Chris is triathlete through and through. For a change we want to introduce to you other sides of the multifaceted athlete. Enjoy to see a very different Chris McCormack strolling through Paris with his wife Emma.
We have been accompanying him with our camera in August after winning the world champion title on the ITU long distance.
It all started with meeting Herwig at the maze of Airport Charles de Gaulle, trying to buy a ticket for the train to down town Paris, a broken ticket machine and a polite lady at the ticket counter and my broken French... un billet s'il vous plaît.
We got out of RER at the station Ile de France searching for le Métro to bring us to our hotel.
We were walking and walking and walking in circles with our baggage dragging our arms, our feet hurting and finally giving up taking a cab, rewarding ourselves at the end of the day with dinner in a typical small Paris restaurant beyond the streams of tourists, lucky we!
Enjoy the video of our arrival.
If you are a tourist swaying through this City, then this place presents itself still more as a dream than a reality. Watching Chris and Emma in Paris makes this very obvious.
Follow them and enjoy the dream of Paris.
To visit Paris is a dream in many men's life, and it remains a remote dream in as many lives. But Paris is as real as well, le Métro, le vin, le Centre Pompidou, la Parisienne, le Parisien, la tour Eiffel, les Champs Elysée, l'Arc de Triomphe, Père la Chaise, Montmartre...
Chris' loyal followers are well familiar with his life motto "chase your dreams".
I wanted to know whether this motto still applies to his life of today. "Yes, in somehow", he uttered, "but its content changed. I am more process driven now and the fire I feel in me is burning differently."
I also asked him about the advices he has got for young people to become successful.
"You have to be ready to sacrifice a lot, you need to be selfish and self-absorbed up to certain extent, and very important, you have to look backwards when you achieved something, redraw the path that brought you there. Then you may be able to replicate the one."
But he does not yet know how to get to this point. His restlessness does not allow him to stand still, therefore contentment can only be a process not a steady-state. What is probably most important to him now is that he wants to enjoy this process.
He is far less goal driven than in his younger years.
Chris is reflecting the motto of his life "chase your dreams". The motto is still there but its meaning changed, he says. He has achieved everything he dreamt of when he was a kid. Today he is looking for contentedness, some kind of happiness.
Centre Pompidou is one of the birthplaces of modernity, not a bad place to ask Chris about what challenges and limits in life mean to him. To put it in a nutshell, Chris gets bored pretty easy therefore he permanently looks for inspirations and challenges.
Challenges in the first row may quickly turn shallow for him after they have been tackled. The same applies to limits. Chris' restlessness is part of his success story. It can bring you to the top and it can destroy you. Chris tries to find the balance between the two, a process that never ends.
He clearly states that age makes you grow and change, if you were able to grab the chances you had, if you were ready to take some risks in life and make experiences.
When you are young age has got something scary and deterring but when you are close to your forties you better accept it and enjoy the fact of being much more experienced, he says and I think he his very right.
This interview was recorded at the cemetery Père Lachaise where Jim Morrison got buried and countless celebrities hoped to find their rest in peace.
Right there I asked Chris the question whether age matters to him, a place where the finiteness of life becomes so apparent. Let's summarize his words shortly.
Of course, for Chris age matters, but he doesn't struggle with it.