to Big Sexy Racing private forum

“Each person has their own personality and habits. I feel it is my job to find your blind spots and help you improve, while also pointing out your good habits and further growing them. Too many people focus on their fast bike or run, all too often to falling short of their actual triathlon goal. I like to focus on triathlon as a sport in itself and develop an athlete to reach their goals in as a total package-from start line to finish line. If you don’t push your limits, you set your limits.” — Chris McDonald

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CHRIS MCDONALD

Chris's Bio
Born May 14, 1978 in Albury NSW Australia, Chris is the youngest of 4 siblings-2 of who compete in Ironman. Chris lived in Australia until 1999, and then moved to New Zealand to start a small construction business.  In November 2001, Chris started competing in triathlons.  After his final amateur race in New Zealand in March of 2004, he began his professional racing career.   Since 2004, Chris has raced as a professional in 51 Ironmans with 21 podium and 35 top 10 finishes. Chris has had the chance to work along side some of the great coaches and athletes in the sport of triathlon: Scott Molina, Dave Scott, and Brett Sutton, to name a few. Chris is one of a select group of elite athletes who carries the title of being a 7 time Ironman Champion.

Chris is known as “Big Sexy” in the triathlon community due to his incredible journey of being an overweight baker who weighed 250 pounds, to a successful professional triathlete.  In 2013 Chris and his wife, Erika, launched a racing team of brand ambassadors-BIG SEXY RACING, comprised of 100 athletes from all over the U.S.  In 2015, Chris launched the coaching company BSRX3, whose mission to guide athletes to fulfill their goals-whether competing in a marathon, sprint, Olympic, or full distance Ironman.  

In his spare time Chris enjoys coaching and spending time with his family and friends.  Chris now divides his year between Austin, TX and Boulder, CO.

Chris On Coaching
I came from a very early sporting background of playing field hockey as a youngster. I played hockey at State Level before learning what it was like to party. From my late teens to early 20’s I blew out to 240 pounds, before I realized how much I missed sport.

I took-up triathlon in late 2001 and kicked-it-off with a 70.3 race in Forster Australia. From there, the rest is history. Since my first race in 2001, I’ve now completed 30+ Ironman races. I competed as an age grouper in 5 of the races whilst I was running my construction business. My personal best is 7:33 over the IM distance and 3:48 over 70.3 distance.

In my athletic career, I’ve had the chance to work along side some of the great coaches and athletes in the sport of triathlon: Scott Molina, Dave Scott, and Brett Sutton, to name a few.

I offer a very personal based coaching package and like to work with motivated and driven people. I have athletes from all ranges of ability and age. But, we all have one thing in common: we are driven to achieve our goals. That may be to achieve that midnight-hour cut-off, get a Hawaii slot, or for some to dip under that magical nine-hour barrier.

If you would like some more information about how I work, please send me a message below to touch base. I will let you know the details, costs.

Working with your personality to develop your programEach person has their own personality and habits. I feel it’s my job to find your blind spots to help you become aware to improve and find your good habits to help you continue to grow with them. Usually this lies within your entire life habits and rolls over into your athletics.

Triathlon is a start to finish line complete sport Too many people speak about their fast bike or run, all too often to fall short of their actual triathlon goal. I like to focus on triathlon as a sport in itself and develop an athlete to reach their goals in a complete package from start line to finish line.

Keeping an athlete’s strength strong and develop their weaknessEach of us have our strengths. Often we know our weakness and focus solely on improving it. I like to find a person’s strength and continue to make it their weapon. Then build their weakness towards being stronger.

Clear goal settingMapping out what YOUR goals are. Short term, long term and dream goals. It’s important to clearly state to yourself and to someone else what your goals are. That is the first step in setting up your life to achieve them.

Consistency Cumulative volume over time. I believe in a program that is consistent. Fitness builds over days, weeks, months and years. The ability to “back it up” is one of the most valuable lessons I learned over the years and is the key to success.

Clear honest communication between coach and athleteI need you to be honest with yourself and share that honesty with me.

Here are the key components of the program that I’d like to deliver for you:

- Answering of e-mails and questions within 48hrs (unless notified traveling).
- Schedule with personalized sessions outlined.
- Race planning and post race feedback.
- Clear goal setting- short term and long term.
- Weekly feedback on training
- Nutrition planning upon request.
- Communication is through e-mail /phone and text msg
 

Saturday

May 14th
2016

TEXAS

6 a.m. - midnight
IRONMAN TEXAS

Saturday

Jul 30th
2016

VINEMAN

6:30 a.m. - midnight
IRONMAN VINEMAN

Sunday

Aug 21st
2016

TREMBLANT

6 a.m. - midnight
IRONMAN Mont Tremblant

Sunday

Nov 27th
2016

COZUMEL

7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Big Sexy returns to Quintana Roo to battle it out at Ironman Cozumel

Saturday

Feb 25th

2017 TEXAS HILL COUNTRY SPRING TRAINING CAMP

Sat 2/25 - Sat 3/4
7 a.m. - midnight
The ultimate triathlon training experience. $2,600 for non-members and $2,450 for BSR members.

CHILI'S

Chili’s Teams Up With Seven-Time IRONMAN Champion Chris McDonald to launch a nationwide physical wellbeing challenge, ‘Let’s Tri Together’

NEWTON RUNNING

If you are a triathlete who doesn't know about Newton running shoes, simply put you are not a triathlete.

RUBY'S LUBE

Big Sexy Racing is proud to have Ruby's Lube as a sponsor.

QUINTANA ROO

Big Sexy Sponsor

KASK

HELMET

ASHWORTH AWARDS

Ashworth Awards is a 70.3 Level Sponsor of the Big Sexy Race team

F2C NUTRITION

Chris is the most decorated Ironman champion to stand behind the benefits of F2C NUTRITION

ICE FRICTION

COATED CHAINS

COBB CYCLING

Cobb Cycling is a 70.3 Level Sponsor of Big Sexy Racing

NORMATEC

Normatec is a 70.3 level sponsor of Big Sexy Racing

REYNOLDS

Premium wheels

K2 COOLERS

They have a cooler for everyone!

BEET PERFORMER

The ultimate source of high performance nitrates to accelerate the delivery of oxygen to your muscles.

OGIO

LUGGAGE

EPOCH UNIVERSAL

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BIG SEXY VINTAGE 3/4 SLEEVE TOP

$20.00

Official BSR casual wear

MEN'S PODIUM POLO

$25.00

Now on special!

DON'T MESS WITH BIG SEXY T-SHIRT

$15.00

ON SALE FOR A LIMITED TIME

WOMEN'S BIKE TANK TOP

$12.00 Sale Price ( $20.00 )

Official casual wear of Big Sexy Racing

KID'S SHIRTS

$12.00

For all the aspiring Iron Kids out there

Chris's Favorite Aussie Burger

0:56 Time · 11 Ingredients · 7 Steps

La Fabulosa's twist on a BSR favorite.

Follow Big Sexy McDonald

Instagram content for Chris McDonald

Louisiana Flood Recovery

$2,645.00 Raised / $2,500.00 Goal

Pitch in to help our friends and teammates in Louisiana

Chris McDonald Wins Lake Tahoe

Ironman Triathlon

Chris McDonald Wins Ironman Lake Tahoe, Post Race Intv

Intro To BSRX3

Big Sexy Racing

Intro to our video series of gym and strength exercises

The Newton Mile - Ironman Texas

Ironman

Interview with Chris McDonald on running.