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A Life Without Limits: A World Champion's Journey

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by Center Street (first published 2012)
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May 15, 2013 Heather rated it it was ok
Shelves: running-books
I love Chrissie Wellington's story but I didn't love this book. I felt like she couldn't decide what this book was supposed to be about and who the audience for it is. It was very heavy on childhood details and personal stories and light on details about training and races. I think that the people who would know who she is and buy this book are athletes who actually want to read long descriptions of races and hear lots of details about how she achieved so much in such a short time. That was miss ...more
Jun 21, 2016 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This woman is amazing!!!
In the foreward, Lance Armstrong talks about getting chicked, which a term used for the rare occasion that a woman can pass the most elite male athletes. Not only is Chrissie an amazing athlete that repeatedly beats women, she also kicks the butt of men that are in amazing shape.
She has a great attitude and is always ready for a challenge.
I try to think about her whenever I'm feeling too lazy to do something.
I think I might have to give this one another read very soon
Dec 11, 2014 Kaliki rated it liked it
I'm a bit on the fence with how to rate this one. I'm generously giving it a three. For the first half of the book, I didn't care for the author at all. Her writing is dry and straightforward, nothing engaging. As she writes about this fantastic life she's living, it's all very matter-of-fact. Later in the book, she becomes somewhat more personable and genuine. It feels like she wrote half of the book very unsure of herself as a writer, and in the second half came out of her shell to be real. Sh ...more
Malin Friess
Sep 27, 2012 Malin Friess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever been "chicked?" That being a male in a bike, run, swim, triathalon..whatever type of race being beaten by a female (or chick). I've been chicked in every race I've entered..but have come close in a 1/2 marathon only being chicked once in the last 3 miles..and if I had not been wearing my minimalist shoes I might have beaten her.

Chrissie Wellington would "chick" me every single time. Chrissie came from a clumsy childhood, to social work into Nepal, to suffering with Bulemia and Anor
Nov 20, 2012 Dhitri rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoirs, kindle, running
Where do I begin.

It's Chrissie Wellington's memoir. THE Chrissie Wellington. Living triathlon legend, one of the best endurance athletes, male of female, of all time. It's the story of how she 'accidentally' stumbled across the the toughest of all endurance sports, the ironman triathlon and excelled in it. She won the World Ironman title four times, three out of them she won consecutively. She won all 13 titles of all 13 Ironman events she competed in as a pro. She bounced back from flat tires,
Mar 15, 2013 J. rated it it was ok
Shelves: sport, non-fiction, 2012
Chrissie Wellington is a living legend and her achievements are remarkable but she should have employed a ghost writer. I didn't find her story to be as compelling as it should be, we get hardly any insight into her thought process during rough patches in her time as a triathlete. There is no artistic weight in much of this book I felt that the story sort of went from point A to point B without episodes being linked properly. I found her time training under Brett Sutton and her commentary on som ...more
Apr 12, 2014 Kyle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The legend goes like this. In 2007 at the ripe old age of 30, Chrissie Wellington came out of nowhere to win the Ironman World Championship. Chrissie went on to win 3 more championships and won all 13 of the iron distance triathlons she entered. She smashed world records and left male pro after male pro in the dust. And after winning her races she'd stick around until midnight, celebrating with age groupers as they crossed the finish line. Who is this woman?!? I had to find out.

So now that I've
Apr 23, 2015 Guna rated it it was amazing
Uzrakstīts interesanti un ļoti, ļoti godīg. Patika, ka nav slēps - sāp visiem, par sevi šaubās visi, neviens nav pārcilvēks. Tikko piedzīvotās pieredzas dēļ (Istra) ļoti patika "You can never reach perfection. Your ambition should be directed towards your ability to overcome imperfectio". Labākas sniegums nav tas, kur viss ir lieliski, labākais ir tas, kurā vislabāk izdodas sevi pārvarēt.
Jun 26, 2013 Natalie rated it did not like it
Can we have an inspiring woman who isn't driven by anorexia/bulimia and insecurity issues? Apparently not.
Rebecca M
Jul 14, 2016 Rebecca M rated it really liked it
Shelves: widgit-worthy
I listened to A Life Without Limits last spring. I was truly captivated listening to her story. I never really had an interest in triathlon, and didn’t know what an Ironman even was, before reading this book. Lately I have been toying with the idea of trying out a triathlon, and this book has helped fan those flames. Like Chrissie, I was a swimmer before I ever got into running. It would be sweet if biking was my “weak leg”…

