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A Life Without Limits: A World Champion's Journey | [Chrissie Wellington, Lance Armstrong (foreward)]

A Life Without Limits: A World Champion's Journey

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. A Life without Limits reveals the heart behind her success.
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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

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    Mona Dubai, United Arab Emirates 03-13-13
    Mona Dubai, United Arab Emirates 03-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Chrissie winning, on repeat"

    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.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    James Bel Air, MD, United States 08-27-12
    James Bel Air, MD, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2011

    Self made, independent deep thinker, who never follows blindly just because you told me to! Man for others...

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    "A Champion's Journey is a great title"
    What made the experience of listening to A Life Without Limits the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Arno Schlosser 08-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Inspiring and so special to have a woman's voice"

    Inspiring and so special to have a woman's voice in this male dominated space. If you are a woman and live running or triathlon this is a must read. Incredibly motivating to listen to when running, especially when Chrissie describes her races. It really made me feel like I was there and the crowds are cheering me on. I could have run forever listening to those parts.

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    Mila 07-28-15
    Mila 07-28-15
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    "Great motivational book!"

    I enjoyed it from the first to the last chapter. Her life and her accomplishments are incredible! I would recommend this book to not only those interested in sports, but almost anyone, as this book is so much more than just about sport.

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    Nicole 07-16-15
    Nicole 07-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the best sport autobiographies I've read"

    what a life! And it's not all about her athletic performance. I enjoyed the description of Chrissie's humanitarian and travel experiences just as much. Nepal, NZ, Andes.... sport as it's meant to happen - outdoors :)

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    jaelb24 07-15-15
    jaelb24 07-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow! An amazing, inspiring woman!"

    Chrissie Wellington. What a force!! This book was recommended to me by a friend, as I've just begun my transition from being "just a runner" into the triathlon world. Well, it was so much more than a triathlon book. Her story is will capture you from the beginning. When she talks about the fears, the dedication, the emotions and that feeling when you see the finish line - when you're "coming home", I felt very bit of it as she wrote it. I've felt it in my life, even though I'm the amateur runner with a day job she talks about. I love how she talks about not working toward perfection, but constantly working toward self improvement. This book and Chrissie's story, her pursuit of improvement and a well-rounded life, is worth your time. She will inspire you.

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    Cliff Plowman 07-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Captivating, raw, and inspirational"

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Chrissie's story. How wonderful that she was able to crush her eating disorder and move on to inspire so many in such an uplifting way with her true grit and mental strength as a world champion athlete!

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    Marcos D. Oliva McAllen, TX USA 05-29-15
    Marcos D. Oliva McAllen, TX USA 05-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it. Very inspirational."

    Chrissie Wellington is a giant in triathlon. To hear her behind the scene story of her rise to the top against all odds is an amazing and inspirational story of grit, determination and love. Highly recommend.

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    Peter Rode 04-30-15
    Peter Rode 04-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great inside look into endurance sports"

    From an endurance sport perspective, it started a bit slow for my liking, but then turned really really interesting. Maybe just my impatience. Excellent narration.

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    Bernice 03-18-15
    Bernice 03-18-15
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    "Incredible woman with an inspiring story"

    This book made me feel like I was on an academic journey, an adventure around the world, and then training to be a champion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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