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A Life Without Limits: A World Champion's Journey [Kindle Edition]

Chrissie Wellington
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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, two time Olympic gold medalist, and adventurer

"One of the biggest fears of a male pro triathlete is getting 'chicked' by a lady. For the first time in history that fear applies to nearly all male professionals. Chrissie is that good."

---Lance Armstrong

"Empowering and suitably commemorative."

---Kirkus Reviews

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In 2007, Chrissie Wellington shocked the triathlon world by winning the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. As a newcomer to the sport 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, and the trails of Argentina, and first 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 sports also presents an opportunity to use sports 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 430 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1780336713
  • Publisher: Center Street; 1 edition (May 15 2012)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group Digital, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005S8O8VG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chrissie Rocks May 22 2014
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I figured I liked Chrissie because she was always so smiley and happy at the finish line but reading about her made me realize what an amazing person she truly is,.
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1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing April 5 2014
By ariana
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Weak writing and enormous ego. Not the kind of book that a sport person would like and expect to read. really disappointing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration Aug. 4 2013
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I gave this book to my husband who just registered for the Lake Placid Ironman 2014. He found the book fascinating and inspiring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it March 13 2013
I enjoyed this book. It was an easy read, and I found it inspirational. I'm a runner in my mid-20s, but this inspired me to want to get into triathlons and eventually attempt an ironman. The first bit is more about her early life before she found the sport of triathlon, but the latter (about her IM career) was amazing. I couldn't put down the book. I've read other books by athletes, and this one stands up there with them. Her feats are extremely impressive, and the book serves as great motivation to always keep pushing when anything gets difficult.
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5.0 out of 5 stars IF this was fiction you would not believe it May 6 2012
By Lost In 80's - Published on
This is a great book, well written and fast paced - I finished it quickly and wished it had been longer. I'd recommend it to anyone, particularly those who participate in or follow triathlon, or its constituent sports.

What Chrissie Wellington achieved in her 5 short professional years in what many consider to be the toughest of endurance sports, Ironman, is nothing short of astonishing. If this were a work of fiction, if someone was to create a character that won every Ironman race they entered, you'd say interesting story, but that just doesn't happen. But Chrissie's story is fact and likely her record will never be bettered; no-one she's competed against in all those races will achieve what she has, because they lost to her, at least once, someone new will have to come along. Look at other sports and it's hard to find anyone with a comparable record, or to find someone who has won by the margins she has.

How Chrissie ended up dominating Ironman makes for compelling reading. Her early years hint at nothing significant to follow; nothing outstanding sporting wise, and often illness caused by her obsessions seemingly would have blighted her achievements. Her journey in life does expose her to environments and experiences considered to be beneficial to the sport; high altitudes and the opportunity to fuel her voracious appetite for very long bike rides. However what comes through again and again in this book is her immense driving force. It's her monumental mind over matter approach and dedication to do what is needed that is the difference and there's much here to learn and apply to all aspects of life, not just endurance sports.

I couldn't get enough of this book, it went by too fast. I felt like I gained a friend so open and frank was the narrative and then it ended all too quickly. This is what the best books do; they grab you, hold your attention, and for the time you invest they give you so much more back.

If you want to get a sense of Chrissie before reading the book take a look at her finish at Kona in 2007 on Youtube.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Truth is better than fiction May 26 2012
By Necmiye Eren - Published on
The extraordinary first-hand account of Chrissie Wellington's rise to triathlon greatness after the age of 25 when she discovered her latent talent for endurance sport. A very refreshing account that differs greatly from Paula Radcliffe's "My Life so Far" or Meb K's "Run to Overcome". No tales of early greatness in Chrissie's book, no relatives who were Olympians, no highschool world records. Just a girl who had a passion for international development and helping others who was also passionate about exploring and pushing herself who rather randomly happened onto running, cycling and triathlon and became the best in the world at it, and quickly! What I enjoyed most about this book was Chrissie's description of her relationship with her coach, Brett Sutton, and the psychological fortitude necessary to engage in "warfare" against yourself and your competitors.

Chrissie is an engaging, likeable author--it feels as if she is talking to a friend about her story. Overall, an enjoyable and informative read.

The book has lag points where I felt like she went too much into extraneous detail about random friends' weddings and characters who bore little importance to the plot. There was also redundancy in her descriptions (for example she races Kona 4x and each time we have to read the same description of the sunrise).

