CHRIS McDONALD

Founder of BIG SEXY RACING and 7x IRONMAN CHAMPION

CHRIS MCDONALD | FOUNDER OF BIG SEXY RACING

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 PRO FINISHES
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COMPETITOR

38 TOP 5 FINISHES
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CHAMPION

7 OUTRIGHT WINS

THE PATH OF A CHAMPION

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

BIOGRAPHY

CHRIS MCDONALD

June 10, 2016

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
 

RECENT RACES

TEXAS

Saturday May 14th

IRONMAN TEXAS

VINEMAN

Saturday July 30th

IRONMAN VINEMAN

TREMBLANT

Sunday August 21st

IRONMAN Mont Tremblant

FUELED BY

EPOCH UNIVERSAL

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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.

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KASK

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ASHWORTH AWARDS

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

RUBY'S LUBE

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

PHD NUTRITION

Chris is the most decorated Ironman champion to stand behind the benefits of PhD Next Level performance 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

K2 COOLERS

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REYNOLDS

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OGIO

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FAVORITE GEAR

TECHNICAL RUNNING HAT

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FINIS BRIEF

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BSR SWIM CAP BY BLUE SEVENTY

$8.00

This is by far the best fitting and sturdiest cap we've ever worn

BIG SEXY VINTAGE 3/4 SLEEVE TOP

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WOMEN'S BIKE TANK TOP

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Official casual wear of Big Sexy Racing

BIG SEXY LONG SLEEVE OFF SHOULDER T-SHIRT

$26.00

Official Casual Wear Of Big Sexy Racing

BSR GEAR T-SHIRT

$20.00

Official casual wear of Big Sexy Racing

BSR TRUCKER CAP

$25.00

Official Trucker Cap of Big Sexy

CHAIN RING FLEXFIT CAP

$25.00

White and Black Flexfit Cap with Chain ring logo

COACHING

1-ON-1 COACHING

Personalized training with our elite coaches. If you are unsure of which coach to apply for, use this form and we will be in touch to discuss.

DYNAMIC COACHING NETWORK

Our BSRX3 community powered plan

CHRIS McDONALD COACHING

The official coaching application for Chris McDonald

HAROLD WILSON COACHING

The official coaching application for Harold Wilson

SCOTT HORNS COACHING

The official coaching application for Scott Horns

KARLEEN DIRMANTAS COACHING

The official coaching application for Karleen Dirmantas

RICHARD SCHWARTZ COACHING

The official coaching application for Richard Schwartz

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Louisiana Flood Recovery

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Epic Rides

15 Photos

Photo documentary of rides I get to take all over the world

VIDEOS

Chris McDonald Wins Lake Tahoe

Chris McDonald Wins Ironman Lake Tahoe, Post Race Intv

Intro To BSRX3

Intro to our video series of gym and strength exercises

The Newton Mile - Ironman Texas

Interview with Chris McDonald on running.

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