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.
It' s one of the best books about life, sport, relations and believe in ones powers! It worth reading and listening. Chrissie is amazing and incredible! This is the must read book for sure!
The story was excellent, I loved hearing Chrissie tell about herself with pure honesty. The good and the bad., She is a motivational person and very humble. I love how she states the real heroes are the amateurs who overcame such adversity to finish Iron Man competitions. She went on to name a few, and I'm glad she did. I have already purchased and finished listening to another story of one of those individuals because she mentioned him in her book.
When Chrissie took first for the women for the first time in Iron Man Hawaii.
Polly Lee does a great job of narrating for Chrissie. Thank you for casting an English woman as narrator as Chrissie is English and a times I felt like I was listening to Chrissie tell her own story.
Yes, when Chrissie described her surprise then pleasure at winning her first Iron Man. I cried!
Even if you are not a runner, bicyclist, or other type of athlete, I think you will enjoy this story. It is about a woman who came out of nowhere to take everyone by surprise and win. This goes to show you that you can do anything if you decide you can. The book had a good pace and kept me interested the entire time.
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
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