A Life Without Limits

A World Champion's Journey
Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
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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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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.

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A for Awesomeness

I listen to books about running while running. This is one of my favorites and I highly recommend it.

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One-dimensional, Self-Aggrandizing Pap.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If you love hearing people talk about how amazing they are, in a way that is completely disconnected from other people's experiences, this book is for you! In the few moments where there appeared to be an attempt at humility or humanity, the writing was so poor and hackneyed it induced literal head shakes of disbelief.

What was most disappointing about Chrissie Wellington and Lance Armstrong (foreward) ’s story?

Having a lying sociopath write the intro is a great way to prepare one for this listen.

What character would you cut from A Life Without Limits?

I would cut Chrissie from this story--as the author, not the main character.

Any additional comments?

Chrissie's story could have been motivational, inspiring, and riveting, if this book had been written by someone who knew how to structure a narrative, provide perspective, use metaphor, and provide room for empathy and introspection.

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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.

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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.

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Great Book

What an amazing story, it is told brilliantly and keeps you wanting to listen more and more. If you are a fan of triathletes or individual stories of overcoming and pushing oneself to the limit then this book will not disappoint!

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Just get past the first few chapters

I almost returned this book. I found the first few chapters difficult to get through. Later on you learn they are necessary in laying the foundation of Chrissie Wellington. Wellington is synonymous with Ironman. If you know Ironman you know her name. What you don’t know is what it took to for her to be where she is. After the first few chapters, I could not stop! Great insight into the life of a champion. She leaves it all out on the table. She shared things most people wouldn’t make public. Thank you CW!

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Game Changer

This book has changed the way I look at sports. Chrissy’s story is amazing! After listening to this book she makes you feel like you can do ANYTHING you put your mind to. I learned something in every chapter! Highly recommend reading this book if you consider yourself an athlete or not!

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Incredibly inspiring

I've now listened to this twice (and will listen again). This is truly an inspring book and Chapter 14 has brought me to tears both times!

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Inspiring and Motivational

A great story of embracing opportunities and pushing yourself to be your best. A great inspiration for any age-group Ironman competitor!

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Good Read

The point of the story was not what I expected when I purchased the book. However, I was pleased with the book overall.