I almost deleted that sentence because it seems utterly ridiculous to dr
Linda Beldava
Feb 15, 2015 Linda Beldava rated it it was amazing
Shelves: english
Stāsts par Krisiju gan nebūs viens no tiem, kas stāsta par cilvēkiem, kuri piecēlušies no dīvāna un pēkšņi kļuvuši par čempioniem, bet tāpēc nav mazāk aizraujošs un pārsteidzošs.
Krisija ir vienkārša meitene no Norfolkas, kas jau no bērnības nodarbojas ar peldēšanu, bet bez kādiem īpašiem panākumiem un mērķiem. Normāla vidusmēra meiča, kas nav mierā ar savu ķermeni, tāpēc sanāk ilgus gadus sadzīvot ar ēšanas traucējumiem, tostarp arī bulīmiju. Strādā darbā, kur sanāk ceļot un kādu brīdi dzīvot a
May 03, 2012 Sammie rated it it was amazing
I knew nothing about Chrissie Wellington before I started this book other than that she is an athlete, and that this book was supposedly great motivation for self-improvement. Wow is all I have to say. Chrissie's story is amazing. Anything Chrissie sets out to do she throws everything into - to say she is a perfectionist would be an understatement. This book is a fantastic story about how she came to be the athlete she is and take the Ironman scene by complete surprise.

This is a brutally honest
Feb 17, 2013 Jarek rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: emusic
A Life Without Limits is an autobiography of Chrissie Wellington, a four-time Ironman World Champion. Surprisingly, this is not really a book about sport, mostly because sport didn't play the major role in Chrissie's life until she turned thirty. It does not make the book less interesting, because in just three decades she experienced more than other people throughout their entire lives. Living in places like Nepal, New Zealand or Argentina she had a chance to discover true diversity of the worl ...more
Leslie Doll
Jun 13, 2012 Leslie Doll rated it really liked it
I find Chrissie's book both inspiring... and annoying.

The inspiring parts first: She lives, as the title says, her life without limits. She takes opportunities where she sees them; and is hell-bent on exceeding her own expectations. She shares so much of herself that reading this book almost makes you feel like she is talking to you over a cup of tea while sitting on the couch. I admit, some parts of the book made me uncomfortable - because I saw many similar personality traits within me and I
Aug 14, 2013 Ericka rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It's not the most well-written book in the world but that didn't matter. If you are a lover of endurance sports (especially marathon and triathlon), you'll disregard the little things and envelop the larger picture of Chrissie's amazing accomplishments as an athlete.

You'd think once you've broke your own world record a couple times over -- that's good enough -- right? Not for Chrissie. It's about constantly being better, challenging yourself, pulling out each win from the dep
Suneel Dhand
Jan 16, 2013 Suneel Dhand rated it it was amazing
A nice read. I read this book after hearing about it on a CNN report. Sounded very interesting, so I bought it right away. I have to confess my ignorance about Ironman before reading this (the sport should receive a lot more attention than it does). Chrissie Wellington's personal story is amazing and shows the value of determination and courage in achieving ones' goals. For her to start this grueling sport at such a (relatively) late age, and then become a world champion, is truly incredible. Th ...more
Lee Ann
May 11, 2012 Lee Ann rated it it was amazing
Probably the best written autobiography I've come across (makes a very welcome change from the usual cat-sat-on-the-mat writing style particularly prevalent with sport related books). Really absorbing and interesting and had us hooked from start to finish. Started reading it over my partners shoulder on a plane then couldn't stop - ended up putting his kindle on to large font and reading the whole book together. Neither of us had heard of Chrissie Wellington before or knew particularly much abou ...more
Dawn Johnson
Sep 14, 2014 Dawn Johnson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: autobiography
What a thoroughly honest account of the making of a champion.. Well done.
Feb 12, 2016 Katie rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Chrissie Wellington made her ironman and Ironman records (yes, those are different) look easy. This autobiography, however, shows the very intense, intimate, intricate and intimidating reality of her life as a pro triathlete. Of at least equal interest is her life before turning pro when she pursued hardcore worldwide adventures under any & every condition and altitude just for the pure fun of it. This adrenaline-junky default mode turned out to be the ideal foundation for her physical and m ...more
Feb 26, 2015 Shari rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. I knock off a half-a-star because this isn't literary memoir, and the style can be flat. But Chrissie accomplishes her goal: she makes the world a better place by showing us that we can be our best, despite ourselves. Highest recommendations, especially addictive personalities on the road to channeling their energies, and women looking for a singularly incredible her-story.

