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
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.
I am a solo truck driver in the U.S. and I LOVE to listen, learn and go on adventures with audiobooks while I drive! :)
I love books about achieving things beyond what you can imagine! This book is an awesome story in that regard! I found it to be very motivating and a pleasure to listen to!
Yes, its inspiring :) Though, not everyone can live up to her abilities, its just awe-inspiring to hear her travels.
It is in the top 5 audiobooks I've listened to. Her journey to become one of if not the best is truly inspiring and puts what is possible into perspective.
Finding Ultra by Rich Roll is another really good book about endurance sports. Rich goes on an incredible journey also from alcohol abuse to cheeseburger addiction to placing in ultraman a year after he started training.
In general, I would recommend this book to anyone interested in how success is a journey not a destination irrespective of what your goal is. The candid unfiltered story of this athlete is inspiring no matter what your journey.
Never Give Up, Never Give In and Smile
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