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Summary

The amazing life story of Britain's world conquering triathlete, Chrissie Wellington. Chrissie Wellington is the world's No 1 female Ironman triathlete, the current quadruple World Champion and World Record holder. In 2009 she was voted 'Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year' and in 2010 was awarded the MBE. She is the undefeated champion of Triathlon, having won nine Ironman titles from nine races. Her World Record setting race time of 8:19:13 at Quelle Roth Germany in 2010 slashed over 14 minutes from the previous record and where she was only beaten by six men. Chrissie has displayed unprecedented levels of stamina, strength and competitiveness in becoming Ironman World Champion in only her second event at Ironman level. Her victory in Kona, Hawaii in 2007 finishing in 9:08:45 - five minutes ahead of her nearest rival - was described as the 'biggest upset in Ironman history' and 'a remarkable feat, deemed to be near impossible task for any athlete racing as a rookie at their first Ironman World Championships'. She defended her World title in Hawaii in 2008 and again in 2009 and won back her title in 2011 after having to withdraw from the 2010 race due to illness.

This is the remarkable story of how a Norfolk girl - a 'sporty kid, swimming, playing hockey, running, but never excelling and always more interested in the social side of the sports scene' - became a world champion. Chrissie Wellington is the world-record holder for ironman-distance triathlon, and she remains undefeated over the Ironman distance.

©2012 Chrissie Wellington, Michael Aylwin (P)2012 Audible Ltd

Critic reviews

"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

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An inspiring listen

What did you like most about A Life Without Limits?

Firstly, I really liked Imogen Church's reading and will keep an eye out for other audiobooks narrated by her.

I really enjoyed this audiobook and found it quite inspiring. I had never heard of Chrissie before listening to this book, as the world of sport and athletics has never interested me much. I think that is partly because the readily accessible sport coverage, for me, was predominantly masculine and normally accompanied by macho talk and disparaging comments from fellow [male] spectators when I pondered how nice it would be to see coverage of women's sports. I tuned out long before women's sports became more accessible and thus I missed out.

Chrissie's story though inspired me to search out coverage, not just of women, but also of these endurance sports. I had no idea what an Iron Man entailed and am blown away that so many people have undertaken such an amazing journey. The book highlighted for me how such events are not about pure physical ability, but really all about one's mind.

I found the tone of this audiobook to be inviting and quite personal in places. Her observations on development were not just interesting, but they struck a chord with me.

But perhaps most shockingly of all, the book pushed me towards putting on some trainers and going for a run, albeit a very short one.

I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

P.S I totally support the petition for professional women in Tour de France which Chrissie endorses

What does Imogen Church bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She brings some accents but also emotion through her narration.

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

There were many moments that moved me, especially some of the race descriptions with the Iron Man during which Chrissie was crook being one of the most memorable.

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Inspirational!

I've listened to more than just a few audiobooks, but this one tops the list! Listening to Chrissie Wellington's journey through Triathlon and Iron man, pushing herself to her limit and beyond was an absolute joy. She is more than just your average sporting hero, she is a true Champion. You can apply her mind set to not only your sporting endeavours, but to your everyday life. I run about 3 times a week probably averaging about 20 miles, but listening to this book, makes me push that little bit harder every time. I would recommend this book anyone and everyone. Truly inspirational!!

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Ironwoman!

I knew what an Ironman distance triathlon was and that Chrissie Wellington was an undefeated world champion before I started listening to this book, but how much of a real life champion she is was a joy to listen to. What she endured through training and races were amazing feats, but the thing, to me, that proves her champion status beyond a doubt is that after (winning) every Ironman distance event she entered she would remain on the finish line till the cut off time to welcome home all of the age group athletes. I supported my sister and brother in law at their 1st Ironman and volunteered in the finishing enclosure until they finished, so I know first hand what an awe inspiring experience welcoming the athletes home can be, but I had to go for a nap while my people were out on their bike because it was such a long day. To complete the race and then be able to hang around at the finish, for another 8 hours approximately, to see everyone else home is almost beyond my comprehension. It's no wonder Chrissie is a successful motivational speaker.

I really enjoyed Imogen Church's narration of the book, tho in my head that's now what Chrissie sounds like.

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  • Phill
  • CARDIFF, United Kingdom
  • 13-04-13

fantastic

Loved this book, any champion should take a leaf out of Chrissies book, she is an inspiration.



Great story, the narrator really puts the emotion into the tale and you feel every word.

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  • Big Ayd
  • Surrey, United Kingdom
  • 13-04-13

Totally inspiring.

Probably one of the best narrated books I've listened to in a long, long time. Imogen Church puts real feeling into it.



More than once I sat in the car at the end of a journey because I couldn't bear to switch off. A truly inspiring and often funny life story. I can't wait to see what Chrissie does with the rest of her life.

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more about life than triathlon

having never heard of Chrissie Wellington prior to listening to How Bad Do You Want It by Matt Fitzgerald (preceded by Life In Half A Second by Matthew Michalewicz) I thought I'd listen to this book.

