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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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Enjoyable and inspiring book!

Loved getting up close and personal with Chrissie through this book. You are exposed to her struggles and triumphs, her passions and her insecurities. I am new to sport as well as triathlon, and am inspired to give it all I've got and enjoy every moment!

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Amazing and inspiring

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!

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  • GLENDALE, AZ, United States
  • 02-13-15

Outstanding book about an elite athlete

What made the experience of listening to A Life Without Limits the most enjoyable?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Life Without Limits?

When Chrissie took first for the women for the first time in Iron Man Hawaii.

Which character – as performed by Polly Lee and Chrissie Wellington – was your favorite?

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.

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

Yes, when Chrissie described her surprise then pleasure at winning her first Iron Man. I cried!

Any additional comments?

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.