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A Life Without Limits: A World Champion's Journey [Kindle Edition]

Chrissie Wellington
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Book Description

In 2007, Chrissie Wellington shocked the triathlon world by winning the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. As a newcomer to the sport and a complete unknown to the press, Chrissie's win shook up the sport. A LIFE WITHOUT LIMITS is the story of her rise to the top, a journey that has taken her around the world, from a childhood in England, to the mountains of Nepal, to the oceans of New Zealand, and the trails of Argentina, and first across the finish line.

Wellington's first-hand, inspiring story includes all the incredible challenges she has faced--from anorexia to near--drowning to training with a controversial coach. But to Wellington, the drama of the sports also presents an opportunity to use sports to improve people's lives.

A LIFE WITHOUT LIMITS reveals the heart behind Wellington's success, along with the diet, training and motivational techniques that keep her going through one of the world's most grueling events.


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What amazes me about Chrissie Wellington is not that she wins, but by how much [...] Like Usain Bolt, Wellington has burst on to the scene and destroyed the opposition. Those within athletics said that Bolt was coming but Wellington came from nowhere and wins by a relatively greater margin. -- James Cracknell What emerges from this book is the portrait of a thoroughly nice woman. Her exceptional qualities have led her to achievements that her readers can scarcely imagine. But she still remains touchingly connected to that 'ordinary girl from Norfolk'. It's a winning combination. -- Jane Shilling Daily Mail ...full of revelations, pages upon pages of inspiration and plenty of laughs. Wellington's frankness about her life and indelicacy about every aspect of the sport creates a compelling tome that no Chrissie fan or aspiring triathlete should be without. Triathlon Plus

About the Author

Chrissie Wellington is the world-record holder for ironman-distance triathlon. She is a four-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion, having won the World Championship consecutively in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and regaining it in 2011. She remains undefeated over the Ironman distance. See more on her website: www.chrissiewellington.org

Product Details

  • File Size: 430 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1780336713
  • Publisher: Center Street; 1 edition (May 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005S8O8VG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,638 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IF this was fiction you would not believe it May 6, 2012
Format:Hardcover
This is a great book, well written and fast paced - I finished it quickly and wished it had been longer. I'd recommend it to anyone, particularly those who participate in or follow triathlon, or its constituent sports.

What Chrissie Wellington achieved in her 5 short professional years in what many consider to be the toughest of endurance sports, Ironman, is nothing short of astonishing. If this were a work of fiction, if someone was to create a character that won every Ironman race they entered, you'd say interesting story, but that just doesn't happen. But Chrissie's story is fact and likely her record will never be bettered; no-one she's competed against in all those races will achieve what she has, because they lost to her, at least once, someone new will have to come along. Look at other sports and it's hard to find anyone with a comparable record, or to find someone who has won by the margins she has.

How Chrissie ended up dominating Ironman makes for compelling reading. Her early years hint at nothing significant to follow; nothing outstanding sporting wise, and often illness caused by her obsessions seemingly would have blighted her achievements. Her journey in life does expose her to environments and experiences considered to be beneficial to the sport; high altitudes and the opportunity to fuel her voracious appetite for very long bike rides. However what comes through again and again in this book is her immense driving force. It's her monumental mind over matter approach and dedication to do what is needed that is the difference and there's much here to learn and apply to all aspects of life, not just endurance sports.

I couldn't get enough of this book, it went by too fast.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Truth is better than fiction May 26, 2012
Format:Hardcover
The extraordinary first-hand account of Chrissie Wellington's rise to triathlon greatness after the age of 25 when she discovered her latent talent for endurance sport. A very refreshing account that differs greatly from Paula Radcliffe's "My Life so Far" or Meb K's "Run to Overcome". No tales of early greatness in Chrissie's book, no relatives who were Olympians, no highschool world records. Just a girl who had a passion for international development and helping others who was also passionate about exploring and pushing herself who rather randomly happened onto running, cycling and triathlon and became the best in the world at it, and quickly! What I enjoyed most about this book was Chrissie's description of her relationship with her coach, Brett Sutton, and the psychological fortitude necessary to engage in "warfare" against yourself and your competitors.

Chrissie is an engaging, likeable author--it feels as if she is talking to a friend about her story. Overall, an enjoyable and informative read.

