In 2007, Chrissie Wellington shocked the triathlon world by winning the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. As a newcomer 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, to the trails of Argentina, and finally, 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 sport also presents an opportunity 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.
©2012 Chrissie Wellington (P)2012 Hachette Audio
There's an interesting start to this book. Lance Armstrong narrates the foreword and I can't help but think of the doping scandal that overshadows his achievements now. His foreword kind of primed me to look out for machismo, for ego. This set the scene for me to feel sceptically about elite athletic pursuits and I wasn't much helped out of it by not warming to Chrissie as much as I'd have hoped.
I picked this up because I've read and loved books like "Into Thin Air" by Krakauer and "Born to Run" by McDougall. I was looking for an inspiring read, an insight into the mind of a person who pushes her body to the limit. While I found Chrissie to be very self-aware insightful and honest. I also couldn't help feeling like it was all a little too glossy. Challenges and set-backs are described, but over all it was success story after success story and I felt a little hit over the head with it.
I did learn a lot about the world of triathlon and ironman, as I'd hoped, but it didn't have the inspiring effect on me that Born to Run did. I didn't ultimately find Chrissie that accessible and did't feel a sense of inclusiveness around the description of her experience.
I think readers with an interest in adventure/sport stories or in biographies will get the most out of this. Chrissie is an exceptional woman and has used her success to raise the profile of charities. She's certainly a role model, I just don't know that she spoke that much to me personally.
Self made, independent deep thinker, who never follows blindly just because you told me to! Man for others...
Chrissie Wellington when you meet her is bigger than life. Her bubbly smile and charm captures everyone's attention. This book gave me a new and more complete understanding of who Chrissie is as a person and a human being, she is more than just the champion of triathlon. She is doing more of things more of us should be doing - living life without limits.
Life is like a triathlon, long, enduring, one seemingly endless event one after another, and as an athlete (weekend warrior), I found the book refreshingly different as Chrissie described details about her personal challenges I would have never expected her to reveal. She has yet again demonstrated her inner strength and willingness to live and completely expose herself to everyone, a clear picture of a champion in life. I highly recommend this book if you follow Ironman events. It truly painted a picture of who I believe Chrissie really is every single day.
Say something about yourself!
This was a great connection to the inner world of Chrissie Wellington and her development into a tri-athlete champion. Great personal stories that help you understand the person and the sport.
The narrator was also a perfect fit for the story and author.
Amazing, inspiring, wonderful
The narrator and tone of the book was awesome. I would HIGHLY recommend it as your next read. I really enjoy sport books and this was the best I have "read" in a while. Chrissie writes with such accessibility, humor, and passion. Her story is inspiring, human, and amazing. I couldn't stop listening to it. The narrator is absolute perfection. Well done!
Generally, I love sports books, so I was really excited to read this. I was disappointed/amused to hear Lance Armstrong's introduction to this book and to hear his account of how he dealt with the pressures of competition. After his admission recently of his doping practices, his introduction is pretty ludicrous, and it's even sadder after hearing about Chrissie's commitment to dope-free racing and sport.
Hearing Chrissie's story was pretty amazing though. She is funny and generally very down-to-earth about her accomplishments. Her life as a public servant is almost more amazing than her accomplishments in races. She seems truly committed to elevating the situations of those around her. It's truly admirable.
I didn't really like the reader so much, but her Australian and American accents are pretty awesome.
Haven't read the print version
Chrissy Wellington sure has achieved outstanding stuff and this book is very inspirational. The overall lesson in the book is to always push your limits as in most cases they are more surpassable than we think.
On the downside the last tier of the book gets repetitive, where it becomes an enumeration of events where she thought she wouldn't win but won after all.
Great book, especially if you're seeking motivation and or are interested in competing in Triathlon
This book is timeless. It is definitely something I will return to. It can be listened on repeat.
This book is a motivational fitness book. The flavor of the book is similar to Eat and Run and Born to Run.
I haven't read the print version, but the audio performance was wonderful.
This is a wonderful book with a strong story line. Chrissie's journey is so inspirational. I could have done without all of the United Nations stuff, but after all it is an autobiography. This is a book anyone can benefit from reading. Brilliant.
The way in which the story telling is written is amazingly well done, and Polly did a fantastic job at narrating. Ironman Chrissie's story is full of will, mental and physical strength, but is also playful and humorous. Insights to her life, training, and wins make me want to be the best that I can be.
1st time for both
Yes! I am only a runner, but I now want to do a sprint tri!
Her story was told in a logical way with enough detail to keep the reader rivited.
I was at the two 70.3s in Lawrence, KS that she mentions in the book. A thrill to see her race.
The title is perfect - A Life Without Limits.
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