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A Life Without Limits

By: Chrissie Wellington,Michael Aylwin
Narrated by: Imogen Church
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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.

©2012 Chrissie Wellington, Michael Aylwin (P)2012 Audible Ltd

Critic Reviews

"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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I just can't take it anymore!!

I just can't take it anymore!! I tried and tried but it is so drug out at the beginning with thanks to everybody she has ever met in her entire life from birth but then goes into me me me me and how bad I used to be but how great I am now. I got a few chapters in and had to quit. I listened to other documentaries from Chris froome, Bradley Wiggins and Sean Yates and they were good but this was too much.

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Exceptional!

As a female triathlete and Ironman myself, this book was incredibly inspiring. I love how Chrissie went into detail about all the emotions that come along with such a big race. some reviewers found it boring and draggy but I think it works really well foe this type of story.

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Great inspiration for Athletes

Start was little slow but it picked up the pace after certain period when she started her training with Bret. Explanation of the feelings is amazing. I loved the explanation of races.

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Good performance. A bit of an affected tone at times.

Story had interesting bits but spent too long on non-triathlon stuff and was repetitive. Ms. Wellington came across as self-absorbed.

Nevertheless, an impressive athlete.

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  • 03-01-22

HARD PASS

Glosses over important topics such as body image and toxic culture in the sport of triathlon. There's also a significant portion of this book dedicated to excusing and rationalizing what appears to be abusive behavior by her convicted child molester of a coach. I'm not one to normally comment on toxic relationships and sexual assault but this was so awful I can't be silent.

The narration was fine except the word "lei" was butchered multiple times.

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Well written, well narrated and thoroughly enjoyed it

I am a 46 yo female age group triathlete. I loved this book. I loved hearing her background story, I loved how tactful, kind and balanced her opinions are, and I loved hearing about her training and racing. Very motivating for those of us who love sport. I hope some day I might get to meet Chrissie.

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inspiring

I am on my third time through reading this book. Chrissy is am amazing human with an awesome story.

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Good read

The first two hours were really hard to get into. More details about the earlier races would have been great. More information about training and nutrition also would have been good. Otherwise I really enjoyed this book.

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Best triathlon book ever

I actually listened to this book twice , I just couldn’t get enough of Chrissie’s story . She is one tough girl . She doesn’t whine or bitch or complain , she go outs and does her thing ! I love they fact that she absolutely fell in love with the sport , and makes one fall I love with it to ! I couldn’t believe her hectic training schedule, no wonder the woman is a superpower! I would recommend this book to anyone who have any doubts about their ability to complete any sporting event , gosh Chrissie most often raced with borrowed equipment ! Awesomeness .

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Painful to listen

Made the mistake of downloading the this for long runs. Unremarkable would be a compliment and nothing to take home 🤷‍♂️

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  • Calluna
  • 07-25-13

An inspiring listen

What did you like most about A Life Without Limits?

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

What does Imogen Church bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She brings some accents but also emotion through her narration.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.

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  • Verity
  • 04-09-13

Inspirational!

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!!

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  • LINDA
  • 02-07-13

Ironwoman!

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-03-19

not a great memoir.

would have prefered more in sporting achievements and less bout how wonderful the rest of her life is. im afraid i lost interest after chapter 6

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  • Dylan Hodkinson
  • 11-27-19

Excellent book

Really enjoyed this book, the sheer dedication and tenacity was very inspiring. I might not match up to the requirements of a triathlon but everyone has their own battles.

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  • Neil Martin
  • 08-10-18

Remarkable story

Being a novice to triathlon I had no idea of Christie’s achievements, but what a remarkable story, and fantastically written and delivered.

Always been one to chop and change between books (both paper and audible), but this one kept my sole focus throughout. Not enjoyed an audio book so much before.

Truly inspiring!

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  • Sair0075
  • 12-29-20

Completely Inspirational

Chrissie is hard as nails. You're not listening to this book for long before you figure that out. This portion of her life comes across as challenging but brilliant. Absolute credit to her. She's a warrior. Really great book.

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  • "veedub1974"
  • 01-24-18

Maybe it’s not me

I found the book quite difficult to listen to - I can’t decide whether I wasn’t in the mood or it just didn’t suit my listening style. Either way didn’t even get past the first few chapters.