I'm a keen cyclist & to be honest taken the p**s out of triathletes for some time as most can't ride a bike for toffee & don't even get me started on those long compression socks!!!!

joking apart Chrissie's book is very well written & is a real life exam of what we achieve if we dare to challenge our perceived mental boundaries.

at times I had a lump in my throat - worlds apart maybe but connected as I know what it feels like to suffer in endurance events (on more than one occasion). It also made me laugh especially the parts with Brett Sutton (being a coach myself).

I'd recommend this book to anyone who maybe wondering what direction to go in, in life or maybe hesitant about trying something you may feel you'll fail? - this book isn't a self help book! rather a book that shows if we are willing to challenge our self beliefs we are capable of so much

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Awe-inspiring.

I’ve been listening to A Life Without Limits whilst doing long-distance runs. I no longer find music to be the best thing to listen to, and audiobooks have taken over - especially those by my sporting heroes. There were so many moments that really resonated with me as things that are part of my own life: a love of helping people, travelling, clumsiness... But Chrissie’s tale of hard work, determination and an endearing insistence that she is still, above all else, just a normal girl from Norfolk, is not to be missed. Imogen Church reads it impeccably.

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Honest and Insightful

Loved the back story to how Chrissie became 4 x ironman winner.
I've always loved watching ironman as I am in awe of their determination and sheer grit. I have pondered how their brain worked so I could perhaps 'get what it is' and utalise it myself. Well this book has done just that. Somehow her enthusiasm and story has kicked my backside into shape. I may never do a beginners ironman myself but I am bloody determined to get my fitness up. If she can train 25hrs a week without breaking down my 5hrs now seem a walk in the park. Having this in mind spurs me on mentally in a way I would not have imagined.

Narrator is well chosen and believable as Chrissie.

Following this I purchased her next book and good do far.

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Maybe it’s not me

I found the book quite difficult to listen to - I can’t decide whether I wasn’t in the mood or it just didn’t suit my listening style. Either way didn’t even get past the first few chapters.

I listen to many audible books so maybe it wasn’t me!

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superb and motivational . Dream evoking.

Loved the book but also found the audible version fantastic. Great to just listen when feeling to tired to read...

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  • T. Boxx
  • 16-06-16

I just can't take it anymore!!

I just can't take it anymore!! I tried and tried but it is so drug out at the beginning with thanks to everybody she has ever met in her entire life from birth but then goes into me me me me and how bad I used to be but how great I am now. I got a few chapters in and had to quit. I listened to other documentaries from Chris froome, Bradley Wiggins and Sean Yates and they were good but this was too much.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-02-16

Great inspiration for Athletes

Start was little slow but it picked up the pace after certain period when she started her training with Bret. Explanation of the feelings is amazing. I loved the explanation of races.

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  • Jenny Choe
  • 19-09-16

Absolutely amazing and inspiring without false humility!

I felt as if I was part of her journey and got an insight into the kind of dedication it takes to be the best. A quest not to be better than others but to triumph over the nay sayer within one self. We all have set backs in life. No one in life is immune. This is a story of grit overcoming fear and doubt.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 27-02-16

Amazing.

This book was absolutely incredible. It is inspiring and thought provoking. It will make you think differently about your life and how you involve yourself with different parts of your life. It will challenge you to question your effort in different parts of your life. Most of all, it will encourage you to look more closely about those things and aspects in your life that you spend your time thinking about most.

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  • Denise Hicks
  • 29-07-15

I loved it!

Insightful and inspiring, particularly for those who are athletes or even just a regular people trying to find their way through life's unknown journey. I could read it again and enjoy it just as much as the first time.

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  • Nikunj Atrey
  • 14-04-15

Inspirational, educational and entertaining!

Chrissie Wellington's story is a great inspiration for anyone that has ever wondered 'if' they were capable of doing something.
It is extremely rare for a successful athlete to start in their sport at the ripe old age of 30 and even more remarkable if you then go on to absolutely dominate it. That's exactly what she has done and her name should be right up there with the greatest sports superstars of the last century...the Michael Jordan, Pele, Maradona, Messi league of greats.
In the typical self deprecating way only a Brit can, she describes how becoming a world champion wasn't something she was 'born' to do but rather a culmination of fortunate occurrences and opportunities that led her to the sport...what happened after she fell into triathlon was down to her working her arse off and making the most of her tremendous physical gifts. Great story of a great champion

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  • Paul Christopher
  • 11-04-15

Good But Not Great

Good performance. A bit of an affected tone at times.

Story had interesting bits but spent too long on non-triathlon stuff and was repetitive. Ms. Wellington came across as self-absorbed.

Nevertheless, an impressive athlete.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-02-15

Inspirational

very inspiring. Amazing how small steps and commitments can lead to big achievements. Very enjoyable story. Chrissie you rock. thanks for sharing.

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  • CS63
  • 11-02-15

Inspiring and honest

Excellent book filled with honest emotions and insight into what a triathelete endures.
I loved the quote from Kipling.
The reader, Imogen Church was so fluid and easy to listen to.
I would definitely recommend this book to athletes and to anyone looking to be changed in a positive way.