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
To me yes. The narrative, especially those by two greatest athletes, made this story so much more inspiring and interesting.
I just got into the triathlon sport. Only two sprints last year gave me only a little taste of this challenging multi-sport. Chrissie Wellington's story taught me to see triathlon as more than one sport, but expand this sport to a life-long platform for maturing myself physically as well as mentally. I could never be able to do what she has achieved. But in my realm I am inspired to push my own limit day by day to build a better myself through training and racing, joy and tear, victories and setbacks, to learn meanings of my life and appreciate inspirations of those around me. That's the most important thing I have learned from this incredibly inspiring book.
I love Polly Lee's narrative. But Chrissie own narrative drew me in even more, of course because I am such a huge fan of hers.
Chrissie won the Kona race by raising from a devastating crash. "Seize every opportunity and make the best of it" is more than a mental game in a sport world.
This book tells other sides of Brett Sutton, who is covered so little by the mainstream media. "Life is nothing but a habit" is my new slogan for triathlon training for Olympic Distance this year.
Chrissy's life is so amazing that it does not even seem real. it is impossible to not be inspired by her grit and determination. Oh yeah, and her ability to beat men in the Ironman. Love her and this book!!
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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