These minor criticisms aside, I was very happy to have a book by one of the most astounding women in sports history told with energy and enthusiasm.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not only a great athlete but a great writer as well March 31 2012
By jopey - Published on
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I've read many books by runners, triathletes and other sports people, and often think that perhaps they would have been better to get someone else to write their stories, but this is very different. It is so well written. Chrissie shares some of her early life stories and is very honest about some of the body issues she faced and she also shows us how much training she has had to do to get to the top and it's all done in a really easy to read manner. I couldn't put the book down. Great read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Book Was Fine Sept. 24 2012
By SJ14 - Published on
Read this book and thought that it was fine. I almost put it down a number of times with the promise to myself not to pick it up again, but paged ahead and found some interesting tidbits. The thing that bothered me most was I feel like this book could have been written as a reflection paper by a college senior. I have nothing against Chrissie and still think that she is a fine athlete and a great ambassador for triathlon, but I wish that she wouldn't have come across in such an immature way in the beginning for the book.

The insight that she provides on how she broke into the triathlon world and her training made getting through the beginning of the book worth the read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational! Mandatory Reading for Aspiring Endurance Athletes Jan. 9 2013
By Marc J. Monte - Published on
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I have learned in a \short period of time that triathletes are a very strange breed of athlete. While largely toiling in anonymity, the triathlete mercilessly works her/his body to the absolute limits of human endurance. They are acutely (and sometimes grossly) intimate with every biological function and become soul-mates with pain and drudgery. It is the constant testing of their limits that leads to the belief in limitlessness (or as was said in The Matrix, "there is no spoon"). In "A LIfe Without Limits", this boundless energy and spirit is explained with beautiful clarity by the sport's leading lady over the past decade - Chrissie Wellington.

As much a story about pursuing dreams and the sacrifices necessary to make them happen, as it is a story about athletic achievement, Chrissie takes us on a guided tour of a life lived in direct opposition to cubicles, committee meetings and the silent desperation of a well-meaning advocate for the developing world. Despite all of the earmarks of an effective bureaucrat working to improve the lives of developing populations throughout the world, Chrissie took up triathlon at a relatively late age and became dominant within the sport's Ironman idiom within a brief period of time. The agony of her transition into formal training - as much mentally and emotionally taxing as physically - virtually bleeds through the pages. We are left with a clear vision of what it takes to be a champion triathlete which, for aspiring endurance athletes, raises as many questions as it answers. Of course, Chrissie is no ordinary triathlete (oxymoron aside)... she is undefeated in her Ironman distance races. The mere fact of her triumphs would be remarkable: That she has overcome a long shopping list of injury and ailments that would cause mere mortals to hang up their aeros long ago makes for compelling narrative. For the athlete, Chrissie's tale is both cautionary and boundlessly inspiring. However, the inspiration extends to all endeavors and poses a challenge to everyone to simply reject their largely self-imposed constraints and to seek out excellence. In short, this is a great read for anyone seeking a well-constructed pep talk. Yes... add "excellent writer" to Chrissie's bold CV.

Sadly, the book serves as a coda for Chrissie's remarkable career - having announced her retirement from Ironman competition earlier this year. Armed with the heightened profile of a legendary athlete, Chrissie seems poised to "coin" her celebrity for the benefit of the developing world (as she has done throughout her spectacular career). Silently, however, I hope that this book is rendered somewhat obsolete with her return to Ironman someday. Such decisions lie solelywith the great lady herself. As it is, the book focuses attention not only on the sport of triathlon, but leaves one curious about the leading exponents of the women's game such as Leanda Cave and up-and-coming wunderkind Angela Naeth. On this level, the book serves the sport and its fan base exceptionally well.

Endurance athletes may grumble that many of the technical details are lacking. Even I was left to wonder just what went into the transition from competitive local swimmer to undefeated Ironman triathlete over so short a period of time. Were this book intended exclusively for triathletes, that might be a legitimate complaint. Those "missing" details would likely result in a 1000 page monster that none but the most fanatical practitioners would find comprehensible, much less enjoyable. Such matters are best left to coaching, should Ms. Wellington elect to do so. For the purposes of personal narrative literature, this book is infinitely enjoyable and left me anxious to get to my next training run.

I highly recommend "A Life Without Limits"!
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