Pro Triathletes NEVER Lie!

>> Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Chris McDonald is a 3 time Ironman Champion. And he’s not a liar.

Chris was the first finisher at Ironman Wisconsin last year, so this year he was on posters and on the cover of the “spectator’s guide:”

Remember the “wetsuit strippers” post from IM WI a few weeks ago? That was the post where I talked about Chris McDonald (AKA “Big Sexy”) and how I got to wear his goggles that he had dropped during my time helping peel wetsuits. (Afterwards, I placed them in his gear bag.) Chris saw the post and said this:

Hey..... Big Sexy here :-)

This is Very very funny and steve should have just kept them as a souvenir. I will have to send him out a pair :-)


Well, when I checked the mail on Monday, there was a package from Chris McDonald himself. I think I squealed with joy. And peed my pants a little.

Yes, those are goggles from Chris McDonald. Chris told me that they are THEE goggles that he wore at IM WI this year (where he finished 5th overall in 8:56:47), so they were the ones that I had around my neck after he had dropped them in T1:

There was something else in the envelope too:

To Steve:
Dream big and live your dreams!
Chris McDonald
“Big Sexy”

I’ll never be able to wear the hat (it’s more of a keepsake), but I might actually use the goggles. Embarrassing revelation: I’ve been training and racing in the same pair of goggles since I started in this sport nearly 4 years ago!

THANKS CHRIS!! You're the best!! Good luck at Kona in 10 days!! We’ll all be rooting for you!!


libgyrl 8:24 AM, September 30, 2009  

Um, can I say, JEALOUS!

Christi 8:56 AM, September 30, 2009  

That is such an awesome story!!!!!!

Viper 9:18 AM, September 30, 2009  

Great to see just being a good guy gets rewarded. Cool story. Go Chris! Cheers!

Mae 9:28 AM, September 30, 2009  

I think I just squealed and peed my pants a lil' for ya. How cool! (Not the peeing.)

t-odd 9:29 AM, September 30, 2009  

That is fricking hilarious! Pro triathletes are just reg'lar folks. Really, really, REALLY fast reg'lar folks.

lindsay 9:41 AM, September 30, 2009  

too cool!!! i hope pharmie isn't getting jealous of this new relationship ;)

Jo Lynn 9:45 AM, September 30, 2009  

Like a kid on Christmas morning, huh?

Marie-Claude 9:55 AM, September 30, 2009  

hahaha that's awesome! And yes, I'm jealous too ;-)

Kim 9:59 AM, September 30, 2009  

did he leave his phone number? can you pass it along? i cant wait for my steve/kim/chris meat sandwich!

Amanda 10:14 AM, September 30, 2009  

I don't know whether my chin is on the floor because you got such a cool gift or because you've held onto the same goggles for four years!

Diana 10:36 AM, September 30, 2009  

What an awesome package to get in the mail........congrats!!!!
I'd put that hat in a nice case!

Velma 11:09 AM, September 30, 2009  

I love that he signed it Big Sexy. That makes me like him even more.

Anonymous,  11:15 AM, September 30, 2009  

Next you'll be trading towels....

Where will it end?

B.o.B. 11:27 AM, September 30, 2009  

Aw you pee your pants when you are excited too? Thought it was just me. LOL!

Very cool of Big Sexy to send that. Kudos to you both.

Regina 11:28 AM, September 30, 2009  

Keep your eye on that mailbox, I'll be sending you some Depends for that leakage problem.

Chris seems like a very cool guy with a great sense of humor. Wear them well!!!

Sarah 11:56 AM, September 30, 2009  

Sigh. I love this sport.

KatieTri's 12:09 PM, September 30, 2009  

I met in NOLA this past spring. yes, I was THAT stuttering girl that asked for a picture...and then just about wet myself when he put his arm around me. Sigh. :)

What an awesome guy and souvenir! Do you think his goggles will help you swim as fast as he does??

X-Country2 12:55 PM, September 30, 2009  

OMG, I think I squeed a little at my desk!

Adam 1:58 PM, September 30, 2009  

NICE! That is too cool. Hopefully he has started to make his family / friends call him 'big sexy'. I would.

Sara 2:06 PM, September 30, 2009  

How do you have the same pair of goggles for four years? I HAVE to get a new pair every year because they become useless by the end of the year.

You should be "that guy" at the pool that tells your lane mates the big sexy gave me these gogggles story every time you go swimming...ha!

Greenking17 "TRI-harder" 2:58 PM, September 30, 2009  

Way too cool! Macca is the bomb, but I'm still rooting for Terrenzo...

GoBigGreen 4:08 PM, September 30, 2009  

A-ha that is why you swim LEFT. you cant SEE!
new goggles dude, about every 2-3 mos at least!
Super cool hat.

Chloe 4:37 PM, September 30, 2009  

Best blog post ever!!! Whoohoo BIG SEXY!!

CoachLiz 5:49 PM, September 30, 2009  

What a great surprise in your mailbox! I will be cheering for "Big Sexy" next weekend!

T 8:23 PM, September 30, 2009  

that is so awesome! i think i have a new triathlon hero (i tend to like the pros who are personable and down to earth) ...

amybee 9:32 PM, September 30, 2009  

could this be any cooler????? WOW!

Amy 8:24 AM, October 01, 2009  

Are you in love? Should Pharmie be worried? :-)

sRod 3:23 PM, October 01, 2009  

That is friggin awesome! I wish one of my heroes mailed me something. It would help if I wrote aobut them.

Shelley 3:26 PM, October 01, 2009  

Awwwww that is the best story I heard all day..thanks!

Chic Runner 5:18 PM, October 01, 2009  

I totally get all starry-eyed about pro athletes too. Seriously :) That is so cute, for lack of a better word! I totally know that he made your day doing this! :)

Tyger Lily 10:55 PM, October 01, 2009  

I would have been weak in the knees! Way cool!

joyRuN 12:22 AM, October 03, 2009  

Too damn awesome! Definitely worth a squeal & a pee :)

Jim Smith II 8:31 AM, October 03, 2009  

I don't really follow pro triathlons really, but I think I'm going to have to start, and I've even got a favorite now. Well played Mr. McDonald, well played indeed...

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