The book has lag points where I felt like she went too much into extraneous detail about random friends' weddings and characters who bore little importance to the plot. There was also redundancy in her descriptions (for example she races Kona 4x and each time we have to read the same description of the sunrise).

These minor criticisms aside, I was very happy to have a book by one of the most astounding women in sports history told with energy and enthusiasm.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not only a great athlete but a great writer as well March 31, 2012
By jopey
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I've read many books by runners, triathletes and other sports people, and often think that perhaps they would have been better to get someone else to write their stories, but this is very different. It is so well written. Chrissie shares some of her early life stories and is very honest about some of the body issues she faced and she also shows us how much training she has had to do to get to the top and it's all done in a really easy to read manner. I couldn't put the book down. Great read.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Book Was Fine September 24, 2012
By SJ14
Format:Hardcover
Read this book and thought that it was fine. I almost put it down a number of times with the promise to myself not to pick it up again, but paged ahead and found some interesting tidbits. The thing that bothered me most was I feel like this book could have been written as a reflection paper by a college senior. I have nothing against Chrissie and still think that she is a fine athlete and a great ambassador for triathlon, but I wish that she wouldn't have come across in such an immature way in the beginning for the book.

The insight that she provides on how she broke into the triathlon world and her training made getting through the beginning of the book worth the read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I have learned in a \short period of time that triathletes are a very strange breed of athlete. While largely toiling in anonymity, the triathlete mercilessly works her/his body to the absolute limits of human endurance. They are acutely (and sometimes grossly) intimate with every biological function and become soul-mates with pain and drudgery. It is the constant testing of their limits that leads to the belief in limitlessness (or as was said in The Matrix, "there is no spoon"). In "A LIfe Without Limits", this boundless energy and spirit is explained with beautiful clarity by the sport's leading lady over the past decade - Chrissie Wellington.

As much a story about pursuing dreams and the sacrifices necessary to make them happen, as it is a story about athletic achievement, Chrissie takes us on a guided tour of a life lived in direct opposition to cubicles, committee meetings and the silent desperation of a well-meaning advocate for the developing world. Despite all of the earmarks of an effective bureaucrat working to improve the lives of developing populations throughout the world, Chrissie took up triathlon at a relatively late age and became dominant within the sport's Ironman idiom within a brief period of time. The agony of her transition into formal training - as much mentally and emotionally taxing as physically - virtually bleeds through the pages. We are left with a clear vision of what it takes to be a champion triathlete which, for aspiring endurance athletes, raises as many questions as it answers. Of course, Chrissie is no ordinary triathlete (oxymoron aside)... she is undefeated in her Ironman distance races.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring!
Chrissie's story from an academic to Iron man champion is riveting and keep you continue reading from start to end... Read more
Published 1 month ago by hock lin
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Reading for the 2nd time! Great book and great motivation. Bought this for a friend! I loved reading this book!
Published 1 month ago by carrie tallent
1.0 out of 5 stars I'll Pass
The one dig she had about George Bush was enough for me to put it down. By the way, some of American athletes actually like him.
Published 1 month ago by Erin Best
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
I have always loves Chrissie, I watched her perform in South Africa and lived her smile and since then made a point of following her triathlon story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Vuyo Bongela
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
It was pretty much impossible to put this book down. Such an amazing story and incredibly motivational. Thank you Chrissie!
Published 2 months ago by C L Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring
This book was so inspiring and interesting. What a great read! She not only inspires but gets into the dirty nitty gritty of her sport. I am sad it's over.
Published 2 months ago by Kelsi Sluyter
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED it
Very inspiring, going into my first IronMan race it gave me lots to think about out on the course. What an amazing life.
Published 2 months ago by Patricia Naffky
4.0 out of 5 stars A life mastered through sport and pushing limits
Easy read, fascinating active life, truly a life with no limits! An amazing adventurous spirit! Was humbled by such humility yet extraordinary!
Published 3 months ago by Philiswa Nongalo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, after half way through couldn't put it down.
A little slow to start but unputdownable after a few chapters. A motivating and inspirational read! Put it at the top of your list, you won't regret it.
Published 3 months ago by Kimberley
5.0 out of 5 stars Get inspired!
Chrissie tells an amazing inspiring story about more than running. Highly recommend it...I've passed it onto my teenage daughter to read.
Published 3 months ago by JR
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