The amazing life story of Britain's world conquering triathlete, Chrissie Wellington. Chrissie Wellington is the world's No 1 female Ironman triathlete, the current quadruple World Champion and World Record holder. In 2009 she was voted 'Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year' and in 2010 was awarded the MBE. She is the undefeated champion of Triathlon, having won nine Ironman titles from nine races. Her World Record setting race time of 8:19:13 at Quelle Roth Germany in 2010 slashed over 14 minutes from the previous record and where she was only beaten by six men. Chrissie has displayed unprecedented levels of stamina, strength and competitiveness in becoming Ironman World Champion in only her second event at Ironman level. Her victory in Kona, Hawaii in 2007 finishing in 9:08:45 - five minutes ahead of her nearest rival - was described as the 'biggest upset in Ironman history' and 'a remarkable feat, deemed to be near impossible task for any athlete racing as a rookie at their first Ironman World Championships'. She defended her World title in Hawaii in 2008 and again in 2009 and won back her title in 2011 after having to withdraw from the 2010 race due to illness.
This is the remarkable story of how a Norfolk girl - a 'sporty kid, swimming, playing hockey, running, but never excelling and always more interested in the social side of the sports scene' - became a world champion. Chrissie Wellington is the world-record holder for ironman-distance triathlon, and she remains undefeated over the Ironman distance.
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"What emerges from this book is the portrait of a thoroughly nice woman. Her exceptional qualities have led her to achievements that her readers can scarcely imagine. But she still remains touchingly connected to that ordinary girl from Norfolk. It s a winning combination.” Jane Shilling, (The Daily Mail)
“What amazes me about Chrissie Wellington is not that she wins, but by how much [...] Like Usain Bolt, Wellington has burst on to the scene and destroyed the opposition. Those within athletics said that Bolt was coming but Wellington came from nowhere and wins by a relatively greater margin.” James Cracknell
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This book and more to the point Chrissie Wellington has absolutely blown me away!! She must be Great Britain's best kept sporting secret, what a truly inspirational athlete! I enjoyed the book so much i listened to in twice in 10 days!! i would totally recommend a life without limits and i am sure i will be listening to it again in the near future when i need motivation to get to the gym!!!
I've listened to more than just a few audiobooks, but this one tops the list! Listening to Chrissie Wellington's journey through Triathlon and Iron man, pushing herself to her limit and beyond was an absolute joy. She is more than just your average sporting hero, she is a true Champion. You can apply her mind set to not only your sporting endeavours, but to your everyday life. I run about 3 times a week probably averaging about 20 miles, but listening to this book, makes me push that little bit harder every time. I would recommend this book anyone and everyone. Truly inspirational!!
I knew what an Ironman distance triathlon was and that Chrissie Wellington was an undefeated world champion before I started listening to this book, but how much of a real life champion she is was a joy to listen to. What she endured through training and races were amazing feats, but the thing, to me, that proves her champion status beyond a doubt is that after (winning) every Ironman distance event she entered she would remain on the finish line till the cut off time to welcome home all of the age group athletes. I supported my sister and brother in law at their 1st Ironman and volunteered in the finishing enclosure until they finished, so I know first hand what an awe inspiring experience welcoming the athletes home can be, but I had to go for a nap while my people were out on their bike because it was such a long day. To complete the race and then be able to hang around at the finish, for another 8 hours approximately, to see everyone else home is almost beyond my comprehension. It's no wonder Chrissie is a successful motivational speaker.
I really enjoyed Imogen Church's narration of the book, tho in my head that's now what Chrissie sounds like.
"An inspiring listen"
Firstly, I really liked Imogen Church's reading and will keep an eye out for other audiobooks narrated by her.
I really enjoyed this audiobook and found it quite inspiring. I had never heard of Chrissie before listening to this book, as the world of sport and athletics has never interested me much. I think that is partly because the readily accessible sport coverage, for me, was predominantly masculine and normally accompanied by macho talk and disparaging comments from fellow [male] spectators when I pondered how nice it would be to see coverage of women's sports. I tuned out long before women's sports became more accessible and thus I missed out.
Chrissie's story though inspired me to search out coverage, not just of women, but also of these endurance sports. I had no idea what an Iron Man entailed and am blown away that so many people have undertaken such an amazing journey. The book highlighted for me how such events are not about pure physical ability, but really all about one's mind.
I found the tone of this audiobook to be inviting and quite personal in places. Her observations on development were not just interesting, but they struck a chord with me.
But perhaps most shockingly of all, the book pushed me towards putting on some trainers and going for a run, albeit a very short one.
I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
P.S I totally support the petition for professional women in Tour de France which Chrissie endorses
She brings some accents but also emotion through her narration.
There were many moments that moved me, especially some of the race descriptions with the Iron Man during which Chrissie was crook being one of the most memorable.
Loved this book, any champion should take a leaf out of Chrissies book, she is an inspiration.
Great story, the narrator really puts the emotion into the tale and you feel every word.
Probably one of the best narrated books I've listened to in a long, long time. Imogen Church puts real feeling into it.
More than once I sat in the car at the end of a journey because I couldn't bear to switch off. A truly inspiring and often funny life story. I can't wait to see what Chrissie does with the rest of her life.
"Inspiring in a way that uninspired..."
I really wanted to like this book more. Chrissie has achieved more than most through what appears to be sheer stubborn determination and an addictive and controlling personality. Not something I could relate to or be inspired by.
Entertaining enough as a story. If you're looking for some helpful training tips though, you won't find them in this book.
"Life Without Limits"
As sporting memoirs go, this one is above average (not that my experience is all that varied...) Chrissie Wellington had already worked in DEFRA, as part of UN environmental negotiations before realising she had the ability to become a badass Ironman triathlete. She offers insights into the physical and mental aspects of preparation for elite-level racing, and - horrifyingly - describes the triathlete's willingness to empty their bowels and bladder anywhere including on a moving bike. The prose is superior by sporting memoir standards too; there aren't many clichés to be found and the whole thing reads easily.
It was a really interesting life told with a really engaging writing style.
Chrissie did a fair amount with her life before realising triathlon was for her. Having read(heard) many audio books from sports professionals, this marks it out as a bit different.
She is also very honest about her eating disorder and gives a very positive story about overcoming that challenge.
I absolutely love Imogen Churches performance - particularly the accent.
"Interesting and Inspiring"
Excellent account of a British womans rise to the top of Ironman, truly facinating and definintely worth a listen if you like triatholon and endurance sport.
Imogen imitates the accents of the people quite well, giving you a good idea of different characters in the book
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