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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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Heather
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
Malin Friess
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
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Dhitri
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,
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Michelle
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
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Kaliki
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
Kyle
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
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J.
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
Guna
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.
Linda Beldava
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
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Sammie
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
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Jarek
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
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
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Ericka
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
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Suneel Dhand
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
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
What a thoroughly honest account of the making of a champion.. Well done.
Shari
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.

Vicky

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.
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.
Lisa
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
Amazing story.
Michal
inspirational and motivational story
Elana
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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Natalie
Can we have an inspiring woman who isn't driven by anorexia/bulimia and insecurity issues? Apparently not.
Moka Rascal
A new favourite for me as both an Age Group triathlete and avid reader. Didn't give five stars due to writing that wasn't what I would reward as excellence. That said, I love this autobiography and I'm rarely a fan of the genre.
I sent my coffee-stained marked up paperback version to my sis who is also into tri's but IS a fan of biographical reads.
Bought myself the hardcover version. I have flags and notes on this one too for reference purposes. Chrissie had me laughing, crying and shaking my he
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Joseph Pacey
Really compelling story of a four time world champion that didn't even begin to compete competitively until her late 20s. Chrissie's story starts as an awkward child and follows her through her initial career in civil service. Also it describes her life changing sabbatical to Nepal. From there she tells the story of her rise from a girl who thought running a few road races would be a nice challenge to a winning the Ironman World Championship... in her first attempt... less than two years after t ...more
Liralen
Wellington burst onto the triathlon scene in 2007, winning the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. She was something of an accidental athlete, having stumbled upon triathlons in her twenties and discovering a latent talent. Prior to that, she had worked in development; her memoir takes her from childhood through development work and on to her athletic career.

As far as writing goes...it's not great. She had a ghostwriter, but that often (in general, not in this book specifically) seems to mean
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Sara Foster
Recommended by Laura Brett.

I would have to say, the fact that I shared the most after reading this book was when Chrissie ran the fastest run-split (2:52.54 marathon) of any athlete, male or female, in Ironman South Africa 2011.

My favorite, and most tagged, chapter in this book was Chapter 10: A Triathlete's Life. While most of the book Chrissie described events in her life that made her journey to becoming a triathlete and maintaining champion status, in this chapter she gives details about h
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Nicola Howarth
A very open, honest autobiography. This book was passed to me by a friend and to be honest, I hadn't really heard of Chrissie Wellington; not being too familiar with the triathlon or, even less, ironman events. However, I really did thoroughly enjoy it; having said that, I do enjoy autobiographies as I have an interest in people in general. Successful, determined, courageous people even more so ... and I think Chrissie Wellington is all of these. It is a pretty amazing feat to come almost from n ...more
Allison
Considered within the category of "inspiring memoirs by athletes," this definitely ranks among the best. (Unsurprising, considering that it is written by a woman who is admittedly driven to be "the best at everything.") Chrissie's story of Muppet-to-World Champion is made believable relatable and even, to some degree, relatable, by the self-reflective nature of her writing. It was an excellent choice for her to have written the book autobiographically, rather than allowing someone else--even som ...more
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