Running Sekret
Apr 17, 2016 Running Sekret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
reread 17/04/2016

Honest, emotional and utterly awe-inspiring. Chrissie Wellington is one amazing woman. Triathlons are something I'd never considered, let alone Ironmans and after reading this all I can think is WOW. She gives it her all...and comes out the winner.

I had a few issues with the grammar, and repetition of phrases. Things I would expect a publisher to alter.
May 03, 2012 Vicky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A truly inspirational woman. This book had me laughing, crying and awestruck. Such a lovely person, too, with a wonderful attitude to life. Chrissie is one of the most incredible sportswomen ever to come out of the UK. Or the world even. She explains the ins and outs of Ironman in a really accessible way and what it takes to not only complete it but also to win. Lots. Brilliant.
Jun 01, 2015 Megan rated it really liked it
Once I thought I had reached the climax and then end of Chrissie's story, I looked down at my kindle and saw that I was only half way through the book! I couldn't imagine what more could be added to the story, but it continued, and continued to impress. I can't say I had ever even heard of Chrissie Wellington before I read this book, but I thought it would provide some needed motivation for my own training and it did. It also triggered some other self-analysis, such as wondering how deep down I ...more
Briana Ford
A very interesting and fun read/listen (I have the audiobook). It was great listening to Chrissie talk about her journey to Ironman and the sport of tri. She was inspiring and I definitely felt her emotions as if I was going through it with her. I look forward to learning more about her and the sport of triathlons.
Dec 27, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
I love stories about athletes and I really liked this one. I remember reading books like this when I was pre-teen. I think they serve to encourage young and old and athletic and non-athletic. They are certainly inspiring. I'm not sure if someone who wasn't into triathlon would get as much out of this book though.
Rebecca Schultz
Sep 05, 2014 Rebecca Schultz rated it really liked it
Amazing story.
May 28, 2014 Michal rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, history
inspirational and motivational story
Sep 12, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing
What an amazing woman and journey! Christie is raw and courageous when she talks about her eating disorders and self-image issues. You are awed by her even before she starts running or doing triathlons. Terrific for Chrissie, but not for the reader, is how quickly she rose to the pinnacle of the profession. There are no struggles at set backs in her way to winning Kona. Instead, hers seem to be after that, trying to hold on to her lead. Two things that surprised me were her many uses for urine ( ...more
Jamie Blanchard
Jul 20, 2015 Jamie Blanchard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing journey! This book was recommended by a friend and, since I'm a new amateur triathlete, I didn't know who Chrissie was until I read this book. Well, each time I picked it up, I walked away motivated and inspired. Chrissie takes us through her younger years and how she found her way to being a triathlete. I love how she shares the struggles of being an athlete, because there are constant struggles. I fall into the category she described as those who have a full time job and do thi ...more
Nov 25, 2014 Elana rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
I don't pick up sports memoirs very often, but I was looking for triathlon training books, and happened across this one. I figured I should get to know some triathlon history if it's a sport I'm going to start taking seriously.

Anyway, this is a remarkable read. Wellington describes her "accidental" entry into triathlon, going from a kid who was barely coordinated enough to make it through gym class, to a 4-time Ironman Kona world champion. While it wasn't an easy journey for her, Wellington make
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