I listen to many audible books so maybe it wasn’t me!

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  • SL Connolly
  • 11-07-17

Fantastic read not just for triathletes

Brilliant book, thoroughly enjoyable. Great insight into a real sporting hero. Loved every chapter.

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  • Nikki
  • 03-25-17

Boring

What disappointed you about A Life Without Limits?

Found the first 2 chapters really boring, didnt go further, I really enjoy a audible book while running but this was just so boring, amazon offer a exchange money back guarantee, but some reason this wasn't allowed !

What will your next listen be?

Running the Smoke: 26 First-Hand Accounts of Tackling the London Marathon

How could the performance have been better?

more exciting frt few pages to get me Gripped

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

nothing, boredom

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  • James
  • 04-26-17

So much more than a book about triathlon

I'm not a huge fan of IRONMAN, so I didn't think I would enjoy this book. On a whim, I decided to give it a whirl, and I am so glad I did. I had know idea that Chrissie Wellington was so much more than a triathlete.
My only frustration in listening to it is the mispronunciation of Maori, Hawaiian and Australian words and place names such as Marahau, Wanaka, Lei, Port Macquarie.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-15-22

Thoroughly enjoyable autobiography

As a beginner triathlon enthusiast who had never heard of Chrissie before, I really enjoyed this book. Hearing the journey she took to not only become a professional triathlete but also win the four World Championships was thrilling and inspiring.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-12-21

Awesome story

This is a good inspirational story that gives you an insight into how the best in the world at triathlon manage to overcome challenges in their life to succeed not just in sport in front of everyone watching but within themselves against their own struggles

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  • syed farukh andrabi
  • 08-02-20

An inspirational athlete

Enjoyed listening to the story of such a great athlete. A true world champion who is humble.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-14-19

Inspirational, especially for aspiring triathletes.

I didn't have very high expectations for this book. But it's once of the more inspirational I've ever come across.

Chrissie wasn't a professional nor serious athlete for most of her life and much of the book is about more than her career as an triathlete. Although, her World Championship wins provide the climax. She spent a lot of time helping others and a lot time travelling and working abroad in community development type roles.

She just enjoyed swimming in her teens and then running in her early 20's and finally cycling. Every victory she had seemed to come as a big shock to her.

Chrissie set out to primarily just make the most of each situation. But one thing would often lead to another and her hard work often paid off. She won 4 Ironman World Championships in 5 years and will go down as one of the greatest athletes to ever live.

I really enjoyed the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-29-19

Enjoyed it

Very honest and vulnerable writing. Being from New Zealand it was pretty humourous the way the narrator pronounced the NZ place names!! LOL maybe some pre research from her would have been a good idea!!

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  • Mariale Rondon
  • 07-27-18

Extraordinary

A tale of an ordinary girl that grew up to be an extraordinary person and athlete surrounded by extraordinary people.
Great and super inspiring book.

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  • Brendan
  • 05-16-16

An excellent insight to triathlon and Chrissy Wellington.

Was a great book to listen to. Very easy to listen to and very inspiring. Great insight to the ultimate professional and how tough not only physical but how mentally strong Chrissy.
Great role model for females. Shows them that they can travel, have a good education beat the boys in their chosen sport and do whatever they put their mind to.
Great role model for females in all aspects of life.

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  • SewNVS
  • 05-05-16

What an amazing person

People like this don't come along every day! They are given to us as special gifts, to help us realise just how much we could possibly achieve in a lifetime. Thank you Chrissy Wellington for sharing your beautiful story.
I am a mum of two and soon to be three, and just before I found out I was pregnant with my third I had started running for the first time ever. I realise now I have to slow down a bit for a while and ride out another season of my life. But your story has inspired me to seek a more enriching life, where I throw away the thoughts of my limiting mind. So thank you, for putting your story into this book, and inspiring people like me.

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  • Stuart
  • 02-01-16

Persistence = Success

As a specialist in peak performance mindset, I applaud Chrissie Wellington for outlining what it takes to be successful and the massive dedication to push the limit of mind and body. The last 10 mins is something every athlete needs to hear.
Stuart Walter