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A Life Without Limits: A World Champion's Journey

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  5,608 ratings  ·  422 reviews
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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Jan 02, 2013 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
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sport, non-fiction
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
Dec 25, 2013 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
Aug 01, 2012 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
Nov 20, 2012 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,
Malin Friess
Sep 26, 2012 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 Ano
Adam Winder
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I made a note to read up on Chrissie Wellington after first coming across her in the Sports Gene by David Epstein. Quite aside from her athletic feats, you can’t help but come away with an admiration for her endless spirit of adventure, the authenticity of her friendships and the richness and variety of her life experience, even before setting out to be a professional ironwoman.
Apr 03, 2014 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
Jun 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
Can we have an inspiring woman who isn't driven by anorexia/bulimia and insecurity issues? Apparently not.
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, biography
inspirational and motivational story
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 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 someone who i ...more
Michelle Nelson
This was fantastic & inspiring & motivating. Chrissie's story till now makes me want to RUN ALL THE MILES! That Marathon I want to run one day has upgraded in priority! Will be purchasing this book & re-reading! ...more
Uswa Anjum
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Limits are internal and broken by constant self-improvement. Keep getting better.
Sep 24, 2019 added it
This is a nice book. It teached me live freedom
Jan 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
Just boring. Couldn’t finish.
Leslie Doll
May 16, 2012 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
Edward Blackshaw
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Inspiring. Makes you want to put down that cold beer, drop that cheeseburger and get out and do something
Jan 03, 2016 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
Feb 15, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 03, 2012 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
Aug 14, 2013 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
Lee Ann
May 11, 2012 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
Suneel Dhand
Sep 16, 2012 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
Apr 25, 2012 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.
Dec 11, 2012 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.
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.
Sep 14, 2013 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.

Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: autobiography
What a thoroughly honest account of the making of a champion.. Well done.
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Read this great post on my blog:

23rd of April 2017. A massive day for some, it’s when this year’s London Marathon will be taking place, and amongst the tens of thousands, Chrissie Wellington will be competing. She may be one anonymous figure to you, but her fastest marathon time is 2:44:35, which is impressive enough. Especially as that was run immediately after a 3.8km swim and 180.2km bike. You may not have heard of her, but you should have, considerin
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“A Life Without Limits” is the autobiography of Chrissie Wellington, it’s published in 2012. Chrissie Wellington is a legend in the ironman sport. She has been unbeatable, she won all the Ironman races she competed in and set numerous Ironman world records.

Chrissie Wellington explains in the first chapter of the book that she loves the ironman sport because people go far beyond their limits to finish an ironman and because of all the emotions and the euphoria. Then after writing about her youth
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