A Life Without Limits

A Life Without Limits

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Chrissie Wellington is the world's No 1 female Ironman triathlete, a four times World Champion, having recently won the her fourth title in October 2011 and the World Record holder. In 2009 she was voted 'Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year' and in 2010 was awarded the MBE.

She is the undefeated champion of Triathlon, having won thirteen Ironman titles from thirteen races. She set a new World Record of 8 hours19:13 at Quelle Roth Germany in 2010, which slashed over 14 minutes from the previous record and where she was only beaten by six men . She went on to improve this time by another minute in the 2011 race. She also set a new world record for the fastest ever Ironman sanctioned event at Ironman South Africa in April 2011.

Chrissie has displayed unprecedented levels of stamina, strength and competitiveness in becoming Ironman World Champion in only her second event at Ironman level. Her victory in Kona, Hawaii in 2007 finishing five minutes ahead of her nearest rival was described as the 'biggest upset in Ironman history' and 'a remarkable feat, deemed to be near impossible task for any athlete racing as a rookie at their first Ironman World Championships'.

She defended her World title in Hawaii in 2008 and again in 2009. However a bout of severe sickness on the eve of the 2010 event meant she was unable to make the start line to defend her title. She bounced back in 2011 to retain her title in her most fiercely competitive race to date, which adds another fantastic chaper to her extraordinary sporting career.

This is the remarkable story of how a Norfolk girl - a 'sporty kid, swimming, playing hockey, running, but never excelling and always more interested in the social side of the sports scene' - became a world champion.

Publisher: London, Constable & Robinson Ltd,, 2013.
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781780338712
Characteristics: xi, 337 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Aylwin, Michael - Author


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Apr 09, 2013

Good story but I personally wasn't inspired. I think it's arguable to say she "came out of nowhere". She had been a swim captain on teams since she was a small child. The idea of up and becoming a pro athlete isn't that far fetched when someone can focus all their time on only that single thing.

Oct 16, 2012

Chrissie is an inspiring athlete. I read this book right before running my first marathon and I think it helped me train mentally. Is she crazy? Maybe a little, but you learn to love her all the more for it!

Sep 05, 2012

Inspiring story of committing to a path in life and then doing everything to achieving your goals. And I was feeling sorry for myself about a sports-related injury; this book put that into clearer perspective and made me look beyond that.

Aug 10, 2012

She has led a very interesting life, not always focused on athletics. She didn't even become a professional athlete until she was 30. And she is all about the positive, this book was really refreshing to read.


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wiell312 Jun 08, 2012

Far from a career athlete, Wellington was an international aid worker when she took up running to lose weight and found she was pretty good at it. Triathlon glory followed, but accompanied by self-doubt in her path to the elite corral.

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